Do you mind revisiting the entirety of end of 8? Not me. It’s not the lazy kind of throwing in that hot talk of the town scene so all our butts and eyes will be glued, there are some terrific nuances inserted making this even more ADFFFJAHGDFGKJHASJSHG.
Lots of spoilers!!! All gifs from baidu JOJ bar, thanks to original posters!
I have more to say about the kiss or what was going on with our poor first loves leading up to that. I love how it is not a game changer, it is simply an expression, and a desperate plead for reciprocation of affection. This is not a plot device pivotal for heroine to fall for the hero, both of them are very cognizant of what they are experiencing: they have fallen, and the other person can’t occupy more space in their hearts and minds. Also, they are quite sure there are matching heart fluttering the other must be going through as well. It is not fabricated angst or construed misunderstanding, as hot and romantic it was, it was also a big serving of the harsh reality. He is the hotheaded one, his naivete is lofty, idealistic, unrealistic. He is a man, is the King, he may feel as though he has all the power to change the game, but it is almost a ‘let them eat cake’ moment, she knows better. She is the one who is first aware of herself falling for him back at his training camp, when he can still casually chat about his ideal wife material. He’s aware of his crushing, but it had not overtaken the priority of his ascension, and nothing on his checklist of an advantageous marriage is pertaining to her, she is simply not of noble birth. Her friend tugs her heart whenever she passes by the red flowers, whom sacrificed for love. A few short years and her lover does not hesitate taking OkJung in as a mistress. Her Mom and herself are both constant living, breathing victims under the discrimination of the class system. Also in less serious moments, her bff made sure to ‘nag’ some sense into the head-turning beauty OkJung not to fall victim to the unreliable infatuation of opposite sex. In one of the OTPs first exchanges as adults when she informed him of her general opinion of guys in the library, when he said something carelessly suggestive that is after he patronized her on proper decorum of a lady in their prior meeting, all transpired while a pair of lovers was making out one moment, falling out the next. It is not a fair world for the sexes, it’s more so factoring in the class discrimination.
If it is just a superficial attraction, Lee Joon should lit up seeing her unexpectedly, even for a passing second before the brooding, the disappointing heartbreak of her possibly being part of a conspiracy kicking in, and how he’s mistaken what they have as genuine mutual feelings for each other. But amidst her own angst of there is no place on earth in the palace for her to rekindle what they had, she can never have any dallying with the King, let alone be soulmates, husband and wife. However, she did not hesitate to eloquently put her feelings on her sleeves, while putting him in place of what their stations are and how doomed their romance is. She kissed him back, with protest, she gave into her emotions for a fleeting moment, and let him kiss her, let herself drown in the bliss that is not hers to have but she never loses her head nor cool and promptly snaps herself out of it. This is one determined young lady who will not allow love, though it is sweeping and all consuming her emotions, to own her and override her filial responsibilities.
I appreciate moving lips in kisses, especially when those are YAI’s. It’s almost like because his character is smitten, it somehow permeates into his acting, bringing it to another level of awareness and deftness, hitting it scene after scene. If 5/6 of JOJ is where we truly unanimously witnessed the awakening of KTH into the league of actresses who CAN act, YAI in 8 is a little revelation as well. He is finally done with just easing into this role, a bit of a shaky start. Now he is owning it, insanely charismatic, not just the usual YAI kind of suave like the smexymofo he can be, whom we never doubt for a second to be able to get into the pants of ladies of all ages, but befittingly as the young ambitious King, prowling for more command. Do not ask me why, but watching YAI in 8 and more so 9 reminds me of Simba showing he is the new king:
And the glorious extra nuances we get in the kiss in 9….left me speechless. There is a marvelous continuity with the characters afterwards, not an every drama occurrence! I love how OkJung is not reduced to the usual flailing damsel, panting for air, brains is mushed, knees buckling and needing say PrinceD’s rescue or sth to leave the scene…instead she abort the hotness, keeping a clear head over their doomed demise…but what are you made of gf? You get a PRETTY good idea of those lips of YAI, smooching back is an understatement, my lips will be krazyglued to those pluckers by sheer instinct and will, and so will you, all of you!
I love how this kiss is not the magic cure-all, it is part hormones of a lovelorn manchild at play, the hotheaded urgency, when he is trying to wipe her tears off her face, her face drenched with the down pour, can’t bear seeing her in anguish because of loving him, and the burden of his love, that little want of touching her face most tenderly, lovingly, longingly, right after such a charged kiss that is most telling of how genuine his feelings are towards this woman.
When she denies him, very slightly turning her face, as decorum can allow her to make her mind be known in front of the King, and his hands frozen in midair, lingering, so ready to hold her, but let her go. When the camera lingers on YAI’s face as OkJung is leaving, that is after he take a longing look of her as she’s walking away, everything is written there for us to see, how primal that want is, how it is leaving an impression indelible, how there is this sigh of relief he has let his feelings be known, and how it’s reciprocated, how it releases some of the sexual frustration and the obvious ‘Oh shit where is my head now…..not up there in its usual spot’.
Le sigh. SangYeob, why so cute but soo very very clueless and out of place and regressing STILL?!?! These are great scenes for your PrinceD, imo quite easy to be effective, and so very obvious what we should feel and we should feel so much for him, but I’m getting nothing. There are passing scenes as if he’s dozing off and suddenly realizes he has to make some faces and his attempts on cute sad faces are so not doing it. I can’t hate him but he’s so not doing the role justice, period.
Another thing that is eating at my good will, the actress QueenDowagerMotherDearest is so abrasively OTTing, There is not a single scene the actress doesn’t like to scream at the screen Hey! In case you did not get the memo 3 seconds ago, I AM A QUEEN B*TCHHHHHH!!! BE SCARED (not!) Argh. Dial the heck down please. I do not mind b8tches in my dramas, honest (how I couldn’t take my eyes off PSY in Nice Guy), but lets grow a brain, shall we?
That entitled idiot Ja Kyung/actress who thinks acting is flopping her deadfish PS’d face around, how DARE you snide at OkJung when seconds before you were pleading for your life almost to your ladyboss AND ladyboss who just let you off easy is STILL 5 ft from you witnessing the scene?!?! I was cheering for OkJung to just turn dark then and there, cut her with the coldest of stares and say something fake sweet but damning so ladyboss will just off her fr palace for good.
But back to the unhealthy things YAI is doing to me, namely instantaneous combustion. He heaves and with the slightest of smiles and sighs, reliving the exact sweet, heartbreaking words of OkJung, his name is what she’s been living for, to see him she clawed her way into the palace, but yet he’s not just the guy with a name, but a King. The King she absolutely can’t have.
He closes his eyes, reminiscing the kiss, and YAI touches his lips. I do not remember my name and the name of my mother that very moment. And if that is not hot enough, he went back to his being-a-savvy- brilliant-young-King business like the Smexy he is.
And all the court politicking, there is not a nuance he is not spot on, I can’t take my eyes off it, and who knows we have the bonus enjoyment of watching our young King act, literally. In the company of the slickest pack of wolves, he holds his own, even has a domineering presence when he turns on a slight flicker of a knowing smirk or a tiny twitch of his eyes.
We’ve swooned over Mr. Darcy since our formative years, and I’m sure it is true for all of us. But his proposal to Lizzy was more an expression of his own frustration, demeaning Lizzy a few levels below him, leaving so much to be desired. How we cheered Lizzy on to so eloquently and brilliantly turn the annoying guy down atvm. How much more considerate is King/Lee Soon’s ‘proposal’? How much more swoonworthy is an urgent yet respectful backhug than the stale painful wristgrabs, with both hands feeling her heartbeat?! How impressive is our King to lower himself, to plead for her to allow him to possibly be the one she’s waiting for, dews frozen, wetting her feet, yet not a noticeable bother, at all? How so very shrewd and smart is our Lee Soon to give an ultimate promise of forever love, not as a regular joe, but words of a formidable King?
The forced kiss was as hot and romantic as sageuk goes, but that cute morning sewing room meeting is nothing short for never-ending magical swooning. It is a tender public display of affection he is not stopping himself, more so, the deliberation just to do the gesture is appalling. It is silly, it must have caught some unsavory spy witnesses batting for team Min (argh please don’t be pudgy eunuch, he’s been cute!). It is one thing to straight up admire and say to your love she is beautiful and talented, another to work it so slick like our King did.
It is too sweet for words and there can’t be prettier matching happygrins. *sigh…lets enjoy while we can*
There is a constant slew of tiny rants from me during that whole rescue the damsel scene, but it is effective. IF there is better action sequence in that scene, or just a few seconds of editing off damsel standing, doing nothing and gasping and waiting for horsey to hit and prince/king to rescue. It does pain me the damsel has to be OkJung, when we saw her learning her hard lessons in shedding the ignorant sweetness, and assimilating some cautious game for the long haul, and it pains me more when we have TaeHee regressing back to one of her ‘career making faces’. Just a tiny tweaking, and that would’ve shut me up. Because after what has to happen, TaeHee is back to decent, and it’s one convenient and charged scene swiftly moving plot along. So now HE KNOWS!!! OHNOES~~!!!
The spoiler pics for 10 makes breathing nay impossible. *I am spoiled…argh…and so sharing is caring T__T*
Yup, sign of my addiction is at the fullblown rabidddd stage when I’m scouting bts and giggle at random gifs:
I love what Hong SooHyun said in this interview of how she de-stresses: with acting (KTH nudges in), the satisfaction of hitting a scene to her own satisfaction, letting the emotions as naturally flowing as the character should is such a joy for an actress it is de-stressing. I feel it works for both YAI and KTH (still have to see what JH can bring), no Krdrama filming is not extremely stressful with grueling inhumane hours of no sleep for days. When you are working on a role possibly the best thing that has landed on your lap thus far, and the ratings are not there to give them the patting on the back and of sponsors/CF deals so forth but they so full of verve, gaining new confidence, passionate on my screen. It must be giving them this joy of doing a good job, it must give them such a fulfillment it is the best booster off screen, and I can feel as an audience, enjoying the ride-along, all this positive energy from them.