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Kolorful Palette: Great expectations [Three Musketeers]

It feels particularly strange to draw the same drama twice in a row when it only airs once a week, but Three Musketeers does a great job of creating compelling atmosphere, and who am I to fight that? This wasn’t a show that I particularly anticipated or thought about before it aired so I had very few expectations, and I continuously find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. I can’t say how much of that enjoyment is a direct result of my lack of expectation, but do feel confident that Three Musketeers is showcasing some excellent storytelling, and that’s what dramas should be all about.

Thankfully I didn’t read the title of the episode when I watched it, so nothing was spoiled for me and I got to enjoy the twists and turns of Episode 4 at full effect. Technically I suppose that both the actions of the king and the prince weren’t huge surprises, since they both acted according to their character, but I still found myself surprised anyways. Both made huge decisions rather quickly (and quite likely rashly) and I’m itching to see how it all plays out.

The king and his son actually had a rather tender moment when they were discussing their plans for the Manchu privately, and I can’t help but think that their relationship is about to take a drastic change for the worse if it’s discovered that Sohyeon is secretly opposing his father’s orders. Of course poor Dal-hyang is going to get stuck right in the middle of it. He’s going to have to choose between the orders of the prince and the orders of the king, and that’s an extra-difficult decision to make when the prince himself told you that the king’s orders come first, but that king is completely unhinged and gives terrible orders. I’m sure Dal-hyang’s life as a military officer in the big city isn’t turning out anything like what he expected, and I think he’s in for a rough ride of learning about love and loyalty.

Speaking of expectations (again), I was genuinely shocked to learn that Sohyeon was responsible for Mi-ryung’s “death” and I haven’t yet been able to imagine a plausible story for their past. I don’t think Sohyeon is a bad person, but it certainly doesn’t seem like Mi-ryung was back then either. It seems like they both feel betrayed by the other, but why is a mystery. Some massive misunderstanding is most likely, but I’m not sure what could have been so serious that he would want her to die, and have it masked as a suicide.

I think a big part of the overarching story that will span this entire drama is Dal-hyang’s journey from boy to man. I drew this scene partially because it was pretty, but also because donning this uniform marked the beginning of his first real job, which is a rite of passage I’m sure most of us can relate to. Whether you’re flipping burgers at McDonald’s or tracking down a devious and supposedly dead almost-queen, it’s a step in life that feels important, and I’m glad this drama gave the moment it’s due when it could easily have just been skipped over.

It’s hard to believe that summer has already whisked by, and that we’ll soon be in the midst of fall dramas. I’m going to try my hardest not to look down the road or research what’s coming. Three Musketeers has reminded me that going in blind sometimes makes for the best experiences.

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Love your drawing! Love your thoughts on the drama! Hopefully it will continue to be just as appealing throughout the season and make you draw it for the third time!!

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I watched this drama without any expectations as well. In fact the only reason I decided to pick it up from the get go after a month (I didn't have any background of the novel/movie of alexandre dumas either) was because I learned tvn was the one hosting this sageuk. And from experience, cable dramas have surprisingly emerged as one of the best producers of korean dramas compared to the big three. In here we see not only high definition dramas but also well written stories with intelligent dialogues and smart twists (even though sometimes it's not really shocking anymore hehe). It truly does not waste anyone's time.

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Dalhyang's main goal is to follow the King's order..Now, his challenge is weather to follow the King no mattet what or to think and follow what he think is right and right now what is right is not to behead Injo and prevent his head to be sent home and base on the last scene, Dalhyang is eager to take on Injo no matter what...

And the Prince thought on saving Injo really didnt surprise me. He seems to be thinking thoroughly and he knows beheading Injo will start a war immediately...

As what this drama first release prior to its run.. Crown Prince and Dalhyang will have a conflict in opinions and I cant wait to see how they will settle this conflict and show us that bromance we were waiting for...We sure did have glimpses but I cant wait to see all of it..keke

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Ikr!!!We want bromance!!!We want bromance!!!!lolxxx....I just want the four of them united cause they are in for some major saving to do....:)

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I just want to clarify...Injo is the Joseon King, father of CP Sohyeon. You must be referring to General Yong Gol Dae, the Manchu representative, whom King Injo wants beheaded and the person the CP wants to save, while Dal Hyang, acting on the premise that the Kings's order comes before that of the Prince's, was chasing and planning to capture and/or behead.

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Lol...yep...was refering to Yong Gol Dae..Geez!!!So hard to remember Korean names though I've been watching Kdrama for 19 years, its still hard to remember...I usually remember the leads name only..kekek

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10 years I mean...:)

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I looked up the actor who plays Injo and was shocked. But good actors can always make us forget who they really are--and the head shave kind of helped too. : )

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LOVE LOVE LOVE your drawing!!!! :) :) :) Amazing job!

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like it so far but want to see more of lee jin wook...seems to have very little role even though imp one..

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Thanks for this..I need all the article and spazz worthy things for this drama cause a drama that is well written and well set with only once a week is just soooooo cruel...:(

And Oh...Just seen snippets of episode 5 and its much intriguing than the last...Lurve it..:)

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I really like the colors and angle of this art piece, Fanderay. The show is solid and both moving and fun. Not cheesy or sappy,either, which is a big plus in my kdrama book.

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As I watched this episode I found myself wondering if you were going to give us a drawing from it! So pretty.

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first time commenting on Three Musketeers post, but im following the drama since episode 1.. I'm really enjoying how this drama is doing..that i kept spazzing on my twitter.. and it doesn't help that its just airs once a week.. tho i think its helping in terms of editing.

I just enjoyed watching this drama simply because every time you feel that the political tension is getting intense, there's Dal yang who's idealistic view and innocence made the scene a little lighter.. and even sometimes made me burst out laughing.

Overall i really love this drama compared to the drama in big 3 station. Im crossing my fingers to
dramagods to just let this drama be good until season 3..

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This drama is a good surprise. I didn't expect much but I really enjoy the chemistry between the two leads. And the story itself is interesting enough. But of course, I like the word sparring most =)

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