Oh, what to do with you drama?! You have dashed my hopes to be anything good with one definitive episode, and now there are rare intermittent scenes reminiscing your old self.
Then, just when I’m watching you, relatively calm and detached for self-preservation, with only one furrowed brow most of the time, writersshi you decided you couldn’t hold your TAE in. *TAE has nothing to do with the lovely KTH, think opposite, some form of total, massive explosion of the very unsavory bio kind*
There is KTH, back to GOOD when the script is not of stinky diarrhea, which is not often. It is now more than obvious writer can not write political intrigue, we all let her slide in the early staging, and she is lovely writing the layered shoujo romance. I was one happy camper, it made sense to focus on building up one sweeping romance early on, tbh I was looking forward to it more from the standpoint it would up the ante, make the fallout that much more delicious, with some key tangents to come, giving the story and more importantly these characters a believable milieu to breath in. That was one fine Act1, it fooled me to think of more meaty stuff to come. Alas, it will never EVER materialize. But poor TaeHee, she will forever have a place in my cruel heart for the at times effective effort, she, of all the peeps here, is elevating the crap. Don’t bulge your eyes the old TaeHee way, cause I have done it all drama long in utter most pleasant SHOCK! because of her. We’ve seen her being effective in My Princess, that character makes sense in that silly little drama, here it’s also very apparent when OJ is following what KTH can grasp of the characterization, bam! one effective scene is served, but comes lines so stupid, so contrived for her smart brain, she lost her marbles, actually she could be communicating and expressing said scene most effectively to us, by breaking the fourth wall and desperately bulging her eyes to us as if saying, ‘I don’t get any of this shit either, guys’. And to my surprise, really one of the biggest surprise this drama has yet to offer, because after the ep11 fallout, I honestly can’t imagine anything savageable. I do not even know why I clicked 12. Somehow KTH is still on, she is still scrambling with whatever logic and understanding of the character and delivering it at best she can. What redeemed her character somewhat in 12 is at least she’s putting Lee Soon’s well being the bigger picture in the equation, and those crazy evil glaring has been toned down, she should befriend IH, however fakely, even when she’s scheming to bring down the mama and the Mins. She has lines making some sense I can slightly nod to, and I can buy her speeches as effective getting her out of the situation, holding her own, fighting her battles with the verve, but also a hint of scary brilliant control like the OJ we knew. There were scenes I thought she’s lovely, awesome in, even if it’s one of the worst scene in the episode I need to watch mute and cringed till my eyes hurt.
I myself have witnessed ahjummas in some wet market grabbing hairs, screaming I WILL TEAR YOUR HEAD OFF EVIL B*TCH, while they were really attempting it, but other than a few chunks of hair out of place, no head was really off, no real consequence. It may start out as both of them fighting over a dead chicken. Nobody really cares but our eyes are glued to the bizarre. Same thing is happening whenever the queenmothermama appears in this drama. She is reduced to harping the same silly lines over and over again. Ma’am, you hate her enough to skin her for reason unknown even to you I bet other than her as token of your good son’s first defiance against MamaDearest, or you want to eat her up for your political gains, but unless ur voice is some dark witchcraft (maybe she has…), just the shouting of those exact thoughts would not make a body of pretty flesh magically disappear in front of your eyes.
Confession: No, I did not deliberately cap godzillamama doing scaryfaces, I swear these are just random a frame every second. Yes, for a scene of few minutes, there were 80+ caps. ALL nightmare inducing. Oh, the deep ends I go for snark.
See, if you are gonna be a screechy public embarrassment ahjumma, learn your ropes. You are not even as effective as them bickering over a dead chicken at the market. Lets analyze their plan of attack, at least they have hair already scrunched in their hands to materialize their threats BEFORE their shrieks. And furthermore, while they have their hands full on the aggressive of their assaults, they do not accuse the other ahjumma of violating decorum and oh the greatest sin of messing up an ahjumma’s hair by yelling WHY ARE YOU HERE? WHY ARE YOU TEARING AT MY HAIR? But our QMmama has to spit all the derogatory terms oh so imaginable from the noblefolks in front of ALL THE SERVANTS let alone a revered QueenMama. Hey, but writer never said she’s revered, BUT HEY you are the FREAKEN MOTHER OF THE KINGGG, THE SKY AND THE EARTH! Look at how the fresh queen InHyun, the daughter of a yangban, and I assume social ladder-wise is below royalty, right? Her voice has calibrated where it will NEVER EVER hit half your decibel. Then there is something called sweet veiled stabs like glittering showers of prettiest venomous needles esp when from those teary sparkling eyes and pretty smiling lips of KTH’s OJ. We do not expect godzilla to know more vocabulary than you wicked witch, evil b8tch, YOU WOMAN I HATE YOU I HATE WOMAN. YOU. HATEEEE. HOW DAREEEE YOU, DARE. RAWWWRRAWWWRRRRRR GRRRRGRRRRRRRRGRRRRAWWRR *My deepest sympathy towards fansubbers having to pause at her every line, peruse every word she caterwauls this very scene.* Oh and the servants, still present, AND THEN after taking one breath to recoup her hoarsed out shrieking a little, and be at her most empathetic giving a kind break to our ears, she then accuses King of lack of DECORUM: not in front of the servants, YO!
Exhibit A: I have never seen pooping and falling back on own freshest poop so effectively presented in a drama, 2 episodes, one scene. Note: YAI’s ‘Oh STINKYYYYY’ face. InHyun’s OHSHEEEETTT faces and even one pleading for help from the ‘Nope. NonononoNope.’ OkJunh.
This is why Mama is so scary to me, the more I watch her, the more I turn into her facetwin…THIS is the face of me whenever she’s on. She held this face for 3 seconds, I held mine for half the episode.
I’m not sure if this is a good read on YAI as an actor, but this is my opinion: he is naturally charming and quite talented, but he doesn’t have half the heart in this as a less capable TaeHee once shithitfan script-wise. It’s like he will only care enough to cruise along because he thinks he’s too good for this crap. Yes, his character suffers from the writing, Lee Soon is now an entitled manchild with a fried brain filled with nothing but hormones, but he really is doing nothing for me in even the simple romantic scenes these 2 episodes. Sigh, then there was this very glaring booboo showing the massive re-editing, re-writing, live shot at play, when he said he’s holding her hand this time entering into her chambers unlike last time he carried her, we were all griping bedding scene was missing all the cohesive touches, most of us saw the bts and can patch in what we’re missing, but when drama proper is reminding us again. Not Cool.
When I jumped to another risible scene, still GODZILLAMAMA. I may have nightmares.
It is not like the story is boring. I was curious what can OJ come up with to expose the baddies to the king? Some interesting scheming should be involved, right?! No, I am wrong, just like that..THAT?! Every word is shouted out by the guilty party out in the open just so convenient ears of the king is there squarely to hear it. HOW CONVENIENT… what was conveyed was not exactly silly, have OJ use her brains to coerce an admission out of Mama and have King hear about it first hand, but the timing, the situation, the circumstance, all wrong. There was no design, no transition, it was so crudely executed and slammed in my face. I refuse to take the abuse.