I’m so appalled at the banality of Goddess of Fire it’s almost insulting to have to write about it. This drama understands nothing about risk and reward, conflict and growth. All that binds it together is stupid people doing stupid things crossed with evil people doing evil things. That’s it. Other than Tae Do, I have yet to find a character that is thoughtful and practical, with Gwanghaegun so reactive he might as well tattoo “I am Imhaegun’s sad sack brother” on his forehead, while Jung Yi has tofu for brains and might actually be so slow she needs to go to whatever is the equivalent of remedial school in Joseon. Honestly, part of me doesn’t even care that Tae Do gets the girl because I worry for his progeny if he marries Jung Yi, whereas Jung Yi and Gwanghaegun are pretty much a match made in dimwitted Heaven. They do things because of principal without thinking around a situation for alternative options. No wonder they fell into a ditch as kids, they are the type to stare straight ahead when they walk and not look around them. Episode 9 had few scenes with my OTP, but the one that took place in jail was awesome because somewhere between wanting to smack Jung Yi upside the head I got to appreciate how much hotter an angry Tae Do is. Jung Yi runs to the Palace screaming that she was the one who stole the pot and its all a misunderstanding about Gwanghaegun, and when she’s tossed in prison with Tae Do who arrives to keep her safe, he chews her out for constantly sticking herself in danger for Gwanghaegun, who has brought nothing but trouble into their lives since he showed up. Word. The King resolves the pot debacle by reminding his ambitious consort that her son Shinsonggun will also get in trouble for it, and then the next problem in this drama arrives with the Ming dynasty envoy bringing a green ceramic cup and telling the King to make the same one or else. So the rest of the episode involves everyone in the Pottery Department trying to make that exact same cup. They run out of ingredients and Gwanghaegun accompanies Jung Yi to go in search of whatever she needs to make it. They fall into a river and he discovers she’s a girl. Yawn. Wake up me up when hottie orabeoni shows up in the next episode, the chemistry between Kim Bum and Moon Geun Young is still insane and out of this world and the only thing worth watching in this drama.
Tae Do-Jung Yi cut from episode 9:
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