Kolorful Palette: Time together [Shine or Go Crazy]
Another drama has come to an end, and although I can’t say that it delivered everything I hoped for, it also didn’t deliver what I feared and expected, so I’m choosing to leave Shine or Go Crazy behind with an overall feeling of contentment. Ultimately I don’t think it will be particularly memorable, but I’m glad I saw it through until the end and there’s no denying that it supplied me with a lot of great scenes to draw.
I chose this particular scene because it marked the final truly romantic moment between the main couple where they thought only of each other and didn’t worry too much about the reality of their lives. Wang So is in the middle of a fight for the throne, but he still raced out to find Shin Yeol and save her. I admit to wishing for a more concrete illness than lifelong hypothermia that can only be cured by a dunk in an ice-cold river, but it did act as the platform for a very sweet moment. I’ve always loved that Wang So called Yeol “Gaebong” since it made their relationship feel especially comfortable for the time, but it also built up wonderful contrast for when he finally called her “Yeol” in this scene. They’ve spent so much time denying their relationship to either themselves or others that it was nice to see a rare moment of truthful clarity where he was actually able to vocalize his love and use her real name.
I also wanted to draw this scene because I love the setting. I’m pretty certain this waterfall area has been used in many dramas, but for the life of me I can’t remember which ones. Despite the darkness there was also a lot of opportunity for color with this drawing, and I couldn’t help but use conte again this week because it just seems perfect for everything. I wish I had gotten even messier with my application of it, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out and enjoyed working with the pretty soft lighting.
Despite my enjoyment of this sweet start to the episode, I do think the rest of the episode was a little anticlimactic and didn’t live up to the epic conclusion I was expecting. Instead of a dynamic battle with Sik-ryeom almost all fighting was avoided and only involved a pathetically small number of people to begin with. I’m assuming that budget and time constraints played a large part, but it didn’t feel much like a battle to become King. Like I said though, this drama also didn’t take the route I expected, and that makes up for a lot.
When Yeol faked her death I thought for sure that Wang So would go berserk and do something crazy, but instead he immediately figured out her scheme and pursued her. That was one fear of mine avoided, but the one major cliche I felt quite certain of was that Yeol would die. All the signs were there. History doesn’t include her in Wang So’s life, she had a terminal illness, and this is a sageuk we’re talking about. I imagine that many people aren’t thrilled with the ending since it isn’t exactly a fairy tale picture of happiness, but I actually think the writers came up with a pretty clever way of supplying our couple with a little bit of happiness without obliterating historical fact. Yeol was too smart and capable to simply become a mistress not even memorable enough to make the records books, and I like to think their love endured the years despite their time spent apart.
It’s also an ending that fit with the message Se-won gifted Yeol (originally the words of their mother). He basically said that if you meet someone, there will be a time to separate, and that if there is a time to laugh, there is also a time to cry. Life is therefore worth living. I took this to mean that for every moment of sadness there is a moment of happiness, and that we should keep living for those happy moments. Shin Yeol and Wang So may have had to endure a lot of dreariness in their time apart, but I think their brief times together made it worth it.
I’m always especially disheartened to see a sageuk end since they’re typically so much more colorful and scenic than modern dramas, but I’m lucky this time around because I think that an even better sageuk is right around the corner. Hwajeong‘s 50 episode duration has me feeling extremely squeamish, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
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