This drama is complete and utter rubbish. MBC should be embarrassed to even put this dreck on the air, much less be flayed for wasting the talents and involvement of such a stellar sageuk cast. If this drama gets any year end awards or any mention whatsoever for recognition, whether for narrative quality or individual acting, I will mutter an expletive and give MBC a middle finger. Episode 21 of Goddess of Fire has Jung Yi learning that Kang Chun ordered the hit on her dad and she vows to stay in the pottery department to take him down. Tae Do, who must be getting serious whiplash with Jung Yi’s stay-don’t stay back-and-forth, once again asks her to just let him handle the revenge part and she should leave. Jung Yi stays and today’s pottery of the day assignment involves making a lid for a royal ceramic jar, an heirloom where the lid has been broken and a perfect replacement must be made. Yook Do gets the task and he does another stupid competition with Jung Yi, allowing her to attempt the assignment as well and if hers is picked then she gets to become an official potter and if not then she leaves the pottery department. I just want to torch the pottery department to the ground right about now.
Jung Yi and Gwanghaegun go for a softly lit sunset walk and blah blah blah nothing happens. Imhaegeun aligns with the Consort and scheme to bring down Gwanghaegun – Imhae steals his practice writings and gives it to the King to show that Gwanghae is harboring treasonous ideals and the Consort cries crocodile tears to the King that she thinks Gwanghae is looking to eliminate her and Shinsonggun. Blergh, the entire royal family needs to die in a plague. Tae Do tracks down the potter assassin and ties to get him to confess Kang Chun’s involvement but the guy is loyal to the T and won’t budge. Jung Yi and Yook Do both make a good lid, but in the a slap-stick moment that even defies my zero expectations, Yoon Do’s lid is broken with one of the junior potter lackey’s trips on a log and sends the box holding the lids tumbling to the ground. I swear my IQ went down double-digits just watching this scene alone. The junior potter gets sent to the pottery department equivalent of the brig for his incompetence, and Jung Yi decides to forfeit her chance to become an official potter and hands her completed lid to Yook Do to turn into the King in the morning as his in exchange for Yook Do not to punish her friend the junior potter. The preview shows my precious Tae Do orabeoni getting shivved and bleeding profusely. I wonder if Kim Bum wants to get dead and written off the show?
Tae Do cuts in episode 21: