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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 2

The cuteness continues, and these two are at it again with more bickering and adorable petty pranking. Today the tables turn with the power dynamic upturned and the advantage shifting in the opposite direction, and we waste no time getting to the central setup, forcing our heroine into this unplanned new territory. I love that the conflicts and characters are mostly good-natured, though there are also hints of a more complex conflict buried underneath the surface. But for the moment, I’m content with all the cheery interactions and the beginnings of character bonding that set most of the tone.

 

 
EPISODE 2: “A road leading to you”

As Ra-on attempts to slip out of the palace unseen before her eunuch status is confirmed, she bumps right into Prince Yeong, and they’re both startled to recognize each other from their earlier encounter. Namely, that pit of dirt she left him in.

Ra-on puts on a display of relief, flinging herself at his chest and saying how worried she’d been after their unfortunate parting. Then she piles on the flattery, noting the sword at his side and his simple clothing, assuming he’s a guard employed at the palace.

Yeong isn’t falling for her big show of concern, and scoffs at her revised version of events—the one where she was fraught with worry and sent help as fast as she could.

Yeong notes her eunuch’s clothing, and Ra-on lies that it’s been a lifelong dream of hers to become a eunuch. When he remarks on her bundle of belongings, she says that she’s just heading out on an errand.

Just then, they’re interrupted by a third man, Eunuch Sung, who recognizes the prince and starts to address him properly. Yeong cuts him off and refers to himself simply as Officer Yi, then scolds the eunuch for the state of his department—sending a rookie who doesn’t even know the palace layout out on an errand this late at night.

Eunuch Sung orders Ra-on to follow him back, but she turns back to appeal to the prince instead. She urges Yeong to just slap her and call them even, but flinches when he raises a hand. He just gently pats her on the head like a pet, crooning, “It’s not right to hit a puppy. You’ve got to soothe it softly and play with it.” Ha, why is that more menacing than a threat?

He calls her Mung-mung (the sound of a dog’s bark) and sends her off with the older eunuch, ignoring her pleading eyes.

Eunuch Sung leads Ra-on back to a storeroom and charges her with three wrongdoings: trying to run away, lying, and then getting caught—of all people, by “that terrible-tempered…!” Ra-on whimpers that she just got scared, and Eunuch Sung replies that he’ll fix that fear and make a good eunuch of her. To that end, she’ll have to spend the night in this storeroom.

The next morning, the new recruits are informed of their duty to serve the royal family and drilled on the importance of their position. If any of them were to sully the department’s name, they will have to pay with their lives. Ra-on gulps nervously.

She’s not the only one spooked—a young boy wets himself—but a trio of veterans wryly comment on how the speech is too strong and will scare off the newbies. Then Eunuch Sung reminds the stern-faced Eunuch Ma about how an early freakout can turn you a target of endless teasing, haha.

The recruits will undergo a trio of tests: physical, written, and character. Failing one will result in immediate dismissal.

First is proof of castration. Recruits are called in to drop trou before the examiners, and Ra-on gets increasingly nervous as her turn draws near.

Two fellow rookies introduce themselves to her—the burly but soft-spoken Do Ki and wisecracking Park Sung-yeol—and they realize that they’re all the same age (eighteen). Which, ha.

Then it’s their turn. Ra-on sweats bullets while her buddies both easily pass, and freezes when she’s called on to comply. At the last second, a eunuch bursts in to inform them of an emergency: The queen has collapsed.

The examiners rush out of the room, and in so doing the “pass” stamp falls on Ra-on’s paper. She’s through to the next round! It’s a relief to be safe, but still, Ra-on wonders if this is a good or a bad thing.

The queen turns out to be pregnant, and Prime Minister Kim, her father, is pleased at the news. He cackles with his cronies, the two Minister Kims (minister of personnel and minister of taxation), at the thought of installing a new prince as the future ruler. Yeong can be dethroned at that point. Of course, there’s no guarantee the baby would be a boy, but they figure that this is their chance to tame the crown prince.

As the rookie eunuchs are given the palace tour, they arrive at the crown prince’s palace just in time to see Eunuch Sung being kicked out (literally) and the prince yelling from inside. Do Ki whispers about the rumors he’s heard about the prince’s temper.

Faithful Eunuch Jang appeals to the angry prince, saying that Eunuch Sung had just come to deliver the message of the queen’s pregnancy. He urges Yeong to give her a simple congratulations, but Yeong warns him to shut it.

Even so, Yeong decides to pay his respects to the queen, and heads out for a visit. On the way, he passes by an empty pavilion, which brings to mind a memory of his mother from eight years ago, when they’d sat her together and she’d taught him how to play the geomungo. The happy recollection brings tears to his eyes now.

Prime Minister Kim finds him here, and Yeong puts on his friendliest face to greet him. They maintain the pleasantries, but the moment their backs are turned, their faces turn dark.

The queen receives Yeong’s visit with a smiling face, but it becomes clear from their loaded exchanges that there’s no love lost between them. The distracted king tells the prince to visit more often, and the queen’s voice takes on an edge as she reminds Yeong that morning greetings to his parents are a fundamental courtesy he has been neglecting.

Yeong feigns innocence and says it’s all out of consideration for the queen and the baby—it’s better for her pregnancy not to meet him too often, lest it put her in a bad mood. He tells her they can’t have another troublemaker like him running around the palace. He excuses himself and wishes them well, though none of it sounds sincere.

Out in the courtyard, Yeong observes the eunuch recruits preparing to take their written exam, and spots Ra-on among the bunch. He hears that failing the test could get a eunuch kicked out of the palace, then recalls Ra-on’s attempt to flee the night before. A glint appears in his eye, and then he looks expectantly at Eunuch Jang’s clothing.

He shows up dressed in those clothes as the exam papers are being handed out, and hushes the other eunuchs from giving away his identity. He waves them away, and they reluctantly comply; I love how beleaguered they are at the prince’s antics, though they’re powerless to prevent them.

Ra-on tackles the multiple-choice questions haphazardly, rolling her brush to pick random answers. When one roll lands on Answer 4, she prepares to fill it in, only to have a eunuch appear at her side and correct her: She wants Answer 3.

It’s Yeong, and Ra-on gapes to see him dressed in eunuch’s robes, then tries to resist when he presses her to fill in the correct answer—he can’t just ignore her lifelong wish to become a eunuch and let her fail.

Yeong proctors the rest of the exam, dropping by regularly to force Ra-on to answer questions correctly despite her best efforts to fill in the wrong bubbles. Only when she’s answered to his satisfaction does he allow her to turn in her answer sheet.

Result? Another pass.

They move on to the final test, which will be personally judged by members of the royal family. Fellow recruit Do Ki stresses out to hear that a royal’s judgment could fail them, but that gives Ra-on new hope. This time, the questions pose various dilemmas, and the eunuchs are to propose solutions. For instance, how do you address an illness that doesn’t seem like an illness?

In a gibang in the city, young nobleman Kim Yoon-sung draws a gisaeng while telling her of his encounter with the strange woman the other night, who had been disguised as a man. The gisaeng doesn’t believe it, saying that there’s no woman who doesn’t wish to appear beautiful, particularly to a handsome man like him.

But Yoon-sung replies, “Even if she had been wearing armor rather than robes, do you think I would not be able to recognize a woman’s body?” Spoken like a true connoisseur.

That night, Ra-on is sent away to sleep in a different building as a disciplinary measure. The dilapidated old building is full of cobwebs and dust, and the moment she steps inside, a dark figure appears to fly across the room and out of sight. Hm.

She’s scared enough already, but then a long-haired figure drops down in front of her, dangling upside-down from above. Ra-on screams and faints.

Ah, this is the swordsman in black she’d seen the other day, KIM BYUNG-YEON, and he’s well acquainted with the prince, who arrives shortly. Yeong is surprised to see “Mung-mung” lying prone on the floor, wondering at her presence here.

After completing his drawing, Yoon-sung is about to dismiss the gisaeng, to her disappointment. She asks why he only draws women rather than embracing them, and Yoon-sung gets up to sit beside her, arm around her shoulder. Her smile drops when he replies that that his body doesn’t go where the heart doesn’t.

Yeong and Byung-yeon sit down for a friendly drink while Ra-on snores on the floor. Byung-yeon comments on the queen’s pregnancy and advises the prince not to come to here for the time being.

Ra-on wakes and joins them at their table, calling Yeong “Flower Scholar.” She asks for his true identity, noting his many guises and his propensity to show up everywhere. Byung-yeon looks questioningly at the prince, who shrugs it off.

Then she sees dusty cobwebs caught in Yeong’s hair and reaches up to brush them away, which prompts Byung-yeon to grab her arm for daring to touch him. Yeong defuses the moment and laughs into his drink, only to have Ra-on swoop in and drink his liquor.

She proceeds to empty the jug and get thoroughly drunk, blubbering about how the Flower Scholar must have met a new lover (pointing at Byung-yeon, keke). The two men watch in exasperation, and Yeong asks his friend what one ought to do with a misbehaving puppy. Byung-yeon guesses firm training, and Yeong proceeds to demonstrate.

Holding out a finger, he makes Ra-on’s gaze follow it left, right, up, down. Ra-on thinks of how she’ll be leaving the palace as soon as she fails the next exam, and thus doesn’t need to put up with Yeong anymore—and chomps down on his finger. Ha!

Yoon-sung returns home to find his paintings strewn about his room—half-dressed gisaengs everywhere—and tenses to see his dignified grandfather standing there looking at them. Aha, he’s Prime Minister Kim, and he asks if Yoon-sung finds himself bored because the post he was given is so minor. Yoon-sung hides his ink-stained sleeve and replies that he was taught not to treat a small post as less important.

The prime minister’s gentle tone turns hard as he explains that he has drawn a big picture for Yoon-sung’s future, asking what Yoon-sung’s pictures are for—family power, the future of Joseon? Yoon-sung answers that the drawings are only for the drawings’ sake.

Prime Minister Kim’s demeanor is stern, but he then eases off and chuckles that a declawed baby tiger can’t grow up to play king. He compliments the paintings, but Yoon-sung remains quiet and tense.

That night, Yeong stares at the bite mark on his finger, telling his eunuch that he got bitten by a dog. Eunuch Jang fusses over the wound and frets about where he could have run into such a bad dog as that, and Yeong wonders the same thing, though his face breaks into a smile.

In the morning, Ra-on heads into the final exam with confidence, then shocks the others by turning in a blank paper. She pretends she couldn’t figure out an answer to the dilemma presented, acting sad about it while tamping down smiles. As they’re leaving, Eunuch Sung shows up to instruct Ra-on and her two buddies, Do Ki and Sung-yeol, to accompany him to the prime minister’s banquet.

The king speaks with his head eunuch about the war minister’s ill health; the king seems to be disappointed at his continued absence. He also instructs his eunuch to send food and liquor to the banquet to celebrate the queen’s pregnancy. Why is this king so sad all the time?

Around the corner, a napping Yeong overhears the exchange. His expression looks serious, but by the time he suggests to Byung-yeon that they go “banquet-watching,” his trademark jokiness is back in place.

Banquet preparations keep the prime minister’s staff bustling, and the eunuch recruits are put to work. Ra-on is sent to catch twenty chickens from the coop, and when a servant wonders if they can spare so many, Eunuch Jang barks that this task is just meant to tame the rookie’s bad manners. There’s no way he’ll manage to actually catch them.

The chickens put up a good fight, but Ra-on is determined, and pursues one all the way to the rooftop.

It happens to be just as young master Yoon-sung arrives for his grandfather’s banquet. He stands under the edge of the roof wishing for a bolt of lightning to strike, just to break up the monotony.

That’s when Ra-on makes a grab for the chicken, which flies out of reach and sends her flailing. She slips on the roof and goes falling over the edge… right into Yoon-sung’s arms.

They stare at each other in shock, and then he says, “It really fell. A bolt of lightning.”

The jilted Princess Myeongeun is presented with a stack of eunuch test papers to judge, and the first one she reads happens to be Do Ki’s—or rather, the answer Ra-on gave him. But the princess is immediately offended, deeming the answer beyond rude.

As they walk back with Ra-on’s chicken, Yoon-sung’s continued staring discomfits her, until she blurts that yes, she is the same person from that wanted poster encounter. He asks repeatedly if she’s really, truly a eunuch, and Ra-on asks defensively if he’s looking down on eunuchs for not being “true men,” or thinking she has no right to become one.

But Yoon-sung’s thinking more of the two times he’s held her close now, and leans waaaay in to ask, “Isn’t it against the rules for a eunuch to be so beautiful?” Then he slaps her back and says there’s no rule that a man can’t be beautiful. Ah, so he’s letting her have her (male) disguise today, rather than calling it out.

Then Eunuch Jang just about has a fit to see that Ra-on did actually succeed in catching twenty chickens.

Prime Minister Kim’s banquet kicks off, and he toasts the fête. Just then, an arrow flies in, grazing his cup before embedding in the pillar.

Guests run for cover and a masked archer is spotted on a nearby roof, running away. Kim calls for his guards to follow, but they only get as far as the gate before backing away—because the crown prince is just now arriving, with Byung-yeon at his side.

After a brief stand-off, the guards back down, then run off in the other direction after the masked intruder.

Yeong tells the prime minister that he couldn’t stay away from a party, and reminds him that the queen’s child would be his sibling. He hands over a pouch, identifying it as celebratory liquor.

Yeong wonders at the subdued mood, and is told of the disturbance. He plucks the arrow from the pillar and opens the note wrapped around the shaft, which states that the citizens are innocent of crime, and that poverty is the real culprit. Moreover, the poverty is the government’s doing.

Yeong asks the gathered officials what they think of that message, then stirs the pot by saying that poverty can’t be the administration’s fault; it must be the fault of the ruler for governing poorly.

The ministers tense, and Yeong laughs, saying that they’re taking his joke awfully seriously. Then he calls for a toast to the queen’s pregnancy, offering a glass to ministers who avoid receiving it.

That’s when Yoon-sung cuts in, offering to pour the prince a drink. Hm, the air just got thicker with tension.

From around the corner, Ra-on’s eunuch buddies are excited to get a glimpse of the prince from a distance. Ra-on angles for a better view, but only sees part of his back before being called back to work.

Yeong and Yoon-sung are old acquaintances; the prince speaks quite familiarly with Yoon-sung, but the words are cold. Yoon-sung points out that Yeong treats him coolly, and Yeong asks if he’s disappointed about it.

“I can’t say that I’m not,” Yoon-sung replies. “You’re my liked—”

“Friend?” Yeong finishes for him. They sit in silence a moment, then Yoon-sung offers a drink to Byung-yeon, who declines. Yoon-sung asks if it’s because they’re no longer friends, and Byung-yeon replies stiffly that he’s on duty.

Yoon-sung notes, “As always, you’re the prince’s faithful subordinate and close friend.” Is that wistfulness in his voice?

Watching the young men from a distance, the prime minister’s crony, Minister Kim, sighs that Yoon-sung is more princely than the prince; the only thing keeping him from being prince was being born a Kim instead of a Yi.

This makes Prime Minister Kim think back eight years, when the two were boys. The prime minister had brought in a fortuneteller to read the prince’s face, which told of boldness and a royal depth. However, he also had the fortune of one who would die young, and there was a strong energy from another that predicted a good king. That news was so alarming that the prime minister had sworn the face reader to secrecy.

Then Prime Minister Kim had joined the boys … and wait, was that additional fortune about Yoon-sung?

In the present, the prime minister thinks that it was quite coincidental for the prince to arrive just after the arrow was shot.

But if he’s insinuating that Yeong was the archer, he’s wrong, because Yeong is wondering the same thing. Who could it be?

Later that night, Yeong joins Ra-on outside her sleeping quarters, and she proudly presents him with a chicken. He shoves it aside upon hearing that it came from the prime minister, and she pouts that it’s the “last gift” she’ll be giving him in the palace.

She tells him to eat to lift his spirits, since an empty stomach just makes you sadder. Yeong warns her not to make assumptions based on her experiences, saying that he’s never once been hungry.

She ventures, “Your stomach may never have been hungry, but it seems your heart may have been hungry often.” She adds that it’s easy to help someone who’s physically hungry, but difficult to help someone who’s emotionally hungry, because those people act like they’re fine.

She’s hit the mark, but he tells her to cut it out. Ra-on smiles widely and offers to share some of her own warm emotions, since she’s “rich in heart.” She holds up a chicken leg as an offering of emotion.

Princess Myeongeun reads over the answer that had so offended her earlier. The question was about what to do when ailing from lost appetite and sleep, feeling angry and sad despite a doctor deeming you healthy. The answer Ra-on had provided was to understand that there is no cure to the ailment; the sufferer can only endure it. Moreover, Ra-on advised her to think of the love not as an impossible feat, but something to be treasured.

The princess cries, recalling that her sweetheart had said similar words. But that prompts a thought, and she reaches for an old love letter, comparing the papers: They have the same writing and wording.

Byung-yeon joins the prince and Ra-on, and as they eat chicken, she informs them that she saw the prince earlier. They tense, until she clarifies that she only saw his back.

Then she asks if they know the prince’s nickname, and while Yeong guesses “Flower Prince,” Byung-yeon is quick to guess correctly: Palace of the Crown Poop. Ha, he’s enjoying this, while Yeong fumes to hear Ra-on go on and on about the half-beastly prince with the terrible temperament.

She asks if the prince is really that awful, and Byung-yeon snorts. I love Yeong’s pissy reaction, though he can’t quite argue with Ra-on right there.

In the morning, Ra-on looks forward to being dismissed from service. But out of nowhere, she’s grabbed by soldiers and dragged to the prisons, where she’s confronted with her test paper.

Princess Myeongeun asks if Ra-on wrote this answer, and Do Ki has already confessed to it. The princess presents one of her old love letters and asks if Ra-on is also responsible for that, and Ra-on’s reaction is enough to confirm it. Myeongeun is outraged that Ra-on would write false love letters and make a mockery of her, the princess—and it’s only now that Ra-on realizes who she is.

She grovels and exclaims that she’s committed an unforgivable sin, and the enraged princess grabs a sword and raises it threateningly.

Before she can strike, a voice calls for her to stop. It’s Yeong, and he steps into view—in full royal dress today, unmistakably the crown prince. Ra-on looks up in shock.

 
COMMENTS

Yay, I’m glad she knows who he is and that’s out of the way, because I think we’ve played the not-knowing scenario enough and can amp up the hijinks now that one person’s identity’s been outed. Now for the other one… I just hope it doesn’t take the full rest of the drama to get there.

I do wonder at the source of the prince’s antics, and why he acts out and furthers the rift when he could mitigate some of that by not instigating conflict all the time. Is that the only way he can handle his feelings? Is he like an errant child or pet, longing for any attention rather than none? Or is there a deeper reason behind it?

I also like this tension between Yeong and Yoon-sung (and Byung-yeon, for that matter), because they were clearly once friends who are now at odds. It seems like Yoon-sung wishes they had that friendship back, which suggests that perhaps he’s the loneliest of the bunch, although Yeong does have it rougher living in a palace where he doesn’t seem able to trust anyone, and his own father is distant and disapproving.

There are definitely deeper conflicts and intrigues in the backstory, and at this point in the story I’m a little confused, but mostly intrigued; I assume the confusion is intentional, since there are hints of mystery around this eight-years-ago timeline but no outright clues yet. At the forefront of that mystery is the question of the prince’s fate. History does bear out the prediction of the crown prince dying young; he was only 21 at the time of his death, so that’s the obvious connection. But there seems to be a reference to Yoon-sung too; how could have the fate of a good king if he’s not royal? I’m hesitant to jump to an outright birth secret or swapped-identity scenario… (I suppose there could be a coup situation too.) We’ll have to see how it plays out.

In any case, I’m eager for the story to continue once Ra-on is stuck in the palace for good, since that’s surely where we’re heading with all this. Now that we’ve established that the prince is lonely and difficult, I want to see Ra-on jump in as the only person who has, to date, been able to get the better of him.

And, of course, there’s also the all-important question of when Yeong will find out Ra-on’s really a girl, and what he’ll do about it. I’m eager to have him confront that truth sooner than later (particularly since we’ve had a lot of dramas already explore the version of the story where he’s kept in the dark), though I suppose I could stand to watch the confusion for a bit longer. Especially if this is a case where his rival has the advantage of him. Given that Yeong’s hardly ever at the disadvantage, it should be fun watching him flail for once. Or twice. Or always.

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Best microexpressions I've seen on any actor ever - PBG <3

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True. But also Shin Sung Rok. He is the best in that department!

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... and RJY-sshi. Although I haven't watched him playing darker roles in dramas as PBG [in I Remember You] and SSR [in any dramas where he plays baddies].

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I agree, I didn't expect him to be this good with the facial expressions. I mean I had put him in the good but not great (yet) actor category since "I Remember You and Reply1988", but with this drama he is bringing his A game (so far). His portrayal of this prince (who seems to have all cliche traits of other princes - historical or modern - we've seen before) is layered and somehow strong/different, and I feel like there is a lot more to him. I almost get the feeling that the antics he puts on are a cover of some sort, but we will have to wait and see if my feelings are correct or not.

I also really like the heroine, she is cute and is really being put in some horrible situations, but somehow (almost miraculously and in a comedic way, she seems to survive). I am reminded just a little of "Scholar Walks the Night" with this drama. However so far this drama is off to a much better start, and the directing is much better. I have hope that this drama will live up to its potential. I am also interested in the intrigue/suspense that seems to be building.

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Agree! The subtle shift in expressions - I hope to see more of it.
The underlying tension in the scene when Yeong paid his respects to the queen, the "smiling" façade on both of the queen's & Yeong's face, was like wow, will we see more of these political play later on?

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Personally, his nuanced portrayal of Min firmly secured him a slot in my list of the best Korean actors even at his young age. His acting here is more of the same. His face is so mobile, so controlled, and so subtle that I think he's definitely in the league of older actors like Lee Jong Suk and Yoo Ah In.

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Yes. He was already a refined young actor before R88 came around - such talent for someone his age and experience.

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yes! "i remember you" was the reason why i became a fan of PBG, and "Reply88" just reinforced it. how can someone so young act so innocent one moment then menacing the next?

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Completely agree! Love his nuanced and subtle expressions, which make Bogummy such a delight to watch. I noticed him in Tomorrow's Cantabile and been catching up/watching his other works since. ^^

I definitely think it's a facade for his true feelings. Those moments when he allows himself to be sad is a telltale sign that he's not just some spoiled, ill-tempered Crown Prince who's always up to mischief.

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I think both PBG and KYG are great at this actually! it's even more amazing because they are acting in an exaggerated way because it's comedic, slightly slap stick humour at times. But within that they are still able to subtlety convey little changes in the character's emotions by the micro expressions like you said. Which to me I think is harder than just being either only serious or only wacky. And why I can be laughing one moment and having my heart stings tugged the next. So yeah, I think both are great!

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and some of them give me serious Min-vibes, so I am a little suspicious of the prince. He is a different kind of cute psycho

must say though, Bogummy is better in serious roles than in comedy. He seems a little stiff.

or maybe it is because he keeps making those EYES all the time. like "you dont know it yet, but you´re a human sacrifice!"

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I know, I know! I'm having the same feelings! I'm actually a bit terrified by some of his gazes. Light comedy, teasing, but I bet there's much more beneath...

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Not sure about comedic scenes but his long face remembering his mother was exactly the way he looked at SIG in IRY..

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and that KNIFE. wtf was that, out of the blue, a knife??? that was like: ok, call police, serial killer on the loose.

no worries, no worries, I am sure it will change.... rigth?

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Well, you know. The Crown Prince should be able to protect himself when out and incognito, right?

(Mental image of Lee Joon Ki and his bloodied sword.)

lol.

And besides, for all thoughts and purposes, dude's supposedly making a move on his sister. Overprotective oraboni?

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And that one time raon was like "just hit me and forget it" and he raised his hand "playfully"- nope, the way his face changed there for a split second scared me so much, I definitely thought he was gonna knock her out completely sooner or later. Min vibes everywhere.

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I'm glad you highlighted this. I thought it was just me, feeling freaked out by his facial expression there. That facial expression looked like she was going to have to say goodbye to her head soon.

When I saw that scene, and his serious expression as he reprimanded the eunuch department in the following scene made me hope that he would do more psycho characters in the future.

I've only seen him in Wonderful Mama as the cute youngest child. But the comments here makes me itching to go home to scour for I Remember You.

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Too strong Min associations, redfox. Hazard of watching IRY one time too many. XD

I don't blame you, though. When he goes all haughty and cold, I think to myself, "Yep, that's pure Min, alright."

Then he goes all mischievous and he starts looking like his character from Wonderful Mama.

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Me too! But maybe all his Min-vibes was because how hung up I was on IRY. ?

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Yup, when he was calling Ra-on "Mung-mung", he had his best devilish serial killer grin on! Then the barbed exchange with his Step-mommy Queen in the palace ... I barely dared breathe.

Oh PBG, your emoting is killing me already, and it's only Ep 2!

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I know! Veiled barbs everywhere.

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Ha! I was wondering if his IRY role as Min was influencing my view of his character here too.

Bogummy has the kind of angelic face which looks pure and innocent... and then a micro change in expression reminds you the Devil was once an Angel too. It's not that far from angel to demon.

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Perfect description, Petra.

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Yes, first scene especially, when his face is shown then he smirked.

It's Min Drawn by Moonlight.

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Lmfaoo xD

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Yes !!! He really is one of a kind !!! I cant even count on my fingers actors being able to portray to the micro-expressions, to the second, the feeling of the character!! He is literally inhabited by them !! Park bo gum is already an acting god !!! I found him very good on reply1988, he is just marvelous in this drama!!!

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my thoughts exactly dear.... incl each & every exclamation mark ;)

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Thanks Javabeans for the fast recap!! I haven't seen this episode yet, but ep1 was definitely cuteness overload!

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Thanks for the recap JB! I personally loved this episode! It was much better than the first. I liked how they toned down the comedy a little, and mixed in some other elements as well, such as suspense, romance, cute moments and some seriousness as well. I think Yoo Jung and Bo gum are doing a fabulous job at portraying their character as well! Loving their chemistry together!!!

The ratings for the drama are pretty steady for now, but once Scarlet Heart gets into the mix, who knows what kind of showdown will take place. But no matter what happens I'm rooting for Moonlight. Fighting!!!!

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THIS DRAMA IS GIVING ME ALL SORT OF FEELSSS! And here I go again with taking screencaps of pbg's face way too much. I have seriously so much love for this drama right now. *eyes exploding into hearts and warm fuzziness*

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OMG. I thought I am the only one. I am so crazy in Love with the four leading characters esp PBG.

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I love these sageuks! With Ep 2 in, I'm still 'getting to know' the characters, hope there'll be some solid build up later on.
I, too, hope that they do not drag much further down until Yeong finding out Ra On's a girl. I mean, come on, YoonSung (Jin Young) spotted that a mile away, lol.

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I'm REALLY hoping that Yeong actually knows that she's female - and that his lovesick expression while looking at his finger is a hint. Because him being easily fooled by her lame tomboy disguise (but I'm really jealous of her flawless no makeup look) does not sit well with my impression of Yeong being wise and cunning.

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Yoonsung-ah... he's too beautiful

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See... I think they're gonna stick to history... Our Prince is gonna die young... Arrrgh I just can't... I got enough dying hero in dramaland...

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That kind of ending is going to be extremely sad after all these fluffs!! I hope they can fake Yeong's death somehow so that he can life outside the palace happily ever after.

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That's my last strain of hope too. It was said that there is bravery and the sense of adventurer within him... so probably he'd fake his own death so he can be together with Ra On and go find some adventures outside the palace as commoners... LOL.

Just please, don't kill him!

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I second this. But not sure how they can work that in and still show his loyalty to duty, kingdom, etc. I really hope they do though.

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Oh no..please don't! I hope KBS didn't plan for a tragic ending for both their shows.

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I hope not! This is after all a fusion seguek, so it doesn't have to be historically accurate. I really hope for a happy ending.

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All this time I notice that no matter how inaccurate a saeguk drama is, it usually keeps the time of death of its characters stay true to history...

But I hope I could see an exception in this show for the first time...

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Oh dear. If this drama and W both have sad endings I will seriously will cry until I have no tears left. All this foreshadowing is making me nervous!!

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Me too.. W and this drama is my fav dramas right now and i will cry a river if both of the dramas had sad ending. Hope young will not die in the end and live with ra on..

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this is a non-history sageuk so it has no connection to any real events. says so in the beginning of the ep

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that's just a disclaimer since this drama isn't trying to be very historically accurate so they don't want people watching it thinking that a lot of the stuff is based of reality. but why else would they make it about a crown prince who died young other then to rip our hearts out when they kill park bo gum ;A;

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I think my heart bottomed out when they said our beloved prince would die young. I went straight away to google it and found out it was true, he does die at 20 (so young!) but not only him, his heir dies too, at a young age.

Ah so sad! Not knowing that piece of history would have enhanced my enjoyment of the show. Now all I can think about is PBG dying at the end of show and hoping it is not so. Don't wanna go through MoTW feels again!

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History...the worst spoiler ever :'(

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We don't know that. There was nothing cute and funny about the real history and the roles of the historical figures are different here.

There are many ways to use the real history as a cover up in order for the story to have a happy ending.
He could put his son on the throne and live the remainder of his life as regular citizen with Ra-on. History can be fabricated, erased or changed.

Just wait and see. This is a lighthearted Joseon era rom.com. If I were the writer and I wrote this story while going through challenging time time in my life then I'd want my two characters to be happy in the end because it'd give me hope.

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Didn't the producer\director say that it's a romcom at the conference? so I don't think they will go with a death! I mean this would be the ultimate betrayal...

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unless he lives on as a ghost. sneaky, mischievious ghost who likes to get even.

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"Then Prime Minister Kim had joined the boys … and wait, was that additional fortune about Yoon-sung?"

As Javabeans has pointed out, the face the fortune teller read thinking it was the face of the Crown Prince was actually Yoonseong's. For some reason, the Prime Minister clothed his own grandson in the Crown Prince's attire and the Crown Prince was clothed like one of the companion friends to the Crown Prince. So I think the one who will die young in the drama is Yoonseong, not the Crown Prince.

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Oh, now I get it! Explains why the Prime Minister reacted violently to the fortune teller's comment!

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So glad others caught this too. I thought I was going crazy! So no, they are not following history.

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Hmm... Then they are twisting the history I guess. Because in real history it's the prince that die young and YS is the only who live until old age. He never got married or have any children because he is still in love with his first love that he never got. So he left the palace and travel.

I am not sure if the one he reads is really YS though. I really thought it was the prince.

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I don't think the prince is gonna die. Atleast I hope he won't. Maybe the prince, BY, YS and RO will all make up a plan to fake the prince death so he and RO can live happily ever after outside the palace. Because if he stay in the palace and becomes a King then there is no way he can RO will have their happy ending. Remember the prince will have a crown princess. The only way they can be a happy couple and build family together is if the crown prince fake his death, they fly away from the palace and live as a commoner.

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I hope that Cha Tae Hyun's character is some kind of foreshadowing, and that the ending would be that he gets to run away and live a normal life with Ra On. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

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they mention the premonition of death!!!!

wait a minute, this is just my scenario,
you know that many people died in the record but living happily elsewhere?
there can't be 2 sun in the sky and whoever want to rule
can get the power without shutting the the other light down,
the other sun can find other place and shine a light there,
so I hope he didn't die at the end.

still funny and charming, it makes me smile and worried, on top of that,
kim yoo jung is such a good actress, idk if I need to compliment them but love this drama ,
I don't really have anything that make me lost intereast (some people may dislike the politic undertone, but that's the deal when the setting is in the palace, beside the preview show a good follow up for the politic matter)

ps: I have to find the HD 1080 of this series so I can screen cap all park bo gum
expression, his scene with KYJ and with KDY,
every time he smile he seems like the nice the righteous Lee Tae Joon (the good wife)
a person who really fight for humanity + LTJ persona,

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How much do you want to bet that the archer is actually Yoonseong? ;)

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i'm thinking the same thing too!

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K drama intuition sure is pointing at him with a bright red arrow mark...

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The archer is Moon Jae-shin.. He is now back in his room over at sungkyunkwan! Lol sorry I had to!!

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Hiccuping because of his roommate? Lol!

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The best comment!! LOLOLOL...

With all comparisons referenced between the two dramas, this was pretty much inevitable.

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Lol. It would be great if Yoo Ah In could do a cameo here. That's what I thought as soon as the archer/ message appeared.

Well, any YAI cameo is welcome anytime but especially with the inevitable Sungkyunkwan comparisons.

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More like he works for him...i bet he is part of some organization and that's why he is even back...to get rid of all the corrupts while infiltrating besides them..who will suspect him of all people

also PGM gazing eyes are on their own league,up there with Yoo Seung Ho stare...piercing my heart and soul without caring if i have insurance or not

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No, Geoloh's from the later years of King Jeongjo's era and King Jeongjo was King Sunjo (the current king in this drama)'s father. So, I think the archer is Geoloh's son, between him and the mysterious female archer appearing at the end of SKKS.

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Why you gotta ruin my Yoo Ah-in fantasy with FACTS! Damn you facts!

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Hey, maybe the next generation would be the spitting image of Jae Shin. Lol.

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Towards his harabogi? Why?

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I am also the 100% sure it's him. He definitely have plans on his own. He was keeping that serious face the whole time he is talking with his grandfather. And he seems so hurt that the prince and BY don't treat him as friends anymore just because he is PM Kim grandson.

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I think that it could also be some kind of foreshadowing. That Yoonseong could end up pretending to be the prince - and end up fulfilling both the face reader's fortune AND actual history. So it could let Yeong could be free to be with Ra On ala Cha Tae Hyun's story in the intro. But it's just wishful thinking for me (although I wouldn't want anyone dead in this story. They're all adorable.)

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I m really liking this bad boy prince. He's so awesome going through his teenage angst and not afraid to act out.
I love how he is "normal" as a young man who doesn't like to study or likes to have fun!!

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Yeah PBG is really doing a great job at showing Yeong's teenager angst/rebelling and false confidence to cover up deep insecurities and wanting acceptance.

I'm really looking forward to him growing up and maturing into a man who is worthy to be King though! PBG already has me rooting for him. (I refuse to believe he is going to die young. I refuse!)

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With so little information of Crown Prince Hyomyeong himself in history, what I can conclude that he likes arts more than most of any kings in Joseon. So, I really like how they portray him this mischievous!

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Just watched the second episode and I'm totally into this drama! I watched it because I love all the cast and I'm really glad that everyone is doing a really good job in delivering their character. Especially loving the Prince character and Park Bogum expressions! But I think I'm getting the second lead syndrome because of Jinyoung. I can't with his gazes, it's so heart fluttering!!! I really love Kim Yoojung too and I have to agree with Yoon sung, she's too beautiful for eunuch xD can't believe I have to wait one week ahhhhh

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I haven't taken my eyes off of Bogummy long enough to get second male lead syndrome but I'm sure it's inevitable.

The only show I haven't gotten second male lead syndrome is CITT. (Not to bring up old wounds.)
I do like all the chars here so far but the faithful bodyguard is pretty dang distracting for me too.

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The bodyguard dude doesn't look that good in the press con photos, but dang the Ruruoni Kenshine vibe he's giving out in this. He just might be more good-looking than Song Jae Rim in a similar role. (Sorry, mary. Lol.)

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*revokes Cult of Rim Membership Card*

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Noooooooo! T_T

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Ugh, CITT. Anyway saame, i havent gotten 2nd lead syndrome in CITT, i love jung too much T_T

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I am loving your recaps as always and I can't wait for this drama to show more progress with its story and ratings.
p.s based on the web novel.. [SPOILER REDACTED]

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When the prince was remembering his mom, that was totally the expression that Min had at Hyun's house remembering their childhood. Gave me chills.

I loved the 3-way chicken dinner bromance. Prince Poop, ha!

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Me too I like that scene wherein Kim yoo Jung asked what is the nickname of crown prince. Their reactions were all adorable

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Speaking of micro-expressions above, I replayed this scene over and over just to be entertained by how much they did the micro-expressions. Yeong's split second expression change from delusional-to-annoyed when Byungyun answered 'Prince Poop', to Byungyun's split second expression change from neutral-to-'oh sh*t sh*t sh*t' when Yeong stabbed his chopsticks to the table. xDe

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Good to know I wasn't the only one confused.

Can any one clarify please?
Yeong's mother probably was just a concubine? But because he was the only male son from the King that's why he is the crown prince? And that's why if the actual Queen now has a male child, Yeong will be displaced as the Crown Prince?

And In the flashback with the boys did the fortune teller also say that Yung Sung was the friend of Yeong who has great potential to be King? So he was saying that Yeong is going to die young (omg my heart will BREAK if he does ?) and then Yung Sung may take his place?

And can anyone explain what/why PM Kim is plotting? Doesn't he already have a lot of power now? I don't really see how he gets more power if Yeong is gone. Or is this something that we don't know because they haven't told us enough info.

My first Saeguk and I'm a bit confused at the politics already. Lol. ?

But I'm really looking forward to next week!

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I am a little bit confused too, since saeguk is not my cup of tea, but it definitely is not as confused as W.

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I haven't seen this episode yet and I'm just going with JB's recap.
The characters in the drama is different from the actual history.
(Drama)
1.Yeong’s mother probably was just a concubine?
No Yeon's mother was the King's first queen.

2.But because he was the only male son from the King that’s why he is the crown prince?
Yeon is the king's only living son from his first queen.

3.And that’s why if the actual Queen now has a male child, Yeong will be displaced as the Crown Prince?
No unless he died or deposed.

(History)
Yeong's real mother was King Sunjo's only queen Sunwon (from the Andong Kim clan). She did not die early like in the drama. She outlived all her children (Yeon and Myeongeun included and also their father).

Sunjo had one concubine, Lady Park and they had one daughter (Princess Youngeun).

The confusing part is Yeon's real mother died early and a fictional queen is created to be his stepmother.
I'm guessing that she is not going to have a son because there is only one prince in this show. (Do I hear a sigh of relief? lol).

Princess Youngeun is going to be part of the show and I won't be surprise if she will end up being the current queen's daughter instead.

Anyway, that's the changes that "I think" they are making. Hope it makes sense.

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In this drama yeongs mother has passed away but in another teaser he sees another woman as a motherly figure (she is from some clan I'm not sure which one..)

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That's Lady Park the concubine. She took care of Yeong after his mother passed away.

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Fortune teller, fate etc. It's a familiar sageuk trope lol.

Yeong is a threat to their clan's power. If he becomes king they will lose their power.
If the current queen will have a son they'll do anything to put him on the throne so they can continue to wield the real power over the king.

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aaaaaand adding on, why did Ra On's mom refuse to let Ra On be a girl and insist making him a boy? I don't get it. Looking from Mom's attire, she doesn't look like she's from a noble family or maybe she was stripped off of her noble family status. but why must she be a boy? weird

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We don't know anything yet about Ra-on real family background because we are only at episode 2.
I'm sure it will be explained later.

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I loved the Scantron test for the eunuchs!

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Hahaha, I was laughing at that too. If she really wanted to fail she could have colored outside of the bubbles.

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HAHAHAHA!!!!

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So excited for the next episode. Kim yoo Jung , why are u so awesome!!

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Ikr? Now I'm stuck with this show because of her lol.

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I can't comment on the drama because I seem to have been just making incoherent squeals at how cute they are. And PBG goes from being a prankster to a mature adult who plays palace politics intelligently. It is great to watch but sad to watch and comprehend at the same time.

My only adult comment. I spent most of the episode in ep 1 just cringing at the blood during the emasculation ceremony. And when I see all those senior K drama actors playing eunuchs? I can never look at them the same way again.

I just have to say it again. How does yet another Kdrama hook my heart? They just have this magic. And I can help thinking looking at the cast- they would get along with so many young actors in there.

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Lol, I know, right? The some of the biggest players in Six Flying Dragons as eunuchs. lol!

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Every character is cray cray, I love it!

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Yeah, I can just say it now. I love this show already! I can't stop gushing at our leads! Ra-on and Yeong are hilarious together and Yoon-sung is just adorable. He looks like a baby talking about he knows what a woman's body feels like... LOL!

Hopefully it doesn't take too long for Yeong to catch on to the fact that Ra-on is really a girl. He seems very perceptive and I really think that nonchalant devilish attitude is just his way to hide. He probably has some tricks up his sleeves.

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I think Yeong thinks his father doesn't care about him or his mother. There is no explanation on how she died but I'm guessing that it has something to do with his new queen and her family.

His father seems to be doting on his new pregnant queen and being a good son in law on the surface. I think he is doing it to protect Yeong because he is powerless.

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So so in love with Park Bo gum & Kim Yoo Jung.! My favourite drama so far...^_*:)) Hwaiting , Moonlight!!!

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I need a history lesson. Why do they need to be eunuchs? I am guessing they only served the male portion of the royal family. Was it to prevent them from having party times with the court ladies or possibly the female portion of the royal family?

Also based on the story set up i assume the two leads become an item and so from past dramas we have seen court ladies become concubines. But in this case it would be the first eunuch to become a concubine?

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Why do they need to be eunuchs?

aside from preventing the relationship with the royal blood, it also to prevent rebellion,
They work closely to the palace and in ancient times, blood relation is what you need to make a dynasty happen, so if they can't have offspring they can't become a king since they can easily know a lot of information inside the palace, or have an offspring with the royal blood ,

they may plot a treason but since eunuch will have a difficult relation to woman and can't have children so they also easily move by wealth to keep their loyalty.
Eunuchs were the only males outside the royal family allowed to stay inside the palace overnight.

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It is right that Eunuchs are bound to serve the male member of royal family only. And Eunuch can NEVER EVER be a concubine (both of the king & the queen). Once they become a Eunuch, they will forever be a eunuch (unless they committed some mortal sin) It is also the reason why they are castrated. They are not allowed to have any relationship and will have to serve the royal family all his life.
It is the same as court ladies, romantic relationship with anyone is also forbidden EXCEPT when the king likes her and make her his concubine.

With this case of our Crown Prince & His Eunuch's Love Story, clearly, Ra On needs to reveal her true gender only then she can be Yeong's woman ONLY IF she will not be punished for dressing up as a man and entering the palace as a eunuch (OF COURSE, WE ALL KNOW THAT SHE WILL EITHER AVOID THE PUNISHMENT OR SURPRASS IT BECAUSE SHE'S OUR HEROINE!)

I hope this helps

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They reside in the palace and therefore has access to the King's women. They're castrated to ensure that babies born in the palace are from the King only. Of course affairs is one side of it but the main reason is to make sure that heirs are really of royal bloodline.

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Oh. So that's why...

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thinking that I will once again see jinyoung's heartbroken face sadden me.. but my baby have been doing a good job so far.. his eye gaze always make my heart flutter.. yoonsung~ah...

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Thank you for your recap!! I like this episode so much. I like the expression of park bogum as crown prince so much. I hope there will not too much makjang like birth secret, etc later and i hope that crown prince will know the secret of ra on indentity soon..

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Has anyone noticed that the background song they play is similar to the music from 'The Heirs'

It feels so weird when play that in a saeguk drama

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Musical scoring could improve though. I find some musical scoring forced. Hopefully, it improves in the forthcoming episodes.

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*wails* I really want to like this drama coz I'm actually rather enjoying the main leads and their interactions...but that's about it. After watching the second episode, I just don't seem to be gripped by the flow of events, which sometimes feel awkward, if not typical of all the other fusion sageuks out there. It's fun, but it could be funnier, it's intriguing at points, but sloppy in its execution, so much so that I don't feel the actual tension that I know I should be feeling. Sigh.

Despite my criticisms, it's a drama that I'm not willing to give up on just yet, which says a lot, since these days I rarely have patience for dramas which fail to grip me from the get go. Come of drama, you can do it!

Many thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

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Another episode worthy of love from everyone. I just have to say it again and I don't think I will ever say it enough. Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung is one damn hell of a good match. Whoever thought of pairing them together deserves an award. lol

[SPOILER REDACTED]

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If that revelatiom will happen at the library, how come Ra On didn't able to recognize h as a crown prince when only the CP wears that kind of royal robe?

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I think someone will block the view of CP so Ra On couldn't see him

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What's the verdict? Should I start this drama?? I usually avoid anything with saeguks with a 10-foot pole....but Bogummi is in this. Oh the dilemma!

Okay if 5 people dare me to watch, I'll give this a shot.

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Lol. Do it. If you're not a fan of sageuk, do it to witness Bogummy's acting chops, twinkling eyes, and diamond-cut cheekbones.

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You should watch it. The actors and actresses are great and the romcom element in saguek dramas are rare. It is very youthful & light hearted. I know they may fill some politics here, but it is not that heavy.

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I'd say do it because Park Bogum is doing a good job in portraying his role as the Crown Prince, and besides, this drama is really light for saeguk and overloading with cuteness it's really worth the shot.

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Dare you!

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Give it a go!!! You won't regret it! :)

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you will not regret it ;) go ahead and enjoy urself :)

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I never comment but I dare you

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LMAO

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As someone who's never gotten beyond ep 1 in any other sageuk, I say, watch this right now :P

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Watch it and u will not regret it

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Watch it.

I avoid sageuk like plague (and still do!) and was not intrigued by the released synopsis of this drama. I've bee too spoiled by W to watch simple dramas anymore :P

But that was until I watched the first episode. It's funny and good despite the cliche premise. So yeah, watch it.

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Ok.

Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! (High-pitched squeal)

In it for the long haul. This is what I was hoping Daebak would make me feel after the glory that is Six Flying Dragons.

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I keep replaying the scene where PBG gives away answers for the test to Ra On. Hilarious!

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Lol me too. I crack up every time I see their expressions. The humour never gets old for me in that scene.

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Yoojung has comedic timing and that's a feat considering that most of her previous roles were melodramatic ones. If I am not mistaken this is her first.

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Yeah Kim Yoo Jung's forte is angst/melodrama and historical. I am happy her character is so light in here though. In almost all her dramas and movies she always suffer. I hope she stays happy and vibrant here because it's a nice change. And I like her smiling face even though she was still pretty even when crying.

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I'm enjoying this as much as I expected. The cast are all doing a very good job. This show is totally my new crack for all the right reasons. Can't wait to see how the plot and the characters develop. And the pretty-ness is just *__* I don't know why I have always been weirded out by Bo-gum's smile, his eyes are kind and twinkling and everything but there's something kinda scary about his smile. But it works perfectly for this role. The Crown Prince has that contrast. And Jin-young, I have watched him before in She's Wow and Goo Hae-ra and always been pleasantly surprised by his performance. But he's never been this pretty. His facial features feel as though it would be very easy to draw him in the same style as the paintings his character make. And Yoo-jung is simply a goddess. I want to watch all of them every day, talking and moving around in those beautiful costumes.

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Agree about the pretty Jin-young. I instantly fall for him. I ship the main leads though, but I like his character here. I hope that in the end he doesn't go to the dark side. Well, first, we need to know what happens between him and the crown prince.

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Never thought I would enjoy these two episodes. Sigh...

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Totally enjoying this drama. I love how there's a good amount of fluff, but we know there are some dark stuff ahead.

Though I gotta say... after skimming Hello Monster... my brain always thinks Park Bo Gum is some kinda psychopath when he smirks. Can't help it! lollll

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I love PBG's Choi Taek to bits so I am still adjusting to his "tsundere" role or is it?

I could understand Bogum's dilemma in fleshing out his character...the metaphor I could think of is that of an artichoke...it has several layers that gets to be uncovered depending on the situation and the people he is with. He is snooty and abrasive at one moment with Raon and another moment he can be playful and such a tease with her. To his sister he's protective and caring. With the Queen's father, he show his politically correct demeanor, to the Queen, his subtle sarcasm, to his father, his defiant and assertive self, to Jin Young's character, his grudging resentful side, and to the eunuch, his spoiled, bratty, mean character. Whew!

Yoojung's made reference to Yoon Eun Hye's Go Eun Chan in preparing for her cross dressing role: I can see it in the way she lowers her voice pitch to sound more like a man, in the way she imitates how a man eats, etc. I am happy with her acting. It's not her fault that her facial features are so feminine.

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I have to say that Yoojung was breathtakingly beautiful in the scene with her hair down while she was coiling her chest with cloth to disguise as a young man.

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I agree, she is so gorgeous on that scene! She is still young and yet so ethereally beautiful, that over time she will become that much more so. And she really impressed me as Ra on, I totally see flashes of Go Eun Chan (which is great!) in her performance and she's actually believable as a pretty boy especially her voice and her mannerisms too.

I also have to admit that I'm enjoying her performance a bit more than Bogummy and I'm saying this as a Bogum fan. But your explanation makes sense about his portrayal - I think that's most likely why I felt like episode 1 was choppy. Have to admit that I haven't watched episode 2 yet but seems like they have established their world at this point, and hoping that Bogummy settles in his character more as the drama goes.

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I, too, am a Bogum fan! Very much so! I recognize, however, that his role may seem not complicated but is actually is---in fact very complicated....Yoojung's Raon role is overtly complicated because of the cross dressing but she doesn't have to behave differently with every people she meets...she just has to consistently disguise herself as a man.

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This show is managing to work all the cliches. It sorta reminded me of Colour Cloud Palace. Bo Gum and Yoo Jung bickering is all types of puppy rainbow adorable. And the trio of eunuch, guard and prince is perfect. Hopefully no serious love triangle/ square.

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Ooooh. That's right. O.O

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all of the casts are pretty.. but wow.. jinyoung's face tho.. he looks handsome and pretty and suit the costume so much.. and I love his character.. dying to know what happen with him, bogum, and dongyeon..

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Yes, Jin Young has assuaged our fears. He is doing well in his role.

And Kwak Dong Yeon is a revelation! My only encounter with him is as a dull-witted son in My Husband's Got a Family.

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many people are doubting him when he is cast.. but he's doing a really good joob..

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Thanks for the recap, JB!

Gosh! Bogummy and KYJ are so cute together! Love them! Fave scenes were the written exam and drunk/finger-biting! Haha... I hope prince will find a friend in RO, and I can see him, BY, and RO all getting along just fine.

The trio of old friends falling out is interesting. Really makes me wonder what happened. And why does YS bear the appearance/aura of a king? I'm not familiar with history here at all, so I'm not sure what is going on with that plotline.

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I need a rewatch to comment on the narrative. I agree with several comments that the musical scoring could improve. MDBC musical director, I liked your work in DOTS. Please don't mess up MDBC's okay?

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Wow, Bogummy! What a schizo role! Don't worry you are rising up the the challenge!

Fighting!

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I feel like die hard I Remember You fans get a special treatment by the dramas of this season. The "brothers" taking turns in making us happy. First, Seo In Guk in 38 Squad. Then Park Bo Gum in this drama. And soon Seo In Guk again in Shopping King Louie. It is like their tandem fight in IRY ep 10 all over again. And I am defeated.

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I know right.

Which is why I am rewatching I Remember You tonight.

I miss these 2 on my screen!

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And for that, we thank the drama gods.

Now if they'd only allow Hyun Min to be endgame...

(Lol!)

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I'm loving it already!! Only 2 episodes and I'm already addicted!!

My drama schedule:
Mon, Tues - Moonlight drawn by clouds
Weekend - Cinderella & the four knights
Other days, I spend watching C-drama :D

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Moonlight is giving me Splish Splash Love feels except the directing and cinematography is less romantic (SSL has that pretty MV feels), more laughs, and more charismatic male lead. The drama is like the Park Bo Gum show with cameo from Min, and I'm not complaining, he's so pretty AND talented.

The show is light and full of fluff, but not cheesy so it makes is a breeze to watch.

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Can't wait until Yoo Jung gets rid of the male identity and lets down her hair... That is when her beauty will truly shine..

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Are they going to Titanic this thing? Because if this is based on actual history and the crown prince does die young, it's going to be hard bearing that in mind when all those fluffy comedy stuff is going on. It's like having fun while knowing your impending doom...damn. I can already tell this show is going to be like Angry Mom playing with my emotions :/

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second lead syndrome!!!

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I don't know if it was just me but PBG portrayal as the CP kinda gives me creeps at times. Like when RO as him to just hit her and he pats her head instead while cooing about a puppy being pet smoothly and play with. I know he was just joking and teasing RO, but there is something in the way PBG says it and expression that scared me. I seriously got worried for RO at that time.

And then it happens again in some scenes here and there. I think it's because of PBG's eyes. There were times where it switch to being scary. It just glimpses but it is still there. Hmmm... I wonder if PBG is doing it on purpose as premonition of event to come.

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You really should watch i remember you where PBG's character is a psycopath. His cold stares were really scary, he portayed the role perfectly now that i watched this im always reminded of his character in IRY

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I finally started watching this drama. So good. Why are there a lot of good dramas line up this time? So much drama, so little time.

I also read previous news on this drama. I didn't know Yook Sung Jae was courted to be a cast member. I'm a little sad he couldn't do a role but then it got me thinking - do I really want him to get his heart broken by the same writer of Who Are You?

The cast is delightful and both leads have been so good. I was planning to just watch after it finished airing but I was so curious. And now, the waiting begins again.

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Byeon yeong (kwak dong yeon) is giving me yoo ah in's vibe in sungkyunkwan scandal. And both are my fav characters :)))

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I feel like the prince crown's character is a combination of Min and Choi Taek and im loving it!

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I like her jovial eunuch pals. However, can you imagine anyone being so jolly, all giggles, cracking jokes, just days after having their private parts removed?!!!!!!

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Maybe they weren't very attached to those parts. XD

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