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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 9

Self-sacrifice is the currency of the day, with everyone and their mother (er, father) throwing themselves in the line of fire to save a loved one. It’s not a currency that necessarily buys much, since Big Evil still has them outpaced and outmatched, but there’s nothing like putting our main crew in such dire straits does to bring people together in purpose.

 
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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Yang-sun and her father are tortured under Advisor Noh’s command (which is really the king’s command, since he’s making Yang-sun the scapegoat in order to spare Prince Yoon). Battered, she comes to in a prison cell and worries over her unconscious father, just as Advisor Noh steps in to offer a deal: Confess to being Eumlan Seosaeng, and her family will be rescued.

Yang-sun starts to protest her innocence and say that the prince is the true author, but Advisor Noh cuts her off to warn that she wouldn’t be allowed to live if she told the world the truth. Not only would Gwi kill her family and the prince, he’d go after any and every citizen who spoke of it. He confirms to Yang-sun that vampires do exist, and says that with her one death, everybody else’s lives would be spared. Gah, I hate that it sounds even the tiniest bit persuasive, and that she even considers it.

Sung-yeol confers with his team about getting Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary from Dad, aware that Dad is likely to lump all vampires into the same evil category and refuse to hand over the book. Su-hyang points out that he’d do it to save Yang-sun’s life, though.

Ho-jin worries that if Eumlan Seosaeng is brought before Gwi, he may recall Yang-sun’s scent. Su-hyang asks if Sung-yeol could really stand by to watch Yang-sun being hurt, but he clenches his jaw and replies, “I am hurting too. However, if one Yang-sun dying can save all the people, I will do it. If that is what it takes to be rid of Gwi, I would do even more than that.”

Gwi’s loyal toady, the prime minister, reports that the king is producing a fake Eumlan Seosaeng, and decides to see for himself whether it’s the real one. He practically salivates at the idea of drinking that sweet blood.

In her cell, Yang-sun huddles to herself and, addressing Sung-yeol, admits her fear and wonders if her death would truly save lives: “If only I die…”

Sung-yeol is startled when crippled Dam drags herself to his door to plead with him to save her sister, reminding him that he’d saved her before and could do it again. She gives him the Night Scholar novel Yang-sun had been working on as proof of how much she cared for him, and begs him to do something.

Sung-yeol recognizes the scenes depicted, and flips through the novel, looking contemplative.

The next day, he’s apprised of the latest developments, with the prisoners taken to the royal tribunal for formal interrogation (which means more torture). They’ve beefed up security there, but it must not be much since he waltzes right into Yang-sun’s prison cell. She’s bloody and battered, and her father’s no better off.

Dad stirs first, and he rears back in terror at the sight of him, though thankfully today he’s not screaming his head off. Sung-yeol asks if he was there ten years ago at Scholar Seo’s, and Dad confirms that he saw Sung-yeol feeding. Sung-yeol explains that he’s out to destroy Gwi with that diary and warns him for the king’s plan to throw Yang-sun to the wolves to save the prince. But if Dad tells him where the diary is, he’ll save the family and send them to Tamra. He urges Dad to trust him, and then in the blink of an eye, he’s gone.

Yoon sits alone with his guilty conscience, replaying his conversation with his grandfather about letting Yang-sun die. The king says he lost a son and won’t lose his grandson too, and Yoon feels powerless to do anything. Then his father’s voice calls out to him, and suddenly he imagines Crown Prince Sadong in the room, gently rebuking him for doing nothing while his loyal followers suffer instead.

Yoon doesn’t know how he can save them asks his father to tell him what to do. Sadong just steps forward to place an encouraging hand on his shoulder, but when Yoon reaches up to touch his father’s hand, he’s gone, leaving him lost and alone.

Advisor Noh pulls Hak-young aside before the interrogation begins, and echoes the king’s words by saying that he can’t lose his grandson on top of his son. He instructs Hak-young not to speak up and take the fall as Eumlan Seosaeng, threatening to go after the prince as the real Eumlan Seosaeng if he does.

As the prisoners are brought out for their torture session, the king warns Yoon to remain put, or the girl will die. Funny, I’m pretty sure staying put will end with the girl dying anyway, but Yoon does as ordered, though he has difficulty watching everyone’s agony as they are beaten and burned. But I’ll spare him my sympathy, since watching is nothing compared to enduring it. I mean, I know you’re in a tough spot and all, but I’m still mad at you.

This is the first time Yang-sun has seen Yoon in prince’s garb, and she’s surprised at the revelation. As the king asks her one more time to confess to being the traitor, she thinks back to Yoon’s question about whether she hates Eumlan Seosaeng even as she admires him, since he’s causing the people pain. The threats ring in her ears as she tries to decide how to reply, and finally, she speaks up.

“I am Eumlan Seosaeng,” she declares, to her father’s horror. She takes responsibility for everything, and Yoon looks crushed… though I notice you’re not saying anything, buddy. Hmph.

Sung-yeol prepares massive amounts of hawthorn powder, determined to get rid of Yang-sun’s scent. He releases a handful of dust into the wind, and his eyes flare red.

Then Dad speaks up and says Yang-sun’s lying to spare her father, because he’s really Eumlan Seosaeng. Good grief. Don’t y’all know that if you all take the fall, you’ll all die, and then what good will your sacrifice do?

Dad is determined to win this sacrifice game and outs himself as having formerly worked for Crown Prince Sadong, and that he masterminded this whole thing out of a grudge. He begs for Yang-sun’s life to be spared, but the king says they all deserve death for conspiring against the nation and declares their public execution.

When night falls, Sung-yeol swoops into action and breaks into the prison where Yang-sun sleeps. He takes out a vial and pours its contents over her neck and arms—blood. He removes the hawthorn pendant from her neck just as Gwi makes his approach, arriving outside the prison to see the prisoner.

He’s taken to Dad first, and right away knows it’s not the right one. Next he takes a look at Yang-sun and notices that she has no scent, but one taste of the blood on her neck is enough to confirm that this isn’t who he wants, either. But her lack of scent is peculiar enough to give him pause, and he feels around and finds powder scattered around. This doesn’t prove she’s Eumlan Seosaeng, but he’s intrigued anyway; at the least, it suggests Sung-yeol will be somewhere in her vicinity, for him to go out of his way to protect her like this.

Sung-yeol returns to check on Yang-sun after Gwi’s departure, looking pained to see her in such a sad state. She stirs half-awake and takes hold of his arm, struggling to say, “I… I hurt so much…”

Yoon broods over the well his father had died in, torn with guilt and shame while not knowing how to change anything. Gwi watches from a distance and recognizes a face among the prince’s guards—he knows that man to work for the king. So is the king having his grandson monitored, or protected?

The king’s faithful advisor urges him to share his plan with Yoon—the one where he’s actually planning to fight against Gwi, which will ease the tensions between them. But the king resists, saying that it’s not yet time.

They hear that their bodyguard has been dragged off by Gwi and worry that he might talk too much, since he’s privy to the knowledge that Yoon is the real Eumlan Seosaeng. And sure enough, the man spills the beans readily, divulging that the king has been watching Yoon closely for the past year and therefore also knows of Eumlan Seosaeng’s true identity.

The guard begs for his life and promises to serve Gwi, but Gwi has no use for a faithless follower who would turn on his master to save his own skin. He slashes the guard with his sword, and directs that comment at the prime minister, who gulps. Message received.

In the prison cell, Sung-yeol cradles an unconscious Yang-sun to his chest and lets his tears fall to see her in such pain. She briefly wakes and asks how he came to be here, but falls asleep again, and he holds her even closer. He thinks of his sneering words to her on the bridge, and urges her now, “Yang-sun-ah, just hold on a little longer.”

Dad awakens in the next cell over and is puzzled to see the vampire holding Yang-sun so tenderly. He thinks back to that night ten years ago, when he’d witnessed Sung-yeol killing (not having seen that the man had been turned into a vamp). Injured, Jin had crawled over to his (her) father, and Sung-yeol had turned back to slice his hand on his dagger and let his blood drip onto her injuries, healing her.

In the palace, the prime minister is denied access to the king even though his message comes from “The Elder,” aka Gwi. The king’s servant instructs him to return in the morning, and inside, the king and Yoon sit to discuss the latest developments—namely, Gwi now knows who the true Eumlan Seosaeng is, and now the prince’s life, which the king worked so hard to protect, is in danger.

Since everybody is determined to be noble today, Yoon decides that he will face Gwi and die, but wants to protect the king, and asks that Yang-sun and the other prisoners be saved. The king cuts him off angrily for tossing his life away so readily, but finally decides it’s time to share the full story. He explains that he has been preparing for many years to fight Gwi, and that it’s imperative that Yoon of all people survive. If the king is killed while fighting, it falls to Yoon to take over, for the sake of their people.

Now Dad is confused about Sung-yeol’s motives and asks him what he’s about—as a vampire, he should want to eat Yang-sun, but instead he’s holding her gently and worrying over her. “Do you… love my daughter?” he asks.

It’s hard for him to believe that a kind vampire could exist, but Dad informs Sung-yeol that he also saved Yang-sun ten years ago. This is news to Sung-yeol, who hadn’t connected the child he saved to Yang-sun, and Dad informs him that Yang-sun is actually Scholar Seo’s child.

Sung-yeol again asks for the diary and promises to protect the family, but at the sound of guards outside, he has to leave before Dad is ready to agree.

Hye-ryung does some background tracing to find out that Sung-yeol can be found at a gibang. What are you planning, lady?

Treacherous Advisor Noh offers Dad poison to take the blame in exchange for saving his daughter’s life. Are we still playing this game? Dad shoves the powder into his mouth, graghhhh, and asks Treacherous Advisor Noh to honor that promise. FINE, if everyone wants to die so much, then you all just deserve to die already. GAH!

The first thing Yang-sun does upon waking is to look around for her father, who isn’t in any of the cells. She’s relieved when he’s brought back to the prison, and he tells her they’re being allowed to go home because it’s been revealed that they aren’t the culprit. The other prisoners (including Hak-young) look askance at each other since that sounds too unlikely, but Yang-sun is just relieved at the good news.

Sung-yeol hears that Yang-sun and Dad are being taken to the palace (presumably Gwi’s lair there) and springs into motion. He orders his team to prepare the consort’s corpse to be revived to lure Gwi, giving him time to go in and rescue Yang-sun. They both urge him to reconsider, since facing Gwi without any plan or powers could lead to a similar outcome as the last time, or worse. But Sung-yeol orders them aside, determined to save them.

Despite her father’s assurances that they’re being released, Yang-sun is uneasy about being taken to the palace first. As they arrive, Dad tells her to tell the scholar that what he’s searching for can be found at the Buddhist temple he frequently visits.

Dad tells her to go home first, overriding her wishes to accompany him inside. He looks back one last time at her and thinks to himself that he’s sorry for causing her suffering and being an inadequate father. He heads inside just as the poison starts to kick in, and as the gate closes behind him he begs the guards to let her go now. He can’t abide the thought of her seeing what’ll happen to him, and his piteous cries move them to comply. The guards take her away, and now it dawns on her that Dad may be in more danger than he let on.

The king and Yoon are brought before Gwi in his underground lair, where the cowardly guard lies dead and the body of Crown Prince Sadong stares out from the wall. Gwi confronts the prince about being the Eumlan Seosaeng who is working to get rid of him.

Yoon stands firm, saying that there’s no proof and only the word of one dead guard. “If proof comes out that I am Eumlan Seosaeng,” he says to Gwi, “then you can kill me right here, can’t you?” Gwi smirks, telling grandfather and grandson to bring him Eumlan Seosaeng, then, and he’ll confirm whether he’s real or fake.

The king surprises everyone by declaring, “Knowing this, I have already called him here.”

Yang-sun’s father is brought forward before Gwi, who tells him that he’ll be spared—and Yang-sun too—if he admits that he’s not Eumlan Seosaeng. Dad glares up at Gwi and sneers that he isn’t going to beg for his life from a bloodsucking monster, and that he’s just upset he couldn’t kill Gwi or avenge Sadong’s death before dying.

Gwi asks if Dad has the secret diary, and Dad readily confirms it—Crown Prince Sadong himself had given it to him. “But you’ll never get your hands on it,” he vows. “Why? Because I already gave it to somebody else.”

Provoked, Gwi grabs Dad and demands to know who has it. Dad taunts him, “Just eat me!” He turns to the king and tells him to watch as he dies—as the bloodsucker the king serves takes one of his citizens.

Gwi swoops in for the kill, but before he bites, Yoon blurts, “Stop!”

He asks if Gwi means to announce his existence to the world—if he kills the man this way, how will he explain it away to the people? The king suggests they continue as planned, to punish the traitor before the public.

Aboveground by the dead consort’s coffin, Sung-yeol slices his hand with the hawthorn dagger. He drips his blood into the corpse’s mouth, and she immediately stirs.

Down below, Gwi’s attention is diverted as he senses a presence, narrowing his eyes and wondering, “Kim Sung-yeol… is it you again?” Yoon starts at the name, and they receive word that the dead consort has been revived. Gwi heads off to see for himself, and Yoon remembers that Sung-yeol had told him of the plan to revive the consort.

And then, Dad starts to choke and writhe on the ground, in his final death throes.

The palace is in an uproar as the vampire consort staggers around, looking frightful but rather weak—she topples over and falls to the ground, limp. Gwi sees the body there and guesses that Sung-yeol was drawing him out again, and starts to track him through the palace grounds. Sung-yeol remains a step ahead of him, but the pursuit is uncomfortably close.

Yoon heads aboveground as well and comes face to face with Sung-yeol in the courtyard, both of them startled to see each other. Yoon recognizes him from past encounters with Yang-sun, but Sung-yeol has no time to pause and continues moving, with Gwi still tailing him.

He returns to the lair’s entrance and is dismayed to see Dad’s dead body being carried out. Gwi gets there a moment later to see the same thing, and returns into his cave.

Gwi’s upset to have lost his victim, because he hadn’t gotten the diary’s whereabouts before Dad died. He orders his underlings to bring all the people connected to him in order to track down the diary, and is incensed to hear that Eumlan Seosaeng’s people have all killed themselves.

Yang-sun is escorted by officers just as her father’s corpse is carried away, though she doesn’t see that it’s him. Sung-yeol flies in to take down her guards, then hurries to make sure she’s fine. She insists on taking her father with them before heading to safety, so he tells her to go ahead and prepare to flee while he goes back to check.

Yang-sun relays her father’s words about the diary’s whereabouts, and he takes this in… just as his gaze lands on something nearby. When Yang-sun turns to look, he throws up an arm to block her view, and she tries to move it aside. He tells her not to look, but she asks that he let her, and he lowers his arm.

Yoon is likewise heavy-hearted when he returns to the prison and sees his men lying there, having killed themselves in their cells. Oh no, please tell me Hak-young isn’t one of them? I don’t see his body (phew), but it’s no less a blow to Yoon, who fights back his tears and kneels down to close their eyes.

Yang-sun is stricken at the sight of her father’s corpse, calling out to him in tears. Sung-yeol hangs back while she begs Dad to wake up so they can go home to their family and sobs over his body.

 
COMMENTS

Was that a lot of sacrifice, or was that a lot sacrifice? It’s enough to make you tear your hair out; who could’ve guessed that all that nobility and love would produce a reaction that was mostly Blech?

Okay, fine, so on paper the jockeying to take blame (and die to save everybody else) is admirable and honorable and befitting a character on our good-guy team. I’m sure I’d want them all on my team in real life. But all the self-sacrifice in this episode amounted to about two parts heartwarming and a zillionty parts frustrating—for a group of people who want to live, they sure keep offering to die a lot. And when the person you sacrifice yourself to save then sacrifices themselves to save you, and you’re both copping to a crime, do you really think either of you is making this out alive? Why would you negate their sacrifice like that?

Still, we did get a few lovely moments out of it, and while I was annoyed at Yoon for letting everyone take the fall for him (even though logically I totally understand why—big picture, the greater good, blah blah blah), I found it poignant to watch him completely lost and alone, with only a dead father to turn to for advice. It was his rock-bottom moment, ignoring his scruples and gut feelings and going with the tactical move—he is probably more crucial to the fight against Gwi than, say, Yang-sun’s father—but it came at a cost, and set the stage for his grandfather to reveal the greater plan.

Fine, so we don’t get to see the greater plan just yet (the people in this drama! Always saying you have these schemes and never actually telling anybody what they are!), but the king had a point about the struggle strengthening Yoon for the war. And now that our fragmented good guys are on the cusp of coming together—we’re just a few steps away from getting them on the same page and working together—it will do to have a prince with a firmer backbone, ready to take over should the king fall.

I found this episode on the slow side and pretty repetitive, so I’m hoping the next one kicks things into higher gear and picks up the pace. The plot itself didn’t move very many steps forward, so I am at least relieved that the character moments were there to keep us drawn in. At least, that’s how it felt to me, with Yoon struggling to find direction and Sung-yeol battling out the heart-versus-brain dilemma.

There were a few moments when I thought the acting really saved the moment, particularly with Lee Yubi and Lee Jun-ki, because while it felt like they were treading well-worn narrative paths, the emotion they put into the moment sold it for me. Now, if only the story could give us more of what moves us (hint: It’s not treacherous government ministers or crazy-eyed vampire lords) and capitalize on those emotional beats, I’d be much happier.

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Tonight's episode of Night Scholar Idol, Mukadil decides he can create an idol group, since on earth he is the sexiest thing since sex, whereas on Vampiritus he was totally ugly. He calls his group G.W.I or "gorgeous, wicked, imsexy." Sadong's mummy and not-Myung hee are his backup dancers. He cosplays as Loki and is fabulous the whole time.

Yoon, not to be outdone since he is a rising god of the east and all, creates a rival band called The Lustful Scholars to break Yoobi-chingu out of jail, since he is a closet fanboy of Girls Girls and would hate to see one of the members be killed.

Satto also shows the audience how to sink your own ship in two easy steps:
1. Be okay with your soulmate dying in order to achieve your vaguely thought-out revenge.
2. Do nothing for several scenes.

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LOL, your analysis of this episode is great and so funny

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LOLs.. this is absolutely a funny comment ever yet hit the point. this comment pushed me to imagine about this idol groups but also the pain of being a fan girl. sigh. thank you :D

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i wish i had something intelligent to say but i'm too busy laughing at your comments! :D

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hmm GWI sounds adorable in your description :)

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LMAO

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the fact that you referenced Vampire Idol is an ultimate win

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:-) So happy we've reached the part of the week with camp and hilarity.

Am thinking that if Gwi's night job doesn't work out, he can always become an embalmer. Vamp victim corpses stay remarkably fresh for days!

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Must say that I wholly agree with Javabeans about this episode. It was unfortunately not light enough for me to suspend my brain, so all of the awkward plotting and weak character actions were quite obvious.

The good news is that the preview for the next episode hints at a motivation for Gwi - a daughter he lost - so perhaps we'll get a more 2-dimensional character there and an additional conflict for the audience: if you sympathize with two hot vampires, which one do you choose? Because, let's face it, we're not all here for high art. :-)

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I am going to pull my hair out if that (lost daughter) has any kind of relations to Yang-sun. I want humans with will power to defeat the big evil that have been ruling over them for over 3 centuries.

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There's been an unfortunately large buildup around the 'secret plan', so almost anything they give us will be a let down.

The only thing we know is that the Guardian Vampire came up with the original plan that is now in Crown Prince J's diary. It seems the current king has his own plan and he needs the current crown prince to see it through.

If Gwi had a daughter he lost, we may see a reason for his desire to rule (punish) humans. And, it's possible that the Guardian Vampire remove-Gwi-from-the-world plan revolves around her.

The current king's plan, on the other hand, may involve more "humans with will power" as you put it.

Wait! How did I end up dissecting this series??! Noooooo! Must turn brain off and go back to enjoying the unintentional camp! :-)

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So Hae-so had the original plan, Prince Sadong said the key to killing Gwi is a person/people and the current king has his own plan. OKkkkk lol.
Why didn't anyone think to make copies of this damn plan if it was so important?

Next episode will be about Yang-sun's father (s) again. Two died already but then she might have a 3rd daddy? lol.

Susan I think we have come up with a lot of excuses for this show already. Time to turn brain off before we all end up at a mental institution.

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Aw, yeah, that's so you, Night Scholar. I was cursing him -- you ungrateful piece of shit -- when he finally hugged her. I guess for taking down Gwi, all vampire will be dead as well. So, when will we see another romance if you are also dead, Kim Sungyeol?!

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I was so put off by this episode. Neither of the guys was proactive enough. They like stood there while the girl was tortured.

This episode was a total downer.

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Oh I don't know - I enjoyed the scene where the extra very carefully didn't hit our heroine in the leg-beating scene, and the "wooden" stick wobbled rubberily a good foot above her thighs because he held back way too much. Laughed, rewound, laughed again. No wonder the guys didn't step in if the beating was visibly fake.

Too many people with too many secrets. I have no idea why the King thinks it's effective to have the Prince garner support, then kill them all. When trying to orchestrate a revolt, that seems counterproductive.

And I have to wonder: does the King only take women he can't stand as consorts? If Gwi is just going to eat them anyway, might as well get rid of the more annoying ones.

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Lol!! Thats true...King might as well chose annoying ones as his consorts if they are gonna be offered to the Gwi...

The episode was a total downer that even brilliant acting by JunKi and Yubi couldn't make me watch the episode. I started this drama with so much hope and totally loved the inital episodes..Now I don't even want to watch..I just read the recaps..

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I hope lee jun ki won't die at the end. how can a boy have such a beautiful face, lee jun ki putting all ladies on shame. for me the most beautiful woman i have seen so far is Aishwaraya rai (from india even she is 41 years old) and the most beautiful man is Lee jun Ki . :D

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what about Hrithik Roshan ??? LOL!!! I cant help but mention him, as you were talking about Aish :) Jodha Akbar effect was too much :)

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I haven't watched the film you mentioned but I Know Roshan actor, he is handsome, but jun ki has different value of beauty.
:)

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Oh Em Gee, Jodha Akbar. That's like my second forever favourite OTP after Shahrukh and Kajol.

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I heard from spoiler who already read the manhwa ... junki will die ...but I hope thw writer change the story ....

Yes , agree junki shi is the most beautiful man on earth ..

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How can Sung-yeol die when the manwha is still on going?

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Because Gwi wins in the end!!! The entire earth becomes enslaved to a sheer-silk-bathrobe-wearing, slipper-shuffling, hair-extensioned, guy-linered, candle-loving pretty boy with a grudge. :-)

What if this series is just a metaphor for the state of affairs on the planet right now? What if it's real? Maybe we should all start running around looking for an ancient diary that will rid us of blood sucking baddies (fill in your own definition here).

Somewhere a conspiracy theorist somewhere is shedding a tear of joy over my silly comment! ;-)

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Hey m 4m India glad dat u mentioned abt MISS WORLD AISHWARAYA RAI.. Me tooooo a big tym fan for SWWTN drama .. Hwaiting KPOP n KDRAMA <3 fm INDIA.. Thanx Dramabeans ..Keep up with ur good work

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I am annoyed at Yoon too. I'd rather that he got dragged out for protesting during the whole torture session instead of just standing there watching. Even the weakest of them all was willing to die for him. Dude I'm off your ship for now lol.

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The editing was so rough to watch. This episode was jumping between scenes in chunks. Myung-hee look-a-like scenes were so jarring. I totally forgot she was in the show until that random scene showed up.

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Aigoo...all the torture and sacrifice- we are left with nothing except a bloody rescued Yangsun and Daddy dearest body.
Reckon Yangsun will be in total logger heads with Yoon in the next episode.

Ah! LJK has changed his garb again, this time he has ditched off the sheer flowery motifs for an orange satin hanbok. Each time I am lovin' the costumes he has on.

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JUnki looks stunning ...in hanbok

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Totally. Is it strange that I'm always looking forward to what kind of hanbok Junki will wear next? He's just the perfect hanbok model.

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I think these comments have really distilled the series down to its most important point: pretty boys.

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It's kind of sad because these pretty boys can act. Makes me want to cry because they all deserve better than this.

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Yes, they are all excellent actors. If they weren't, I couldn't watch this. No amount of pretty makes up for awkward acting.

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what is Hye Ryung doing here? ~_~

its already 9th episode, and nothing about her is actually been revealed, not speaking about her too little appearances. even she is a villain or whatever, i expected at least her character can be more or less like Empress Tanashiri in Empress Ki or Honey Lee in Shine or Go Crazy.
i wanted to enjoy this drama, but now it is decreased. @[email protected]

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or is writer-nim planned to keep her character mystrious until the last episode?

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At this rate they will probably keep her mysterious until the very last episode or as long as they could. lol They've put off her character on the back burner for too long so that the OTP loveline can develop that I don't even think her purpose even matters any more...

I can't help but blame the writers.

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its not that we expected Hye Ryung to evershadow OTP loveline, but at least give some impact to her character here. its alrdy 9th episode.. in the earlier episodes, it was OK and acceptable, but on the 9th episode its still the same, it shudnt be like this. if Hye Ryung is the second lead caharacter from the beginning, she shud be given screen time equally with Crown Prince.

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really , we still cant understand the necessity of her character in the story, too short screen time :( :( :(

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I don't get this writer and why she would create a new character for our 2nd female lead then gave more screen time to the side characters.
I love Jang Hee-Jin, she is a good actress and she is owning her role but So-eun's character should have been part of the main story line and have more screen time than Soo-Hyang.

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well Sung Yeol is a vampire not a ghost , right???

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I was hoping to see some old school vampire abilities since this story is set during the Joseon era but it feels a bit modern, like a vampire from a video game when Sung-yeol disappeared like a ghost.

Bram Stoker's vampire (Dracula) can impersonate someone else. Ann Rice's vampires can enhanced memories.

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I guess my vampire knowledge is very limited 'cause I dont really like vamp stories, vampires of this show are very different from what I have seen earlier

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I have brothers who are into comic books, vampire stories, movies, video games etc. I've read and watched some of their stuff but not a whole lot.

I like the fantasy/historical setting here because it's not as scary and our vampires have unearthly and seductive beauty to squeee over.
I can imagine some vampire traits and abilities that would work here and make the cat and mouse game between our 2 vampires more exciting instead of putting our poor heroine in a constant state of helplessness.

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Gwi isn't doing much these days other than prancing around in his long robe at night. I can't get scared of him..but I like his deep voice.
I'm totally befuddled by this episode.Everybody gets tortured, or dies by poison or by committing suicides in this episode. There won't be anybody left in this town. Thought this episode dragged on and on with the stupid crown prince letting everyone die and watching poor Yang Sun get tortured. I thought he liked Yang Sun, but he did nothing. Lowered some points in my book.
Finally, Sung Yeol knows the whereabouts of the memorandum. Getting tired hearing about it. Hope something comes about it other than going from hand to hand..on.. and on...and on. Getting bored..

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and they will spend two eps just to get a hold of it.

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The next Ep trailer ... Gwi lost his kid ??? Is YS ...Gwi' lost daughter ??? Though this Ep is a little bit slow ... but I'm still want to watch ... and can't wait for the next Ep. Thks to Junki & Yoobi ...

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heh?? havent watched this and Gwi has a lost daughter??? im wondering if his daughter were YS, so.. what will happen next? he did kill both her fathers.. sigh..

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Well, most viewers ....who watch http://myasiantv.com/ ... have more positive comments than here ....

Most viewers love this drama very much ... also youtube viewers ........

Well, though this drama has some flaw ...but it's still amusing ...and enjoyable to watch ... compare to another boring K-drama ...

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This episode... sorrowful, sorrowful I tell ya.

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Thank you so so so much for your recap. I looked forward and enjoyed it immensely every week...so much so i postponed watching the show on the weekend. when i watch the show, i can ignore the subtitles and focus on the emotional moments. once again, thank you Javabeans.

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I felt the emotional moments between Sung-yeol and Yang-sun also between Yang-sun and Jo Saeng. The end of this eps was pretty sad although we kind of expected him to die. Yay for the actors.

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What is the wrong with Gwi??? He sensed YS is someone dear to SY and he would definitely come but then he simply walked away to let SY have a romantic encounter with YS !!!!!! If I was him, I would keep an eye, so that I could know when SY appeared.

Also, the chase between Gwi and SY has become a comedy, I imagine SNSD's "Catch me if you can" song as bgm :P

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I admire all the sacrifices!! Someone did die. However we can see that people's determination to destroy Gwi becomes stronger and stronger...Oh, What a sad episode!

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I fell behind on this, and I think most of the suffering seems unecessary, it is still visually a feast and all, but I am getting the feel the writer doesn´t have a very good grip on the material and throws in extra-dramaticism and gore, but the show is limping one foot...

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Lmao at how you still call him 'Satto'.
Too bad there is no Arang here.

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Omo! I meant to post my comment for Cali. Aigoo. What's wrong with this comment system? :( I feel dumb.

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My heart is so happy to see my scholar-nim embrace YS in jail. Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this drama and the cast is just amazing, especially my bias Lee Jook-Gi. This guy can act and fight!!! And those eyes...can kill a girl on the spot!

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This ship is slowly sinking. Sadness. But it's still better than most dramas so far this year.

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It's certainly better than the current crop. Am rewatching Pinocchio to remind myself what a well done drama looks like.

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Rewatching Arang just to see more of Jun-ki.

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Well, Lee Yoo Bi seems to have have lots of scenes with her clothes being taken off, she take off, or being threatened to take off.

Or is it just me? Cos I am noticing quite a bit.

And the Diary looks like they are collecting power rangers, like all the descendents of the five/or something officials all coming out now.

Son of the prince. friend of the prince. son of some official. son of some other official.

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It's not just you. We've seen her scar too many times now. I bet we will see it again in the next eps and the next and the next etc.

I won't be surprise if the diary doesn't have all the answers they are looking for and it will take time to assemble the power rangers because we are only at the halfway point.

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The acting in this drama is pretty dang good. Imagine what they'd do with a sensible script.

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Ikr? what a waste of a great casts.

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True, the drama has only acting but I have to say it is different for changmin's character. He is weakest among the actors but I am only interested in his actions and decisions. His character is best written in this show. I was repeatedly speaking about Yoo Yeon Seok's acting for such a bad character like Gun Woo that his acting made it somewhat bearable but here I would say the opposite, a good writing covering up Changmin's weakness as an actor among the bunch of masters :)

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@kiara ...yeah, i want that too or a vamp that reminds me of spike from buffy :'(

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Sigh I drop this drama finally, I like Lee Yoo-bi, but her character is so helpless, damsell in distress, kind of insulting my feminist side.

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Should really just read the manhwa... I heard the manhwa is waaaaayyyy better than the drama.
Can someone please kindly tell me or send the link to where I can read 'the scholar who walks the night' online?? I don't mind reading them in korean although I can't read korean... #desperate

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I'm wondering if the mostly-filler nature of this episode is because of the injuries the actors sustained doing a stunt. I read that Lee Yo-bi had serious back injuries (and that she wanted to go back to work after just a couple days but really needed a week of bedrest). And then we have these torture episodes where her character mostly sat and was beaten, and then lay sprawled out *in visible pain* for most of it. (Lee Joon Ki almost broke his nose in the same stunt accident.)

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I applaud all of you for continuing this drama, and I applaud Javabeans and Girlfriday for continuing to wade through the mess of this show and give us something sensible. I so desperately wanted this drama to be good or at least so entertaining that I'm not bored and the first two or three episodes were that. Now, I just don't know what went wrong. I would stop being interested in this show, but I already started and I already invested so much because of my immense love for Lee Soo-hyuk and Kim So-eun so I can't bear to stop. I suppose I understand why people refuse to stop watching dramas that they obviously hate now.

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I suspect that not too many people actually *hate* this drama. It's more like - "wow, just stay light and fun and give us romance" and "don't have a ridiculous episode with a boring plot" bc "we're all happy with the visuals, romance and unintentional camp, so please don't screw that up at least".

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Oh, I don't hate the drama. The last drama I hated had my second ultimate bias Kim Soo-hyun and even love for him could not make me continue that drama. I just imagine people who I see complaining and ranting on recap comments and I wonder why they put themselves through that when they so clearly hate the show.

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:-) I'm guessing that they don't hate it - they're just frustrated with it.

Out of curiosity, what are your most hated dramas and why?

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This would be a great Open Thread Question.

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Is it just me or are all the guys in the show useless? I wouldn´t employ any of them. Well, maybe prince´s friend, because he´s the only one who does more than walking around or staring intensively.

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Excellent method for choosing employees:

"Would you be willing to withstand a branding iron for our company?"

"Yes"

"Excellent. You can be attache to the future CEO."

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Honestly there should be more scenes of kim so eun and Lee Soo-hyuk. As of right now, they are the main antagonists and frankly they arent doing nothing. The writers obviously do not know how to use them correctly with the stpry/plot. Feel sorry for all the actors.

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I think many viewers overthink this show. It's camp! It's supposed to be a bit silly. I know most of the camp is unintentional, but that's one of the things that keep me hooked. Another being LJK's hanboks. They are glorious.

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The last two episodes made be quite miserable, so I'm reluctant to go on with the show. Many thanks for the recaps though - the only way I'll be tuning into this drama from now on! Sigh, shoulda, coulda, woulda.

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Thanks for great recaps! I don't know how this show can be stretched to 20 episodes except by having
so much repetition.

Hope the writers will step up the pace. The actors are so good, they give cover for a lot of the writers'
sins.

Lee Jun-ki is mesmerizing!

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It's the ideological and the foot soldiers who die in the battles. The generals have higher value to the overall war and get protected at all costs. Right?

Aside from that, for a moment I thought we were going to have echoes of Mask of Zorro, where all the prisoners claim to be the Lusty Scholar so no one person could be convicted.

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the romance aspect of this drama is cringe-worthy...
PLZ STOP IT!!!

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5 stars for this episode

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