Posts Tagged ‘Conspiracy in the Court’

Drama Recaps
Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 8 (Final)
by | March 3, 2013 | 17 Comments
And so it ends, as our ragtag team of dreamers try to deliver the king’s secret will to the last person they can trust, in a finale filled with blood, guts, glory, tears, and hope. That last thing most of all. Looking back, I’m still floored by how awe-inspiring this drama was from start to... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 7
by | February 24, 2013 | 8 Comments
I don’t think I’ve ever been so confused by a show before, though that’s not at all as bad as it sounds. Conspiracy in the Court makes me want to give multiple episodes multiple viewings, because little hints here and there end up informing and changing so much of what we’ve already seen. There are... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 6
by | February 17, 2013 | 10 Comments
This is mystery done right, romance done well, characterization handled with aplomb. It still surprises me that each episode can yield so much information about the characters we already know, sometimes reinforcing the traits we’ve associated with them, sometimes turning our perceptions upside down. It makes for an engaging watch, because while we may think... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 5
by | February 10, 2013 | 11 Comments
So. Good. SO GOOD. This episode is a journey into the heart of darkness as far as our hero is concerned, as we watch him struggle to accept that he now has no one to trust and no way to win. His is a dilemma that’s really puzzling because there really aren’t any good solutions... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 4
by | February 3, 2013 | 11 Comments
Imagine trying to achieve something while all your friends secretly block your every move. Then imagine that none of those people are your friends. Then imagine that your goal is saving a country, and those frenemies are a bunch of old fogeys with nothing better to do than make you miserable. Now you’re the king,... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 3
by | January 27, 2013 | 13 Comments
The political storyline takes an upturn as our characters hone in on the king, though the conflict reaches much farther than just the palace gates. Our hero is nearly beaten to death with the Rules of Reality this episode, and it’ll be a wonder if the pure and good side of him will survive all... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 2
by | January 18, 2013 | 16 Comments
Annnnnd we’re back! Character motivations this round are explained with stark, gritty, terrifying backstories which prove that excessive pain can serve a narrative purpose, even when it causes us to shy away from the screen in horror. This episode isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you can get past some of the more... More »


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Conspiracy in the Court: Episode 1
by | November 6, 2012 | 59 Comments
Having endured an incredibly long wait on my Must Watch list, eight-episode fusion sageuk thriller Conspiracy in the Court (also known as Seoul’s Sad Song) premiered in 2007 to lukewarm (read: low) ratings. But, much like fellow short-format ratings disappointment White Christmas, it developed a mania following and garnered plenty of critical acclaim. After only... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Grump Reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »


Drama Casting & News
Mania dramas and the people who love ‘em
by | November 8, 2007 | 29 Comments
I have found my people. I suppose I can stop feeling bad for having absolutely no interest in some dramas despite them being popular, well-received, and successful. Dramas that come highly recommended but for which I just cannot seem to make it past the first episode. Dramas like War of Money, Jumong, Lobbyist… Mixed-up Investigative... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Sageuk Bandwagon
by | September 6, 2007 | 52 Comments
(This cap from Episode 1 of The Story of Hyang Dan cracks me up. Choi Shi Won’s expression here is priceless as his Mong Ryong ignores bimbotastic Chun Hyang for the sweet and plucky Hyang Dan.)   Yunno, I might just have to rethink my opinion on the whole sageuk thing. And by “rethink,” I... More »