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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 7

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.

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Try as he might to remind himself that now is not the time to be distracted by a woman since he needs to gain fame and success, Moo-hyul is unable to control himself the second Boon-yi calls him “Warrior-nim.”

She wants him to accompany her to Hamju, and unknowingly gives him an added benefit to going with her: If he fights with Lee Seong-gye’s men against the Japanese pirates, he’ll catch the general’s notice and his name and reputation will spread. Moo-hyul gets to kill two birds with one stone—he gets to be with the girl and do right by his Grandma.

Why? “Because you are the best warrior I’ve ever seen!” Boon-yi gushes. Of course, she only does that in Moo-hyul’s mind (or does she?), but it seems to count just the same.

While Bang-ji tries to figure out how everyone who showed up at the temple might be related to Jung Do-jeon, Gab-boon is the one who brings up Minister Hong’s involvement to him. Cut to the minister himself, who finds out from his spies that Moo-hyul and Boon-yi are headed north.

Bang-won may have deciphered the same code as Boon-yi, but he makes a pit stop at the New Joseon Cave instead of heading straight to Hamju first. He’s hoping papers there will reveal Jung Do Jeon’s purpose, and he rifles through boxes of them before he realizes that they, too, are code.

The characters start to lift off the pages in front of his eyes until they spell a single word: Jinchaegye, Jung Do-jeon’s plan to establish a military base to stage his revolution.

Now that Bang-won’s ready to head to Hamju, loyal bodyguard Young-kyu isn’t—not till he gets some answers. He doesn’t like that Bang-won doesn’t want to tell anyone about what he’s found, not even his eldest brother, and says he won’t accompany him unless he spills the truth.

Bang-won tries to convince him that it’s not treason for them to keep their mouths shut for now, since all he knows is that Hamju is being used as a revolutionary base. Bang-won claims he doesn’t know who’s behind it (though he knows that much), and when Young-kyu demands to know what this mystery person is planning or he’s out, Bang-won takes in a breath…

Then says, “This rotten Goryeo… He wants to overthrow this rotten Goryeo and establish a new nation. And I will make sure to do that with him. Goryeo has disappointed me, frustrated me, and left me sapped of my strength.”

According to Young-kyu, that gives them even more reason to tell his father about why they’re going to Hamju, but Bang-won explains why that can’t be so: If his father were to find out about Jung Do-jeon’s plans, he’d kill him and end the revolution as they know it. Then the revolution as they know it would end. “I need your help,” Bang-won pleads with him. “I beg of you.”

At Lee Seong-gye’s base in Hamju, second son Bang-gwa gives his father a letter that’s been circulating amongst the soldiers, though no one knows who wrote it or when it came into camp. We’re not privy to its contents but it’s a safe bet that they’re revolutionary in context, and likely placed by Jung Do-jeon’s camp.

Bang-gwa wants to submit it to the Dodang (highest administrative officials), but Lee Seong-gye vetoes that idea quickly. The letter will arouse suspicion among the higher-ups, and it’s likely that a spy could’ve written it just for that purpose. For now, they’ll keep it among people they can trust.

Moo-hyul and Boon-yi wait amongst a crowd of peasants who’ve come to Hamju in the hopes that they’ll be accepted to help Lee Seong-gye against the Japanese, not only for king and country but because they and their families will be provided steady work and food. Moo-hyul’s nervous that they won’t be accepted, but Boon-yi is still determined to try.

Bang-won and Young-kyu arrive in Hamju, but instead of going straight to his father’s camp, Bang-won wants to first find out what’s been going on in Hamju recently. To that end, he’ll employ Young-kyu and stay in an inn for now.

Boon-yi tells the official in charge of acceptance the heartbreaking story about the secret land she and her villagers cultivated, only for it to get stolen away from them in unfair taxes right when they were about to harvest it.

She leaves nothing out, not even the part about setting fire to the storage building, and her story is heard by Lee Seong-gye. He’s moved, and orders her and Moo-hyul assigned to a barrack.

Lee Seong-gye tries to maintain his composure when he returns to his tent, but his outrage at Boon-yi’s now too-common story manifests itself when he throws his teapot. “I’ve spent my life fighting enemies at the border!” he roars. “But my soldiers, my comrades, all my people who have died thus far… What has spilling their blood accomplished? The people become more impoverished by the day.”

To his brother in battle, LEE JI-RAN, he growls the names of Lee In-gyeom, Gil Tae-mi, and Minister Hong—all of whom are guilty of letting their greed grow way out of anyone’s control. “This nation is not improving in the slightest,” Lee Seong-gye continues. “We have fought for so long. We have endured! But this nation… has not improved. Not even in the slightest.”

After Bang-won learns about the letter found circulating through his father’s camp and the search for its author, he peeks in on one of the mandated handwriting tests the workers in the camp are put through, in order to hopefully find a match.

The test is being headed by official LEE SHIN-JEOK, who Bang-won immediately recognizes as his old hyung Scholar Kang. He pays him a visit, with Shin-jeok being unsurprised—he knew he’d run into Bang-won once he started working for Lee Seong-gye.

He tells Bang-won that he abandoned his former name in lieu of his new one, and that his goal now is to serve Lee Seong-gye in battle. But once Bang-won is alone with Young-kyu, he tells him that he saw Shin-jeok writing with his right hand, but when he was Scholar Kang, he wrote with his left. He definitely suspects him as the anonymous letter writer.

Later that night, Bang-won sneaks into Shin-jeok’s tent to take a look at the letter himself. Young-kyu can’t even focus with how nervous he is that they’ll be caught, while Bang-won reads the letter aloud, which details a different way of governing and organizing the people than is currently being done.

It lists how to go about creating a new nation, which contains two steps: The first is to secure the border in case of any external invasion. The second is to gather people in Hamju, and prepare them for a revolution by training them and creating a self-sufficient governing nation that won’t yet be a nation until it rebels against Goryeo.

Bang-won knows this letter made it to his father in the hopes to convince him to follow its plans, and Bang-won knows that’s because his father would be harder to convince than any government officials. But he can help when it comes to his father, and fully plans to.

They hide when Shin-jeok returns for the letter, and Bang-won is convinced now that Shin-jeok is the letter’s author (because he used his left hand to lift it). It’s definitely his handwriting too, but he’s just been concealing it by pretending to be ambidextrous.

Boon-yi is kidnapped, blindfolded, and brought to Shin-jeok later that night. He takes the figurine from around her neck, and asks her where it came from. There have been spies sneaking into camp as migrants, and this figurine is proof.

He has one of his minions hold a sword to Boon-yi’s neck as he asks her, point-blank, to tell him the truth or die. She knows he discovered the figurine when all her belongings were searched, so she bravely asks why he waited to confront her about it, and in the middle of the night no less.

With confidence, she reveals that she doesn’t believe she’s under investigation, but that she’s being tested. “I shall bet my life that you have the same necklace,” she ventures, even reaching forward to see for herself.

She’s not cowed even when a sword is pressed against her neck, and only tells Shin-jeok that she doesn’t have time—her fellow villagers are waiting for her. She all but orders Shin-jeok to tell Jung Do-jeon that she’s arrived and he’s to keep his promise.

Unafraid, she reaches forward and finds that Shin-jeok is, in fact, wearing the same figurine around his neck. She recites the message she decoded from inside, which is finally what changes his mind toward her. “Welcome to Hamju,” he says.

What they don’t know is that they’ve got multiple spies watching their exchange, one group in the form of Bang-won and Young-kyu, and the other being Minister Hong’s spies. They plan on capturing Shin-jeok so they can take him to Jukryong.

We find Jukryong at the gibang Cho-young runs, as he offers her three gold bars in exchange for any intel she might have on Baek Yoon’s murderer. She gives him the runaround about how people say it was Minister Hong, since he stood to gain the most from Baek Yoon’s untimely demise, but she knows that’s not what Jukryong has come to hear.

His curiosity piques her own, and she offers him gold in exchange for what he knows. He tells her his suspicions that a secret organization is being run, but that the girl they planned to interrogate was stolen away by a warrior of great skill (he’s talking about Bang-ji), who he believes is Baek Yoon’s true murderer.

Cho-young seems unusually shocked to hear this, and even more so when Jukryong reveals that he hadn’t even planned on uncovering a secret organization when he was asked to find someone. “Who?” she asks. Jukryong: “Jung Do-jeon.”

But Jukryong only pretended to be under her spell, knowing that Cho-young would do something with the information he gave her. No sooner does he order his men to keep an eye out on her movements does she address an army of masked women, who she tasks with finding out everything there is to know about Baek Yoon’s death and whatever’s going on at Biguk Temple.

Meanwhile, Minister Hong and Gil Tae-mi pay a visit to the gibang, with the latter of them coveying his concern that General Choi will make good on his promise to break their alliance unless they lower the tax rate.

They meet with Minister WOO HAK-JOO there, who apologizes to Gil Tae-mi for accusing him of having something to do with Baek Yoon’s death. But they’re there for Minister Hong, who has a plan to shake things up concerning their relationship with Lee In-gyeom, and how they want him to start bending to their demands instead of the other way around.

What he’s suggesting is almost treasonous, but Gil Tae-mi’s concern doesn’t stop him from raising his glass when Minister Woo promises that he’ll get a very high position when all this is over.

Lee In-gyeom knows what Minister Hong is up to, and his plan to combat that involves Lee Seong-gye somehow. But for now, he goes outside to see the servants of his household holding their own little festival for Buddha, replete with a female astrologer who’s all too happy to tell him his fortune.

At first it sounds bleak, until she reveals that the path he needs to take lies to the north—more specifically, the northeast region where Jung Do-jeon wants to gather his revolutionary forces. Then it’s revealed that she’s YEON-HEE (Jung Yoo-mi), and she soon has Lee In-gyeom hanging on her every word.

Now he’s not only thinking of the northeastern region, but also of Lee Seong-gye. Which comes about through a complicated series of naming stars and combining their characters to come up with “Lee,” but I really don’t think this recap needs a longwinded lesson in astrology to explain how.

Now that Boon-yi’s in charge of Lee Seong-gye’s laundry, Shin-jeok finds her outside his tent and tells her the path she needs to follow in order to meet with the elusive Jung Do-jeon.

But Bang-won’s overheard their conversation, and lets Shin-jeok know about it—though his insistence on calling him “Brother” the way he used to has Shin-jeok reminding him that they are no longer brothers. At least he gets Shin-jeok’s undivided attention when he reveals that he knows the coded message Jung Do-jeon sent out, by reciting it there and then.

Boon-yi leaves camp to find Jung Do-jeon, but hears a voice calling her, “My lady, My lady.” She looks up to find Moo-hyul in a tree, having escaped from basic training he considers to be far below his abilities. Unfortunately for him, Boon-yi doesn’t have time to soothe his wounded pride, and keeps moving right along.

Bang-won demands to know who’s leading the secret organization, but Shin-jeok has no intention of telling him… at least until Bang-won claims he’s asking on behalf of his father, who’d like to meet with the elusive Him.

His ploy succeeds, as Shin-jeok tells him where to go with his father tonight to meet with him and the secret leader. Young-kyu is over the moon to think that Lee Seong-gye might be coming around to this whole revolution idea, only for Bang-won to flatly tell him that he lied. He hasn’t even talked to his father.

“Father is like a mountain,” Bang-won explains, “And this requires moving a mountain. I shall meet with him first, and I shall move that mountain with him. That is what I will do. I will make sure of it.”

After a meeting with Jung Do-jeon we don’t get to see, Boon-yi returns to Shin-jeok with a letter from the man himself, and the instructions that she’s to be used as a messenger to go between them now. Because Jung Do-jeon now trusts her completely, Shin-jeok resolves to do the same, and allows her to read the letter he sent.

In it is Jung Do-jeon’s desire to meet with Lee Seong-gye, though he’s as yet unaware that Lee Seong-gye wants to meet with him (he still believes Bang-won’s lie, remember). That’s when Shin-jeok reveals that the meeting’s already been arranged, only for Boon-yi to wonder, “What if it’s a trap?”

Shin-jeok is positive that Lee Seong-gye wouldn’t do such a thing, but Boon-yi continues, “In the world I have seen and grown up in, there is no divide between the ones who would [do such a thing], and those who would not.”

So that night, she tags along with Shin-jeok for the meeting and plans to stay hidden. If she sees Lee Seong-gye, she’ll alert him. If she sees anything suspicious, she’ll blow the whistle he gave her.

Minister Hong’s spies have also closed in on the location, unbeknownst to either Bang-won or Shin-jeok. Young-kyu is tasked with the same function as Boon-yi (to alert Bang-won in case of suspicion), while Bang-won approaches the meeting place in an old forgotten temple.

He goes inside and sees only Shin-jeok, and wonders why he’s there alone. Shin-jeok also wonders why Bang-won’s there alone, and they both realize they’ve tricked the other—neither planned to bring their masters. That’s when Boon-yi sees Minister Hong’s cronies rushing up to the temple and blows her whistle…

…But it’s too late. The thugs get inside before Young-kyu can, and one of them slashes downward with his sword, cutting either Bang-won or Shin-jeok. By the time Young-kyu arrives, all that’s left is blood on the floor.

Boon-yi wasn’t even running toward the temple—instead she was running to Jung Do-jeon, who was actually nearby. Maybe Shin-jeok had intended to follow through on his word after all, but it matters little now.

Young-kyu returns to camp to tell Lee Seong-gye that his son has been kidnapped, which comes as news to the great general, who hadn’t even known his son was in Hamju in the first place.

And from his treetop spot, Moo-hyul is once again in the right place at the right time to see shady activity going on. In this case, he sees the thugs who’ve kidnapped Bang-won and Shin-jeok, with both captives gagged and blindfolded.

Since Bang-won is wounded and holding them back, the head thug orders his partner to go ahead and kill him. Before he can, Moo-hyul throws his spear between them and jumps into the fray, even though he doesn’t know who anyone is and what they’re fighting over.

Young-kyu, elder brother Bang-gwa, and Lee Seong-gye’s men comb the area around the temple looking for Bang-won, while Boon-yi sneaks back into camp to find a portly woman whom Jung Do-jeon has ordered to run away. (Huh?) But their escape attempt is foiled when they’re surrounded by Lee Seong-gye and his men.

Now that the bad guys are tied up, Moo-hyul’s all, “I saved you again! We must have a real connection!” with Bang-won. But the bromance isn’t returned, which, aww. Bang-won’s more concerned that Young-kyu has told his father everything, and that he likely believes Bang-won was kidnapped by the secret organization.

Shin-jeok can’t return to camp to tell them there’s been a misunderstanding, since Young-kyu has blown his cover. That leaves Bang-won to turn to Moo-hyul and ask if he can run while piggybacking him. I absolutely love that Moo-hyul’s all pissy since Bang-won shut him down earlier.

Scarred warrior Ji-ran holds Boon-yi hostage in front of the other peasant workers, threatening to kill her should they not divulge what they know about Bang-won’s kidnapping. Though Boon-yi claims they weren’t the ones who kidnapped him, Ji-ran readies to kill her as an example.

She’s saved when Bang-gwa and Young-kyu return after they’ve found Bang-won, and they absolve her organization of the crime now that they know the truth. Lee Seong-gye approaches Boon-yi to ask whether everything she told him was a lie, only for her to tearfully claim that her story was nothing but the truth.

She came to him, she says, because if he wouldn’t take her and her kind in the way he has, they’d end up as corpses on the street collecting flies with no one to claim them. “Could it be the reason why he sent us to you is for you to save this world?”

“‘He?’ Who is he?” Lee Seong-gye asks. “He is…” Boon-yi begins, unable to finish. “He is…”

But then a voice booms, “Here I am!” It’s Jung Do-jeon in the flesh, and the crowd parts for him as he reaches the inner circle. “I am he!”

Bang-won, who’s been carried back to camp, recognizes him from the grand speech he gave to rouse the people when he was just a child. That man from Jangpyung Gate, Bang-won realizes, is the ruler of New Joseon.

“I am Jung Do-jeon,” Joseon’s architect proclaims.

 
COMMENTS

Man, what a little Kim Myung-min will do to a scene. Why do I feel like this show was purposefully withholding its single greatest asset in a bid to get us to really swallow that hook? Which isn’t to say that the show is lacking in other assets, since the young cast assembled is proving to be aces thus far, it’s just that you sometimes don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

But now it’s back, and that cliffhanger couldn’t have been more cliffhanger-y if it tried. I actually really like how they held back on showing Jung Do-jeon in an effort to build up how everyone perceives him. And by not showing the man behind the curtain while everyone talked about him in hushed, reverent tones, the show was able to build him up as this almost mythical, godlike being of infinite wisdom. Not to mention one of infinite reach, since the not-so-secret organization he’s built seems like it has no beginning or end.

Even though this show has a daunting amount of plates to spin, so far it’s doing a decent job at stacking those plates into groups we can follow. Each of our main characters has his or her own separate motivations, and the way the show gets those to crisscross over each other may sometimes come off a little heavy-handed, but I’ll take that as long as it all makes sense. Sure, it’s a stretch to believe that Moo-hyul keeps accidentally finding himself in the right place at the right time to save Bang-won, but if that’s what it takes to get our derpy warrior more screen time, then Moo-hyul can climb up as many serendipitous trees as he wants to. He’s not the only one getting himself into crazy circumstances when the bulk of Boon-yi’s adult dialogue has been spoken with a sword to her throat.

We certainly felt the heat from what was previously just an undercurrent of revolution left simmering on low these past few weeks, and there’s an indelible feeling that the clock is ticking on the country known as Goryeo. And what Six Flying Dragons has managed to do seems to be a rare and very difficult feat, in conveying that sort of restlessness not only through the black and white instances of how the government is corrupt, but in the idealism of those who wish to see that changed. Despite making it almost impossible for anyone but Boon-yi to easily find him, Jung Do-jeon has managed to inspire a movement that will change everything.

What’ll be interesting to see is how Bang-won tries to incorporate himself into that movement, and how he’ll take to the kind of backseat role he’ll have to play for a good while coming. The biggest obstacle both he and Jung Do-jeon will have to overcome is his father, but I like that even in the limited time Lee Seong-gye’s had on screen, he’s shown himself to be a man of principle, and it’ll likely be that sense of justice which drives him to even consider the plan that Jung Do-jeon has in store for him. Basically, I just really, really want to know how this confrontation plays out. And since there’s only one way to do that, I’ll see you guys on the other side.

 
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Wow First !!
I have watched it last night !!
It's not a typical saeguk, somehow it does have the feel of Kang Chi and Iljimae

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I just love fusion Saeguks just how I was glued with Sungkyunkwan, Kang Chi, and Seon Deok. !!
WATCH THIS YOU WON'T REGRET IT !!

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i also watched this ep last night... love it. just love it.

the pace of the storyline is fast and furious... haha..
agree. this one is a worth watching drama!!!

seriously remind me of C-ancient drama, NIF. super good and smart!

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I let out a big SQUEE when Moohyulie piggyback Bangwonie~~ Weeeehhh!

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Thanks for the recap, I loved everything about this episode. There were many characters who shined but to me in a way the one who shined the brightest was Boon Yi. Though she is fictional, she has proven herself to be a good balance for Bang Won. Her trip to and adventures in Hamju showed her strength, bravery, intelligence and street smarts. She risked her life yet somehow came through with - her story as to why she was there, confrontation with Shin-Jeok, her advice to him as to the possibility of a trap and her confrontation with Yi Seonge gye all showed as to the many reasons why Bang Won wants her by him. I realized that the dragons comprised of both common people and nobility to give a balance to the story. I also realized that history time and again has repeated itself in terms of the downfall of a nation that being the greed and self interest of the nobility at the expense of its people to the point that it became fairly easy for a revolution to start or them to be conquered by either another nation or "its own".

I am so looking forward to next week's episode and am anxious as to when are they going let Moo Hyul become the 6th dragon.

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I like boonyi alot too. She's very smart and brave, she so far, is not like any female kdrama character who needs to be rescued all the time, she can be on her own. Even with a sword on her neck. But i feel like this 'always having swords on her neck' is a foreshadowing of her dying at the end of this series, which would be why she isn't queen and one of the reasons bangwon would go evil and greedy for power like the hkstory often tells(this is only my theory). Also, they said that boonyi's role is the one bangwon loves but isn't 'ambitious' enough for power and gong seungyeon's role is someone who loves bangwon but bangwon doesnt love but this doesn't stop her for her dream to be queen...

For Moohyul let us enjoy the time he is still derpy and funny because when they cover his dragon part he will go through some sort of 'happening' to 'mature' just like lee seong gye when lee ingyeom blackmails him, jung dojeon and his speech, bangwon and him killing 3 people, ddangsae'/bangji when yeonhee was raped, and boonyi setting the harvest on fire when it was stolen from them. There should be a 'way' for him to mature and i'm scared his story might be some people wiping off his big family or something happening to boonyi. And we wouldn't see him all derpy and funny as he is now. Although in tree he is kinda like that. I could see the writers 'maturing' him for this and by the time tree happened his wounds healed off.

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SQUEEE c'mon bromance!!

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SQUEEEEEE bromance!!!

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Jung Dojeon is a Legendary Pokémon roamer that everyone wants to catch, and Lee Seonggye is the only person that he allows to Master Ball him. /Pokemon reference

I'm so hyped for the next episode(s)!!

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I like how this is going. Because we only saw him a little bit in Episode 1, I didn't have much affection to Lee Seong Gye as character but as we go deeper into his character, I'm starting to like him more. That outburst was awesome! It's really different when a veteran actor takes the stage. In that note, Kim Myung Min! Jung Do Jeon seems like a freaking awesome guy. I mean, he's going to establish a new country! All this drama makes me want to take a course in Korean history. If only my University offers it...

Oh yes, Yeon Hee's back! And Jung Yoomi looks so beautiful here!

Seriously though, people need to stop putting a sword on Boon Yi's neck. It obviously doesn't work and doesn't scare her. lol. Use something else to threaten her.

Thanks for the recaps, Heads!

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I'm mostly interested in Lee Seong-gye and Jung Do-jeon's relationship right now and why/how Seong-gye was chosen by Jung to be his partner in crime beside the obvious. Jung has the brain and plan for the revolution but has no military power to carry it out. The location of his army obviously, far away from the capital and from the ministers' prying eyes. I guess he has proven his loyalty to Goryeo by protecting the country from foreign invaders. But still, why Seong Gye? a Goryeo defector who spent most of his life fighting for Yuan. If King Gongmin didn't reclaim Goryeo's land back from Yuan, Seong Gye would still be a Yuan soldier.

Like you I still don't have much affection for him yet even though he seems like a big softy when it comes to sob stories from the peasants and how he deals with his own son Bang-won. He seems to be running around Goryeo doing whatever he wants. I can see them clashing hard later.
(There is something about veteran actors in sageuks. When you need gravitas, they'll bring it. It's hard for me to take the younger dragons seriously. They seems to teleport everywhere and sometimes get involved in situations beyond their means but I guess this is the fantasy part of this drama).

SPOILER (from Tree).
Do you remember the old Bang-ji's flashback to Yeon Hee? It showed the ending for 2 major characters here. As much as I love Moo-hyul I'm ok with Bang-ji getting the spotlight. Tree was all about our Warrior Moo-hyul! We will see him serve Bang-won here but point a sword at him to protect the young King Sejong in Tree. That scene in the forest between Taejong, Sejong (Song Joong-ki <3) and Moo-hyul is still one of my favorite. I was holding my breath for the longest time in my life throughout that whole confrontation.

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To this day, that scene is the best I've seen Song Joong Ki in! It was so short but gave me all the feels I could get in this world. "Don't move a step!" and "I am the King of Joseon!" As for Yeon Hee, I think it's more loyalty and respect than love that he feels for Jung Do Jeon. Though those can be equated as love too, I guess.

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That was about 10mins of Song Joong Ki at his finest. I used to watch it over and over. And Moo-hyul .... what can I say (Cho Jin-Woong <3). I almost burst out laughing at CJW's reaction when Sejong said that he can fight off 100 soldiers. You can almost read his thoughts..."Oh crap, now I have to kill your father and his minions"...followed by his famous battle cry "I WARRIOR MOO-HYUL will carry out your command "...

I love how our young Moo-hyul is mimicking the older one here. There is just no ending to fan-girling over Moo-hyul!

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Looking back, Kyunsang is really doing a good job playing Moohyul's character! Omg. I forgot how many times I've watched that scene (and the whole drama).

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Yeon-hee... I can see the attachment between them as out of loyalty and respect. Even out of gratitude perhaps. Maybe Jung saved her after she was separated from Bang-ji.

I won't be surprise if she sincerely loves Jung Do Jeong. I mean, he's got this brain that makes the impossible possible and more. That's power! A man you can count on. He is the ultimate adashi crush.

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next episode explains it to a tee

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Oh, I forgot to mention! Lee Shin Jeok appeared in this episode (He was Heo Kang) but that name rings a bell, right? If he turns out to be the Lee Shin Jeok we know from Tree, that would be great! Considering how LSJ in Tree is also a long time member of Milbon, it makes perfect sense that he's actually one of the first followers of Jung Do Jeon. It's kind of sad though because this Heo Kang who is all sorts of good and loyal would become the Lee Shin Jeok in Tree.

Heads, I'm going to use that last Moohyul screencap as my new wallpaper. Hihihi. Thanks

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He is the same scholar that we know from Tree:).

Did you notice Jeon No-Min - (Minister Hong) was also Jung Do-Jeon's brother Jung Do-Kwang in Tree? It makes me wonder if taking over dead Baek Yoon's position was all part of Jung Do-Jeon's plan. Obviously Hong is not on prime minister In-gyeom's side. I also wonder if Hong In-Bang is his real name. It seems like it's not hard to get a name change in Goryeo especially if you are a scholar lol. Heo Kang goes by Lee Shin Jeok now.

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I think I just want him to be a good scholar instead of being evil lol. His part in Tree was short so I think he is basically playing a different character here like Park Hyeok-Gwon.

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Yep! It's kinda crazy. Like how that head monk is Shim Jong Soo in Tree! Then there's Gil Tae Mi who used to be Jung In Ji in Tree. It's like a reunion for them.

Also, the actors playing Lee Seong Gye and Cho Yeong were married in Ugly Alert.

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I'm kind of sad that Han Sang Jin is a villain here because I was pretty sure that if they are going to do a Tree sequel, his character Shim Jong Soo will be the new leader for Milbon. (Can we say long live Jung Do Jeon?)

Maybe Jukryong will convert to Confucianism later and change his name to Shim Jong Soo but it's a long shot lol.

I can see why they make him a corrupt monk. Towards the end of Goryeo Buddhism monks became corrupted (according to the Confucian scholars).
Jung Do Jeon will replace Buddhism with Confucianism as the state religion of the new Joseon. (shocking? not).

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Confucian not Confucianism*sigh*

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Tree links!!!! these are our easter eggs.

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I'm loving the Tree links. It makes this drama less confusing.

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Thanx Heads - i knew youd be way aHeads and post already
made my day
again thanx - now to read

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Hahahahaha

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I am not a fan of Sageuk (does Slave Hunter counts as Sageuk because i like that one a lot) but this drama just keeps getting better and better. I cant believe i have been following this up till the 7th episode. Lets hope it will be just as good until the end. I also hope that the drama would show more of Bang Won's brilliant mind and thinking like the time he dealt with the pirates.

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Slave Hunter is a Joseon era sageuk:).

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Thanks Kiara. Maybe I should check out more Sageuk from now on :)

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If you like Jang Hyuk in Slave Hunter then you might enjoy Tree With Deep Root. SFD is the prequel to Tree.

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I like this idea of the secret organization and how they can identify their members, but can they come up with a smaller figurine? That thing isn't small, doesnt anyone ever wonder what's that lump behind your clothes?
But I do like that they have this method of identifying their members and it can also be used to decode messages. It's cool :) love secret society stuff
I'm a complete sap for idealistic people trying to fight corrupt powerful people.
Hurray for the underdogs!

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I was wondering the same thing with the way they identify each member with that super big figurine. lol.

Maybe in that era, there was no one who ever used or thought to use a figurine as a secret identity 'card' or something, since it was TOO big. But somehow, it become the safest way because it was the least chosen as a spy's equipment. (Does it make any sense? I don't know how to explain it lol)

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Thanks for the recap ! I was waiting for the newest episode to see Moo Hyul's introduction as the 6th dragon. But I guess I'll have to wait a little bit longer..

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It was an intense episode! I agree with Heads they should reduce the number of times having a sword against Boon Yi's otherwise it will soon become a drinking game!

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I feel like its sort of foreshadowing of her dying. Which supports my theory, because she isn't queen and would be a cliche but good reason for bangwon's transition to being power greedy(in history he killed of his eldest brother because his father didn't chose him to be next king but he does become third king after his second eldest brother who is second king). And its easier for audiences to let their(boonyi and bangwon) love go. All of this are only my theories though. But they said when they were introducing characters boonyi is some who bangwon loves but she isn't interested wigh power and there's gong seungyeon's role who i assume to be future queen(or should i say former queen? This all happened in the past anyway with loads of fiction stuff added), is someone who is very ambitious to be queen, and even if bangwon doesn't love it doesn't stop her.

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And i guess there will be lots of love triangle heat and drama to happen

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Considering how much these writers love killing their characters, I agree.

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What a little (first-billed) Kim Myung-min scene can do. Truly said, mate. :-)

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Agreed. But where is BangJi/Byun Yo-han? (One second does not count) I miss him already, You hear show?

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Need more Kim Myung-min. He's barely on for a minute but made this episode interesting.

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There'll be plenty of KMM to come. :) I think he's a Mishil-like presence(not in the way that he's the villian, but that they aren't necessarily the titular/~main character, but an important and strong presence nevertheless).

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That's the thing with the 2 main characters. They could be good or evil depending on the situation. It's going to be complicated just like Mishil and it's not exactly a bad thing.

The only principled person who stood firmly by his belief in this part of the history was the revered scholar Jung Mong-ju.

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is it worth watching? advice pls!

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I always love how sageuk drama depicts a conflict in the most abstruse possible way. lol. but it seems so intriguing.
Also, for me, comparing to other dramas airing right now, this is the most interesting one (so far). But it still depends on your preference tho :)

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Sageuks exaggerate conflicts/events etc just as much as the writers of what we refer to as real history. I guess it would be so boring if they stick with the truth lol.

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yes... it doesnt drag(yet) like other(not all) saeguks.. its very interesting.. every week is like hell because you have to wait for the next episode..

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If you love sageuk then give it a try :) SFD is an interesting drama

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I have no plans on watching Six Flying Dragons, but have been reading all the recaps so far (and of course will continue too).

Although seriously, every time I read upon a scene that Kim Myung-min appears in and a Byun Yo-han fighting scene I immediately go stream the video and skip to their parts just to see how that scene went down, with all the extra background music, camera work etc..

Anyways thanks for the recap Heads! I wonder if this show will be consistent and won't go towards different directions throughout its 50 episode run. Just because I don't want it to piss off/bore/disinterest the recappers.
Still wanna enjoy it through these recaps instead of watching it. Hehehe. Looking towards next episode.

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I'm here for Kim Myung-min and to fan-girl over warrior Moo-hyul on the side lol. I watched 104 episodes of Immortal Admiral Yi Sun Shin for him and I'm not about to miss another 50 episodes.

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I'm actually really waiting for what happens next because while JDJ and BW are both in this final scenes, we know they don't meet since JDJ didn't recognize BW in the opening scene of this series....gah!!

I have to say the pace on this is excellent and I hope they can keep it up for the whole time. A LOT happens in every episode. There are also a lot of characters...and every time I get caught up in one character they end up slightly on hold, but it's ok since I get just invested in the next one. I still think the tone is all over the place but I'm thoroughly enjoying this show.

Also, my opinion is really not decided on Boon Yi. I can't fully grasp her character. I know what they're aiming for with her but some moments don't ring that true for me. I know they want her to be strong (she is one of the dragons after all) but I want her to be more consistent in my mind...and sometimes I think they just have her do things for plot instead of character. (Also on a completely shallow note and not important...did they really have to give her such obvious and impeccable eyeliner during her speech to be let in to the camps?)

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Boon Yi and Yi Seong Gye shine in this episode.

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I think Bon Yi as a fictional character is created to drive and motivate the others. She is like the representative of inner thoughts.

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I also had to look it up for our evil leads, because they are interesting (and acting is super).
It looks that wicked Gil Tae-mi and Hong In-bang are based on real history figure Im Gyun-mi and Yeom Heong-bang. (Show seems to be following the history somewhat for these two)
According to 'Goryo history' record, Im Gyun-mi was good at talking and Lee In-im's right-hand man. IGM disliked scholars and got rid of many, and one of them was Yeom Heong-bang. After the exile, YHB joined IGM's camp (out of fear), became in-laws, and did all kinds of evil acts. Finally on 1388 (king Woo Wang), they were killed by Choi Young and Lee Sung-gye.

I like our four young dragons, but I also like Yeon Hee/Jung Yoo-mi. And I particularly liked Yeon-hee speaks in Sageuk tone, while the other four speak modern/casual way.

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Thanks for this fan. It's no wonder why their characters' name doesn't ring a bell. I remember Lee In Im from Shin Don. I think he was removed from power by Choi Young and Lee Seong Gye.

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I love 'sageuks' but the directors need to do serious redesigning of their jail cells. They have square gaps large enough for an adult to squeeze through and escape.

Also, the cliche skinship scences- the dramatic, accidental falling into each other arms and then eye gazing, massaging sprained ankles of the women - need to be done with, for good. Think of something new, dudes, but not kissing scenes (full lips) because I hate this public display of affection.

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Thank you Heads! Appreciate the hard work. I wouldn't be watching this show right now if it weren't for your recap. I would've put it on the waiting list like Merchants and probably forget about it.

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Ahhhh Moo-hyul ^_^
Can't wait for that confrontation between two powerful men myself.

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Huh why is the star rating feature not popping up? :((

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I find myself loving this series more and more by the episode. All the dragons have great characterization and the pacing of the story keeps me on my toes. There are so many intricate relationships that evolve and move around like chess pieces. You just know something grand will happen in the future. This is what you can an epic series.

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Thanks for the recap!

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"Boon-yi sneaks back into camp to find a portly woman whom Jung Do-jeon has ordered to run away. (Huh?) But their escape attempt is foiled when they’re surrounded by Lee Seong-gye and his men." --- Has anyone here ever thought that JDJ ordered BY to do this as part of his scheme? He wanted all these refugees to be gathered outside and then he came out. He wanted to create his own stage with these crowds supporting his words. Just like what he did at the Gate before with the scholars.

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I'm late to the party but I'm seriously enjoying this drama and the recaps, you are fantastic!! I'm loving all the comments too, after this is over I'm watching Tree with deep roots!! I'm off to watch episode 8!!

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