I don’t know what’s the shorter end of the stick – Kim Bum getting about 8 minutes of screen time an episode in Goddess of Fire, or Lee Sang Yoon getting triple that but doing really dumb things that make me roll my eyes at him even more. That’s the crazy of GoF, I suppose, where getting more screen time is actually not a good thing. I feel like Kim Bum has given up and is just going through the motions, even his crazy chemistry with Moon Geun Young‘s Jung Yi has turned into a whimper. Episode 15 involved making a set of ceramic cups for a royal banquet. Yay…… So exciting. Wake me up when the glaze dries. Gwanghaegun has forgiven Jung Yi for the deception – that was easy, makes me wonder why he was so angry for so long, oh right, because the drama needs to manufacture doochy angst for him. He also changes into a new outfit that is baby blue matched with lavender. Pfft, so so wrong for Lee Sang Yoon’s manly appeal, he looks like a retriever styled like a poodle. His constantly looking out for Jung Yi makes both Kang Chun and Yook Do rightfully annoyed and they turn the banquet ceramic making into a competition between the potters with the loser getting kicked out of the department, all aimed to kick Jung Yi out. Tae Do gets his lackeys to procure fireworks and he takes Jung Yi out and tries to confess. But he forgot that she literally has a sea cucumber for a brain and his confession in the form of a back hug and a proposal promise that he will always be her shield. She does understand he wants to marry her and he says he’ll wait for when she’s accomplished her goal. She just looks annoyed and constipated and tells him that this is a road she must take On. Her. Own. and if he’s around then she’ll always rely on him. So sayeth the girl who has spent her entire life getting help from one male figure after another. To think this drama has sucked to such degree that I actually no longer care anymore what happens to any character or who ends up with me. If the drama gods had a wicked sense of humor, this drama would end with the Hellmouth opening up and swallowing the pottery department (Bunwon) and everyone in it.
It’s a testament to how much I love Moon Geun Young that her terrible performance here doesn’t make me want to stab a pencil in her eye. How can she get a back hug from Tae Do and NOT totally understand that he loves her in a male-female non-sibling way, since this is Joseon era and a back hug is probably as risque as if modern day Tae Do pulled Jung Yi in for an open mouth kiss and then rolled around the bed with her. Yes, he said it was because he promised her dad to always take care of her, but he totally adores her regardless of the promise. In addition, she looks so uptight and school marm-ish with the way she pulled her hand out of his and squirmed out of his embrace. If she doesn’t like him back, then tell the poor boy and let him move to greener pastures, i.e. my arms. Her protracted cluelessness has gone from understandable to pissing me off.
Tae Do-Jung Yi cut episode 15: