Though it may not be Moo-hyul’s turn to be introduced as one of the dragons, I’d be a slimy politician’s uncle if I didn’t at least give him points for effort. Reunions abound in an episode that takes the time to set the table for what’s to come, resulting in our long lost siblings getting a chance to hug it out after years of Bang-ji being a jerk just ’cause. But he’s a well-meaning jerk at least, and that counts for something.
Also, apologies for the late recaps this week, there was a family emergency. Six Flying Dragons recaps will resume their normal schedule next week. Thanks for understanding!Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Unconventional love and unconventional confessions go hand in hand this hour, but it’s never just about the two people in the relationship, is it? Rejection drives Bang-won to make some really daring choices that he still probably would’ve made anyway, Bang-ji finds himself stuck in the past, and Jung Do-jeon continues to have his hands full with all the wayward youths he’s surrounded himself with. Social change with a side of emotional healing, anyone?Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Are you there, Bang-ji? It’s a little hard to tell, but maybe all the darkness is symbolic of the dark and turbulent times these characters are living in. Alternatively, it could be an unfortunate byproduct of shrouding so many characters in mystery and their dealings in secrecy, since daylight isn’t necessarily conducive to underground revolutions. Nor is it ideal for showcasing repressed romantic feelings, of which there are plenty to go around—poor Bang-won’s having a tough go when it comes to rejection lately, isn’t he?Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Oh, how I love to love this show. I would write it a sonnet if I knew how to write sonnets, or a song, or maybe even some slam poetry. Fortunately I know how to write none of those things, but it’s the thought that counts when it comes to truly great episodes of television like this. But unfortunately for Bang-won, his pain is our gain as viewers. Go on, Jung Do-jeon, teach him more hard-earned lessons about life. We can take it.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Our young and aspiring hero bears the unfortunate brunt of political manhandling this hour, and while he fights for his life in the torture chamber, everyone else fights over how best to use him. Well, most everyone—there are a few parties which seem to genuinely care about him, and sometimes it just goes to show that blood flows thicker than water, since Bang-won’s band of brothers waste no time before jumping into the fray. But does it count if your family might be saving you today just so they can kill you tomorrow?Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Nothing stings quite like that feeling of disillusionment you get when the person you’ve shaped a good portion of your life around tells you what a terrible idea that was. That’s just the kind of thing that happens when you don’t communicate for six years—time passes, you kill a few people, and suddenly you’re the one with problems. Great historical leaders can be so fickle with their affections, amirite?Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
It takes the influence of one very cunning man to set off a chain reaction amongst the powerful in politics, and it all becomes about those who support him, those who don’t, and those who have no idea someone else is even pulling their strings. That all sounds quite dour, but there’s actually a good deal of fun to be had in this episode—and no, I’m not talking about the cerebral sort of fun every hour delivers, but the kind of gut-busting good time you wouldn’t usually expect from a sageuk like this. Just put Moo-hyul and Bang-won in every scene together forever, please.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Get ready for a bunch of guys having heavy, meaningful conversations with each other—wait, don’t go! This may be one of the most intense hours of television to hit the airwaves recently, though I recognize how hard it is to sell the fact that an episode comprised mostly of dialogue can make for edge of your seat entertainment. Suffice to say, Jung Do-jeon is back in a big way after spending time in exile/amassing his legion of followers, and anyone standing in his path is going to wish they weren’t. Or they can be like Bang-won, wishing Jung Do-jeon was just their dad.
Ratings-wise, Six Flying Dragons shot up a few points to maintain first place at 14.1%, while MBC’s Dazzling Temptation hovered not too far behind at 10.2%. Sassy Go Go continued to go lower, hitting 3.6%.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Spies and secret societies and revolutionaries, oh my! Poor Bang-won tries to gain admission into Jung Do-jeon’s adventure club, but even with all his wits and wiles, he can only get so far before running into ghosts from his past. It doesn’t help that everyone and their mother is looking for the same mysterious figurehead, and that some of them are willing to spill blood to do so. Change doesn’t come cheap.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
It’s like there was a fire sale on pretty faces and Six Flying Dragons bought in bulk, isn’t it? Superficiality aside, this episode puts our young dragons in the same place at (mostly) the same time, as they all go on the hunt for a man who doesn’t seem to want to be found. Ever. Bang-won faces demons from the past, Moo-hyul gets to protect a real live girl, and Bang-ji gets the best fight sequences. This show may be many things, but underwhelming is definitely not one of them.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in
Ah, love. And murder. And arson. This hour gives us a proper introduction to our fifth and only female dragon, and though she may have spent the last six years (plus this hour) suffering, it turns out that giving up is the last thing on her mind. Little does she know that her old childhood friend has come to save her, though whether she really needed the saving or could’ve managed on her own is up for debate. What is certain is that Bang-won better hide the matches if he ever finds himself on her bad side, or woe be unto him.Byun Yo-han, featured, Kim Myung-min, Shin Se-kyung, Six Flying Dragons, Yoo Ah-in