There is tiny part of me that hopes for a miracle with Goddess of Fire, a Flowers for Algernon like sudden spike in intelligence if you will. Characters would begin to behave like rational human beings (forget education or lack thereof, common sense is in dire scarcity in this drama), storylines would suddenly be taut and riveting, and the casts’ hard work would be rewarded with narrative excellence. I have this hope because I love Moon Geun Young and Kim Bum so. Episode 13 sadly shows no signs of resurgence and continues with the flim-flamery. Gwanghaegun knows who Jung Yi is and yells at her for staging her death and then popping up now and lying about her identity. Dude, priorities, she’s alive so stop being so hung up on being lied to. She never owed it to you to tell you the truth. Tae Do tries to cheer up Jung Yi by saying its all his fault (whut?) but she accepts Gwanghaegun’s anger and just wants to become an official member of the pottery department and help him out later and keep begging his forgiveness. More royal shenanigans – Imhaegun pisses off the King again, the Consort continues amassing support to make her son the third prince Shinsongun the heir to the throne, and Jung Yi sees Kang Chun continuing to take credit for stuff her dead dad did and putting him down and that motivates her even more. The day of the test arrives to join the department and a jealous female assistant tricks Jung Yi so she has no more white clay left to make her cup. Jung Yi scrounges around and gets some extra from her friends in the department, and mixes it with other clay as taught by her master and in the end manages to make a pretty cup and thus is officially made a member of the pottery department. Jung Yi goes to thank Tae Do knowing that he helped out, but then hides and overhears a conversation between Tae Do and Gwanghaegun where Tae Do is totally not backing down from Gwanghaegun. That’s my boy! Next episode looks to increase the Jung Yi-Gwanghaegun interactions and love line and I may just have to take some anti-gagging medicine to stomach this totally unromantic drama romance. I like Lee Sang Yoon well enough, just not here and not with Moon Geun Young. This lump of turd of a K-drama is seriously sucking all my writing mojo. I can’t even summon up much deserved snark.
Tae Do-Jung Yi-Gwanghaegun cut from episode 13: