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Lovers of the Red Sky: Episode 1

Billed as a sageuk love story between a female painter and a blind astrologer, the premiere of SBS’s Lovers of the Red Sky was surprising in more ways than one. Welcome to a fantastical world of gods, curses and supernatural powers.

Note: This is a first episode recap only.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

The episode opens with an animated prologue which tells the story of the goddess of childbirth, Samshin, whose three aspects were responsible for life, death and maintaining the balance between the two. One day Mawang, the god of death, devoured the god of balance and went on a rampage across the land, spreading terror and chaos in his wake.

A woman whose lover died as a result of Mawang’s actions created a painting and prayed to Samshin, who sealed Mawang inside it and brought his rampage to an end. The woman then disappeared without a trace.

In the dead of night, the king and his closest advisors conduct a secret ritual. While inhabited by his spirit, the king harnessed Mawang’s powers and used them to conquer the world but now fears what might happen if he should lose control. To keep his kingdom safe, he has resolved to pass the throne on to his son, KING SEONGJO (Jo Sung-ha), and seal Mawang’s spirit away inside a painting.

The sealing ritual is to be conducted by the Taoist sect and led by HA SUNG-JIN (Han Sang-jin), much to the chagrin of MI-SOO (Chae Kook-hee), head of the shamans. As the royal painter HONG EUN-HO (Choi Kwang-il) adds the final touches to his portrait of the former king, his wife, praying alone at a secluded shrine, goes into labour.

Wolves surround her and the baby, and she uses the last of her strength to pray to Samshin to protect her child before dying of blood loss from childbirth. A golden butterfly appears and transforms into SAMSHIN (Moon Sook), who takes the baby Hong Cheon-gi in her arms and vanishes.

Once the portrait is in place the ceremony begins, and Sung-jin draws Mawang’s spirit from the abdicated king’s body. His physical form is a towering black demon with glowing red eyes, and Sung-jin warns not to make eye contact with him.

As the painting was carried away, Eun-ho’s assistant was seized by a mysterious energy, which rendered both of them unconscious. While the ritual is taking place, the assistant rises with glowing green eyes and vanishes into thin air.

Mawang makes an effort to tempt King Seongjo into forming an alliance with him, but the king refuses to look at him and Mawang is repelled by the glowing gold embroidery on his robes. Sung-jin’s faltering efforts are bolstered by Samshin’s golden energy, and together they manage to draw Mawang’s roiling mass into the former king’s portrait.

Mawang uses the last of his strength to place three curses: the first on King Seongjo, that his kingdom will suffer drought and famine; the second on Sung-jin, that his descendants will be lost in darkness; and the third on Eun-ho, that his descendants will never paint again. With that Mawang is sealed away inside the portrait, and the painted eyes turn red.

Mawang’s curse has blinded the baby Cheon-gi. It’s beyond Samshin’s powers to reverse it, so instead she blesses Cheon-gi with a destined partner who will help her to break the curse — and baby Ha Ram is born.

As King Seongjo watches his servants lock the cursed portrait away, he confesses to his father that he has doubts about whether they’ve done the right thing. After the royals have left, the guards suddenly draw their swords and surround the Sung-jin and the Taoists. Mi-soo and her shamans watch on as the Taoists are slaughtered, but Sung-jin manages to break free and throws himself off a cliff before he can be killed.

For the next nine years the kingdom suffers from drought and famine thanks to Mawang’s curse, and none of King Seongjo’s efforts to bring rain bear fruit. Things are getting desperate when one day Mi-soo happens upon HA RAM (Choi Seung-hoon), a boy blessed with a gift for water divining.

Realising that Ram could hold the secret to making the royal rain ceremony a success, Mi-soo follows him back to his home and discovers that his father is Sung-jin, the Taoist who escaped. After a brief telekinetic battle of wills, Mi-soo informs Sung-jin that she’s now the king’s head shaman and will be escorting Ram back to the palace to take part in the rain ritual whether he likes it or not.

Eun-ho’s sanity was fractured by his brush with the divine, and he now sits in the street painting indistinct scribbles and muttering nonsense. The neighbourhood boys taunt him and steal his painting, pushing HONG CHEON-GI (Lee Nam-kyung) to the floor when she confronts them, but run off terrified when Eun-ho comes to her defense.

Mi-soo’s procession passes by, and wisps of black smoke begin to emerge from Eun-ho as he babbles about not looking into “his” eyes. Sensing demonic energy, Sung-jin instinctively strikes Eun-ho, knocking the energy out of him and restoring him to his senses.

Cheon-gi steps forward to shield her father and Sung-jin notes an odd energy emanating from her, but is distracted when he recognises Eun-ho. The two men greet each other as old friends, both having spent the last 9 years believing the other to be dead, and Eun-ho and Cheon-gi accompany Sung-jin and Ram to their lodgings.

Eun-ho explains that ever since they sealed Mawang away, he has suffered seizures and lapses of memory. The two men quickly discover that both their children were born on that momentous day, and dismiss Cheon-gi and Ram to discuss it privately.

After a little bickering, Ram follows Cheon-gi to the Baekyu Painting Institute, where they sit in on a painting lesson. Cheon-gi tells Ram to close his eyes and listen to the brushstrokes on the paper, then let his imagination bring the drawings to life. Smiling contentedly, Cheon-gi explains that sound allows her to see the world.

Afterwards Gyeon-ju, the Institute’s housekeeper, notices a tear in Cheon-gi’s sleeve and takes her outer robe away to sew it up. Cheon-gi accuses Ram of intentionally not mentioning it and secretly laughing at her dishevelled appearance, since she doesn’t have a mom to make sure she looks neat, but Ram quickly assures her that he tears his clothes all the time so he didn’t even notice.

Crouching on the ground, Cheon-gi sulkily draws a spiral in the dirt — her impression of a star. Placing his hand over hers, Ram guides Cheon-gi to trace out the shape of the big dipper, a real star, making her smile.

Ram’s stomach grumbles and Cheon-gi offers to find him some food, but they’re waylaid by Samshin, disguised as a normal woman, on their way through the streets. Telling him he’ll need it soon, Samshin places a butterfly charm in Ram’s hand which disappears when he tries to return it. Baffled, Ram assumes he must be imagining things but as he turns to leave a golden outline of a butterfly is visible on the back of his neck.

Mi-soo announces to King Seongjo that she has found a boy blessed by the water god to take part in the rain ritual — the son of Sung-jin, the Taoist priest who sealed away Mawang and then survived the abdicated king’s cull. Mi-soo believes that a human sacrifice is necessary to break Mawang’s curse, and implores King Seongjo to kill Ram during the ceremony.

The rest of the king’s advisors are horrified by Mi-soo’s plan and King Seongjo agrees with them, declaring that the ritual will be carried out without any loss of life. Mi-soo bows her head, but silently vows to do whatever must be done to end the drought.

Cheon-gi leads Ram to a private peach blossom field and under her instruction he nervously climbs a tree heavily laden with fruit. Afraid of what might happen if the sleeping servant wakes and catches them stealing, Ram tries to back out but changes his mind when he sees Cheon-gi’s disappointment.

The peaches Ram knocks down thud to the ground around Cheon-gi, making her smile in delight, but he soon overbalances and falls out of the tree himself, landing on top of her. The servant is woken by the noise and runs towards them shouting, so the kids quickly grab their peaches and flee the orchard hand-in-hand.

The kids collapse by the river and Ram blames Cheon-gi for wanting to steal peaches and almost getting them both thrashed. Cheon-gi is very hurt, and tearfully tells Ram that he’s just like everyone else who scorns her and calls her cursed because she’s blind, her mom’s dead and her dad’s mentally ill.

Ram apologises, but tells Cheon-gi that none of those things are her fault so she shouldn’t blame herself for them. The two of them eat their misbegotten peaches and Ram complains that they aren’t ripe, but Cheon-gi smiles and tells him hers is delicious. Noticing that Cheon-gi’s knee is bleeding after she tripped running from the servant, Ram carefully bandages it using his handkerchief.

Ram carries Cheon-gi home on his back that evening, describing the stars in the night sky to her as he walks. When they reach their destination, Cheon-gi tries to return Ram’s handkerchief but he re-ties it around her knee and promises to come and collect it after the rain ritual the next day instead.

Cheon-gi gently traces her fingers over Ram’s face before leaning up to kiss him. The two of them shyly promise to return to the peach fields together the next day and then head inside.

By the next day Eun-ho’s sanity has slipped again and an encounter with an angry customer in the marketplace gives him flashbacks that leave him a shrieking wreck. Determined to help her dad, Cheon-gi leaves to find some medicine.

Meanwhile preparations for the rain ritual are well underway. The crown prince greets his younger brothers, PRINCE YANGMYUNG (Kim Jung-chul) and PRINCE JUHYANG (Park Sang-hoon), affectionately but Juhyang cautions him to behave in a more dignified manner. The crown prince takes this criticism in good humor and thanks Juhyang for having his best interests at heart.

The crown prince watches in disappointment as an unhappy Juhyang leaves the ceremony followed by Yangmyung. As they walk away Juhyang explains that every time he looks at their older brother he feels useless, like a lifeless hydrangea flower which blooms but is unable to produce berries. Yangmyung tells him that a flower that lives so vibrantly could never be considered lifeless.

To cheer him up, Yangmyung takes Juhyang to the royal portrait hall. The hall is normally guarded but since everyone is at the rain ritual they’ll be able to sneak in to see the portraits of the former kings. Juhyang’s amulet for protection against evil spirits falls to the ground as he steps over the threshold, and as he ties it back onto his belt he notes that it seems ominous.

King Seongjo arrives at the rain ritual and Sung-jin watches from the crowd as Ram takes his place at the cauldron of salamanders, hands shaking. Meanwhile, as the young princes wander through the gallery, Juhyang hears a mysterious voice calling to “the one who will be king of this land” and follows it back to its source. Powerless to resist its beckoning, Juhyang tears the seals off the locked cabinet and throws back the doors, revealing the portrait of the former king within.

Yangmyung urges Juhyang to stop but Juhyang just snatches his brother’s candle out of his hand and kicks him down the steps, knocking him unconscious. Juhyang touches the candle to the painting and the flames quickly take hold, freeing Mawang.

Outside the rain ritual is underway and King Seongjo and his court look on excitedly as dark clouds begin to roll in and the wind picks up. Sensing that Mi-soo intends to sacrifice Ram to complete the ritual, Sung-jin tries to intervene but is trapped inside a barrier by her shamans.

Mawang attempts to possess Juhyang but is repelled by his evil-warding talisman, so switches targets instead. Drawn towards the golden butterfly mark Samshin left on Ram’s neck, Mawang shoots towards him like an arrow and knocks him into the lake. At the same moment, a lightning bolt strikes the ground at Mi-soo’s feet and Cheon-gi, who was walking across one of the bridges nearby, overbalances and also plunges into the water.

Ram and Cheon-gi both sink down into the depths of the lake, silently calling to their fathers for help until their struggles grow weaker and they lose consciousness. Rain begins to fall and the royal court rejoices as Sung-jin sinks to his knees in anguish and grief.

Servants carried the two princes from the burning portrait hall and Juhyang watches wretchedly as the rain extinguishes the flames. Gripping the burnt talisman he tells himself that the throne is rightfully his, as appointed by the heavens.

Black smoke surrounds Ram’s body in the water and when his eyes open they’re red — he’s possessed by Mawang’s spirit. The golden mark on his neck begins to glow and Samshin appears in front of him in the form of a butterfly to thank him for his sacrifice.

Samshin intentionally used Ram as bait to trap Mawang, and she now takes his eyes to render him powerless. She then visits Cheon-gi, “a child destined to save the world”, and bestows Ram’s eyes upon her so that she may “create the vessel of destiny”.

The people gathered by the lake look on in awe as Ram’s unconscious body rises from the water and hangs in the air above them. Sung-jin rushes forwards but his relief at his son’s survival is tempered when Ram opens his eyes and it becomes clear that he has lost his sight. Guilty and regretful that Ram has had to pay the price to break the kingdom’s curse, King Seongjo has Mi-soo arrested for disobeying his orders.

Meanwhile a soaking Cheon-gi wakes all alone at the shrine where she was born, and is shocked to find that she can now see. As Cheon-gi stares around her with wonder and Ram panics and sobs in Sung-jin’s arms when he realises that he’s gone blind, Samshin tells us that someday everything will be restored to its rightful place.

Years later, an adult Cheon-gi (Kim Yoo-jung) sits painting while an adult Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop), still blind, studies the stars by touch using a constellation globe.

 
COMMENTS

Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention to the promos for this drama, but I certainly wasn’t expecting such a strong fantasy bent. They really dumped a lot of mythology and exposition on the audience from the get-go which made the first half of the episode a little dense, and I became a little impatient while I was waiting to reach the present-day within the drama. I can’t quite decide whether the animated sequence at the beginning of the drama was supposed to be telling us what has already happened or what will happen. Is this an in-universe legend? Or is it prophetic, and if so will Ha Ram be the lover whose death drives Cheon-gi to seal Mawang away?

I’m intrigued by whatever entity possessed the body of Eun-ho’s assistant and disappeared. Both Samshin and Mawang were accounted for at that moment, which implies a third deity at work — presumably the god of balance between life and death, since that’s the only other god that’s been mentioned so far. Mawang is symbolised by black smoke and eyes, Samshin is gold and butterflies, but the assistant’s eyes were glowing green.

At the moment Mawang, god of death and chaos, is very much being portrayed as evil and Samshin, goddess of life, is seen in a much more benevolent light but I’d quite like to see a more nuanced portrayal of the two — both life and death are fundamental principles of the universe. Offering Ram up as bait was certainly not a very kind and benevolent thing to do, even if his sacrifice was for the greater good. Samshin seems much more preoccupied with Cheon-gi’s health and safety than Ram’s, but perhaps that’s just because she’s fated to “create the vessel of destiny” which is presumably the painting that will seal Mawang away.

What does the curse Mawang put on Sung-jin’s descendants mean? What does it mean to be “lost in darkness”? And what was with Ram’s affinity for water? Was that to do with the curse, does he have supernatural powers of his own or will he become a conduit for someone else with powers? I have so many questions right now and though the world building is off to a good start, there’s a potential for things to go off the rails since there are so many elements, gods, and powers at play. With my curiosity sufficiently piqued I’m looking forward to seeing all our adult Cheon-gi and Ram interact and fight with/against the gods that be.

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I was secretly hoping that we would get more supernatural stuff than the promotions suggested, so I’m happy.

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While I am in love with the fact that how absolutely stunning Ahn Hyo-seop looks with red contacts, I am surprised that this drama might be a tragedy. Did this drama gave away the spoiler in the first few seconds? I really hope not. I was looking forward to enjoy this drama.

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I was also afraid of that mainly because of the first seconds like u very well pointed and also the last seconds as well because what will be the fate of Ha Ram after the Demon/Devil is removed from him,won't he die as he already lost it in the ritual? What will happen with Cheon-gi eyes,will she keep them or be removed as well...

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For some reason, I keep thinking that Cheong-gi will return to being blind at the end. After all, she is "borrowing" those eyes. But now I wonder about Ha-ram as well. Is his current life on loan? Oh, goodness! I'm using my Library speak. :)

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for last many many months i was completely ignoring drama as I wasnt sure of if AHS in Hanbok would be something beautiful for me.
but then first episode just blew me over.. like really ??? is it even possible to create something this grand, beautiful, majestic, interesting and intriguing as a Saeguk.. i wasnt expecting.
this first episode can be the greatest opening episode of all the saeguks i hv ever watched... (SHR is just right beside it)
thanks for the recap.. and hope to see more beanines watching it.

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SPOILERS: EPISODES 1-6

I’m obsessed with this drama. Kim Yoo-jung and Ahn Hyo-seop’s chemistry is to die for. Kim Yoo-jung needs to always, only be paired with actors her age.

Chun-gi hiding in Ram's palanquin was the most heart-fluttering meet- reunion-cute, and their kiss was incredibly romantic. It is so cruel of Samshin that they can’t be together because every time Chun-gi touches Ram, Mawang is awakened, and unless she can keep Mawang’s eyes when his spirit is sealed inside the painting, only one of them can see.

Since Ram should’ve known how to find Chun-gi at the Baekyu Painting Institute, I assume the reason he never looked for her was because he needed to feign amnesia in front of the king. I had hoped Ram would recognize Chun-gi by his handkerchief. If Il Wol-sung is the richest man in town, then he could buy Cheongsimwon for Chun-gi’s father.

I believe Yangmyung is smarter than he lets on, and he’s aware of Juhyang's lust for power. When Yangmyung smiled while sending off Juhyang at the gibang, I imagined him dropping the façade as soon as his brother was out of sight. I was terrified Juhyang would kill Eun-ho when he attacked the grand prince just after Chun-gi had received the medicine. Yangmyung will probably take Chun-gi as his princess consort like she had joked to save her father.

Thanks a ton for the first episode recap, @Branwen!

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Sadly, while I appreciate how hard this series is trying to create a fantasy world, I found the first episode too boring to watch through and I found myself skipping through this detailed description, as well.

The plot here is just a collection of dramatic bits we've seen in other fantasy series strung together to form a loose narrative with a lot of domestic scenes that could be part of any other historical series. None of it really matters, in the end, because gods are walking in and out of the narrative pushing the plot along when they seem powerful enough to just resolve all the story issues on the spot.

I've yet to detect any theme or character thread here that would require an entire series to work out. It probably would have been better to start telling the story at some other point in the narrative.

I'm sure I'm coming off as more irritated by this drama then I should be, as the constant splattering of ads across my screen as I try to write this on Dramabeans is infuriating. I spend very little time on Dramabeans these days primarily because it is a battle to read or write anything through the storm of swirling ad blurbs, especially the picture of a wine glass that posts itself in front of the text as I write. It makes checking on Dramabeans a very negative experience. No more then a tenth of my computer screen is actually dramabeans. The rest is a fidgety hash of ad images that constantly block my attempts to type.

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Tried any ad-blockers lately? At least on a PC they can do wonders.

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The ad-blockers I've been using don't seem to work here. Right

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Interrupted by an ad in the middle of a sentence twice already!

Sorry! Three times. And I really dislike the ad that appears in the middle of the screen directly over what I'm reading. Particularly since it doesn't have a close icon.

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This sounds to me more like a malware infection than DB's own ads. What kind of security software do you have?

OR, you might have the wrong ad blocker. The woods are full of fake/malicious ad blockers and other extensions. For best results, install as few as possible and stick to ones that have thousands of reviews and have existed for years. It's too easy for a crook to launch a new extension and get a few hundred fake positive reviews.

FWIW, I've had good results with both AdBlock and and Adblock Plus (they are separate/competing products, not related).

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We use uBlock Origin at my job at our university. It's superb. I have completely forgotten that adverts exist online.

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And Hyo Seop's contacts are stunning, I want to start with that. The drama absent the nonsensical fantasy element has been so good and really sweet. I really like the cast of characters. I decided to ignore the fantasy aspect in episode 3, but my decision was reinforced with episode 6. They are not explaining the fantasy well or it doesn't make sense, so I just go with it and don't think too hard about it lol.

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Yes, his red eye contacts are stunning! It makes him hotter!!! How handsome he is now!

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Here's to "going with it" as @kafiyah-bello says. It gathers momentum in further episodes. My expectation for some exquisite art has not been disappointed. We need the two opposing forces, the creative and the destructive, to be held in balance, and I'm guessing we'll see that the leads have something to do with that 😉

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Creative and destructive, Life and Death, Good and Evil, sub-creation and corruption... Hmmmmmmm 👀

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Thank you for the recap @branwen. I loved the opening sequence of this episode and there wasn't one moment when I wasn't completely engaged in what was being shown. I love the fantasy and mythological elements of this story.

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I really liked the introduction. When sageuks were more than 20 episodes long, the kids portion was longer. I kinda missed them after the first episode, they were super cute together.

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I was a little disappointed to not see the kids after the first episode. They were so cute and impressive with how they portrayed their characters - particularly the child actress for Chun-gi. She had an aura of someone who was both vulnerable and self-sufficient with a streak of cynicism. And this was only her second role! She previously played a very small role in 18 again.

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Yeah, I used to see the kids casting during at least 5 episodes before. But that was for long dramas. I wonder if child actors can become as famous than the KYJ, KSH, YJG, etc. when their screen time decreased a lot.

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Thanks for the recap, although I'm sad it's just a first episode recap.

I've said this elsewhere, but this is just the kind of fantasy drama @javabeans and @girlfriday would have recapped. They would have done a great job dissecting the cultural nuances. This is not a historical drama, but there is still mythological and folklore stuff that as international viewers we don't quite understand.

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Yeah, like Arang and the Magistrate!

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I also would appreciate some discussion of the mythology and folklore. @kurama Arang and the Magistrate was a great drama.

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They are irreplaceable. I miss them terribly.

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(Spoilers for episodes 1-6)
My favourite element about the show is how Ha Ram will claim his heart is empty, or all his life is about revenge and he is just playing everyone for his own gain... then five minutes later he will unconsciously reveal that he loves Cheon-gi and how much he treasures memories with her. It is either with a poem about her, or the cute way he smiles and lets her help him in the small ways, or how he imediatelly kissed her when he realized she knew who he was. It is just precious.

The lore is a bit confusing and it does feel like the gods are there mostly to get us where they want us to be, which is a bit sad since I actually enjoy the fantasy elements in a way C-drama wuxia never does.

There are times when the drama catches the older prince observing Cheon-gi, I wonder if he recognizes that she carries otherwordly power or not. As I am a huge fan of villains going after the female heroine, it got my attention despite me knowing better, haha.

For once I think the current love triangle we have, with Cheon-gi and Ha Ram with the prince as the nice but unlucky second lead, actually is interesting. So far the romance is not obvious from the second lead, which makes sense since their social classes are so far apart. But Ha Ram does not think Cheon-gi can be happy with him, and he observes how the prince likes her and such, and probably he will feel like that would be for the better, maybe that will cause conflict. Crossing my fingers that it will be done well, at least!

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This drama is my new addiction!! It has the making of an epic romance. And Omg AHS, when did you grow up to be such a hottie?? That shirtless pull up scene left me speechless. There's no resemble of the kid from Abyss or 17 again!! Not even the same person. Is it the hair , the deep sexy voice or beautiful hanboks? Or combo of all of them?
That aside, I love the painting aspect, learning about brush stroke, paper type and painting techniques. I thought the drama was well made, directed and acted. Can't wait for the rest of the ride!
Ep 5: tea cup sipping has never been so charismatic.
Ep 6 spoiler: Face touching has never been so hot lol.

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I was not expecting the heavy fantasy element in the drama. It was surprising, but interesting in a way. But I must say that they are not explaining things well, such as the madness of Chun-gi's father (yes, I get that his eyes met Mawang's eyes, but it doesn't explain why he is gradually losing his mind...). What about the curse of Haram's family? What did that mean being in darkness? Haram was born with the power of water, so it doesn't make any sense. Also, the green-eyed goblin, he is somewhat related to paintings, so is he going to help Chun-gi create the ultimate painting as he did with her father? And it's also confusing the way that Mawang activates inside Haram when touching Chun-gi (it makes us guess and create theories, but the show isn't trying to explain it at all, which bothers me a lot).

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Chun-gi's father didn't just met Mawang's eyes,he was practically infested with the evil energy while Mawang's cursed the two children,one to never be able to paint making Chun-gi blind right there and the other to wonder in the darkness aka becoming blind like we see in the end coming true.
The Goblin is basically attracted to the energy created in the paintings and that's why he was there playing as the helper of Chun-gi father,curious if in the future he'll have a more personal connection with Chun-gi as well more than the need to "feed" of her painitings...Mawang activates because the seal put on him breaks in contact with Chun-gi as she has his eyes,his most powerful feature...
It wasn't that hard to follow the line of fantasy but it is just episode 1,more likely they will share more as the story progresses...
Gotta say love the touch about Ha Ram's eyes going pink from bloody red when Mawang is desposed of them...

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Thank you for your insight! However, the part about the curse of darkness, then it was prophetic? But if it was, then Mawang should've known that it could affect him too (Haram losing his eyes in order to restrain Mawang inside him).

But when Haram caught Chun-gi in ep4, Mawang did not activate. Was it because of the Tiger's protection? Or because of daylight? I really wished the show had a more clear narrative.

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I think he would have lost his eyesight either way with him being traped there or not as he cursed him...In a way he saved his life being sealed in him as he already died for the ritual...
I think because the seal put on him this time is a bit stronger and momentarily broke because it was a more intimate touch rather than a few seconds touch etc. like a hands touching or hug etc.

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That makes sense. But that's the reason why I dislike this part of the show. It is us the viewers who try to find the answers, when it was supposed to be the show to provide those answers.

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Agree that day 1 didn't explain itself well. I really needed this recap to make things clear.

Now I guess Haram & Chun-gi touching waken Mawang because it gives him access to the eyes that the goddess took from Haram to nerf the demon inside him. Makes sense once I finally figure it out.

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Think basically the power of his eyes nullifies the seal put on Ha Ram being power vs power...

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Thank you so much for the recap. I very nearly abandoned this despite the two gorgeous leads because "dense" just about describes the first part of the narrative, and I am so bored with every fantasy drama having people arrive and disappear in clouds of writhing black smoke. SURELY there are different ways to create this effect? And I agree with the writer who complained about the ads - there just SO many of them that my Mac keeps tipping me out of Dramabeans on the grounds that it is "using too much memory"!!!! and it's a MAC. Too much stuff running in the background....I can type at 90 wpm but it's less than half of that because the keyboard turns to glue

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OKay but from a TECHNICAL perspective, it COULD BE that the smoke simulation is like a preset, or a downloadable package for whatever effects program the VFX artists are using, and it could just be passed around kdrama productions because that would be cheaper, and easier, and you wouldn't have to create it from scratch in Blender or whatever, every time. And as this is a kdrama, and not a multi million dollar INTL production, it would make sense to use VFX shortcuts. Cos they are expensive, and VFX artists are usually underpaid and overworked anyway.

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Given that the fantasy/mythology in this story is NOT simply copied from other dramas- although there are undoubtedly some analogs- I too would appreciate more cultural context and exposition. This is a very dense fantasy world with only a very slight resemblance to Joseon- so that we have been immersed in a whole lot of elements that we are not familiar with. And this does not stop with the first episode either- without wanting to reveal anything we will have briefly met at least one other deity before the end of episode four, so the world building will continue. I hope that we can see more information about this show in the future.

But I have to say that my wife and I have really enjoyed what and we have seen so far. Fantasy is fun and this show is doing it well.

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Oh my gosh not to keep plugging this, and you might have already seen, idek, but it took me so long I feel like I'm slightly justified but I tried to break down all or most of or a lot of the worldbuilding anyway, HERE: https://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/1260323/
I avoided a lot of cultural context as that is not my forte (and it required a lot more research) but it still might be interesting to you perhaps.

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@sicarius—Thank you for your exegesis of the story's mythology. I was distracted by the green-eyed goblin and was certain I'd missed something. Without you, I would've never connected the mysterious man from Ep. 1 with "Hwacha" described in Ep. 5.

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I also appreciate the considerable work done by The Queen of Melonia. Long may she reign.

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cursed because she’s blind, her mom’s dead and her dad’s mentally ill.

So, the kind of kid Kim Yoo-jung would have been playing 10 years ago.

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No wonder she seems so comfortable in this role.

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I’m surprised at how much I loved ep 1, I mean the swirling enraged evil was, you know, large, but what captivated me was Ha Ram and Cheon-Gi and their fate from birth. And how they were fated from their parents lot in life and how that fate picked up when their fathers met again. The young actors for these characters were amazing! If ever two people could take on the powers of the universe, I think they can and will~

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I don't know if I'm just that starved for ~serious~ sageuks, but I was surprised with how much I liked it, considering it was one of the upcoming historicals i was more wary about.

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Same, but I'm more worried about the writer of "The Red Sleeve Cuff."
YISAN is one of my favorite sageuks of all time so I'm reluctantly going to give RED SLEEVE a chance for the leads.

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What?! You didn't like The Emperor: Owner of the Mask? What a suprise! :p

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Sadly I can't seem to erase it from my memory.

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Ugh same...I wasn't going to watch red sleeve even though I love the leads but then lee deok Hwa signed on, and I feel obliged to watch any sageuk he's in, so... if red sleeve is disappointing, I'll drown my sorrows by binge-watching yi san for the 10000th time (best sageuk romance ever, don't @me).

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I'm with you on the YISAN rewatch. I'm tired of Taejong this year, but I can't get enough of Yisan.

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Kiara! YOu are here! Hi!

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Sic! Hi! How are you and what are you watching these days?

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Heee hello!
I am ok~ I am ... not watching enough, and waiting for things to start, even if I have to drop them haha.
I am watching RED SKY though (pls pls see my wall if you haven't already), and POLICE UNI (sped up because it's boring), and that's it for airings right now ALAS!

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Will do :).

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Think it's best to go in with more lower expectations as from what i saw Red Sleeve isin't the serious type of show(like the more serious historical dramas i mean) even if it has the same background context or characters..
Even with the melo i think it's on the more lighter side

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This is my drama. I have been waiting forever for it and it is mesmerizing. I’ve been waiting for Ahn Hyo seop to grace my screen again and he does brooding scholar so well. Kim Yoo-Jung is just amazing in sageuks that I can’t even watch her in anything that’s a little modern. I liked the set up, and even with just one episode with the kids, I was already drawn in. It’s the drama I wait for all week.

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Yeah I have NO frakking life, so I went through episodes 1-6 and broke down most of the Lore and Mythology stuff that occurs in them, providing commentary whilst doing so.

It's too long to post solely in comments so heres the link:https://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/1260323/

If anyone wants to point out things I missed or suppose more theories on it, go ahead.

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I love this drama and I am invested already in it. Ahn Hyo-seop looks so handsome wearing that contact. He looks really good.

I want my husband to start watching K-drama with me but don't know how

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I don't really know if you're looking for help on this so forgive if I intrude but--
From my experience, thinking about what kind of things the other person already likes is a good place to start when introducing people to kdramas.
Do they like good themes, happy endings? Do they need a solid plot? Do they prefer action, or do they not mind sweetness and fluff? Can they handle fantasy? What does your husband like to read and watch normally?

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Ohh. My hubby is a romantic, so he started kdramas, and I tell him it’s all his fault I’m addicted. But if your husband likes action (which I find most men do) Healer may hook him, or Vincenzo for more recent. For police procedurals, none is better than Live. You know your husband, though.

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I will introduce him to healer. Let's see how it goes

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I too prefer a good romcom (or pure comedy like PEGASUS MARKET) or a good family drama, fantasy, historical and even the occasional makjang to action dramas. So my recommendation is to expose him to a variety of things. He might find that he liked something that he never considered before.

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