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Every single time it hits, it is always this swelling bulge of nonexisting jumble of words and squeals and OMGOMGOMGsss and those warm fuzzy feeelings and heart palpitations that are not going away…oh and that silliest of fangirl grin that is stuck on my face.
And how come it always hit me unexpectedly?! The best kind?! I make myself a fool saying to the world I don’t really care for YAI no more, and KTH, while pretty, her presence on my screen is of that of a corgi pup trying mightiest to climb Himalayas.
The switch is ep5 when OkJung cries and pleads for her Mom. It is nothing new, but what KTH can do is shockingly effective, it’s simply JOJ crying, not KTH crying as if she’s the character. I’ve never known it is in her. When she rescued the injured prince, and each subsequent scene they shared, the subtle progression of their feelings in the same tiny room and setting, but just well controlled. And this scene in 7, when she’s made up her mind and cutting the b8tch to size:
*You Go GIRL~!*
All these nuances of emotions, I’ve not seen it from TaeHee in this frequency, her eyes are still wide and will bulge, but there are clinging to the person she cares most atvm, not just a stagnant black glossy globe of nothingness.
This is a slow burn love for a drama, where everything is done well, with care and dedication. An episode of drama passes by steadily, my focus taut throughout, not just for the shallow OTP shipping, which is never a priority for much of any sageuk I liked. Every character has a story to say, has his/her part completing the picture, the story is in safe, steady hands, characters and relationships are developed with a controlled pace that may not be explosive instantaneously fireworks bursting over our head but those tingling, fuzzy feels, little skips of heartbeats just like their characters when they share a space, when their feelings are palpable to themselves and each other…we feel every delicious bits of it too. That is precious. Even the art direction, it’s beautiful but not obscenely so, it is playing a part of the story, instead of there to dazzle as if that’s all there is in so many ‘sageuks’, I am convinced, effortlessly, OkJung to have a talent and an eye in textiles with her work and how she carries herself. Even the makeup, it’s subtle and lovely.
I’ve never seen KTH with so much natural chemistry, as in every scene she shares with YAI since day1, ep1, scene1, even when they have not gotten this steady, solid bloom of late in their performance. It’s there. I feel YAI was not at ease with his character in the beginning, but he’s on now. Has he been this crackling with romantic chemistry with a lady costar in anything prior?!?! I only rem him sizzling in the bromances with JoongKi and YooChun in SKKS, I am not TeamMoony. From the bts, they are having a great chummy time off screens, maybe it is just the joy of working on something lovely and challenging and satisfying and it translates on screen.
It is a disgrace this is not as massively popular…when I have to wait longer for it to pop up for streaming, hours after its competing turds, pissing me off!
It sure casts a spell on me when I feel this palpatation, shortness of breath just hearing the OST, especially the awesome 임재범/任宰範 ‘s – 비가/悲歌.
I am very patiently waiting for *spoilercaps*8, and looping the gorgeous official and fanmade MVs. I CAN NOT STOP MYSELF~!: