Heeeeelp me. *weak voice* Save me from this wretched pedestrian boredom. Is there anyone out there writing about Goddess of Fire so I can stop? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? This drama’s ratings are sinking like a rock by the combination of less Tae Do and more Jung Yi-Gwanghaegun snorefest of a romance. I love that Tae Do brought Jung Yi flowers (so sweet), but she totally deserves a manure bouquet instead. I was on Baidu and the commentary for this episode is way more fascinating. When Tae Do showed up and did his usual awesome orabeoni thang, this was a three way exchange on that scene which had me in stitches. A said: “Orabeoni just needs to whack Jung Yi with a stick and sling her over his shoulder and take her home.” B then responded “But orabeoni wouldn’t have the heart to hit her over the head.” To which C replied “I’ll hit her for him, she be pissing me off Big Time.” Both Jung Yi and Gwanghaegun are THE most self-absorbed characters I’ve seen in a good long while, and made worse because the drama thinks we should like them. No fucking way. Gwanghaegun has spent 3 episodes pissy at Jung Yi (and Tae Do) for staging her death and lying to him about it and not coming clean even after she came back. Newsflash dumbass, it’s not about you. And it never was about you. She hid to be safe and to get ready to come back and continue her dad’s pottery legacy. Why don’t you take your sanctimonious hurt feelings and shove it where the sun don’t shine. And Jung Yi? She’s just as bad, everything is about her goal to do what her dad asked of her and to avenge him. She is completely clueless about other people’s feelings from Tae Do to Hwa Ryung. She sticks with this path regardless of any complication that arises, almost all of which require someone (mainly Tae Do) bailing her out. For once I’d like to see the female lead not have the two leading men around and realize “Oh shit, I can’t do this if my magic orabeoni fairies aren’t around to clean up after me, so maybe this isn’t the best idea.” I honestly don’t know if I can continue even writing about Tae Do next week, this drama is soul sucking levels of bad. Read on for the summary of what transpired.
Jung Yi passes the pottery test and Tae Do gives her flowers and says he’s also following her father’s wish that he look after her. Jung Yi claims she’s going to do it alone and doesn’t need anyone looking after her. Imhaegum shows up for his usual comic relief, this time he punks Shinsonggun and puts nudie pictures in his text book and gets him in trouble with the King. He also locks up Gwanghaegun and Jung Yi (again?!?!) thinking he’s playing cupid for them, thankfully Tae Do lets them out. The entire episode revolves around stolen items from the pottery department that have made its way outside. Gwanghaegun and Jung Yi investigate, while the Consort asks Tae Do to go steal all of it back and break it. Of course she’s been using royal ceramics to bribe the officials. Lots of Jung Yi and Gwanghaegun scenes in this episode, from walking outside to cataloguing stolen pots and cups in the pottery department warehouse. But of course, every scene of them involves Jung Yi looking like a shifty deer in headlights while Gwanghaegun is alternatively stern or schmoopy, still smarting over the whole “I mourned a dead girl who wasn’t dead” issue. Tae Do isn’t the least bit cowed by Gwanghaegun and chews him out for constantly putting Jung Yi in the center of trouble. To Tae Do, Jung Yi is his entire world. Gwanghaegun counters that Tae Do hasn’t done a good job of protecting Jung Yi (DA FUCK YOU SAY?) since she’s had to hide and take on a different name. Gwanghaegun tells Tae Do that he doesn’t have the ability to protect Jung Yi going forward. The whole other subplot revolves around Kang Chun keeping an eye on Jung Yi and his attempt to keep Hwa Ryung and Yook Do apart failing. The DC and Baidu fans are right, Tae Do was totally getting the soysauce (打酱油) for this episode with his minuscule screen time. My eyes are very very peeved right now at the relative lack of Tae Do eye candy for the last two episodes. ROAR OF RAGE!
Tae Do-Jung Yi cuts for episode 14: