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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 3

Okay, now that the plot is in place and the drama has settled into its groove, I feel like we’ve got a good handle on what this drama is and will continue to be. I’m finding Scholar Who Walks the Night to be fast-paced, light, with a healthy dollop of cheese—it’s a little gooey in places, but totally entertaining and well-meaning. I do think the cheesiness could go awry if the drama had worse actors, or if the show hinged upon its heavy romance bent rather than a packed plot, but because I’m enjoying the mythology and worldbuilding underlying the plot, it makes the show fun rather than cringeworthy.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Our noble vampire-hunting vampire hero Sung-yeol swoops in to save Yang-sun before she’s attacked by Gwi’s little vampire girl. Yang-sun is injured in the process and, as she fades into unconsciousness, asks if Sung-yeol is something other than human. She whispers “vampire” and then is out.

Sung-yeol turns to the vampire girl and says that since she’s fixated upon Yang-sun as her target, she won’t give up until she’s drunk her blood: “That is our nature as vampires.” So he pulls out the hawthorn dagger used by vampire-hunter Hae-seo and holds it up under the full moon, stabbing the vampire through the heart with it. She literally turns to dust before his eyes.

Sung-yeol turns to the unconscious Yang-sun, wondering how it is she got her hands on Prince Jeonghyeon’s “Vampire Tale” novel, believed eradicated from the earth 120 years ago. There’s no time to dawdle, though, as Gwi was alerted to the encounter when Sung-yeol took his “bait” and now speeds over to intercept him. But Sung-yeol is just as fast, and carries Yang-sun away before Gwi arrives on the scene.

Gwi takes in the pile of ash and sees blood on a nearby tree, the taste of which makes his eyes flash red. He says he can’t leave such a tasty meal for Sung-yeol to enjoy on his own and takes off in hot pursuit. Hm, so our two main vamps both sense something irresistible about Yang-sun’s blood, do they?

Sung-yeol has to battle his bloodthirsty instincts when smelling the blood that falls from Yang-sun’s injury. It’s a mighty struggle to tamp down the urge, but he manages to retain control just as he senses Gwi’s approach. Realizing that Yang-sun’s blood makes it easy for Gwi to track them, he sets her down—and stabs her in the shoulder with his dagger. Aie!

Gwi can tell he’s closing in on his prey, arriving in the forest mere moments after Sung-yeol. But the trail has him circling the same spot—and then he sees a wild animal sniffing around, its pelt dripping blood. Ah, Sung-yeol had taken Yang-sun’s blood and rubbed it on a rabbit, buying time as Gwi followed a false trail. Gwi bellows in frustration and resumes the chase.

Sung-yeol makes it to a waterfall and urges Yang-sun to hang on just a bit longer, then takes a running leap off the cliff. They land deep in the water below, and as a half-conscious Yang-sun struggles to breathe, she thinks of her father and sister, not wanting to leave them behind but feeling that she may be facing death.

Sung-yeol keeps them under for a long while, hoping to outlast Gwi’s pursuit, and employs some mouth-to-mouth to give her air. (Sure… it’s about the air…) Above water, Gwi realizes he’s lost the trail, not at all convincing when he sneers that it would be no fun catching him too easily. He screams in rage.

When the coast is clear, Sung-yeol brings them back to the surface and carries Yang-sun to the riverbank. He checks for breath and administers CPR, desperate to know how she found the prince’s book. At least, I’m pretty sure he’s saving her life in theory. Is he even blowing air?

Finally she responds, spitting out water and resuming breathing. Sung-yeol takes her to safety and undoes her shirt, pausing at the old scar on her shoulder that he’d noticed last time. He slashes his own palm with his hawthorn dagger and drips his blood onto her stab wound, which sizzles as it heals.

His gisaeng companion Su-hyang is alarmed at the thought that his cut may not heal—that hawthorn dagger must be powerful against vampires. He just tells her to attend to Yang-sun, heading back out to the forest to retrieve Yang-sun’s dropped bag, which has been picked up by Gwi.

In the bag, Gwi finds a copy of the racy novel she’s been selling, authored by Eumlan Seosaeng. Gwi wonders if Eumlan Seosaeng is the reason Sung-yeol risked exposure after all these years of lying low—and if this Eumlan Seosaeng in fact has the prince’s secret diary. It had been stolen away from Gwi by the dead Crown Prince Sadong and has been lost ever since.

Flashing back to ten years ago, we see Prince Sadong in his final days, wasting away at the bottom of a well. He asks for water, but when he sees that it’s Gwi lowering a bucket, he spills the water on the ground. Gwi chokes the breath out of him as he demands Jeonghyeon’s diary in exchange for his life. He insists that he’s destroyed anything that might eliminate him, but Sadong says that he’s found a method—and Gwi will never find it, even if he kills Sadong. Furious, Gwi bites into his neck and drinks his blood—and from a distance, Sung-yeol witnesses the encounter.

In the present, Yang-sun is still out, and Su-hyang argues that it’s only a matter of time before Gwi finds him now, and that the best way to prevent that is to get rid of Yang-sun. Sung-yeol disagrees, arguing that they need to hear how she came upon that book and mustn’t allow her to come to harm.

The next day, undercover prince Yoon waits in the marketplace for his meeting with Yang-sun, willing to wait for hours even when there’s no sign of her. His friend asks if he still believes Yang-sun to be his childhood friend Jin, arguing that aside from facial similarity, there’s no reason to think so. Yoon knows, but says that of everyone he’s met thus far in his search for Jin, Yang-sun feels most convincing.

But then, Yoon spots a figure lurking suspiciously in the distance. Hm.

Yang-sun dreams fitfully about the fight in the forest—the vampire girl, Sung-yeol flying down from the sky and flinging her aside—and wakes up with a jolt. She’s disoriented at her surroundings, and as she’s wondering where she is, Sung-yeol calls her outside to talk.

Yang-sun asks if he saw that girl in the forest, but Sung-yeol feigns ignorance, saying merely that he saw her collapsed in the woods and brought her home. He asks why she was out alone at such a late hour, and she explains that she was going to ask him about his interest in Eumlan Seosaeng. Because the author is linked to those traitorous flyers that were dispersed in the city—the ones alleging that Prince Sadong was framed for treason—she supposes that everyone will be out to catch him.

However, she wants no part in taking him down, since she has sold his books to feed her family. Ah, she thinks Sung-yeol’s pursuit of the author must be to capture him, and is declining to help further.

Sung-yeol asks why she gave him Eumlan Seosaeng’s “Vampire Tale” book if she feels that way, and she replies that the two Eumlan Seosaengs are different people—same name, but different writing style. The Vampire Tale is over a hundred years old, and she’s giving it to him, her most prized book, in thanks for saving her life.

Sung-yeol says that he’s not hunting down the writer, merely looking for an old friend, and asks how she got her hands on that book. Yang-sun says she’s always been interested in vampire stories, so when she saw it show up at a bookseller’s shop last year, she bought it. She adds that she’s already put word out to locate Jeonghyeon’s secret diary, but since the network is keen to remain off the government radar, they won’t talk to outsiders. She offers to take him.

At the palace, the king’s advisors press for swift capture of the flyer’s distributors, who are a threat to the current regime. They insinuate that Prince Yoon has something to do with it—if the supporters of traitor Sadong are backing Yoon, they must dethrone Yoon quickly and prevent a traitor from ever having the throne.

But the king won’t have it, and barks at his council for being incompetent and rash. So he’s not entirely in their hands, and furthermore, when he’s told they’re running out of money for construction on the new palace, he snaps that they can find more in all the officials’ corrupt slush funds.

An affronted minister reports to Gwi about the king ignoring their advice and focusing on the new palace and his succession. Gwi inhales the scent from Yang-sun’s bag and supposes that it’ll lead him to Sung-yeol.

Meanwhile, Sung-yeol talks with his two sidekicks, who have found a potential lead to Eumlan Seosaeng. He ignores Ho-jin’s warnings about going out in broad daylight and heads out with Yang-sun right away. She takes a moment to admire how beautiful he looks in his black robes, calling him the hero of a romance novel, which he ignores.

Su-hyang watches them leave together, and while I know she’s fully on Sung-yeol’s side, I really don’t like that dark look on her face whenever she regards Yang-sun. She puts a man on their tail.

Sung-yeol remains aloof as he leads her through a dense forest, and she thanks him for saving her twice, once at the gibang and once in the woods. She gets bashful when he asks when she started dressing as a man, and replies that she’s always lived this way: “I’ve never lived as a woman.”

She doesn’t have any memories before the age of ten, either, due to a big accident. She was very ill for a while, and a traveling monk had commented that you had to be a male to have a long life—and the next day when she put on boy’s clothing, she was suddenly better. It was her fate to live as a man, she says.

He asks if it’s difficult, and she replies that there are a lot of advantages—like earning money, and reading books. She loves her work, and feels bolstered whenever she sees the people finding encouragement or hope in the books she finds them.

He stares at her a long while, and when she asks why, he says simply, “Because [you’re] beautiful.” That steals her breath for a moment, until he clarifies, “Your heart is beautiful.”

Prince Yoon surprises his best friend Hak-young by heading out into the forest to hunt, which is not one of his usual habits. (Interesting to note how Hak-young is a scholar in the same position Sung-yeol once occupied, whose friendship with the prince also mirrors Sung-yeol’s.) But when he takes aim to shoot a deer, he suddenly whirls around and sends the arrow in a different direction—straight into the arm of the man following him.

Sung-yeol follows Yang-sun through the city streets, and notices that they’ve picked up a tail. Yang-sun doesn’t see, and leads him to a one-armed merchant who deals in curios and rare books. He says he hasn’t found that book, but allows the two to browse his library, and they start to work their way through the piles and piles of books.

Yang-sun dives in with enthusiasm, wanting to do what she can to help Sung-yeol and repay his favors. He asks to look alone and sends her away, and she heads out reluctantly. Once alone, he zooms through the books with his vampire hyperspeed, though with no luck.

Taking the forest road back, Yang-sun starts to clue in to the fact that she’s being followed. She doesn’t see anybody near her but flashes back to the vampire girl and starts running. The henchman draws his sword and chases.

She trips and starts to fall, but before she hits the ground, an arm reaches out and pulls her upright—it’s Sung-yeol (hyperspeed to the rescue!), and one hard look at the henchman sends him retreating fast. She’s badly shaken and warns him of the danger in going after him, but Sung-yeol tells her he has to confirm something and takes off, intercepting the henchman readily and demanding to know who sent him.

Yang-sun catches up to him a short while later, worrying that he put himself in danger. Her fear of more vampires attacking sounds silly when he says it aloud, but he gives her a pendant made of hawthorn that he says will ward off wild animals, who dislike its scent. He ties the pendant around her neck and adds cheekily that it’ll also keep away those bloodsuckers she’s scared of.

A sudden rain falls, and Sung-yeol takes her hand and leads her along the forest path. He watches Yang-sun whirling happily in the rain, which brings back the memory of his rain-soaked kiss with Myung-hee in his past life.

That memory bleeds into this one, and the smile fades from his face as he comes back to the present.

Arriving at a creek, Yang-sun winces in pain, and he asks about the shoulder scar he saw. She says it’s related to that childhood accident when she was bitten by a wild dog, and they smile at his quip that she’s got a history of attracting wild animals.

Yang-sun washes up by the creek and shoves her face under the water, which triggers a memory of Sung-yeol kissing her—excuse me, administering life-saving mouth-to-mouth—while she was half-conscious. She stares wide-eyed at him as the memory flashes back to her, but decides she’s having racy dreams now, chuckling at herself.

At the palace, Prince Yoon has his follower tied to a target and uses him in archery practice, sending arrows flying within inches of his face. He recalls these kinds of activities happening to his father, Sadong, and wants to know who is behind the henchman’s movements.

The king arrives upon the scene with his entourage of councilors, and one official recognizes the henchman nervously. Yoon explains being followed for days and reported on, and declares that the mastermind is here. The king is loath to declare someone a criminal on his word alone—they at least need a confession from the criminal.

Yoon faces the man to appeal to him with cold logic: He’s facing death either way, either by the backer who will retaliate, or Yoon, who won’t intervene to save him. Yoon adds that the henchman’s family has been moved to a safe place. While the mastermind would have the family killed, the prince gives his promise to protect them.

That’s enough to make him break, and the man names the official responsible, the head of Sungkyunkwan (university). He’s saved the written orders and can offer them as proof. The king orders the case investigated with both men to be imprisoned.

Meanwhile, Sung-yeol gets to the root of the other henchman’s mission, tracing him back to Su-hyang. He rails at her angrily for taking it upon herself to hire an assassin to kill Yang-sun behind his back, no matter that she was driven by concern for his safety. She’s not appeased at his tactic of giving Yang-sun that hawthorn pendant, which erases her scent from vampire detection, and asks if he has deeper feelings for her.

That makes him angrier, and he says harshly that he’s not so free that he can allow himself to be shaken over a woman. Furthermore, Jeonghyeon’s diary is more important than his own safety, “Because that is how we can be rid of Gwi. Because that is how I, too, can end this beastly life!”

He declares firmly that he is keeping Yang-sun, as well as Su-hyang and their sidekick Ho-jin, purely to achieve those ends. “If you want anything more, leave my side immediately,” he orders.

In town, Yang-sun comes to blows with her merciless loan shark, who is terrorizing her family and demanding his payment. He strikes her across the fist and muses that he could sell Yang-sun as a prostitute, but his arm is intercepted by Yoon, who sees the commotion and steps in.

Calling Yang-sun a friend, Yoon takes the loan shark aside and offers a pouch of money to pay off the debt. He gives the friendly warning that Loan Shark will be held accountable for his crimes soon, and points out his other friend as a high-ranking minister’s son and the prince’s very best friend.

That settled, Yoon helps Yang-sun get her family home, not letting her in on the details of his exchange with the thug. At her formality around him, he encourages her to consider him a friend.

Gwi meets with the king late that night and instructs him to call Yoon back to the palace and capture Eumlan Seosaeng. The king resists, warning that he’s taken measures so that if Gwi kills him, word will be released to the world of Gwi’s existence. He intends to go after the information Sadong had found; Sadong had told him of the diary’s contents before dying. Looks like this king’s still got a bit of fight left in him.

Gwi doth protest again that no method exists to destroy him, and the king calls him on the bluff: “Then kill me.”

Gwi advances and bares his fangs, and the king braces for death. But Gwi holds back, saying that he can always kill the king and prince once he’s failed to find Eumlan Seosaeng.

Gwi returns to that well where he’d killed Sadong, and Sung-yeol watches from a distance, thinking back to the night of Sadong’s death. Ah, Sung-yeol had stepped in to divert Gwi, giving him the chance to exchange a few words with the dying prince.

Sung-yeol had identified himself as Jeonghyeon’s friend, and Sadong had recognized his name from the book. Sung-yeol had asked how to destroy Gwi, and the prince had gasped with his dying breath, “The way… is people.” So tantalizing, and yet so unhelpful. As of yet.

Yang-sun hears that her contact has located the diary and hurries to tell Sung-yeol of it. Sidekick Ho-jin is so excited that he lets slip more than he should, saying that the person who knows of the diary must be Eumlan Seosaeng.

In a hurry to get to it right away, Sung-yeol hurries out despite it being broad daylight—the black clothing does protect him, but the sunlight does seem to have an enervating effect. He flags, but insists on waiting with Yang-sun to meet the contact.

And then, he spies a noblewoman in the crowd, head covered but face visible. She’s the spitting image of Myung-hee, and almost in a trance, he approaches her. The woman looks up at him blankly while Sung-yeol calls out tearfully, “Myung-hee-ya!” Then he pulls her in a tight embrace, while Yang-sun stares in shock.

 
COMMENTS

Scholar Who Walks the Night isn’t going to be one of those dark, spine-tingly, or super-clever types of supernatural shows—not in the way of Buffy or X-Files, for instance—and it sometimes does make me laugh out loud with how obvious its setup is, but it’s all good-natured fun and I’m liking how quickly the packed episodes move.

It’s also nice to get a supernatural show that defines its world very clearly, giving us clear rules and establishing boundaries to its mythos. And this isn’t something that need come at the expense of suspense, because us viewers don’t need the mysteries of the plot in order to feel tension or curiosity. I find that so many genre shows make that fatal flaw, in thinking they either shouldn’t or needn’t tell us what the rules are in order to keep interest going.

It’s actually quite the opposite—in a genre show, we understand that the world is fantasy and therefore go into it with idea that anything may be possible. So it’s up to the show to tell us what the idea is or isn’t, otherwise we’re left to wonder what’s allowed and what’s not.

Scholar totally has moments where it feels like a romance novel come to life, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. Well I suppose if you consider romance novels a negative thing, that might not work for you, but it’s something that feels very soonjung manhwa—those romance comic books that go after the young female audience. It’s funny that through Yang-sun’s eyes, it kind of is that romance, where she lives in the natural world free of beasts and monsters, and she daydreams about those supernatural fantasies and the beautiful man who’s always saving her from things. From Sung-yeol’s perspective we’re in an entirely different show, and it makes me hope we get to keep Yang-sun in the dark for a while longer so we can explore that fun dissonance.

I do think the plot saves the drama from going too far in that pure-romance direction (even with the multiple excuses for kiss scenes and handholds), and Lee Jun-ki’s acting helps as well, since he’s not going for the cheesy romance angle but takes a deadly-serious bent to his character. It’s one of the show’s biggest assets, because even if the overall tone is lighter than his acting performance, he has to put that intensity out there in order to get us to buy into the character.

The show is still a bit rough around the edges with its effects and music cues, and I wonder how much more moody and effective it could be with a smoother edit all around, but thankfully story is always king, and the show does give me confidence that it has tons of that on the way. It’s always nice not to look at the clock wondering when a show’s going to end, and to feel comfortable letting it carry you along on the narrative ride without worrying that it may not know where it’s heading. (I didn’t just jinx us, did I? Unjinx! Unjinx!)

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Thanks for the recap! Every time Gwi does something evil all I can think is "NOOOOO Mukadil what would Bbabba think?!"
Like, doesn't he WANT to go back to Vampiritus? Did they all go back in the last episode and just left him here so he turned evil, went back in time and started terrorizing Joseon?
Maybe a conspiracy theory.

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HAHAHA You just made my day. I totally forgot about Vampire Idol. Such a hilarious show.

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And what will Gabri think if he knows Mukadil wants to eat his gf?! lol

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HAHAHAHA <3

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OMG I can just see that one scene where Mukadil is at the hospital and bares his fangs and Yariru just jams his fingers up his nose like NO
http://static.tumblr.com/79f51da4fd51b3f3ac56f8a82300fd58/nlgwwn7/OoWmy8dnl/tumblr_static_vampidol3-00018.jpg

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Oh. Em. Gee. I did not even think of any of that. HAHAHAHA... but I will be now =)

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lmao this is great!

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I would just make this show a dialogue of Gwi and Sung Yeol in a dark cave, cat and mouse game with both cats and an unknown mouse (the truth?) cause you dont need much variety in sceneries and characters to create a tense story.
well, maybe it wouldn t completely fill 16 ep though, but it would work as a movie. other characters can be in flashbacks and stuff

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+10000000 for the Vampire Idol references

indeed, what would Bbabba think? Or Gabri/Woobin-chingu, for that matter?

(I mean, it's his gf who pretends to have a crush on Mukadil to make Gabri jealous, and now Mukadil wants to have that same gf for dinner here)

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XD

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I feel the same way. I'm liking the characters and the setup of the story, although some parts do seem a little clunky at this point, but I feel confident that the show will be able to smooth things over and explain things clearly as the story goes on. However, the effects and background music is threading a little campy for me? Which I don't want this to be because sometimes when Lee Jun Ki's intense acting lines up with the campiness of the background noise, it almost drives his acting into campy, which I never usually think of his actions.

Still very much enjoying it so far so I hope it continues to live up to my expectations. Because, ya know, Lee Jun Ki <3

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I see the cheese. I love the cheese, ? but hopefully, like you said, it doesn't go overboard. On another point for some reason, I keep having little moments of déjà vu at some of the scenes from previous dramas. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this. :/

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Very Arang and the Magistrate when Lee Jun Ki gave the "mouth-to-mouth"! That immediately popped into my head when I saw that scene.

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my thoughts too!

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lol the image is the same but in Arang it was a straight-up 'glad you're alive' kiss and he used the CPR only as an excuse. Here at least the CPR takes precedence.

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that waterfall is like all the waterfalls people ever fell down from.

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You would think that South Korea would have plenty more waterfalls for people to fall down from. XD

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thanks for the recap!

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This drama is completely driven by Lee Jun Ki! I don't know if I would be as invested without him. But I also find myself intrigued to see where the writers takes Hye Ryeong and associate her somehow or another with Yang Sul without changing or taking away from the original manhwa. Or maybe it's very loosely based. hahaha

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It looks like a very loosely based one but I think the writer/pd at least were honest about that, they said from the beginning that there would be new characters and changes because the manhwa didn't end yet.

It's not like Orange Marmalade where they let the fans expect it to be close in feel and then suddenly turned it into a sageuk.

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Lol Lee Yubi's expression in the second to last screencap is the same expression most of us have when we look at Lee Jun Ki's face. It's not some big and serious romance but she has a crush on him and not even hiding it, so cute ♥

And did Myung Hee get turned into a vampire? People who get bitten normally seem to become vampires but Gwi stuck Sadong seja in the wall so he obviously not a vampire. ...but his body didn't rot in ten years?!

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He probably did not feed him blood and couldn't escape from those special tree roots... he might be in coma for a long long time

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I was talking about Gwi and Sadong :P

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Yeah I understood, thank you :)

Gwi is such a diva, he's like a stalking lover with Sung Yeol. Still angry because the man didn't talk to you for 120 years...and keeps running away.

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Sung Yeol is just playing hard to get! ;)

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now I am imagining this as a lovers drama. I am not even into that kind of thing, but how hilarious this would be. and it would end as a black comedy with everyone gathering around the table like Last Supper picture to gnarl at a piece of Sung Yeol, with his heart going from hand to hand and Gwi trying to escape with it and accidentally falling on a spear, impaling himself....

gosh, people, stop giving me ideas. I grew up with black comedies.

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I half expect Gwi to boil that bunny and send it to Sung-yeol :P

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There is one thing to become a vampire but another to completely have no memory of her past especially of the person that she was so in love with. A vampire with memory loss? (Arang 2) This is going to drive me up Gwi's wall.

If she is indeed a vampire but she is pretending not to know who he is then that's another story but still...

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Also she is out in broad daylight. ....maybe she got protecting clothes like SY but if she really is a vampire and has that protection then why doesn't Gwi have it? I'm sure he would want to walk around in the daytime too.

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Also Gwi was knocked out when Myung-hee died. Sung-yeol was the last person to have possession of Myung-hee's body. I don't think he would turn his beloved into a vampire.

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That whole episode is still behind the big curtain, already discussed by many in previous recap :D

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She is here now and we are not going to stop speculating until we know what happen to her.

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Yea I agree kind of unavoidable :D

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Yeah Gwi should walk around in broad daylight and why don't he just reign the kingdom??? He is controlling the Royals anyway :P

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Aaaarrrrggghhhh!!!! the BGM in the chasing scene !!! Seriously I will have to see the drama in mute option.
Btw Sung Yeol healed Yang Sun's wound by his "Vampire Blood" , so in this drama blood contamination cant turn you into vampire, only the bite??

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So u need to think more simple like this : only their saliva or something on the fangs that could turn out human to a vamp

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hmm ... this is a new concept, before it I have always seen it is the blood which turn them

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In some takes on the vampire story, feeding an unbitten person vampire blood makes them a kind of servant, slowing the aging process and giving them strength and healing powers. (Vampire Diaries, Fright Night, Vampire the Masquerade game.) Exact details vary - on Vampire Diaries being fed vamp blood will let you heal super fast and it leaves your system after about a day - but if you die during that time, you turn.

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I have this feeling that Yang-sun's bite was not from a dog...

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From who then, Gwi??

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I quite like that its location keeps moving. First it was under her collar bone, now it's on her shoulder.

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A brand maybe? Like those on slaves.

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Maybe only their teeth contain the poison that turns humans to vampires?

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I think that the wormwood (?) blade negates the vampire infection of the blood.

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Hawthorn blade.

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so Myung-hee has been reincarnated as Hye-ryung?? is she evil?..cuz I am hoping she is evil..lol. also i absolutely luuurrv the cheese!!! Lee Jun-ki... when he is in vamp mode..is just...!!!! :D

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Hahahaha this show makes me laugh and squee.

You're right it's like a silly romance novel at times but Yubi's reactions make it funny instead of eeeew. :)

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Lol this show is so....but it's entertaining.

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same here :D

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When Prince Sadong said the way to stop Gwi was "people" I heard it as "person"... Anybody else hear it that way?

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The word wasn't defined as singular or plural, but I read it as "people" because of a line in the first episode -- we were told that people/humans called Gwi forth, and thus the only way to stop him is through "the will of the people."

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I liked the life saving kiss !!! But it did look like he was blowing air from one angle !!!

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Lol this vampire and his mouth to mouth technique is very questionable. Yes, he was blowing air after what it looks like a kiss.
Lets just say that during the 1700s people didn't quite know how to perform CPR properly like we do now. It wasn't called CPR back then anyway. Life saving kiss is a better name for it :).

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Perhaps he was sucking the water out of her mouth first and then blowing air back in, Lol

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And, frankly, holding her nose while blowing in air would have diminished the sexiness of the shot considerably! ;-)

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his cheeks puff out at one point, so he was at least attempting CPR on her.

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Thank you for the recap! :)

This show remains super fun; I feel like I should have a bowl of popcorn on hand while I watch. Though I admit to wanting to reach through the screen and shake characters now and then while yelling "Just TELL SOMEONE what the secret plan is, plaster it on every wall in the city! Why would everyone want to keep this plan so secret if it can get rid of Gwi?!" Bah, I'll get over it lol.

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This series has a pretty rocking cinematographer.

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I wish they'd build out the market set though - it's so limited that they end up using really similar shots for almost all the saeguks.

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Oh man that breath-sharing thing totally reminds me of Arang. But it was way swoonier. I miss that show. Good thing Junki is here. Im enjoying the drama because of him because he is just So.Good.

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poor baby GWI. He got robbed of his precious dinner by SY and was given a more nutritious and safe diet(the hare). lol loved that scene.
As for the CPR(kiss scene..yay?), it wasn't necessary but I loved it.
Now my fear is that Ginseng. She knows way too much about SY and her petty jealousy could be a problem. yikes! lady, go get yourself another man dammit. I loved when SY put her in her place,"you want something else,leave". it would be interesting to know how SY got his two sidekicks. Were they orphans? Did he adopt them and raise them to who they are today? But if they were adopted,there's no way a father will allow His daughter to live that lifestyle.. so that equation is outta the books. so many theories but I hope the show reveals them soon.
Now that SY has seen HR,it would be interesting to know if she is already a vampire or just a reincarnation. If Gwi knows about her then I see him trying to use her to lure SY.

lastly,I don't think for a second that the scar on YS's shoulder is from a dog bite. what is the mystery behind it?

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As for the. CPR. DO vampires have breath to give?

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Sure, if they can suck blood then they can suck air and blow it back out!

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You have to breathe in order to speak. They may not need to take breaths all the time but they can inhale and exhale.

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Is it just me or the background music a lil' bit annoying :/ love love the drama though... <3

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Little bit?????? It's very annoying, I am sorry to say in my very short drama experience, it's the worst bgm, totally distracting and disturbing :(

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Although the CPR scenes were a bit...err...questionable, I enjoyed them immensely. And I refuse to think too much about it because damn, Lee Jun Ki made it hot. Or is he just hot? I am totally watching this show superficially and I am not ashamed! Pretty sure I had to rewind a few times because I got caught staring at his pretty face and so missed the dialogue.

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I don't have time to watch this right now. I just come here to admire the Lee JK screen caps, and I confess I'm like Lee Yubi in the 2nd to last screen cap. Lee JK in hanbok, as a vampire! Life is good.

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oh, btw: there was no air exchange. there were just LIPS.

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True :) I was like , "you have first open her mouth" but I think he was in hurry.. Ha ha

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Thanks for the insights and the recap! I think this drama has its own place, not necessarily one that can be labelled or classified easily but still, you can tell everyone worked hard. As a Lee Joon Gi fan I'd watch just to see that lickable face hehe... But also the drama is holding up well. Hwatting drama, and recapper!!

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What a lovely episode with a cute LYB and the one and only LJK. Soo good to watch them! Lee-Lee cuple. :P

I have a feeling that she is Jin and she'll be the bait for Gwi. She was in the palace as Jin when LY's father died, maybe she was there for purpose, for the great plan already, and somehow they changed her into something else. That scar is must be very important, she'll be needed to kill off Gwi.
Oh Gwi, love him too. :)

LYB's character reminds me of the Northanger Abbey's character Catherine Morland, she was also into the Gothic novels and let her fantasy fly and that is just such a fun to watch.

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According to one of the relationship chart, Yang-sun is the crown prince's childhood friend so that's mean she has been cross-dressing all her life (seriously?).
I get the cross-dressing when she was a teen because she needed to be out in public to sell books but why was she pretending to be a boy when she met the crown prince? Deceiving the royal family would get one's head chopped off.

Yubi is doing well with what she's given to work with. She is adorable and fun without being annoying.

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I have no idea why (yet), but when they showed us Jin, he looked like a girl already to me. That's just a theory, perhaps I am wrong. :)

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You are not wrong at all. Young Jin did look like a girl.

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Lee Yubi is having a way, way too lot of fun playing this part. She is just brimming with energy.

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She's like a wriggly puppy, so much energy that you can practically feel Yang-sun wanting to do the human version of running up to the owner and asking for a belly rub.

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Maybe its just me and I don't know how to put it but doesn't anyone notice that she has , um, boobs? Especially the men.

She doesn't exactly look like a guy.

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She ties her chest down with a cloth to make it look flat. It's not totally flat chested but if no one puts their hands there then they don't find out she is a girl.

And her face is actually a little bit stronger looking than most typical kdtama heroines or female idols. She pretty and doesn't look like a man obviously, but she has the look of a young flower boy type. A bit like many idols in boy groups

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to answer your question , cross dressing in k dramas specially seguks are very common but I cant name any drama where I can see or misunderstood a girl as a boy ( they just dont think about facial hair of guys) but in dramas everyone believes the girl is a boy.....

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Just once I'd like to see a really pretty looking guy in one of these constantly mistaken for a cross-dressing girl.

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I watched a short drama I forgot the name, I think it was " Ma Boy" or something where the boy cross dressed and never talked, his was okay but he was awkwardly tall and had broad shoulders :P

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Ljk and lyb really cute ....love the chemistry

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I believe this one will be 20 episodes, not 16. Guess it's the power of LJK, having his drama ordered for 20 episodes from the start :)

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That was meant to be a reply to @redfox-ssi in comment 1.4

Hehehehe. Just an FYI :P

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You know my only problem with this show: Why the heroine must be saved by the hero every other damn time?!?

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I'd have less of a problem with it in shows if it would just happen in real life.

Deadline I can't make? Hot vampire descends to help me! Late to a meeting? Hot vampire rolls up in a convertible. Someone being mean to me? Hot vampire walks over and hits on me. Just sayin' We need more of this is in reality.

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I like your idea, except that convertible...

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Probably wouldn't work out for a vampire anyway - that pesky sunlight problem....

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im so interested with junki and myeong hee loveline coz the first episode is done so well that seeing them in episode 3 brought tears in my eyes... i dont wanna invest much on junki and myeong he/hye ryeong loveline but they have such great chemistry ... my friend watching this have same opinion as mine . Anyways I have strong vibe that Myeong He and Hye Ryeong is same person

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That's amazing... So, sung yeol saw a woman who is just like myung hee... And Prince yoon's friendship with that scholar is just like sung yeol's friendship with prince jeong hyeon... This is so interesting I can't wait for next recap :-)

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And Sung Yeol is the guardian vampire.

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It's just like, history is going to repeat again.
Thanks for the recap

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Yes, it's like all the pieces have been moved back into position on the chess board, a reset of the game to be played again. Only this time, the prince and his scholar friend are more prepared, and Sung Yeol should be stronger than the previous guardian. Even the fiancee is back, this time as the fiancee of the prince. Very interesting.

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yeah, so not that much vampire bookfinding plot development this hour, but I did like it quite a lot, hammy hero, hammier villain, cross-dressing bookseller with a crush and all.

(seriously, I kind of love Lee Jun-ki for taking this role because his ALL-THE-FEELINGS acting really suits the cheese of the story. and I love that they found the perfect actor to match him for hamminess as Gwi, Lee Soo-hyuk is gorgeous and so much fun to watch)

I actually worry a little about Yang-sun, because while I think she's perfectly cast - Lee Yubi has the skill to keep Yang-sun from getting too annoying, and the charm to bring us all along with her in having the world's biggest crush on Lee Jun-ki as a vampire - I also think Yang-sun is a bit of a damsel in distress at the moment. And while the actress has the effervescence to pull off some scenes that would look utterly absurd coming from a less natural actress, I think she's at her best when she has slightly heavier/more intense emotion to carry than just being perky all the time (which also has the benefit of letting us see Yang-sun as something other than a caricature fangirl with Candy tendencies).

The real surprise, though, is Changmin. He inhabits his role quite naturally, and holds his own among his far more experienced costars. And he vibes really well with Yang-sun, there's nothing wooden about his acting at all. (he did a good job at the eye acting, too - so many idol actors look blank in the eyes or like they're desperately trying to remember the PD's instructions while they're saying lines/hearing a line from a costar. That doesn't happen here).

This does not rule out future hot mess territory, but so far the worldbuilding seems solid so I hope this drama doesn't go and Gu Family Book itself.

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Changmin's acting is good in SWWTN, but he is still really overshadowed by Lee Jun Ki, who is not only the leading man but also an A-list actor. After browsing through comments, I see most people pay more attention to LJK.

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where did I say he was better than Lee Jun-ki though? (and I am a HUGE Lee Jun-ki fan, and have been for years. Ask anyone on previous Jun-ki drama recaps!).

Obviously Changmin isn't on the same level, talent-wise, as Lee Jun-ki or even Lee Hyun-woo who played the previous Crown Prince Jeonghyeon. But before the drama began, many people were wary of this casting because he'd sucked at acting before. And I thought it was worth noting that he wasn't the weak link many of us (including me) expected him to be.

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@pogo
Geez, are you mad? I never put words in your mouth.

Up until now, some people still think Changmin is a bad actor. On MyDramaList for SWWTN, someone literally said "they should have kept Lee Hyun Woo longer and Changmin should be the cameo instead"...she got a whole bunch of upvotes for this comment implying her negative opinion and doubts about Changmin's acting.

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....I'm not entirely sure why you felt the need to make the "but Lee Jun-ki overshadows him/everyone likes Jun-ki better" comment in the first place (which I was confused by since it seemed a bit of a non sequitur from what I was talking about i.e. Changmin's performance on its own merits), and I'm really at a loss as to why you're so combative.

I don't keep track of what every other site says about the drama, but no one here is saying anything bad about Changmin's acting. There's not much point worrying about the upvotes on one comment on another site when so many have said more positive things about his performance.

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My thoughts on this drama so far:

- Lee Yu Bi is absolutely adorable and perfect for the role, my love for her keeps growing :D

- It is so stressful to see her always in danger and so helpless, LJK better be there always to protect her.

- The OST of this show is so 60's-70's, it feels like watching some vintage B-series vampire movie...

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Hmm... Personally, this week was a bit of a disappointment for me after the fantastic setup of the first week.

I was hoping this drama would be darker and sexier. I'm totally on board of the grand narrative of Good vamp vs. evil vamp and I think that has the potential to be really epic. The plotpoint about looking for the book author is really not that interesting for me and this episode sapped tension out of that great narrative buildup that occured last week.

Looking forward to what happens in episode four though. Lee Junki and Lee Yubi are both great. I swing between loving Junki's intensity, but sometimes also wishing to see him subdue it a bit. But I guess it is that intensity and total commitment that makes me love each character he plays.

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".......intensity and total commitment that makes me love each character he plays."

I couldn't agree more.

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That vampire girl is seriously scary. That blank look of hunger. I cover the screen every time she pops on.

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I don't know why but I have mixed feelings about this show. While I just love LJK every time he is on screen (and from him most of the darkness of this show seems to come from, rather than from Gwi), I can't relate to Yang-Sun character. I really like Yoo Bi in Pinocchio, so there must not be something wrong with her acting. It's kind of strange, because when I watched 'The Royal Tailor' where Yoo Bi played a minor role I even wished one day I could see her as one of the leads, but in this show I just can't seem to really 'feel' her character. I must say even though So-Eun might not be as good at acting, I prefer her character than that of Yoo Bi's. Yang-Sun's a bright girl, but I like Myung-Hee's brightness much much better. It's really difficult to put it into words, but Myung-Hee is bright in a softer, more delicate way, which I find much more in sync with Sung-Yeol's current dark nature. It's like looking at a soft beam of light in a dark cave, which might be more pleasant to the eye than the stark contrast usually observed when too bright a shaft of light enters the same environment. I don't seem to feel Sung-Yeol's love (whether current or prospective) for Yang-Sun at all, whilst his love for Myung-Hee is so palpable I cried throughout the brief encounter that he had with her incarnated self in the market. I know the Myung-Hee/ Hye-Ryeong and Sung-Yeol ship is impossible, but I'd be one of the few people who is more than willing to jump it.
Really sorry, Yoo Bi, but in the next project I'll support you unconditionally.

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While Myung-Hee was a lady through and through, Yang Sun was raised as a boy. Maybe that's why she lacks delicacy? XD

It's my first time to see Lee Yoo Bi in a drama, but I already adore her acting. Actually I find her character refreshing for a sageuk. :)

I thought the love story of Sung Yeol and Myung Hee was the typical kdrama first love scenario - just with a sad ending.
So I didn't really feel anything special for them.

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Im so in love with LJK hes so cute

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anyone knows what is the instrumental soundtrack of episode 3 when Kim Sung Yeol meets Myeong Hee?

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Ok, am I the only one who found that blood-licking scene hot? Haha!

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I have a question. What happens if a vampire is stabbed on a full moon? Is it better if they are stabbed under a full moon?

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Hello :)
What is the name of that beautiful place where Yang-sun washes up by the creek ? (I'm pretty sure I've seen it in another drama but I can't remember which one), anyway, it's an amazing place I wish I could visit there.
Thank you :)

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