There is something so darn familiar about Sword and Flower (The Blade and Petal) that draws me to it literally like a bee to a flower. The familiarity stems from this drama feeling and looking and sounding like a typical C-wuxia drama than anything K-drama-esque. The star-crossed lovers, the military coup, the stylized fighting, the sleek aura, it all serves to remind me that maybe K-dramas can try something different than the traditional talky sageuk route. The Goguryeo setting helps, the warring period with much more battles fought on the field rather than in court during the Joseon era. I’m also enchanted by how beautiful Kim Ok BIn looks as Princess Moo Young. She’s a critically acclaimed actress for sure but I’ve never thought she was beautiful, striking and eye-catching but not the traditional type of beauty that tends to dominate South Korean entertainment. Her look in this drama fits her to a T and I can’t even picture another actress in the role, if Park Shin Hye accepted the aura would have been much different, a more vulnerable and petite vibe. Here I totally feel both her femininity as well as her strength, its believable that she is both a woman in love with a man, and a royal daughter seeking revenge on those who have overthrown her father and taken away the throne from her brother. Uhm Tae Woong looks great even with the mess of curly hair on his head, he’s got his swagger on and his grizzled vibe magnifies the warrior spirit. The official poster is lovely and gets a thumbs up from me for being both intense and different. I love how the two leads horizontal position is turned vertical in the poster so as to put the eye off balance. There better be some hot make outs before the shit hits the fan with the two dads forcing the love birds to turn against one another. These two look like their chemistry will light the small screen on fire. Check out the latest goodies from KBS and get ready for this baby to premiere in less than a week on Wed-Thurs taking over the time slot from Mandate of Heaven and going up against The Queen’s Classroom and the very strong competition of I Hear Your Voice.
Third teaser for Sword and Flower: