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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 14

It’s a rough episode for our vampire hero, who faces his worst fear—showing his true face and being feared by the woman he loves. And when our couple’s fate rests in the heroine’s hands, it’s a rare chance to see just how vulnerable he is to her reaction, and how much it hurts him to be apart from her. Who knew the cold, aloof scholar would someday wear his heart on his sleeve.

 
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EPISODE 14 RECAP

After newly turned Vamp Hak-young goes on a killing spree at the gibang, Sung-yeol comes to the rescue just as Yang-sun is about to be bitten. It triggers the memory she had repressed, of her father turning into a vampire and biting her as a child. She cries in terror just as Sung-yeol raises his dagger to stab Hak-young, “Don’t kill him!”

She passes out immediately, leaving Sung-yeol torn. But he senses something amiss and stops short of killing Hak-young, choosing to flee with Yang-sun instead.

Ah, it’s Gwi, who’s dressed up for a night on the town. He saunters into the gibang, pleased with the evidence of Hak-young’s dinner massacre, and impressed that he fought Sung-yeol and survived. He deems Hak-young rather useful, which I guess means he gets to live to see another day. Yay for Hak-young.

Sung-yeol takes Yang-sun home and sits by her bed as she continues to relive her nightmare, and when she opens her eyes, she’s overcome with fear and dread.

Oh no… she backs away from Sung-yeol and crouches in the corner of the room, and his face falls to see her so afraid of him. She’s shaking and crying, so he gets up and leaves her alone.

Hunter Baek has recovered, and is eager to go tell the king that Yang-sun has been found. But Sung-yeol stops him and asks what he’d do if the king ordered him to kill Yang-sun, and Hunter Baek says he’d rather offer up his own life than kill the only child of his best friend.

Sung-yeol tells him the royals believe that sacrificing Yang-sun is the only way to kill Gwi, but he’s not about to let them do it. Hunter Baek is shocked to hear that Yoon would resort to a method that makes him no different than Gwi, and realizes now why Scholar Seo insisted on raising his daughter as a boy.

Hunter Baek asks if there isn’t another way, and Sung-yeol says that the diary is clear on one thing—that three components need to come together to defeat Gwi. That tells him that the solution can’t be just to sacrifice Yang-sun alone.

He needs more time to parse the diary’s plan, and says that he’s going to send Yang-sun away where no one can find her. He asks Hunter Baek to help keep her safe until then, and he agrees.

Sung-yeol lingers outside Yang-sun’s room, though he can’t bring himself to go inside. She sees his silhouette and approaches the door, and he reaches out a shaky hand toward her outline. Ugh, why does he do yearning so well?

Yang-sun reaches for the door handles, but backs away in the end, and blows out the candle lighting her room. Sung-yeol thinks to himself, “It’s time to wake up from the dream.” Noooooo, say it ain’t so!

As he undresses for the night, Sung-yeol notices that a part of his black hanbok is torn, which Hak-young was clutching in his hand when Gwi found him. Ho-jin is worried when he hears that Yang-sun recovered her memories, that she might be further traumatized if she sees Sung-yeol feeding on the night of the full moon.

Sung-yeol says it’s probably better this way, though he sounds like he’s just trying to convince himself.

Gwi brings Hak-young back to his lair and keeps him forcibly trapped inside his coffin, despite the violent knocking from within. Su-hyang is horrified, but when Gwi offers to let her go, she says she was bored with her life at the gibang and asks to stay by his side a little longer.

Gwi seems to trust her, though she betrays a hint of recognition when she sees him holding a strip of Sung-yeol’s daylight-protecting hanbok. She can barely mask her worry as he tells her that it’s Sung-yeol’s, and is relieved to hear that he got away. Gwi thinks the fabric is familiar to him though, and remembers the guardian vampire Hae-seo wearing the same thing.

Yoon sits by the king’s funeral bed and asks his advisor to prepare for national mourning rites, but the prime minister bursts in to say that Gwi has banned the usual mourning ceremony, calling the king a traitor to the nation’s true king.

Yoon stews in anger, and silently promises the king that the day will come when he rises above this disgrace and defeats Gwi.

In his lair, Gwi contemplates the scrap of magical hanbok and only now puts together that this material allows Sung-yeol to walk in the light. Seriously, after centuries of living, you’ve only now discovered this? He thinks if only he could get his hands on this hanbok, he could walk in the light too.

The prime minister asks if Gwi really means to let Yoon live and inherit the throne, obviously thinking himself better suited for the job. But Gwi says that he can’t just give the crown to anyone, no matter how powerless the title, and approves of Yoon’s pathetic desire to live. He says that it doesn’t matter anyway—he has plans to make the people forsake their own king.

Ho-jin watches nervously as more and more bodies are carried out of the gibang. The gibang gets closed down, and royal notices are posted everywhere declaring that the king has passed away and Yoon has inherited the throne, and the people whisper in the streets that it must all be the vampire’s doing.

Ho-jin says that there’s even a rumor that Yoon sacrificed his grandfather to Gwi for the crown, and Hunter Baek argues that Yoon would never do that. Still, he wonders why Yoon isn’t mourning the king’s death properly.

Sung-yeol asks after a boat to China for Yang-sun, and Ho-jin says that there is a boat on its way in, but he asks if they really need to send Yang-sun away. Sung-yeol says that she’ll only be in more danger if she stays with him.

But he can’t send her away until he’s figured out a way to defeat Gwi and recovered Su-hyang, and tasks Ho-jin and Hunter Baek with protecting her in a remote location. Ho-jin doesn’t want to leave Sung-yeol’s side, and Hunter Baek worries that Yang-sun won’t want to leave either.

Sung-yeol says that if she won’t go, he’ll have to sever ties so that she will. Oh noooooes, get thee away, noble idiocy! Away with you! Ho-jin asks if he really has to go that far, but Sung-yeol knows what’ll happen if she stays and finds out that she’s the secret weapon—she’ll invariably sacrifice herself to Gwi.

He thinks to himself, “I can’t let the person I love die for me again.” He nearly collapses when he tries to get up, suddenly very weak. Is it because he needs to feed?

Sung-yeol finds Yang-sun sitting outside waiting for him, lost in thought over her declaration that her love would never change. But now she can’t even look him in the eye, and turns away to avoid him. He approaches her and demands that she look at him and see him for what he really is, and she backs away from him in fear. Aw, no.

He tells her not to try so hard, because she ought to know by now—he’s not the night scholar of her novels. He says that they can’t be together, and rips up her slave papers as he tells her to leave.

He turns to walk away from her, and Yang-sun cries as she stoops down to pick up the pieces, muttering under her breath that Sung-yeol is the one who’s trying too hard. At least she knows he’s trying to push her away.

The prime minister passes along an order from Gwi for Yoon to bring Sung-yeol to him, or in the very least to give up Sung-yeol’s location, as a sign of his loyalty. Hye-ryung asks if Yoon is going to continue letting Gwi run this country, and he says dejectedly that his plans have failed.

Yoon tells her about his long-lost friend who was recently found, and says that he’s now supposed to sacrifice that friend to Gwi in order to defeat him. Aack, don’t tell her that! Hye-ryung is smart enough to know that he’s talking about Yang-sun, and says that they need to find this person immediately.

Yoon already knows where she is, but can’t get past his fear that he’ll lose everything he’s fighting for by choosing to sacrifice his friend. Hye-ryung says tearfully that he has a duty to his grandfather, to his faithful supporters, and to his people to do the right thing. She seems to convince him.

Hye-ryung thinks back to Gwi’s passing comment about the legend that the child between a human and a vampire could kill vampires, and she wonders if this means that Yang-sun is Gwi’s bloodline. She tells her spy to keep watch over Yoon’s movements, and to find out where Yang-sun is staying.

Yoon tells his advisor that he plans to attack Sung-yeol, but his advisor warns that they shouldn’t make an enemy of Sung-yeol or think of him lightly. Their goal is to get Yang-sun away from him, so Yoon agrees to send a lookout to ascertain Yang-sun’s whereabouts.

Ho-jin spends the day busily booby-trapping the woods surrounding the house, and Hunter Baek finds Ho-jin’s meager strength so pathetic that he helps, though he sighs that it won’t do much good.

Ho-jin only wants to buy some time for Sung-yeol to escape with Yang-sun, and that he’ll throw himself at the enemy if it comes to that. Hunter Baek says that he’ll die, but Ho-jin is more than willing to die for Sung-yeol, who rescued him from starving to death and gave him a name, a family, and a job.

Hunter Baek notices the royal lookout spying on them and gives chase, though they miss Hye-ryung’s spy spying on the spy in the distance. They tell Sung-yeol about it, though Hunter Baek doesn’t think that Yoon will strike hastily.

Sung-yeol says the problem is that he’s severely weakened because he hasn’t been able to feed, and thinks that they might have to send Yang-sun away first. Ho-jin flails because Sung-yeol refuses to leave because of Yang-sun, but will die if he doesn’t feed by the full moon. Hunter Baek heads out to bring back an animal for now.

Hye-ryung’s spy reports that Yang-sun is likely at Sung-yeol’s house, and she plans to tell Gwi where they are so that he’ll kill Sung-yeol and then feed on Yang-sun and die, thereby ridding the world of all vampires and letting Yoon become the true king.

She heads down to Gwi’s lair, where she notes Su-hyang suspiciously and asks if Gwi intends to keep her alive. Hye-ryung doesn’t want it getting out that she comes down here regularly, but Gwi just asks how she’s enjoying the position he so graciously gave her.

Hye-ryung says that she’s found out where Sung-yeol and Yang-sun are living, but she’s taken aback when Gwi doesn’t want to go after him right away. Instead he orders her to bring him Sung-yeol’s magical sunlight hanbok, which would ensure an easy victory.

She doesn’t see how she’d take Sung-yeol’s clothes off (I can think of a few ways…), but Gwi makes it clear that this is the only reason he has any use for her, and threatens to make Su-hyang the queen if Hye-ryung doesn’t comply.

He tells her to seek Sung-yeol out during the full moon while he’s weak and not in his right mind, and to help her appear more like his first love Myung-hee, Gwi chomps down on her neck, leaving a fresh wound there.

Hunter Baek returns to the house with a deer slung over his shoulder, and Yang-sun is horrified to see the trail of blood he’s left behind. She follows the path of blood all the way to Sung-yeol’s inner room, where she creeps up quietly and witnesses him red-eyed and drinking blood (though thankfully out of a bowl, not straight out of the deer).

He notices her there but keeps drinking anyway, and she gasps to see him as a frightening monster. He hurls away the bowl angrily, then seeks her out in the library to drive home the fact that this is his true form, and he could kill her at any time.

She trembles as she asks how he hasn’t shown her this side of himself until now, and what his reason is for taking it this far. When he sees that he hasn’t scared her enough, he pulls her close and growls that he’s a beast that lives off of human blood, and there’s a limit to denying his true nature.

He struggles against himself as he leans in towards her exposed neck, and tamps down his bloodlust. But instead of backing away this time, she cries in sympathy, saying that it must’ve been hard for him. And then she closes her eyes and turns her neck to him.

He immediately thinks of Myung-hee’s sacrifice, and his eyes change back as he lets go of her and backs away. When Yang-sun opens her eyes, he’s gone. She cries as she remembers how tender he was when he kissed her, and that he’d said she’d find out someday why they could never be together.

Sung-yeol stumbles through the woods, barely able to stand on his feet and growing weaker by the second. He collapses in a clearing, and is startled to see a figure approaching through the fog.

It’s Hye-ryung, but she comes close and calls him oraboni, and he calls out to her, “Myung-hee!” She reaches out a hand to him, and he takes it, shaking.

He rises to his feet and searches her eyes, but remembers himself and throws her hand aside: “No, no! You’re not Myung-hee!” She shows him the scars on her neck and calls him oraboni again, and this time he’s convinced and asks how she’s still alive.

She tells him that she was taken captive by Gwi and couldn’t help but lie to him, and Sung-yeol breaks down in tears as he asks, “Then have you lived this beastly life as well, because of me?” Ugh, this is cruel.

He’s wrecked all over again as she cries that it was worth it just to see him again. He collapses in her arms, and she takes the opportunity to hold him and check how many layers of clothing she has to get through to reach his magical cloak.

He apologizes to her, but it’s not for the thing she was expecting: “Myung-hee, I’m so sorry. You gave your life for me, but I have another woman in my heart.” He says that he’s going to die trying to protect Yang-sun, because he can’t lose her like he did Myung-hee.

A tear falls as he faints, and Hye-ryung looks stricken, perhaps moved by his words. She waits while her spy retrieves the daylight hanbok, and makes sure that he’s moved to a place where he’ll be protected from the sun.

She says that even as Sung-yeol was dying, he didn’t bite her and only apologized thinking she was Myung-hee. She plans to let him live in case he becomes useful to her later.

Hye-ryung doesn’t take the cloak to Gwi, but instead brings it to Yoon and tells him to go capture Yang-sun now while Sung-yeol can’t defend her in the daylight. Gwi fumes and demands that the prime minister bring him that cloak, while Su-hyang asks why he bothers lording over Joseon when he could roam the world freely and have anything.

The prime minister warns her not to overstep her bounds, but Su-hyang says she can offer Gwi things that the prime minister can’t, and he shouldn’t think lightly of her.

Sung-yeol wakes up in the woods and nearly fries to death when he steps into the sunlight, and realizes that his protective black layer is missing.

Yoon and his men go galloping off to find Yang-sun, and Hunter Baek catches wind of it early enough that he’s able to cut them off in the forest. Yoon is happy to see that his teacher is alive, and Baek asks if it’s true that he plans to sacrifice Yang-sun to Gwi.

Yoon says it’s the only way, but Baek argues that if he does this, he’ll just be making another Gwi. He says that taking Yang-sun away from Sung-yeol means that he’ll have nothing left to lose, and will turn his hatred on Yoon and mankind. Yoon doesn’t care though, because he’s willing to risk it if it means defeating Gwi.

Sung-yeol is so weak he can barely walk, but he keeps trudging forward even as his skin sizzles and burns, thinking only of getting to Yang-sun. Thankfully it seems that Su-hyang has gained enough of Gwi’s trust to be let out, and she rides off on a horse, in a hurry to get to Sung-yeol in time.

Ho-jin and Yang-sun sit at home waiting for Sung-yeol, and Ho-jin wonders if it’s a trend lately to go out and not come home. He grouses that it’s not like he doesn’t have someplace to go either, but then decides, “I guess I don’t really have anywhere to go…” heh.

Yang-sun asks how long Ho-jin has been by Sung-yeol’s side, and if Sung-yeol has ever tried to bite him. Ho-jin says no, but explains that to a vampire, the blood of the person he loves will taste that much sweeter. He says it’s a tragic plight, to crave someone’s blood the more you love her.

They hear noises outside, so Ho-jin tells Yang-sun to stay here while he investigates. But the second he goes outside, Yoon and his men charge up to him, swords drawn, demanding that traitors Sung-yeol and Yang-sun be turned over to pay for causing the death of the king.

Ho-jin refuses to say anything, so Yoon puts a sword to his throat to threaten him. Yang-sun comes running out to intervene, and Yoon is startled by her presence, calling her Jin and remembering their childhood together.

Yang-sun asks if Yoon is the same friend she remembers, because her friend wouldn’t strike his people with a sword. Yoon says that this is all for his people. He asks her not to forgive him, and says that her two fathers died protecting that diary not for the diary, but to protect her.

He tells her that she’s the secret to killing Gwi, and that she must die for the country to stand up again. He can’t look her in the eye as he orders his men to take her captive.

But when they make a move, suddenly one of them goes flying into a wall. Woot! Sung-yeol arrives, severely weakened but mightily pissed, and starts throwing the soldiers around. His skin is sizzling in the sun, but he continues hurling himself at the men, and jumps in front of Yang-sun as Yoon swings his sword.

Sung-yeol throws his arms out in front of Yang-sun when Yoon approaches, and Yoon stupidly offers to let Sung-yeol live if he hands Yang-sun over. Does it look like he’s going to do that?! Sung-yeol advises, “You should kill me instead. Otherwise, you will regret it for the rest of your life!”

Yoon grips his sword, then raises it above his head to strike. Yang-sun screams, “No!” and Sung-yeol stands his ground.

 
COMMENTS

Aw man, Yooooooon. I knew it would come to this, but it sucks to see a good character make such a bad decision. I understand why he’s driven to do it, and that in his position as the king, sacrificing Yang-sun for the good of an entire nation is actually what he needs to do. It’s just that he’s going about it in all the wrong ways, by forcibly taking her, by assuming that sacrificing her life is the only solution, and by making an enemy of Sung-yeol, which is frankly really stupid. Hunter Baek had a really valid point that this is a recipe for turning Sung-yeol into the next Gwi—not that he’d suddenly become a basement-dwelling megalomaniac, but that his last shred of humanity would be gone the second they rip Yang-sun from his arms.

The way he throws himself in front of her to be her last line of defense wrings my heart in the best way, and I hope that it simultaneously quashes Yang-sun’s fears that he’d ever harm her. It was necessary for her to see what vampires are really like and to stop romanticizing them, but it was hard to see him feel rejected and feared, after everything they’ve been through. Obviously it’s because she loves him that she’s working through her fears even after seeing Hak-young massacre all those people, remembering what her father became, and seeing Sung-yeol’s bloodlust firsthand. I just want to hurry and get back to that happy place where he got to feel human and loved and not like a repulsive beast to the woman he loves. His reasons for pushing her away are noble and actually not at all idiotic, but I want her to say, to hell with that, and stay with him anyway.

I like that Hye-ryung and Su-hyang are being given more pivotal roles in the story, because the women in this story have been shortchanged for quite a while. Su-hyang fiiiiiinally gets to do something other than be impotently jealous, and is proving to be far more useful as a double agent in Gwi’s camp. I appreciate this use of her character so much more, because it uses her intelligence and her quick wit to advance the story and gain something on Gwi, making me respect the sacrifice she’s making for the good guys, rather than relegating her to romantic spoilsport.

The same goes for Hye-ryung, who plays such a crucial role in the palace now, and knows how to leverage Gwi’s trust (or at least his need for her) to help Yoon. I can’t hate her because her heart is in the right place, and she’s actually a good queen who’s doing what’s best for Yoon. Her methods just happen to clash directly with what I want for Sung-yeol, but the fact that she’s smart and empathetic makes me appreciate her character and where she’s coming from, even when she’s set up to be an opponent. It says something that I’m most afraid when Hye-ryung learns the truth about Yang-sun, because she has the brains to bring everyone down.

And yet, as cruel as it was to make Sung-yeol think she was Myung-hee, it was touching to see that she wasn’t immune to his century-long heartache and regret, or that he was so faithful to Myung-hee’s memory that he’s riddled with guilt for loving Yang-sun a hundred years later. Of course, it would’ve been nice if she had been moved enough not to strip him of his magical daylight hanbok, but there’s a loophole in there somewhere, right? Like he has a spare, or can enchant another one, or it doesn’t work on Gwi because the wearer has to have a pure heart? Please tell me there isn’t just ONE daylight cloak in all of existence, guys. Where’s a witch when you need one?

 
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It must be hard to be the hunter Baek In-ho, he's the only one who has a brain

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haha, you're right. i was just checking back here if this story is as wacky as i remembered. it certainly seems so :)
but it made me rewatch BtVS and Angel, which is a good thing.

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true that

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The smart and consistent character here for me is Su-hyang. She's got brain and beauty and she gets the job done and more. She is irreplaceable at Sung-yeol's camp. She would've gotten Sung-yeol human blood to heal himself without being ask to.

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Couldn't agree more!
I think the drama's third tier characters are quite consistent and add layers and depth to the drama with their strong performances.

I have enjoyed Su-Hyang's character, jealous machinations included. I just hope her character here will be allowed to remain committed to SY till the end.
(This wish might jinx it, but I want to sail on the SY-SH ship ?).

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I hope so too and I think she will be loyal till the end. This girl knows her history, understand the current politics and people in power. I love her comeback when the Prime Minister was talking down to her. Just because she is lower in rank doesn't mean she has to take it from the higher ups.

There was something there when she was helping SY with his Scholar robe that made me want to ship them. They are also very close in age too.
If I can ship Yang-sun with Hak-young then I might as well ship Sung-yeol Su-hyung.

Jang Hee-Jin has been doing a fantastic job with her character and I'm so happy she already got a project (The Village) line-up after Scholar ends.

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I love that you can almost see her brain ticking away when she's faced with Gwi, despite her impressive composure. I called it, there was no way she was betraying Sung-yeol, not when her loyalty to him is almost to the point of fanaticism.

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@pogo You did call it :). I was the one who said that Gwi will take her to his camp and she will eventually change and betray Sung-yeol. This is the kind of things that I like about having a new writer. He doesn't reveal much and some unexpected things happening, like Yoon telling Yang-sun that she is the sacrificial lamb. I thought it would drag out for 2 more episodes.

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Me likes YangSun and HakYoung too! Ahoy, mates! ?

That scene of Su-Hyang helping SY with his scholar robe was quite intimate (as someone else mentioned, part of a wife's duty).
I love SH's loyalty, so I am hoping the prediction about her devotion will hold true, but just in case, I will still be readying my weak heart for the turn.

Nice to know Jang Hee-Jin already has another project lined up. Thanks!

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As expected, the writing in this episode continues its schizophrenic arc. It looks like the same drama, but it doesn’t act like the same drama.

For those who didn’t know, there was a writer addition at episode 11 – which could have been a real godsend because the show has had plotting problems, only they chose a particularly poor writer. So instead of focusing on improving the pacing of the action (it’s pretty much laid out from the source material), the new writer did something very bad from a production perspective - he ignored the story bible. (The production guide to all content - and most importantly here - the lengthy description of characters and their personalities and back stories.)

It’s pretty clear what began to happen with the new writer in episodes 11 and 12 - the two writers divided up the scenes, with the original writer doing all the romance and bromance scenes (still very nice) and new writer writing the plot scenes. The characters now had very different personalities in different scenes. And bc the new writer ignored the story bible, there was no continuity. Some big plot elements were the same, but he pretty much undermined most of the early set up already (it only took him 2 episodes to do A LOT of damage!)

Now that we’re in episodes 13 and 14, the careful development of the characters and back story of the first 4 episodes has more or less been completely jettisoned. Remember how super secret Gwi used to be? How any vampires used to be?? How no one knew who Sung Yeol was? How clever and stealthy and fundamentally decent the crown prince was? How innocent and awkward but trusting and somehow realistic Yang Sun was? Remember how no one knew what was in Prince J’s diary? How hard it was for Sung Yeol to find it? (I mean, if it was as out in the open as it is now, SY who spied on the palace every day and can get into any room unseen could have easily grabbed it.) And how Sung Yeol ate a human once a month? And on and on and on. I don’t even recognize most of the characters from their earlier forms.

I think the real low point was hunchback Sung Yeol messily drinking blood in a dark room. Really??! We started with the charming but mysterious scholar with beautiful manners behind a screen in the gibang and now we have Quasimoto hanging out in his crib where everyone but Gwi stops by for a visit….

The last several episodes have marked some unbelievably clunky exposition as well.

Sigh, cutting it short, the new writer is a huge mess. I feel like I’m watching Saeguk Mask.

I mostly feel awful for the actors, who have been solid throughout.

And a little for the audience. At least we had sweet and humor and charm to relieve the dark and stupid before!

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Since the new writer has come on board, the episodes have also gotten the lowest ratings so far….

Original writer % audience: 8.1, 7.3, 7.8, 8.5, 8.9, 8.7, 8.3, 7.8, 8.6, 7.4
With new writer % audience: 6.8, 7.1, 7.3

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Just out of curiosity, are you a producer for K dramas or are you in a different country?

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I agree with you Susan is getting my attention also from the beginning she blamed this drama and the writer, she must be a producer but it is not appealed to here, this is a thread where we share our thoughts, not to harass anyone, even the writers, one time is enough but repeating same is bad. any way i enjoy this drama and acting is fantastic, Ratings are representing nothing. there are so many k dramas got low ratings but award winners.

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If you use your profession to make a statement than I have a right to ask.

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That's true. Many dramas and movies that faired poorly ratings wise but not fan wise has become cult classics. It's the fans who make this happen, not ratings.

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agree!

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to make it clear, I agree with mido so much! I am enjoying the show more and more and have no complaining about the new writer...

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You misunderstood me kiara, my comment goes to Susan, while i was agreeing with you :)

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Sorry! Don't mind me.

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I was on board from the very beginning because of the cast and they haven't disappoint me although some of them are not perfect. Still watching for my bias plus I don't really have anything else to watch beside "OMG".

This fantasy/sageuk genre hasn't been as successful even with a top writer like Song Ji Na (Legend and Faith) so I wasn't expecting this show to be any better especially with a writer like Jang Hyun-Joo. I was just hoping for the minimum here, like a coherent story at least but I'm not even getting that so it all comes down to the actors but their is only so much they can do.

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@Kiara - fantasy sageuk in general doesn't appear to be successful unless the competition in the time slot is really weak and other dramas have messed-up scripts and issues with quality.

(the only exception to this in recent years appears to be Shine or Go Crazy, which put up a decent performance against Heard It Through The Grapevine - and HITTG is the best drama of the year so far)

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One of these days I'll watch "Heard It Through The Grapevine". I took a break from drama land during football season and missed some good shows.

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You should! It's that rare thing in dramaland, a drama where you really cannot predict how things will go.

And the cast is fantastic. You get to see a lot more of the older leads than you would expect from a normal kdrama but they're such good actors, it's a treat (I can hardly believe Yoo Ho-hung is the same woman from Sunny!)

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It's on top of my must watch list now, thank you :).

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@Kiara - HITTG also has a cast member in common with SWWTN - Park So-young, who played Yang-sun's sister Dam, also plays Lee Joon's younger sister in HITTG. Basically the same as Dam but just in a school uniform instead of a hanbok :)

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I'm currently watching this drama in korea, and it' s first time writing here but I want to point out this writer-u really blaming- is very favorite one in korean fans..

Maybe You didn't like his other dramas..But Most of Koreans really love that stories and appreciate.
Actually We think he is one of top writers.
Almost everyone in korea..they all blaming first writer.

I don't judge you'r thought..Just wana show other people's thinking.

Sorry for my pool language..and about rating..the other drama is really too well-known and getting more famous..

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I may disagree with you about Yoo Yong-Jae being one of the top writers in Korea but I will agree with you about blaming him for this mess. No good writer would want to clean up after the original writer. It's too late.

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I appreciate Yoo Yong-Jae so much! He has the courage to give a try even if everyone knows that it is a tough task!

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Hi Ahn,
Thank you for the interesting information. It's great to learn from the Korean side, we seldom get to hear as much as we would like to.

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@Ahn - I don't know if you'll see this, but almost all of us here agree with the Korean viewers' opinion that the first writer (Jang Hyun-joo) is the one to blame for the slow pace and lack of real plot development for the first half of the drama, and not Yoo Young-jae!

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Rating doesn't represent anything ......to be honest, I enjoyed this drama more than Mask or Yongpal.

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I totally love this drama for the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm going to stick to it till the very end. Probably not popular in Korea but it's got a fan base internationally.

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I think it's also the fact that Yong Pal is also showing on SBS.

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Well, they got 20% this time ;-;

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That's pretty good.. That's like 50% back in the day.

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You need to analyze more when you are comparing something. Original writer % audience compete with Mask ( exclude episode 9 & 10 ). New writer % audience compete with Yongpal. Yongpal drama was 10x better than mask. If Yongpal aired at the same time of SWWTN rating would be same as rating happened in this recent episode or lower than this.

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Main problem is everyone is the ratings. it cannot be impacted to the drama, rating doesn't say the drama is good or bad, it is just people choice, whether it it good or bad if multiple people likes it and view it ratings become high, may be because of favoring caste or actually it is a good, Great example is producer, it got higher ratings because of the cast, nothing to get from the drama.(pinocchio, heirs, dr stranger and so many) "one warm word" got average ratings but nominated for multiple awards.

I think rating measurement should be banned in k drama world. it is headache by mentioning always.

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forgot to mention "legendary witch" no 1 in ratings but was the worst plot ever with lame acting from female lead.

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for us viewers rating is nothing but for those who work for the drama it has a big impact. And because drama is an investment, and investment is a business, therefore it will be "quantity over quality". That's why I hate ratings. The quality of the drama were set aside because of the quantity.

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we cant simply put aside the rating, producing drama is doing business, have investment.. good rating is like a profit. i cant blame the PD totally if their drama lacks of quality but still get higher rating because this is business. hmm

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With all this talk about ratings in Korea, it makes me wonder...does news about a drama's international popularity - besides Japan and China - make it to the actors' ears? Does it matter to them if their drama is super popular in the western world when it's not getting good ratings in Korea? Does it encourage them that even if the drama isn't popular in Korea, it is in the US and other western countries?

It makes me wish I knew Korean so I could leave encouraging words via Twitter or whatever in hopes that the actors and actresses would actually read it and know they have supporters around the world.

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It's unrealistic to ban ratings, dramas need to make money and have some way to measure their audience.

And @never2muchcoffee - I believe they do get to know if dramas are popular internationally, from what I've heard Song Jina knows how popular Healer was online/through Dramafever etc.

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Agree ... Rating system is Not- Healthy . Maybe not totally should be banned but need some adjustment ....

Drama ratings based on viewership ratings .... is not totally representative ....The rating is just calculated from how many people tuned into that show when it aired.

And it's un- Fair to Compare different genre of drama ... Sageuk & Modern Romantic Drama .... Just like comparing Fruit & vegetable (eg Apple vs Carrot ) , not Fruit vs Fruit ( eg Banana vs Apple ) ..

And since the Competition is very fierce ... the no could be " Manipulated " or " Foul Play " .... and movie industry is " dirty industry " ...

Life suck and shit happened ... that's movie industry ......

The numbers are not absolute ... it could be vary ... and it means a lot ...

Well, therefore I don't believe it's credibility .......

They need better Parameter .....

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Totally agree with you SHIN. I'm too lazy to break it down but I understand why the rating is where it's at right now. We don't need to be in the business to get it.

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Hi Susan,

Thank you for this comment.
I watched the first few eps, and found that the later ones floundered. Now I just drop by to admire the screen caps, and then I see your intelligent and level-headed comment.

In the past 2 years, there have been so many dramas of great potential reduced to nonsense by poor writing. Actors are hardly ever at fault. KDs really puzzle me in that they regard the script as sthg that can be put together by various additions or subtractions of writers while filming is already going on. There is no need to consider artistic vision or integrity of story. They are just like fast-food factories, aren't they, where anyone can go in, join in and start cooking?

Shaking head, and gnashing teeth...... I no longer watch many KDs. Back to reading it is, which is a good thing. ?

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btw, those ratings? Are a little misleading, since you're quoting the Seoul-only AGB ratings, while the usual practice when mentioning ratings is to indicate the nationwide ratings - unless specifically indicated.

The full and accurate table is here (both TnMS and AGB)

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Scholar_Who_Walks_the_Night/Episode_Ratings

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That's why I was asking if she was a producer for K-dramas. AGB nationwide is the standard for rating report. Seoul ratings is just for the capital and NOT the whole nation. When a drama crosses 40% it becomes a national drama based on nationwide ratings.

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The plot holes were already happens before the new writer came in. Your comment is only represent you own POV and I believe not many agree with you. Think logically, why they needed to add a new writer if there's nothing wrong with the old one? I'm very sure the intention to add the new writer is to 'save' the drama. You only need to 'save' something when it inches to became a failure.

I have no problem with the new writer in fact I love his previous works esp TBWAD and Liar game. Then again, everyone have a different ways in seeing something. And I also thing it's not fair to blame the new writer for the low rating. Maybe you forget that Yong Pal is better than Mask...

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i must say your comment is too hard to understand its not my english is really bad but i cant digest your comment. lol

but u know what i didnt quite enjoyed earlier episodes, but now it exciting me a bit.

and...

this is drama. cant expect perfection. we watch drama for entertainment even we will complain here n there. but be reasonable in complaining. dont expect this drama to become intellectual thing.

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Yong pal must be full of intense ( i Haven't watched yet, bet ween Jun ki and joo won i prefer jun ki because of his acting and charming).i will watch it once i finish this. these days they love much intense dramas which keeping you at your seat edge. Like "punch" and "chaser". can't blame anyone, it is what individuals prefer.

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i do love sageuk,including fantasy sageuk and i enjoy AATM so much. before. just this drama is not attracting me that much..but im still enjoying it.

Yong Pal is definitely my cup of tea.

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Personally I also prefer Lee Junki over Joo Won. But I have to say that Scholar kinda disappoint me, I'm still watching it and I do enjoy it but story plot wise is really not that fantastic (my hope is dashed).

Yong Pal is more interesting and exciting, but then again they're only at episode 6 now so there is still a chance that the writing will go crazy halfway, just like many other dramas nowadays...

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Intense, yes, but makes sense? no. Nonetheless Yong Pal is addictive and entertaining and Joo Won is amazing as always. I couldn't get enough of it.
Now back to Scholar.....I am thinking the new writer did something good here. The last few episodes bothered me so much : bad dialogues, secrets get revealed and plans get implemented but no explanation was given on how we got from point A to point B. But episodes 13 and 14 have better lines (not excellent, but better than previous) and at least offered valid reasons for character having change of hearts. Even Gwi is getting up to speed with what's happening. At least now he knows about the cloak. I'm enjoying the drama and have decided not to get frustrated with loopholes in the plot lines.

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First of all, HIIIIII everyone. First time commenting cuz I feel the need to defend the drama and the writer :)

I, for one, feel as if the new writer is doing a fine job of cleaning up after the old one. Ep 13 and 14 are true emotional roller-coaster rides for me, and I really enjoyed them.

About the "hunchback Sung Yeol" that you mentioned ... Well, this is the second full-moon episode that we're shown and he's in dire straits in both. The "charming but mysterious scholar with beautiful manners behind a screen in the gibang" is a facade that he can't keep on these days that he is at his most vulnerable. Not to mention, he's purposely showing the ugliness of his existence to YS/SJ (Even she knows that, hence asking: "Why are you going this far?").

After the beautiful fantasy of Ep13, this is a necessary and heart-wrenching direction that Ep14 has to take... And I find that it was handled with great sensitivity and maturity (that IMO, Ep 2 to 8 lacks).

Not knocking the old writer or your (@Susan) opinion. Just stating mine :)

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erm aren't all those things u listed as plot holes just plot development? if no one's gonna find out about the vampires and stuff then how is this drama gonna end at 20 episodes lmao

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yeah, 'things happening' is not the same as 'inconsistency'. Because otherwise we'd have no movement in the story at all!

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Look, it's pretty clear you were watching for the fluff and manhwa-style prettiness of the earlier episodes where there was a very strong focus on romance to the exclusion of most other things. Now we have other elements and some semblance of progress in the story, and that's not your cup of tea, sure.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the romance either, but the virtual freeze on all plot developments for the first 8 episodes.....does not make for much of a drama. You can't fill 20 episodes with nothing but 'Yang-sun ♥ Sung-yeol' and repetitive scenes of the other characters doing the same things over and over. Which is basically all there was, because that was all the first writer was apparently capable of focusing on.

I feel like showing Yang-sun Sung-yeol's darkest and most inhuman side is necessary because her love for him earlier was based on a fantasy that he did everything he could to live up to. Now she's seen how ugly his reality can be, and needs to decide if she loves him anyway even when he's not the super cool and forever beautiful Night Scholar of her stories.

As for the ratings, they're still within their usual range. I don't see why pearls are being clutched over a drama having an increase or decrease of 0.2 percent, really.

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Somebody get my sexy vampire some sunblock cream!!!!! I could just beat the crap out of HR! That cold blooded evil little thang!!!!

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The first half of the drama, she wasn't really a concern but now......

But I really like Soeun's lips movement! Something is adorable with it eventhough she was mocking Yangsun or Sungyeol.

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HAHA. i fell in love with her before because of her lips movement. even though shes playing cold-hearted woman, she cant escape from that lips movement lol

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On tonight's episode of Valid Vampire who walks the night, Mukadil wants friends but doesn't know how. So he turns a bunch of other people's friends into vampires. The magistrate tells him that's totally not how friendship works and Mukadil just builds another giant cave and puts them in there. Beon Gae comes to deliver some kimchi chigae for Mukadil's friends/ captives and suggests that maybe he could learn English and then he could speak to more people and thereby acquire more friends. He bites her, saying "it's just easier this way."
Vampire Beon Gae is even faster than before, but now has the annoying habit of eating her customers after delivering their food. She gets fired after eating Arang, and the Magistrate decides to put an end to this madness. Yoobi-chingu is too enamored with vampires to let him, though, and defects to hang out (upside down, no less) with Mukadil. Just then, the F4 come to take vampire Beon Gae away, with Ga Eul's doppelganger pushing her off a helicopter onto an island shaped like a heart.

Thanks to the people who bother reading these! The only reason I'm even watching this catastrophe anymore is to glean as many little meta references as I can.

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You are truly daebak. I wish I was half as witty as you. Keep up the good work, your shorts are the best parts of the comment section.?

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Awww you're too sweet! :) Glad that you're enjoying reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

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I wonder if you ever running out of ideas lol I giggle everytime reading your comment

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Are you meta referring to other dramas now? Valid Love?
It's fun to think of some!

Let's Eat Everybody
Missing Brain
Oh My Vampire
Kiss Me, Bite Me

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I really wish I can understand your references since a lot of beanies here seem to enjoy them. But I don't know the drama you're referring to. What's the the drama's name and is it well worth the watch? Thanks :)

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It's called Vampire Idol. Lee Yubi and Lee Soo-Hyuk are in it.

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Yeah, most of it is referencing Vampire Idol which I think is such a hidden gem. Not because it's GOOD, per se, but more that it's aware of how absurd it is and goes all out on everything. I think JB and GF said in their rating of it something along the line of you don't have something zany like alien vampire idol trainees and then half-ass the camp factor. Also doesn't hurt that there is a ton of eye candy ;)

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Oh, yes. You never disappoint, cali. XD

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I feel like this entire series of comments deserves to go into an end-of-year Best Of Comments or something.

And I thoroughly approve of more people knowing about Vampire Idol. The more, the merrier!

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Agreed. I'll definitely mention cali when that time of the year rolls around.

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Cali, you are the funniest ♥♥♥

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Standing ovation to Lee Jun Ki! His performance was outstanding!!!!!!!

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"It was necessary for her to see what vampires are really like and to stop romanticizing them"

*thinks of Twilight*

"just ONE daylight cloak"

*sparkles*

"turning Sung-yeol into the next Gwi"

Bare chested hunk with awesome hair telling the walls, floor and any peasant who wanders into his path how awesome he is and how low they are? Ehehehe

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I hope Jun ki will act as a businessman or some kind of spoiled sexy rich guy, we have already seen him as a udercover agent, hero in joseon era, or may be in much older eras, and a father who was a gambler, and magistrate, and last a vampire.

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Lots of wasted potential, but trust me, this isn't even as bad as it could be.

Lee Jun-ki deserves every bit of the praise he gets for being so unafraid of really letting it all out onscreen, like jb and gf have said so many times, this is a cheesefest but he treats it with 100 percent sincerity. And so do the others.

I think every single one of the main cast have done really well, even when their characters had to be scheming (Hye-ryung) or undecided/reluctant (Yoon) or jealous and bitter (Soo-hyang) or sometimes outright too stupid to love (Yang-sun!). And so have the supporting actors, including the actors who played Ho-jin and Hak-young. They're not all the most experienced, but they committed to their material and really delivered. And yeah, I do hope Lee Soo-hyuk, Kim So-eun and Lee Yubi go on to lead roles proper sometime. I really hope that future casting directors look beyond the ratings for this drama and see a cast that did its best even despite deficiencies in the script.

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Strike a pose. Come on vogue. Gwi strutting his stuff through the bloody runway temporarily took me out of this era lol.

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I found it annoying when Hyeryung masking herself as Myunghee, I'm afraid she would continue using him later because I'll totally drop the drama for a while (well, if the writer is smart enough to move the plot really fast like how Sunwoo discovered Bongsun's blog I'll consider it again)
Once again, I admire Yangsun and Sungyeol's love to each other. Eventhough she was shaken a bit but still, she didn't backing away. Same for Sungyeol for not giving up Yangsun when he saw the doppelganger of his long lost love.

And stop sending her away. Next time, he probably send her to New Zealand or Kalimantan. Why don't you just let her join the team? If later she dies then you can also kill yourself and you both can date in heaven or just run away, let Yoon deals his problem with Gwi, forget the promises you made and live happily ever after.

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for now im just hoping YS becomes smart enough to learn the whole situation. i lost hope that SY will tell her by himself. so lets our bitchy to play her part here. rather than seeing her lost in a nowhere better shes know the truth sooner. i cant stand a heroine play a victim always.

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For those wondering why Gwi didn't know a magic cloak can help you walk in sunlight:

He didn't discover it right away because his habit is walking around half-nekkid. :P

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Haha ... Love your sense of Humor ......

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Teeheehee. For which we thank him.

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He's sexy and he knows it ;)

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lol yes, that is true :D

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I love this episode...

I don't care about others criticizing every details of this story. I just want to enjoy this. And Seonbi-nim's beauty. And SY and YS romance. That's how simple i am.

If i want a story to be realistic. I wouldn't even watch a vampire drama. Or TV and Movie in general.

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Agree ~~~ . Many positive response and comments @ myasiantv.com & u-tube viewers ... many ppl said addicted and can't wait for the next episodes....

I enjoy this drama very much too and addicted to it .......

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Agree. I was a bit skeptical as vampire story is not my cup of tea. Never watched a Junki drama before as well. His acting is daebak!

I am hooked lock, stock and barrel. The drama defies logic in many ways and the story has take a turn..probably due to the change in writer but I don't think this drama was supposed to be dreamy and sweet all the way - matter of time it takes a drastic turn.

Well - I am sticking to this till the end. It has been a few months since I have watched a kdrama! Last one was Healer!

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Welcome Akiddo to the world of Oppa Lee Jun-Ki. Hopefully you'll check out some of his other projects like:

TV Shows
Gunman in Joseon (KBS2, 2014)
Two Weeks (MBC, 2013)
Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, 2012)
Hero (MBC, 2009)
Iljimae (SBS, 2008)
Time Between Dog and Wolf (MBC, 2007)
My Girl (SBS, 2005)

Movies
The King and the Clown (2005) as Gong Gil

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Kamsahamnida!!!

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The term "smoking hot" just got very real in this episode. It's now imprinted in my memory forever, unfortunately, with the visual of Sung Yeol's burning skin. Oh, and what's with the eyeliner? When Crown Prince's friend woke up as a new vampire, the first thing I noticed he was wearing tons of guyliner, and he had none before. Or is it vampireliner now?

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I don't think the new writers had anything to do with bad ratings. If people don't like this in the beginning. You think they will still watch this? The ratings went downhill because people stopped watching this.

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The ratings are still within the 7 percent range which is basically the same numbers the drama has always been doing....why on earth is the new writer being blamed when they are likely the reason why the story moved forward a little bit.

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No it's not his fault.

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To be honest , I love this drama.... it's not perfect but still more intense ... more intrique ... and more amusing to watch than Mask or Yongpal.

I'm Junki Fans.... and I love his acting skills.... he is charismatic ... beautiful human being.

Though I like all the casts in this drama too. YS, Gwi, SH , HR , Yoon, Hakyong... even Hyojin....

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This episode is so emotional, And Lee jun ki's acting is outstanding, he must get award for his acting what ever the plot is. any way i don't see any wrong with this plot we can't hope any thing from a saeguk than this. it doesn't have much intense or thrill but still beautiful. this is a good fantasy drama after the Arang.
i hope lee couple ended up together at least like Arang.
that hunter was the grim reaper in arang right?

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Junki is very talented actor ....... he also won excellent actor award for AATM ... I wish him won for this drama too ...

He is Master of Facial Expressions ........

Yes The Hunter is the Grim Reaper ......

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His acting is for daesang prize. But daesang prize is only for hit dramas.

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Oh great now the black magical garb has been stolen and Sungyeol sizzles like a roast in the sun. Meh...
What's this? It doesn't read the same as what the manhwa has. But least we know the history of how Sungyeol saved Hojin and Suhyang in the first place. These 2 people have played their important parts.

OK no more pretty hanboks for this episode but LJK delivers a great performance. And I am about to slap off Hyerung for her meany character.

It's a pity that the actors did a good job but script was written poorly resulting low ratings against Yongpal who is the strongest contender with viewers gripping to their seat hoping to know what will happen next...

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I knew it was going to get stolen at some point in the drama the minute we saw it. Chekov's Gun rule of storytelling, basically.

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Maybe they'll kiss and make up in the next episode and Yoon will give it back to Sung-yeol.

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Su Hyang and Hye Ryung are already progressing in theirn own plan, both them shud collaborate actually, but at this moment it wont be since SH still being captive by Gwi. i wonder what Su Hyang will do to protect SY. I can feel that SH is not being blinded by jealousy, and try to figure out what to do to protect SY, this is what a heroine shud actually do. but our lost puppy heroine is still not there yet, so for now i will enjoy what the other two pretty and smart females' plans..and im not that curious what will YS do later on.

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opps actually

.... and im also curious...

my mind was somewhere else i think

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I'm in love with Junki character here .... as well as I'm in love with him in AATM ......
He always portrays his character really well ......

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Sohyang is not very smart .... not an ordinary gisaeng... I didn't hate her .......

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Sorry I mean ...Sohyang is Very Smart not just a Gisaeng ... she really know how to deal with Gwi .... she is a master mind .... Good Job. I can't hate her ....

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Bunch of idiots !!!!! including Gwi and including me !!!!

"....realizes now why Scholar Seo insisted on raising his daughter as a boy" I did not realize why??? Blood lone is a blood line, what is with boy or girl??? anyone???

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Becoz only maternal it counts .... only from woman .... and to her decendants (woman ) ....
The only 1 survive is YS because if Gwi knew ...there still maternal line alive ...he will kill her right away ... that's why father dressed her as a boy ...

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@yaya
Ohhhh... I thought the names were in a maternal relationship like maternal uncle aunty or cousins and thus related to the woman Gwi once loved, I did not get that the person has to be an woman :P

Thanx :)

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OHHH MY GOOOD poor scholar,

No matter what others say about the plot and the drama's reaction with the people.

Damnnnn I love this drama very much :D

And Jun Ki nailed the character in this drama as all the other dramas he did earlier.

The best actor who can portraits and bring out the characters tacts in any character to its maximum level :)

And thank you for the recaps Girlfriday.

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So True ...... I don't care what people say ... I love this drama ... Love LJK ... Yes thanks to GF for nice recaps .........

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I agree wid u just loving the drama n can't wait fr the next episode.. Love love love n loads of love for the DRAMA , jun ki n evry 1 thnk u MBC fr giving a wonderful a drama i love this

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I'm sorry but yoon just really made me mad this episode.... Did he not learn not to trust people yet...? What's with telling wifey everything.... A secret plan means it's supposed to be.. Wait for it... A SECRET.....!! I'm glad SY got mr hunter on his side now.... He needs someone smart since yoon's brain seems to have turned into pudding.... I hope YS and SY go back to being adorkable next episode... I don't like seeing SY so sad.... ??

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Changmin potrayed the frustased-and-desperate Yoon really well though. He lost everyone he trust in a blink of eye, so I can understand him for behaving that way. He is just running out of plan, he chose the one that available that time -- sacrifying Yangsun. I hope Yangsun step in the game and ask Yoon to listen to Sungyeol.

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I did cut Yoon some slack while grandpa was still alive. It's only natural that he would trust him more but he is the king now. It's time to man the hell up and act like one.

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He's still barely what, a week out from Grandpa's death?

I know he's on track to kill our good guys, but to him, his clinging to grandpa's last words and plan is not that different from everyone putting their faith in CP Jeonghyun's diary which contained the magical plan that the King apparently decoded before his death.

To him, that IS the 'man the hell up' plan - be prepared to sacrifice his childhood friend for the sake of the nation. But I think Changmin is giving us a very good sense that having to do it is tearing him up inside.

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I feel very protective of Yang-sun because I am sick and tired of all the abuse and suffering that she has to go through. Enough already.

Yoon was told by his trusted teacher that sacrificing Yang-sun will create another Gwi. Sung-yeol will be on destructive mode if something happens to Yang-sun and there wont be a nation left to save.
He needs to start listening to those who still gives a damn. He's not the only one who lost a father, grandfather, best friend etc. Every single person on his side has.

I'm too hard on our frail brainless prince here but he's making me mad and I have more sympathy for Sung-yeol and Yang-sun right now than I do for him.

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I recognise that she's been through a lot, especially as the designated 'innocent' of the cast - but it really frustrates me that she's been left so helpless and clueless for most of the drama, and that any character development for her was pretty much entirely neglected until now. I still sympathise with her, but that's largely down to the acting than Yang-sun as she would be on paper.

I agree that Yoon needs to start listening to people who might know more, since most of his decisions just end up making me go 'NOOOOOO!' But as far as HE knows, he was listening to the person who knew best, and sacrificed his life for it, so he's sticking blindly to grandpa King's path because he thinks that's the most accurate interpretation of the plan and therefore his duty.

Still a really terrible decision, and like you and gf said, guaranteed to make an enemy out of Sung-yeol forever, but I can see how and why he got there.

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Hi... Thanx to Dramabeans once again. I love this DRAMA... Jun Ki and evry 1 .. I dont want to blame any1... i Simply love this drama and would not mind seeing it hundred times... Hwaiting Scholar who walks the night and dramabeans tooo... LOVE KDRAMA

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I realy dont understand whats on the writers mind! Turning all as vampire?frst is HK then HR,i mean seriously who will next?HJ and SH? Yoon now is acting like a stupid king,i hate him!!! SY is sooooo weak,can he handle to fight nw?why he's so weak while Gwi is not?he drinks blood too,not as much but he did,,! and Ys can u make her character more stronger and fearless??

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Seriously I don’t understand why most of people in this thread blaming to writer of this drama, and the story , if he or she sees this it might cause him or she get depression. Poor thing, have a sympathy we all are human beings but I think humans with wild heart. Opposite to junki’s character here he is kind of beast with human heart. Lol , nothing wrong giving your thoughts but don’t repeat same thing, we must courage them rather than pulling them down , I am great full because still doing there hard in this situation. My regards to crew and cast of this drama.

But happy even with harsh words they are still watching this that’s the miracle of this drama.

In my opinion I really love this drama and cast and their acting, story is ok for me. We can’t expect same thing in different dramas. This is unique vampire saeguk, that’s all I can say. More than blood lust this has a sweet and sacrificing love between a human and a vampire than lustful love which shows in western vampire dramas. Really love it, I can feel pain of their hearts. If other feels the same then it is a success, but they have to take action defeat the enemy sweet love cannot be happened every time, now the battle began. Wooooooooooooha.

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Thanks a lot! You like read my thoughts about this episode!

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Oh my...he's asking his old love to forgive him because his heart now belongs to another woman. Squeeee....*faints*

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As me am enjoying this drama soo much.where ep 14 ended made me sad cos i cnt wait for next week that's how much i like this drama.Also what can I say abt jun ki,speechless.Thanks for the recap.

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Well, he doesn't seem to be a wise king if he is going to just jump into conclusions and think that sacrificing Yang Sun is what this secret plan really is. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree since his grandfather concocted that cockamamie trap at the wedding that lead to a massacre.

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I am not a LJK fan but I can see that he put in his utmost effort to act his role. He should be very stressed now considering the ratings. I watched the first 4 episodes and gave up because of the story line.

However, I agree with little muffin that Yong Pal is only at episode 6 and at any time the story can go crazy especially now that they are extending 4 more episodes. Also, I read somewhere that the female lead has only a pretty face but no acting skill.

I also agree with Endz that ratings went downhill because people stopped watching. Hopefully more talks on the additional writer to catch watchers attention and watch the show.

Though not a LJK fan it hurts to see him so stressed through no fault of his.

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as regard to rating issue, i must praise for "i Remember You' team. despite of poor rating, if im not mistaken, poorer rating than this, they still continue to work hard until the end. the writer n PD seems not being affected by rating so much and continue to produce the worthy drama.'

LJK has been in the industry for a long time, he may already foreseen this situation. so i think he wont be hurt too much because of this.

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Lee jun ki is quite popular for sensitiveness, he was depressed after "two weeks", but always cheering, he doesn't show even if he is sad. and he does his job very well, and adorable person. he will get through this.because he has lot of fans which cares about him.

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Well, I don't care about korean rating issue ... SKKS has poor rating issue but loved by int'l fans & netizens ... I read many positive comments abut this drama ... int'l netizens loved it very much ...addicted to it ... and can't wait for next Eps ...
Rating Low in korea . So What ???
Modern drama usually win compare to Sageuk ( Nice Guy vs AATM )... no surprise at all . I love this drama and will watch till the end ... I even not watch Yongpal or Mask ...
I prefer Junki over Joowon .....I think Yongpal win becoz of "Kimtaehee Factor" .....

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I couldn't agree more concerning the Korean rating issue! ^^

I 'm a hard core fan of BTVS and of Angel/ Angelus being a great big bad vampire and of course of Spike and still I am completely in love with Lee Jun Ki's vampire Kim Sung Yeol!!! I feel like he got into his character perfectly well! From the beginning he's been a fantastic and fascnating vampire and it seems to me these vampires are closer to the original ones than all those Edward and cie vampires! There's nothing dream-like about being a vampire, Sung Yeol and even Gwi insist on that and that's what I like about this drama! and I also love the seductive power that they have on women and on their victims! It reminds me a bit of Dracula's hypnotic power and there's something hypnotic in the way Lee Jun Ki's Sung Yeol stares at Yang Sun! and his struggle against his blood lust and his wish to end this dreadful life as a beast remind me a lot of Angel' s own struggles!
For me, Lee Jun Ki's vampire has a bit of all that!! and his acting is nothing but perfect!

The drama is at times deliciously Gothic and gory and at other times so interesting about the Joseon period and its height of classical Korean culture and literature. Like the heroine, I 've always loved books, the smells of them and whereas in SKKS we discovered the world of elite- Confucian students in this renowned school, here in the Scholar, it's the world of book sellers, writers, books -even erotica books (^^) (suddenly wish Song Jong Ki's Yong Ha could appear once as a cameo in The Scholar!! wouldn't that be great!!^^) and scholars!!!

No, for me, it's a very good, entertaining drama! The script, even if there are some plotholes (like what did Sung Yeol do during 120 years??! How did Gwi become a vampire? who was the woman he loved ? ), keeps surprising me especially at the end of Ep 13 and 14! so I couldn't ask for more!

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I just want to thank whoever in charge for putting gwi in saguek clothing again

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ahhhahaha I thought the same thing. "If he gets the black cloak he can be out in the daylight wearing beautiful hanbok all the time, goody!"

just a fabric-nut note - that is some seriously indestructible cloth that can hold up through two vampire lifetimes and still be in good shape ?

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With the hat! Don't forget the hat!

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I agree wholeheartedly. And I thought we saw the last of it during his Hwayanggak visit. Lol.

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Hold out to the end all the SWWTN staffs. I believe in you! Good Job!

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Awww men the cliffhanger ?
I'm enjoying reading the recaps again, i may not be watching but ive noticed the tone of the recaps is positive and no digs at the show.so i guess its better, i feel its moving forward now as opposed to the circles before.

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Yes there is forward movement and some unexpected turn of events. Kind of woke me up from dreaming.

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If i say sweet and short this is a unique historical fantasy drama where no traitors and patriots. just beautiful one. after the arang and magistrate.

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i'm just afraind that this drama will end with almost all the charaters sacrificing themselves... like one big desater tragedy
oh god i really hope for a happy ending but the more i watch the more convinced i am it's gonna end up badly

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I don't think they will all die mik11, even if our main leads die it won't be a bad thing to live peacefully among humans as a vampire. Yoon is not going to die. He will live and rule his people when he comes to his senses lol.

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yeah, half crazed with grief and worry +guilt at having to sacrifice your best friend and kill her vampire lover to get to her, will do a number on anyone's head. I rather miss his playfulness in the first half, but even if I don't like Yoon's decisions, I can see how and why he comes to them. But damn grandpa for deciding on his own that Sung-yeol is the enemy too!

(and speaking of Yoon, I think we're also going to see some fallout of Hye-ryung bringing him the magic robes while still sneaking around on him to see Gwi).

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Su-hyang, I don't care what people say about you, but I am counting on you to save our vampire hero!!!!!! Please ride that horse at 100 miles per hour!

Then expose that fake two timing Crown Princess' true self to the Crown Prince!

Can't wait for Wednesday!

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SH really rocks in Eps 14!

I am not sure whether they will develop Su-Hyang's character in parallel with the Manhwa's, but if she is proven to be faithful to SY till the end (even through dubious means, i.e., turned into a vampire by Gwi and becoming his minion) by assisting him covertly in Gwi's camp, I will be shipping SY-SH in an alternate universe.

However, the writers might still make her do a 180 degrees turn (from her portrayal so far) and she ends up truly being a traitor to SY's cause due to jealousy, unrequited love and bitter hurt.

I am really hoping they make a 'better' woman out of her, though.

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To Su-Hyang: Don't forget, honey!....our vampire did save you!

Hopefully the horseless hunter is making his way over there, too!

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I LOVE SU-HYANG! Only she could have survived in the vampire's lair for god knows how long, keep her wits about her until Gwi believes she's on his side and let's her go......that's really impressive.

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Now back to the horse....gitty up!

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Acting wise LJK nailed it.I truly love this drama.the chemistry of LJK and lyb is awesome. Excited to wait for the next episodes.rating doesn't matter what's important every one is being entertain and love the show.

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Ditto!!! LJK nailed it!!! And I love the chemistry between the leads!
and even Kim So Eun's character keeps surprising me!!!

Really crazy about this show! :) <3 <3
Can't wait to see the next episodes!!!

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