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Premiere Watch: The King: Eternal Monarch

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Fantasy, romance, historical
Episode count: 16 (70-minute episodes)

Possibly the most anticipated drama of the year so far, The King: Eternal Monarch is set to premiere later this week. You don’t need me to tell you that this is not only Kim Eun-sook’s latest creation, but that it’s also Lee Min-ho’s first project after his military service. The budget is huge, the stakes are high, but if you can believe it, the buzz is even higher.

The King: Eternal Monarch tells the story of two parallel worlds. One world is a modern-day Korea with the Korean Empire still in existence (and Lee Min-ho as the eponymous king), while the other world is South Korea as we know it today. We’ve seen our fair share of dramas that explore what a present-day Korean monarchy would or could look like, and they’ve ranged broadly in the kinds of stories they’ve told, so I’m curious where The King will land. But it’s the parallel universe aspect that intrigues me the most here — a devil opens the door between our worlds, and here’s betting that our characters get thrown into some serious havoc because of it.

Lee Min-ho’s role as the king sounds fairly standard. He’s the epitome of a regal monarch, but he’s also prickly, sensitive, and obsessive (yep, sounds like a Lee Min-ho role to me!). He also has a penchant for escaping from the palace (with his shadow/guard Woo Do-hwan in tow). There’s a bit of history that makes this setup even more dramarific, though, because as a child he not only endured a trauma because of his father’s assassination, but he just might have already crossed that barrier into the other world. Hmm, a persnickety king with a taste for adventure can only need one thing… a heroine to match.

That’s where Kim Go-eun’s character comes in. She exists in the “real world” South Korea as a crime-fighting detective who’s tough, protective, and dogged about bringing criminals to justice. The two meet when the door between their worlds is opened, and it looks like they have to join forces to close it.

Where things get complicated is that Kim Go-eun also exists in the Korean Empire reality, but here, to contrast her crime-fighting detective, she actually plays a criminal. Woo Do-hwan also exists in both realities — in one as an imperial guard, and in the other as a public service worker. These dichotomies are very much on purpose, and set up a ton of storytelling potential — I’m pretty sure the drama will have some fun playing with these doppelgängers. Rounding out the cast is the Korean Empire’s prime minister Jung Eun-chae (who gets entangled with the king), and Kim Kyung-nam (a major crimes detective with an unrequited crush on Kim Go-eun).

Whether you’re chomping at the bit for this drama’s premiere, or burrowing under the covers to protect yourself from the takeover, it’s a pretty safe bet that The King: Eternal Monarch is going to be important in the annals of dramaland. Will it be important like Heirs is important, or will it be more of a Mr. Sunshine situation? I’ll see you on Friday — let’s find out.

 
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I think this will be fun... If not good fun... Then crazy fun...

Am here for the lady from the guess...

Am also here for 1/2 of stabby otp...

And for the lady who for me into kdrama a CITT....

I have only seen LMH in one show city hunter I thing and I mostly remember park min young... And nothing about him, wouldn't have known it was him if someone did t mention it...

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LOL we'll never hear the end of our stabby otp but hey it's a good thing even with just the other half.

I'm here for the ladies also.

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I am intrigued... Who are the Stabby OTP?

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Yang Se-jong and Woo Do-hwan in MY COUNTRY.

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I never watched that drama... but I might read the recaps now to find out how that couple got such an intriguing name :D

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Haha nice description Missvictrix! Are you going to be weecapping it?
My first 6 dramas were all Lee Min-ho's, and once I got to know hes in the military I've gone on to discover so many more actors and dramas! I am so excited to live watch a Lee Min-ho drama, and just after my submissions, it feels like a gift! 😃
I really wanted to check out atleast one work of all the other actors but can always do that after this drama! Each of them have a fan base here on DB and I'm pretty sure I'm going to become their new fan in no time!
They've done really well in building hype, and there are a lot of questions and theories going around on the plot already! Nothing can be worse than Heirs so this is definitely going to be good! 😃

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Whoops sorry for that extra long comment.

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Nothing can be worse than Heirs indeed. I don’t know how I feel about Kim Tan. I’m torn. That role did LMH both good and bad. It definitely took his career to the next level but I feel he’s still making up for it. Before heirs, he was an actor with potential. After heirs, “wait, why is he so famous?” Anyway, I’m hoping this is KES’s redemption role for him.

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I won't deny that I do hate Kim Tan. The only kdrama lead I ever hated. And the only other time than IC were I wanted to lead to get with no one.

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I'm up voting in great part because of your handle. 🤣💕

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This show will have full recaps! *Gasp*

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If it's a lemon like Heirs can we call them recraps?

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Excellent idea... 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Will it be important like Heirs is important, or will it be more of a Mr. Sunshine situation?

The King: Eternal Monarch will be Heirs-, Descendants of the Sun-, Goblin-important. The cast and fantasy genre will make it a trendy hit, and Kim Eun-sook's catchphrases and scenes will go viral, but it won't receive critical acclaim like Mr. Sunshine.

The King: Eternal Monarch will dominate ratings, and its air time of 22:00 doesn't even overlap with ratings behemoth A Couple's World at 23:00.

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I’m sensing Goblin like importance too . You are right !

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So what are the chances of Kim Eun-sook giving Kim Go-eun and Jung Eun-chae equal screentime to the men and even -gasp- making them good friends?

Sigh. Don't tell me. I already know the answer.

I'm so tired of bromances.

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They can’t be friends in this one because they’re going for the same guy.

I’d say the best you can get that from Writer Kim is Mr. Sunshine. I thought both female leads were quite strong and ended up doing something major for the movement. It was epic when they plotted to kill all the Japanese soldiers. Bravo!

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I'm not into sageuks, but thanks! Maybe I'll watch it some time down the line... Along with the 100 other dramas I say that about.

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Hmmm... but it’s not your typical sageuk. It’s taken place during a transition phase. Half the people wore “modernized” attire and half wore hanboks. I mean, that’s the charm of it. They captured that time period flawlessly! But, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite drama. It’s more meaningful but the ending just didn’t do it for me. There were flaws I couldn’t turn a blind eye to. Until this day, I still question why.

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I hope the female leads are better in this one. And the male lead less of a jerk. I don't want a repeat of either heirs or goblin.

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Was the male lead a jerk in goblin? I can’t quite recall lol. But yes, hoping the king won’t be a jerk and hoping for a badass female lead. Judging from the long trailer, KGE’s character is not one you’d want to mess with. She can kick butts, quite literally.

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That was heirs.

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Goblin had more to do with how the FL was written and the age thing. Otherwise I quite liked the last five episodes while the first 11 were meh.

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Gong Yoo wasn't a jerk.

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No, but KGE's character was not exactly stellar, which I think is what she means.

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They appear to be the same age so we'll probably escape the icky bit from Goblin. I'm hoping since she's a detective, she'll be badass and not need to be saved every five seconds. Or we could balance it out. She saves him, he saves her, she saves him.

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She seems badass but based on the teaser....adult King Tan will be stuck with a memory of adult KGE he saw as a kid from 25 years ago...but KGE says 25years ago, she's only 5 yo. So his memory is flawed. Or....there are two badass grownup KGE in different worlds! The possibility of spinoffs is endless in this fantasy world.

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Maybe his brain got scrambled from the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff of crossing between worlds.

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So what are the chances of Kim Eun-sook giving Kim Go-eun and Jung Eun-chae equal screentime to the men and even -gasp- making them good friends?

hahahahahahahahaha

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Sorry but if you want interesting female leads you have to go back to City Hall, and she said herself she is never going to do another City Hall because the public didn't like it as well.

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You only have to go back two years to Mr. Sunshine. Kim Tae-ri and Kim Min-jung kicked ass as female leads -- literally.

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True!

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City Hall is the only drama of this writer that I finished and liked. The other one was Lovers in Paris that I still don't know why the ending is like that. Others I can't find myself to finish. I still don't know why.

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Hahaha! Oh man. That's one of the many KES things that annoy me so much. And her dramas always get really great casts. Sheesh

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I dont know how I missed that they'd be doppelgangers! This could be fun. And crazy.

So would each doppelganger get their own story? Their own love line and friendships?

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And does the King also have a doppelganger - or is that the punch line (2! 2 LMHs for the price of one!)

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I'll say it'll be more like Dots and Goblin in popularity. Heirs was popular but not on their level and Mr sunshine was more critically acclaimed even if it got good ratings, the craze wasn't equal to Goblin and Dots.

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I am cautiously excited for this drama!! I hope its weirdly entertaining in a DoTS way and not pull my hair out Heirs way.

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I would be a hippocrate if I don't admit I am looking forward to this in a detached, quietly breathing, clam-like kind of way. In addition to rampaging zombies in Kingdom and conniving jerks in A Couple's World, this would be something to fill these long, empty, wall-staring hours in the weeks ahead.

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This will be one of the few dramas I'll live watch. Not because I expect it to be good, definitely not for LMH or because it was written by KES. I'm just excited for how awful the comments of the recaps will be and want to actually participate. So excited 😆

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Also... Woo Do Hwan could seduce a dead fish to life so I gotta support my beautifully talented man 😍

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This analogy! LOL

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Woo Do Hwan could seduce a dead fish to life

Lol that'd be both horrifying..and kinda cool.

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I have read a comment likening your beloved's face to a cooking utensil, and his nose to a block (of what, exactly, it wasn't made clear). It is a testament to Our Great Love for Our Beloved Oppas that we respond to such comments with calm and sweetness and magnanimity. Like me. Do I get angry when @katakwasabi says my maybe-ex Oppa displays only ONE expression on his handsome face? No. I smile kindly. Sometimes, I even laugh. Ha ha. There are times I even agree with her. A LOT of times.

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*gasp* I won't dare break YY's oppa-not-oppa heart.

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Are you staying pressed, Kat?

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I'm pressed for any new drama with a very specific actor as the lead. No news yet about this future drama 🙁. So I'm gonna enjoy fantasy world Eternal Monarch while I wait for that actor to find his way to dramaland.

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Yes!

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I'm actually going to avoid the recaps like the plague.

The articles have been enough of a shitshow and I really don't need more of that in my life.

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I'm not sure which way I'm leaning with the comment sections. I do not want a repeat of IC.
Also, I think my mindset for this show is like when I go into a summer blockbuster movie.

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Ugh. I don't ever want a repeat of IC either. I don't want to stop watching this because of the comments like I did for that one. Both sides were crazy.

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IC's comments made me not want to pick it up and it certainly made me feel good about my decision to drop it.

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@mindy @bcampbell1662 @amy1009 We don't want comments to get out of hand either. We've also had a lot of spam to deal with lately. If you see any comments that are clearly spam and/or hateful and explicit, please tag @db-staff -- it's a big help!

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No matter how the drama turns out, and I really do hope it turns out to be good for everyone involved, I would love for the comment sections to not devolve into fighting over which actor is better/more handsome/more worthy of worship. One of the things that drew me to DB in the first place was the smart respectful debate between beanies. Please beanies, lets do that some more.

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Let's discuss drama plot and maybe some imaginery plots (my field of expertise). Hihihi 😆

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I am with you Maggie. I am really looking forward to THE KING and wish everyone involved good luck.
I am totally unfamiliar with: Director-nim,
Writer-nim and the FLs. I am familiar somewhat with the MLs.
Recently I watched (an enjoyed for the most part) ITAEWON CLASS. The comments on the recaps were for me the most heated since APAD (with the Ye-line and Min-Ho-Young shipping war.)
I hope we don’t have that here.

Over the last few months both JCW and LMH have been subject to some rough comments (imho) the type of which frankly I wasn’t used to seeing on DB.

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LOL obviously you were not around for the Trash/Chilbongie wars of Reply 1994. No one came out of those comments unscathed.

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I’m only here for now. The comments section will be a shit show. I actually want to enjoy this one, for LMH and all the other cast. And hey, with writer Kim, it can go one way or the other and one shit show is enough for me. I can’t handle 2 at the same time hahaha.

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The recap comments are going to be a dumpster fire. I don't know whether to put on popcorn or steer clear for the next two months.

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It will be dumpster fire if people aren’t civil. Constructive criticism VS sarcasm is two different thing.
Whether we like this drama or not, hopefully we all can respect each other :)

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The answer's always popcorn and maybe one of those full-body police shields to protect yourself from the debris. I like the comments for the sole reason that they make me feel sane.

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Popcorn please, I’ll bring Cola 😃
It’s going to Be fire 🔥

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The thing is this. If a drama generates comments about the drama itself, and dissenters appear and argue about the characters and their strengths or flaws, it's all good. But, when a drama is so awful, commenters start to make up their own stories, and comments go off tangent and descend into wackiness. And still have loads of fun at the same time. Thinking of you, Forest, in a nostalgic, fond kind of way.

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Btw, did they coordinate their outfits but not tell the one on the end?

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Lmao. I do wonder the same too hahaha.

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I didn’t noticed this at first but that was hilarious. Imagine being the black sheep of the group just because if what you’re wearing 😆
It’s probably intentional though, ir they just don’t have his number 🌚

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I'm anticipating you, Woo Do Hwan! Other than that, the trailer on netflix didn't exactly get my hopes up. A bit of cringe, there.
Fighting, oppa! I'll watch this for you.

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Yess, exactly. I keep asking myself the same question. Fora big budget series, the trailer sucks. There was nothing impressive in those two minute teasers. Maybe because, I didn't see much of Woo Do Hwan.

I will watch the first episode of course, but not likely finished it, as all her previous dramas.

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Ok people whether you listen to me or not is up to you but... Please don't pit the actors against each other. Please no fight with each other. Please no name calling even if you disagree with a person, calling them names proves nothing. Constructive criticism is fine, talking about their acting is fine. But not bringing down the other person or actor or whatever to make your point. Any criticism it should be about their acting only not them as a person or their looks or whatever. Also what's the point in stooping to the other person's level by trying to counter hate with hate. How does that prove your point? It only proves you are as bad as the others or worse not better. Also just because someone hates on your favourite doesn't necessarily make your favourite bad but how you choose to respond does show what kind of person you are.

I don't know about you all but for me talent before fame. If the actor is good then how I respond to their acting and how it affects me that's enough to prove to me if their acting is good or not not how famous or how loved the actor is. I wouldn't even watch a bad drama or bad acting for my favorite let alone someone else's. I might start a drama for them but if I enjoy a drama or not has to do with the plot, the characters, the emotions I feel while watching, not the actor but the acting. And that's exactly what intend to do with this drama. I fully intend on watching and deciding for myself. And I say this as a person who has watched all of LMH dramas in their entirety and two of WDH.

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Couldn’t agree more! Why can’t we just enjoy two actors joining hands on the same project! It makes it difficult for me to enjoy the bromance when fans are pitting them against each other. LMH and WDH seem to get along pretty well in real life so just stop it.

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I don't understand where this is coming from because I don't remember any fighting in the Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, or Goblin recaps. All the comments were about liking or disliking the show.

As for Itaewon Class, all the comments were about the characters, not the actors.

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I am talking about how people responded to each other during the IC comments. They went too far and became personal. It became less about the characters and more about the person commenting. Also didn't heirs have polarising comments due to both the leads?

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I must not have a visceral reaction to comments as they never make me drop a drama. I thought Itaewon Class' constructive criticism outweighed any offensive comments.

I scrolled through a few Heirs recaps, and any polarizing comments about the actors were about their acting, not attacking the actors personally. Kim Eun-sook's writing is also polarizing, which I consider fair game to comment on.

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Less like dropping more like indefinitely on hold. I actually read through most comments and posts, here, Tumblr, MDL. Both sides had something I thought of worth to say. I agreed with both sides somewhat. But what these places have in common is the fact that people started attacking not only the characters but also the person they were responding too whether directly or indirectly.

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It's because there have already been some really gross comments by people in the articles just announcing this drama. So if people are already making comments on the news articles I can imagine the comments on the recaps themselves will be a shitshow.

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Trin, no worries. Humour is the best medicine. I have it on good faith that @leetennant is currently working on her third joke feverishly in anticipation of the premiere recap of The King. Stay pressed.

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Other people are self-isolating because of Covid19. I'm sequestered to work on my much-heralded Third Joke...

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Everyone sing: Love is the monarch 🎶

*credits to reddit comment. The song occasionaly pops up in my mind.

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Aish!
@katakwasabi I have successfully avoided that awful earworm for a long time. (Yes, I'm in the camp that is not fond of the song.) *sighs*

I should have braced myself for this happening, since it's a LMH show. At least you updated it with a twist, but now I'm wondering who's going to write an entirely new lyric set for it. 🤪

I can only think of one other show where a song got overused more, but I'm not going to spread another earworm!

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Sing with me: Almost Paradise 🎶🎶

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How about we just take dramas as what they are aka fictional stories. Let's not waste our breaths in this very precious time we have amidst a pandemic in our real lives and fight over a drama or oppas.

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My wife just finished watching MR. SUNSHINE (with occasional help from me explaining that awful time in Korean history). It was intense- and very well done indeed. This sounds a bit lighter and less tragic. It may also be overcomplicated with the multiple Doppelgangers.

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My husband and I are also watching Mr. Sunshine, we have just the final two episodes to go. We felt the middle of the series was a bit draggy, with the same points made again and again, but this was made tolerable by the fabulous cinematography, the excellent acting and by the sprinkling of gentle humor. So many good characters! Strong female leads! Really, it did not feel like it came from the same writer as Heirs.

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I want so badly to give it a chance.
I just hope it's good.
Please be good.

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I'm really excited to watch this drama. I don't have week-end drama, so this one is more than welcome!

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Why am I even going to try and watch? I mean, I've never liked anything Lee Min ho was in. I've never liked any roles Kim Go eun has done. I've never liked anything KES has written. Expecting under-acting, over-acting and cheesy dialogue.
But I'm still going to try...
Try not to be pre-judgy, heh.

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I'm going to watch despite knowing all this too (i did like KGE in Citt, though). However, I know that KES has a formula, she writes the first few episodes quite well. They grasp the viewer and are addictive. I know quite well that I'll leave the show by the sixth or maximum eight episode because that's what her weak part is, the middle. But I still know she can deliver in the first few episodes, I won't be surprised to see people liking her show immensely in the first 3 weeks. I'll watch most probably till then too. Plus a little fantasy in these chaotic tense times doesn't hurt too.

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Yes, and I'm re-satisfying my fantasy cravings with The Untamed...
Satisfying my sadistic tendencies with Bloody Romance.
Satisfying my vicarious travel adventures with TRAVELER 2 (Ong Seong wu and Kang Ha neul in Argentina)
Satisfying my thirst for alternate reality/time travel with Some Day or One Day.

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I'm excited for a new fantasy world. I just want a new drama (Royal Hotness is hiding from dramaland *cries*). Since this is a SBS drama aka non-cable, I can feel assured each episode won't be dragged beyond an hour 😅.

Bring it on Eternal Monarch! P/s: @missvictrix will you do the recaps? Hehe

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Much as I ADORE @missvictrix - I am reading a lot of Regency romances in lockdown, I love that word - I fear for her poor head. She recapped Forest. That was a MONUMENTAL task. It zapped you of sensation. And she's recapping A Couple's World. That drama makes the blood BOIL. The King could push her over the edge.

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She's recapping Rugal. RUGAL. That drama makes Forest seem logical and coherent.

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Oh, my goodness. This is BAD.

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😱😱😱

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You saying that makes me want to watch RUGAL now!

I had to watch the last third-ish (not sure which ep-cap had the fun fan written script speculations) of Forest just to make sure my brain wasn't still dreaming up scripts.

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Drat. That should say REWATCH the last bits. *sighs* Even now...my brain still isn't sure if I really watched them!

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I'll probably do a live cap of this drama on my wall, to keep my sanity as I watch. That's how I survived watching most my dramas. Join me in my live cap. It will be all over the place because I'm so bad at names.

Also...for unknown¹ reasons² I refuse to call this drama The King. I'll call it Eternal Monarch.

¹ lies!!!
² the reason is Royal Hotness is the real King! I will however call Lee Gon, King Tan. Lee Gon is too close to Lee Hyuk aka RH's real name. I'm so biased. Lee Hyuk is the best. Muahahaha. *runs*

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It's amazing how you can turn every post into a SSR lovepost.

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Help me YY. Help meeeeeeeeeee~~~~

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I want to, kat. But you've got it bad.

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Whether you’re chomping at the bit for this drama’s premiere, or burrowing under the covers to protect yourself from the takeover

A bit of both to be honest. For all their faults, I had a fun time watching Goblin and Mr Sunshine so I think I'll enjoy this one. It may end up a favorite or it may be banished to the Hall of Shame along with Melty and Gu Family Book or neither but I'm excited.

As for the takeover and all the...um...fun it brings, I'll probably be more of a spectator than a participant.

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i'm already anticipating my intense loathing for the male lead character, as well as disappointment in having the first female prime minister of Korea into a jealous, bratty stereotype. Hopefully Kim Eun Sook proves me wrong- her more recent dramas have had considerably more likeable characters (when they're not played by certified trash or romantically paired with minors, eek), so who knows?

I mean, I'll watch it regardless for Woo Do Hwan, but I'd love to finish at least ONE Kim Eun Sook drama without ffing anything.

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Remember when MBN was suppose to air this show? I guess the budget was too high for them, so SBS snatched them up. Wonder why Kim Eun Sook came back to public channel when I presumed she would've stayed at cable channels.

That being said, it would be interesting/ironic if The World of the Married ended up being the sole winner ratings wise. Now that would be epic!!

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I think it might be, a large part being it’s already got a head start in airing, it stars a veteran actress, and it’s fan base/audience is already established

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This is exciting for the ratings. My money is still on "Couple's World" but it's good to see real competition from one of the public channel.

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There is no time conflict, so viewers can watch both.

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I have thought up a whole new range of words. I spend a lot of my time thinking these days. So here they are.

1. Oppa. A name you call your favourite leading guy.

2. Oppas. Plural. Two or more favourite leading guys. The number of Oppas is unlimited

3. Oppressed. To stay pressed, bound to Oppa for eternity. And beyond.
Note: Inspired by @trinpie. Thank you, Trin.

3. Oppadorable. That moment when your Oppa tugs at your heartstrings and you go, Awww. That's why you are my Oppa.

4. Oppannoying. Sometimes, just for a teeny weeny moment, you feel a surge of irritation at your Oppa. It could be when he is acting overly cute, or prancing about in designer suits. Or being a jerk.

5. Oppagitated. That moment when you realise you are over your Oppa, and you want to change your fan wall, but guilt keeps you from changing it.

6. Oppangst. When you feel moody and broody, and it's because you are so in love with your Oppa and you could just DIE waiting an entire week for his next episode.

7. Oppet. When you buy a pet, live or otherwise, online, so it'd take your mind off your oppangst*. (*Item 6)

8. Oppest. What you turn into after a period of time. When you gush over how great, how handsome and how clever your Oppa is, and you realise people are avoiding you.

9. Opprah. You become a talk-show host, and you talk about Oppa and how much you love him on air.

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Help me, guys.

@leetennant @katakwasabi @mayhemf @skelly @bbstl @13infamyss

I am losing it.

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I can't help. I never call my favourite leading guy 'oppa'. I don't meet the 1st criteria. Sorry YY.

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Sorry for the late reply sister YY. But here’s a new oppa word in your dictionary.

OppaLeeMinHo. The Oppa that YY loves dearly now. Together we are Minoz sisters with the rest of the Corea-drama community 🥰🥰

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You make me giggle WhyWhy 🤣 never change you beautiful lady ❤

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Unsolicited, but I couldn't help chiming in with a few (yours are way better though! I was weeping!):

OppOmo - Exclamation for anything Oppa-related.

Opparition - Oppa in your dreams.

Opptitude Test - 'How well do you know Oppa?'

Oppasite / Oppasition - Your seat for when you meet Oppa

Oppining - The act of thinking about Oppa

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I got one!
Oppinion- Unsolicited opinion on another person's Oppa, express at own risk!

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This is truly excellent work, which needed to be done. I’m too old for anyone to be an Oppa 😢 but I’m happy for you! Thank you for the laughs today 🤣

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Oppabandon - When you realise you've moved on to a new Oppa and left your old Oppa alone and unloved.

Oppani - When you refuse to have an Oppa and all this Oppa talk makes you vaguely uncomfortable.

Oppahjussi - When your Oppa is now so old that you should stop calling him Oppa and possibly start naming his grandchildren but he will remain forever young to you.

Oppanalogy - When you bring everything round to a discussion of your Oppa no matter what the topic is.

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Oppani is me then.

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Oh me too. 1000%.

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I thought this was a pretty darn good addition to beanie world.

A possible addition to #4 is the extreme variant, Oppabidinglyannoying. When you can't recall any role they took that wasn't a jerk.

I realize this may heavily be weighed towards certain eras (and especially candy romcoms). Yet I can definitely think of some leads that fit that--even when they are fake being a jerk because noble idiocy or undercover or misunderstanding or covering past scars or fill-in-your-most-annoying-fake-jerk-reason.

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Despite dropping dramas like my mother drops hints about how I should be married by now (often), and never having liked a Kim Eun-sook drama, I have been excited for this premiere for weeks now. I am dead set to watch this show to the bitter (or beautiful?) end. The cast, the hype, the comments section just screams pure entertainment. It will be an event. Maybe it will become a hate watch, maybe I'll get swept up into it all, but either way I'm going to not take this drama seriously for one second. I'm going to swoon at the cringy parts, giggle at the ridiculous parts, cackle at all the plot holes and cliches and just have an all around romp of a time. I can't wait.

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hmmm..i was not aware of this doppelganger business. It already gives me a headache

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He’s the epitome of a regal monarch, but he’s also prickly, sensitive, and obsessive (yep, sounds like a Lee Min-ho role to me!). ....sounds more like Kim eun seok character to me...snicker...

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Yes, her heroes do tend to be sensitive and angsty (City Hall, Mr. Sunshine are prime examples)...unless they are just jerks (see Heirs, A Gentleman's Dignity)

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You forgot Secret Garden.... Hyun bin actually tested my patience in that one...

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Once you watch a Kim Eun Seok drama, you watched them all and I say this as a fan of her work!

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So Lee Min Ho's character has no doppelgänger in the "real" Korea? And he might have crossed the portal as a kid...but they don't mention in which direction...interesting. I just hope the whole doppelgänger story is not too confusing to follow.

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maybe this drama will bring me out of my kdrama slump ever since the lockdown began in my country. i was ecstattic when they announced work from home exactly a month back but cant believe i have not watched one single episode of anything in last one month. even jo jung suk and hospital playlist didnt bring me out of this.
i am so burned out that i dont want to even punctuate this writeup.

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So... I'm actually more excited by the hype around the show than the show itself hahaha. I didn't watch Heirs, Goblin or Descendants of the Sun so I want to be part of it this time (or at least try...). I don't know if I prefer the show to be actually good or bad....Count me in for the premiere :)

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I've never seen Woo Do-hwan in anything but I already like him. What a charming lil aura. He's probably the only reason why I ~might watch this show. But then this is Kim Eunsook and lord knows I never end up loving her works...

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Woo Do Hwan is an extremely handsome and talented man whose sexy aura could woo the world economy back to life 😏

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i am so excited!!

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Today is Friday. YAY!!
I love love. My best genre is RomCom
I love KES dramas. The only problem I found with HEIRS was the way PSH character was written. She was too weak. Always one step forward, two step backwards. DOTS,GOBLIN,MR SUNSHINE, I loved them all. I think she has learnt her lesson in not writing weak female lead

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Can't wait to see this drama

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Yawn

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So far: EPIC! - Epically BORING.

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I'm not so sure about lee min ho in the show (still gonna give him a chance) because from the few clips I've seen, his acting seems repetitive. But I'm giving him the benefit of doubt.
Kim Go Eun!!! The main reason why I will watch this show. Been a huge fan since I watched that masterpiece Goblin (I disagree with those who say goblin was popular but had no critical acclaim. I believe it has both. There's a reason why its one of imdb's top picks for kdrama recommendations).
I like woo do hwan too and he's a pretty great actor from what I've seen of him. But my main reason for watching this is definitely kim go eun. Im also glad that the writer picked kim kyung nam for this show since I was absolutely amazed with his acting in come and hug me. The only reason why I stuck through with that drama was because of him. I like jang ki yong and I'm looking forward to his drama too but kim kyung nam's ability to take a character that was so unlikeable initially and make him so endearing to us viewers truly caught my attention.
I didn't like DOTs. Didn't have a major issue with the heirs (hey its a drama, I don't take dramas seriously unlessly they do something terribly offensive) but goblin remains in my heart. I'm hoping this drama does the same.

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Excelente producción. ....actuación increíble del niño rey. ......LEE MIN HO es realmente el rey del kdrama. ....Gracias por la magna entrega. .....Otro nivel. ......

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I'm liking the premiere very much! Lee Min-ho is the epitome of being handsome. Though I have never been able to be warmed up to Kim Go-eun's characters, I'm liking the premiere much more than I though I would.

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First episode is a bit lackluster for me. I can’t help but to compare it with Mr. Sunshine and Goblin. I’m looking forward to the recaps and beanies’ comments.

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I am so tempted to watch this but the writer... the writer has hurt me... so many times before...
*dramatic whisper* I can never trust her again

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Eps 1-2 looked promising! I've actually missed LMH. He's still got it! But I must say his lip tint here seems over the top. I can unsee it and it's kinda distracting.

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Ikr? His shimnery lipstick and super thick foundation is very distracting. He is an attractive man who doesn't need such excessive makeup.

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At least it's not foundation lips. Hehe 🙃

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Oh gosh here we go. I dislike the premise and the writing makes me cringe...but LMH. Only for LMH. This is the definition of guilty pleasure. Who am I?

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They keep on forgetting the scar on his neck in some scenes; episode 2 precisely.

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