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Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: Episodes 5-12 Open Thread

We haven’t found the lost key to the fourth dimension yet, but we’re loving Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung and wanted a space to chat about it with y’all. We’re posting weekly threads to share our thoughts and also open the comments for your discussion. There’s a lot of squeeing and ships and theories to catch up on, so let’s start!

 
EPISODES 5-12 WEECAP

I’m definitely a Maehwa fan in my past life because I consider the show’s conspiracies as just background for the (relation)ships. Whether it’s between friends, family, work buddies, or “just friends,” the past two weeks have given us lots of interactions to treasure.

First is Gu Hae-ryung and Prince Rim’s cute, bickering dynamic. A lot of their scenes are straight from romance tropes. From the mistaken identities to the “Let’s pretend skinship to avoid punishment,” and the “Oops, there’s only one bed–guess we’ll have to share *nervous gulps*”

But what really pulled at my heart is that scene when Rim ceased petty hostilities and left Hae-ryung to cry in peace after a very hard day at work. “No one ever visits this place. No one will hear you cry here.” Rim may be a socially ignorant prince who steals writing ideas from palace gossip, but you know that that one piece of advice is at least pulled from his own loneliness.

There’s surprisingly not a lot of angst about the fact that she’s a historian and he’s a disgraced prince. They’re smartly getting around it by using their past lies and disguises as an excuse to break protocol and hang out like normal friends. Like when Hae-ryung won’t talk to the prince at all, claiming she’s a historian, so Rim starts listing her offenses towards Maehwa and dares her to record *that* in her notebook. Or when Hae-ryung dropped by Nokseodang to thank not the prince, because that would be inappropriate, but his pretend-persona Assistant Clerk Lee.

I’m also happy to see that after spending more time with him, Hae-ryung has started to understand what Maehwa’s novels–and writing in general–mean to him. Hopefully she’ll see why those novels bring comfort and entertainment not just to the writer but to its readers too.

For this next ship, you have to look reaaally closely to see that First Historian Woo-won also seems impressed with Hae-ryung. He always scolds her for stepping all over tradition with her outrageous ideas of transparency and equality but he’s only mad because her hasty actions have repercussions she hasn’t thought through.

Despite his perpetually frowny face, you can depend on him to stand up for Hae-ryung and her fellow rookies when the bullying or discrimination becomes too much. What can I say? I love him, even if the “conflicted son of the leader of Team Evil” character has been done in practically every romance-laced sageuk ever.

We haven’t seen much of Crown Prince Jin interacting with Hae-ryung apart from that giant proud smile after the historian exam announcements. (A ship I’ve also boarded despite initial misgivings about Park Ki-woong’s sageuk beard. Let’s say it has…grown on me. Sorry!)

The show focuses more on Jin’s relationship with his younger brother. Rim is the only person the Crown Prince can completely relax with, to the point that he’s such a pesky older brother. LOL I’ll never get tired of Jin messing with Rim’s huge ego. Meanwhile Jin is probably the only regular and welcome visitor of Nokseodang before Hae-ryung started her historian duties.

There’s a lot of brotherly love and respect from both sides and completely aligned principles about good governance, the show is setting up the brothers to be pitted against each other at some point. Whether by choice or as mere figureheads for a power struggle is yet to be seen. But I swear I will throw a tantrum if you break their precious bromance and/or kill Jin, Show.

There’s also an interesting dynamic between the Crown Prince and another rookie historian, Sa-hee. She’s the daughter of one of his corrupt detractors. A fact he openly questions her about. Meanwhile Sa-hee’s matter-of-fact correction, “It’s nine, not five. My father owns nine houses, four are hidden under his concubine’s name,” made me LOL then feel fired up for her sake when she said that all those riches are pointless for her. As a daughter, she won’t be inheriting them anyway.

I sympathize with her goal to make something of herself from her own efforts, I’m just unsure if marrying the Crown Prince is the right answer. My shippy self is hoping there’s affection there at least. Jin’s current wife is just a spy planted by his enemies, and I don’t want him to end up even lonelier and used by Sa-hee.

This wouldn’t be a sageuk without court conspiracies and threats of revolution, at the heart of it all is clueless Rim. We don’t completely understand why his father hates him so much, but the clues are pointing to a mysterious book, The Story of Ho Dam, any mention of which drives the king bonkers and Councilor Min into beard-stroking and village-killing mode.

The Story of Ho Dam sounds dangerous enough that Councilor Min is willing to order the slaughter of a whole settlement of people just for making copies of the book. The unluckiest of said writers survived, thanks to a mysterious ninja with genius medical skills (a.k.a. stitches). Too bad the survivor was assassinated anyway while recuperating under the government’s protection.

The ninja is none other than Mo-hwa, a slave that used to be favored by the deposed former king. She’s now living a “quiet” life as Eunuch Sam-bo’s wife. We’ve yet to see if Sam-bo is part of this conspiracy that’s watching over Rim or if his pleas for the prince to stay safe within the palace walls are just that: the whinings of a tired caretaker. But Mo-hwa is definitely on Rim’s side and the dowager queen’s which is interesting, because we barely see the dowager queen talking to Rim while she has an amicable relationship with Jin. Sooo that’s going to be awkward if she’s planning to put Rim on the throne because obviously, nice Prince Jin is in the way…

But of course, this show is called Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung, and I’m glad to see that we’ve started historian bootcamp!

Episodes 5-8 dealt with the struggle of Hae-ryung and fellow rookies Oh Eun-im, Heo Ah-ran, and Song Sa-hee to be accepted by their seniors. Basically, the guys were treating them like maids because there was a royal order to exempt the ladies from the traditional hazing of newbies. So the senior historians refuse to acknowledge the ladies as real trainees.

It’s frustrating to watch their male counterparts look down on them for something outside their control. More than the exhausting tasks, what irks the most is when the ladies are insulted for not being worthy, when fact is they’ve worked just as hard and passed the same exam as the guys before them.

I didn’t expect the usually mum Sa-hee to be the one to trap Woo-won using his own words about equality and forcing him to acquiesce to the hazing. But who else doesn’t enjoy Woo-won being rendered speechless (more than usual) when she basically tells him to get his chivalrous thoughts out of the way, haze them, and be done with it. Because, really, these girls came here to learn from them, not be put in a pretty box and displayed on a shelf for fear of being damaged.

First Historian Yang is usually trotted out by the show for comedic effect, but you have to admire his genius twist on the hazing. It’s not like he can order the ladies to strip and paddle their behinds like the other guys. So a drinking party at a gibang (an establishment where gisaengs perform and serve drinks to patrons) packs the same emotionally degrading punch. Too bad he didn’t factor in Hae-ryung’s very unorthodox upbringing with her Orabeoni. The moment she picked up that bowl of alcohol and challenged Yang to a drinking match, quoting Confucius even, I knew Yang was toast.

We’ll never know if one drinking victory would’ve been enough to start the rookies’ training, but it was getting tiring and I was glad(?) for the terrifying intervention that led to a change in the senior historians’ hearts.

You know what I’m talking about: that scary scene when the court ladies cornered our newbies and gave them a taste of inner palace hazing. “You are ladies reserved for the king. Steal and your hand is cut off. Talk back and your mouth is seared. Lose your chastity and you lose your head.”

Court ladies are supposed to keep secrets. Act dumb. Not repeat anything they see or hear within the walls. Their loyalty is to the royal family. It’s the antithesis of what a historian is and NOT what our rookies were brought into the palace for. The senior historians had an awakening after rescuing their newbies from that kind of hazing. Because as the usually nice Heo-ran raged during her outburst, the reason they couldn’t stand up to the court ladies is because they themselves didn’t know what a historian’s real duty is, since all they’ve done so far are fetch water and wipe the senior historians’ boots.

First Historians Yang and Woo-won are shamed by that, and they start (finally!) our rookies’ training. There’s still a ton of exhausting work, but at least they’re now accorded the same respect as a low-level historian. Namely, attending royal meetings and getting shouted at for their terrible writing skills. Hehe.

Thanks to that, in episodes 9-12, we see more of what a historian’s job entails and the difficulties that come with it. The rookies are appalled to find out that the king’s “Royal Advisors” are just a bunch of whiny men looking out for their best interests. Hae-ryung especially has trouble staying impartial about it, something that Woo-won scolds her for. “Historians record facts, not their own opinions, otherwise you’re just writing a diary.”

Another disadvantage of being a historian is the need to avoid close relationships, as this could affect that impartiality that stick-in-the-mud Woo-won values so much. It’s a huge problem for Hae-ryung who’s obviously going to fall in love with Rim and him, her. Not to mention with her usual propensity to say whatever’s on her mind if she thinks someone is making bad decisions… our girl has a long way to go to be a good historian.

And that’s something that Woo-won has obviously been struggling with for far longer. Because in rare moments, we see that he also doesn’t approve of what’s going on in the palace. Complicated by the fact that he’s a historian, childhood friend of the crown prince, and son of the evil Councilor Min, you can bet that he won’t be impartial for long. Not with fearless rookie Hae-ryung running around, causing trouble while saying exactly what Woo-won dares not say out loud. I give him two more episodes before he cracks. Anyone else wanna guess?

 
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Yay! I've been waiting for this! Thank you, @mary!

At first, it made me really sad that Hae-ryung got to know Rim's true identity THAT FAST. I thought we wouldn't get more of the bickering and their friendship but show took a great turn and made their friendship even stronger after that. When Rim gave Hae-ryung his room so she can cry because no one will hear her there, it made me happy and sad at the same time. And it was really refreshing to see a Prince do all the disguise and pretending in Dramaland where the heroines are usually the one pretending. Hehe

I really liked the focus on the lady historians and their work. They are not just there to be side characters because they are their own characters too!

Also, I ship Hae-ryung with everyone.

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So excited to have a recap from you! I'm adoring the show so far, both from the romance trope goodness, the friendships and feminism, and even for the court politics that will hopefully not follow the same path as saeguks before it.

Lee Rim and Haeryung are too precious for words. I love their childish bickering, but I love even more that they complement each other. He gives her a safe space to be herself and she pulls him outside of his sheltered life.

All of the supporting characters are worthy of fully-fleshed stories, too, and I'm really enjoying the taste of historian struggles and Crown Prince shenanigans. Also, I have to lol at Historian Min's perpetually frowny face. Perfect descriptor!

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Sometimes I feel I shouldn't love this show as much or have such high expectations because it'll only end up hurting me.

But I cant help it. GIVE ME MORE OF THIS CUTE AND ADORABLE SHOW!!!! I'm loving it so far, and it's the only current drama I'm watching (will try Devil Calls). The actors are doing a good job. They're not "amazing" (ahem, CEW) but I don't even mind. Just hoping, the whole show doesn't get ruined by palace politics, noble idiocy, childhood drama, unnecessary conflict..... The list goes on.

*fingers crossed *

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This drama may have been billed as a fluffy, romantic fictional sageuk, but I've been impressed by how well-thought-out and interesting the politics have been. I'm also living for historian yang. He has hilarious one-liners that you can't get the humor in english translation.

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Thank you, @mary! I’m glad this show has made it into the DB annals. I have so much to say, but no time to say it. Just know that this is the show I look forward to every week, and the only show I’m watching now.

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Thanks for providing us fans, some space to discuss RHGH!!! Oh gosh what can I say? I just live everything about this drama. From the writing, the set, cinematography and the acting. Everything matches well with each other. I can't even understand how come the ratings aren't double-digit yet? (Like what's wrong with you people? Why are you missing out on this show?)

Gotta give credit to our lead,Hae Ryung. My gosh, I love her so much and Shin Se Kyung has been amazing in portraying her character. She is soooo lively and we can obviously see how much she's working hard on this role. Wouldn't be surprised (more of I'd be mad if she doesn't) if she gets an acting award for this. Our girl deserves all the praises. Like this role,Hae Ryung is specifically written for her, she's that effective in her role.

She's been through hell of judgements with every project she does. Can't even understand all the hate when she's just acting according to the script given to her.

All the cast especially Park Ki woong and Lee Jihoon are so good in their roles I couldn't help but ship HR with their characters. Hahaha why is there chemistry everywhere? Hahaha live this show! Makes me want individual dramas with HR-Min,HR-CP.

And our Prince Lee Rim, he's improving pretty well and deserves some praise for acting out his character well.

Praying more people will live this show as much as I do. And constantly praying for better ratings. The cast and crew who's working so hard deserves so much better.

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I should be watching this... I'm a historian and this sounds like my dream job! Unfortunately there are no palaces with job openings nearby.

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Coming from a wanna-be historian (oh grad school, why are you so expensive) - this show is definitely an interesting one! Love the mix of fluff, commentary and ideas about practicing history. To be fair, what practicing history actually is hasn't totally be fleshed out yet but I'm excited to see if it does get looked into. Although, even if it doesn't, I think I'm going to enjoy the ride and seeing the story unfold nonetheless!

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It sounds more like a rom-com in sageuk clothes, but to be honest I’m only not watching it for one reason: I’m worried Park Ki Woong will turn into a villain (again) or die, and I can’t take that. 😂
#SLSwithoutevenwatching

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@wishfultoki

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I think it may be more like a doctor watching a medical drama. Great to see beautiful doctors but medically hilarious. This drama is to history as Pathé news reels were to truth.

Don't get me wrong, there are a number of things I love about this drama and I am still tuning in.

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Now wait. How does a Eunuch have a wife?

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I believe high-ranking eunuch were allowed to get married to someone of a similar rank, and could even adopt children. So that someone could inherit their property, I guess? But, creepily, the adopted boys had to be castrated as well.

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Thank you very much! I was really stumped, it's the first time I've seen a Mrs. Eunuch in a drama.

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Lol! I remember being similarly bewildered during GRAND PRINCE, where our favourite eunuch harboured a crush on the Jurchen girl.

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@mary, thank you for making me laugh. You get straight to the heart of everyone's quirks and complications. I'm so glad to see you wee-capping.

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Yay for the weecap! I ended up watching all six/twelve episodes of this show over last weekend, when I only intended to checkout one, at most. I was certain it wouldn't appeal to me. HAHA But this one is adorable. Can't wait for tonight's episode.

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Thanks for this, @mary!

This show is so much fun. It's the perfect light, easy watch without being entirely fluff. The female historian angle is fresh and handled well, and I'm enjoying the Crown Prince's story line as well. I'm not as interested in the conspiracy stuff yet, but maybe it'll get more compelling.

I really like the development of Hae-ryung and Rim's relationship. Beneath their bickering is growing camaraderie between two outcasts who both need a good friend. I much prefer when a couple starts with a solid friendship, so I'm happy with the direction this is going.

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Please don't kill Jin...pleaseeeeee🙏🙏🙏

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I feel that Crown Prince Jin and Sa-hee make a good pair. I just hope she is as shrewd and as brave as I think and stands by him as he grows into The King ✌️❤️️

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But, I also want Rim to grow into his own person because I thin he is smart and capable and just needs the chance. With Hae-ryung by his side, nothing seems impossible❤️️

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Coming to the historian herself, I simply love how kick-ass she is. Her refusal to quieten down in front of the palace maids was so brave and courageous and I am here for all the times she puts everyone else in their place. And, I also love, really love the fact that she is growing herself and learns to see things from others' perspective, instead of being coldly stubborn.
Do I need say, I ship her❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

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I'm enjoying how Hae Ryung is kick-ass without always being 100% right. As the Crown Prince and Min Woo take pains to point out, their world isn't black and white.

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Yes, I love this concept in the drama, about the world being gray. It does not matter if you are well-read or if you are the crown prince, noone gets it right every time.. I think more people need to see this truth! So, once again shout-out to this drama❤️️

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Sorry for spamming the comments section but I have soooo much to say about this drama.. This is the last one I hope.
The second hero, the upright First historian Woo-won has stolen my heart. He stands up for the rookies, reprimands them when required, but behaves as their one and only role model. Beyond all that, his heart is in the right place and he admires our heroine's guts, as do our other leads❤️️(sorry, I dunno which way to swing)...
But, what makes my heart ache is that Hae-ryung also admires him in return and in an alternate universe, where there in no Rim, they would have made a well-matched couple...sigh💔💔💔💔💔 I hope his character does not lose his moral high ground and he continues to inspire and lead our rookies, and maybe Jin and Rim also, for good measure.

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"But I swear I will throw a tantrum if you break their precious bromance and/or kill Jin, Show."

I almost dont want to watch this show till its over - basically till i can get assurance that Rim & Jin will be ok all the way to the end. I want them to be badass brothers who work as a team. No fighting for the throne pleeaasseee! and no deaths for god's sake.
I spend my time watching this show being super in love with Hye Ryung and super annoyed with her. How can anyone with such a talent for getting into trouble have not developed any foresight over her entire life! I'm also really disturbed by the end of ep 6 (or 12?). I just so worried for the two of them. Also really annoyed. How does a King and his whole retinue manage to surprise you like that?!
i really do like this show - when its not annoying me :P

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Haha that's a really good point! Where was the guy who's always yelling "THE KING IS COMING!"???

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Yay for recaps! Thanks for this @mary, for the recap and recommending it on the OT some time ago 😆 I wouldn’t have checked it out.

Thoroughly enjoying the drama! Looking forward on how our price and historian will take part in revealing the King and the SSC’s evil doings. Also the other lady historian, who’s reporting to the SSC but might have a romance with the Crown Prince, what will she do?

And I actually ship Hae-ryung with Woo-won, a definite sinking ship. But I wouldn’t mind if they continue as sunbae-hoobae.

As for acting, SSK really suits sageuk. This is her acting turf. And it’s my first seeing CEW act, there are times that I get what emotions he’s trying to convey but it doesn’t go deeper than that. Cute and comedic scenes are done well but when it comes to emotional scenes, not so much, for now.

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Honeslty, for me Prince Dowon is pretty boring for now. After 12 episodes (6), he did nothing. I'm really excepting more from him for the today's episode, the trailer looked promising.

Because after the dinner between HR and Woo-won and the clerks and their discussion after that, I found them together so much interesting! They have real discussion and they make the other to think, to question himself/herself.

I love to see all the girls supportive with each other. They were cute trying to help HR.

For now, I'm more interested in her new life as historian than the love story that is inevitable sadly, second lead syndrom in sight.

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So yesterday, my friend and I were watching The Chef on Netflix. It was such a heartwarming experience, but I could not relax because every time they told the child to be careful, or do something, or I just heard a car speed up in the background, I expected something to go wrong sooner or later, that the kid would be hurt or there would be an accident, and there would be some third act angst or separation over it. Because that is what happens in all movies nowadays.

I say this because that is what I feel when I watch Rookie Historian. On one hand, I enjoy the main character being strong but clearly flawed, and having her flaws achknowledged and having her LEARN from her mistakes (even though some flaws are illogical). I like how she clearly has a relationship with all the three important young men there, plus the cheif historian's respect, because of her ideas and morals, and I like how I can totally see romance in all of them, yet also them simply being respected friends.

HOWEVER, how many times have I been burned by watching a drama with a kick-ass female lead, or the PROTAGONIST and title-character (BEAUTIFUL GONG-SHIM), be reduced to a side character while the men, even men who do not like each other, get all the action and drama and speak about important matters that involve the female lead, without her consent. Latest was Absolute Boyfriend, but even my darling favourite Queen for Seven Days did not escape this, where the triangle drama was solved by the boys talking together and restoring their bromance, with the female lead - title character - hearing about it and simply respectfully bow. Which makes sense due to how the genders were segregated at the time, but still, the chemistry between Chae-Kyung and Yeonsan were much more interesting to watch than the typical brothers conflict. Not to mention Chae-Kyung, the last episode, ascended from our protagonist to be this wise woman the prince, and thus us the audience, had to understand and wait for, which is fine, but after many dramas where the woman was more interesting yet it became about the man ("While You Were Sleeping"), it sort of soured the ending for me.

And that is what I keep thinking when I watch and enjoy Rookie Historian. "Don't get too attached, the female lead will become a useless side character soon", "The bromance will take over the show while the title character is sleeping somewhere unaware of the climax happening", "even though we follow the female lead, soon the story will be about the male lead due to his mysterious past, and the mysterious past of the female lead will be all about him". These thoughts will not leave me, and it frustrates me because of how nice the show is right NOW.

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I hate when female characters get sidelined like that, and it does happen all too often. I'm hoping this show won't do that, even if it focuses more on the political stuff that involves Rim going forward. Since Hae-ryung is more than one half of a romance in this story, due to the female historian angle, I'm hoping she'll continue to be central throughout. But it is a worry.

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Seems like an odd plot choice to sideline your FL when the whole show is named for her.

Though I do echo your fears about this show taking a bad turn and ruining the wonderfulness.

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Just wanted to point out that in Frozen, a story about sisters, the men have more lines than the women...

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Love the way you recap the series in a perky, and looking-forward-to-watch kinda excited.
The story may not be super fresh and ultra original but i find it exciting and a pleasant to watch.

It irritated me to read "so called critics" who have nothing but bad things to say about how they dislike the flat acting of so-and-so actors when they haven't seen any progress in the first two episodes. There is so called character development that actors go through as the story move forward. They may be not Oscar-worthy on the first episodes coz it is what the script is asking for.

Anyway, I truly appreciate the recap while putting in and adding on some thoughts worth looking forward to and hints of developments that are a-must to watch out for.

Thanks you.

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oooops. its supposed to be an informal "Thanks".

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Yup, it's not the most perfect fluffy Sageuk ever made, it's mostly filled with lots of old tropes and almost nothing is original and I can even find some slightly eye-roll worthy stuff here and there, but mannn...the drama has LOTS of heart and breeziness.
Worse things have being made under Grander themes, and this is most definitely welcomed. With open arms and lotsa kisses.
Stay simple with drops of brilliance here and there, dear drama.😘

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lol i'm such a sucker for a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and prince dowon IS DEFINITELY A GUY WHO WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE

lmao

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It looks to me that Yi Rim is the son of the deposed king and that Queen Dowager might have saved him in exchange for her support to the new king. I don't think that the brothers will fight, or at least for too long. The current Crown Prince seems to be well suited for the role and I think Yi Rim might be happy leaving the crown to him later. What I'm most excited about is to see more of the prince and Hae Ryung together. Hae Ryung should help Yi Rim to find out about his past, they will make good investigation partners. Plus, they make a super cute couple 😍, every scene with any of them realizing their growing attraction for the other is precious.

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Crown Prince Jin’s beard is hot, Mary. And I am not even a fan of facial hair. 😄

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Mmmm. Same thoughts. Beards are rare on modern young K-drama males but Park Ki Woong was born to wear a Van Dyke. Damn—between all the cuteness, hotness and brains—this show has turned into a real charmer.

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I can admit when I'm wrong.

(Especially if being wrong means having a hotter-looking Oppar.)

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Heh. Sometimes it only takes one person to change your mind about a certain fashion. Before 2017, I was resolute in my distaste for mustaches. Too old-timey, too porny, too policeman-y. Then I clapped eyes on Kim Nam Gil's scruffy 'stache. While I'm not a complete convert, I now have a greater appreciation for mustaches—especially as nascent, stubble.

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I’m not against them! I just thought at first that the beard dwarfed Park Ki-woong’s tiny face. But the Crown Prince is such a cool hyung and a great ruler, how can you not like him? Beard included.

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😜

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I absolutely love when a drama flips our AND protoganists' opinions about not-loved-characters on its head.
It was ironical to see the girls gushing abt Ladies of the Palace and bashing the smelly sunbaes, only to meet with the rude awakening with the pleasant surprise of that after all, Sunbaes will always take care of their hoobaes.
It was love.

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“Pain comes from true affection” also describes our relationship with kdramas.

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Hehe I knew the moment I clicked the send button that last sentence's phrasing was wrong. 😅
I intended to mean: "Loved it/ That scene was love/ Finger hearts" or something like that but it ended up sounding like I thought Sunbaes were rude to them out of love.
But anyway, now you said that, I can't help but think Truer words haven't been spoken!
Thanks a lot for the recap, @mary 😘

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@Mary thank you, thank for recapping/creating this thread! I just started watching Rookie and need to catch up!

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Can someone explain why Song Sa Hee (the serious lady historian) is spying for the Second State Councillor? Apparently he's the Crown Prince's father-in-law and even Jin knows his wife is a plant.

Have you ever seen such a surfeit of chemistry in a fluffy little sageuk? Sibling love, budding romantical friendships, thwarted love, eunuch love, work crushes—I love it!

My favorite weirdly sexy moment was the It-Happened-One-Night set up with the young prince drinking water behind the screen.

Can I just say that I clutch my heart every single time the scrumptiously bearded Crown Prince smiles at anybody?

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It probably has to do with the fact that the 2nd counselor convinced her father to let her take the exam and enter the palace. She’s beholden to him. We also have a discussion going with more thoughts on this! http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/06/new-posters-and-stills-for-rookie-historian-gu-hae-ryung/#comment-3498820

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There was so much commentary on how pretty Rim was before the drama started but that crown prince... Hot damn.

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Thank you mary for this squeecaps!!
Been waiting for this. Really appreciate you sliding this to us, despite your busy schedule.

I have so many theories about this drama... and gets so proud everytime I see my theories coming into life with the scenes.

I am still on-edge with EunWoo's acting, lotsa improvement, but the new episode gave me that big hope that he is getting there.

The oh-so-many early reveals are killing me, because this means we'll gonna have coming weeks of political struggle anf surprises. HOWEVER, the best thing I like about this drama is that the political tension and inner court fights are so subtle. I don't need to find out if one is Soron, Noron or Namin. The drama just breeze through the surface of the political catfight, without drowning the viewers (esp those who are new in sageuk) with too much technical history.

I love GHR & Prince Dowon's friendship. I do not ship them because I have this theory that GHR is instrument to reveal Prince Dowon's real identity. Her spunk is what Prince Dowon needs to grow up fast. I mean, VERY FAST!

RHGHR is a tight drama. Love how the writer makes you wanna understand the characters and makes you wanna stay to listen to their story.

RHGHR, fighting!

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Thank you Mary for the recap. I really love this drama & was eagerly waiting for the recap.

I love each & every character as well their acting in this show

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How I agree with you about Rim and Jin @mary. It is so rare to see such a brotherly bond in positions of power in dramas (whether historical or contemporary) I’m loving it.

I am hoping for a romance between the Crown Prince and Sa Hee not just for Rin’s sake. Sa Hee also needs some love in her life and needs a lesson that power and wealth aren’t enough for happiness.

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It's not possible for the crown prince and sa hui to have met before but i feel like they once dated. From the beginning of the show where she touched his hands, thats how i interpreted it. I hope they get together cos she's strong and will help him. I ship them

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I think we should not forget that this drama belongs to fluffy romantic saeguk genre. Prince Yi Rim is such a sheltered and naive character but he has his own strengths and insightful wisdom. I agree CHW might not be the most convincing actor, in his defence his talents major as a vocalist and he is still trying his hand at acting so i think we should be patient and give him a chance to show his growth as a character and an actor because i get the feeling that his character is more complex and layered than the show first let on. So far i'm loving the show for its fluffiness and CEW smiles❤️ but i won't be surprised if it manages to deliver some indepth message in the process.

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I find the Prince's character mysterious. He is someone who was literally imprisoned within the palace walls which explains his constant yearning to go out albeit his eunuch's distress. I am waiting for the big reveal!

Also, I am fascinated with the historians and how they keep on bickering with but deeply care each other anyway.

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Aaaaahhhhhh I've just caught up to these episodes and your write up is perfection, @mary!

I feel sad because I am shipping Woo-won with Hae-ryung even though OBVIOUSLY they are not the OTP (and I ship the actual OTP!), but he deserves a requited love, such a waste to languish away on a jjak sarang!

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QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILER:

Someone help! I have a question. If Prince Dowon is the dethrones kings son, then who was the queen at the time? Was it Queen Dowager Im, and then when he was dethorned and his brother the current king came in she got married to him and had U-Won, or was it a different queen? Someone please answer!

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Why there isn't a recap ....
However thanks for atleast post the reviews ...

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Fusion sageuk really was last year's greatest gift to the world. Even if this show eventually loses its way like Tale of Nokdu did, the fact we have yet another sageuk with a modern sensibility featuring a strong, flawed female lead and an adorable gentle male lead makes me happy. I'm glad I started this and I'm also glad I waited till now to watch it.

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