Empress Ki is having fun messing with both ships and today’s episode 21 did an about turn to toss in some skinship between Seung Nyang and Ta Hwan. In the course of romance for this drama one can either go with the slow and simmering intensity of Wang Yoo or the fire and electric sparks of Ta Hwan, and its a testament to the leading lady’s allure that she can be woo’d by both guys and the audience keeps cheering her on. It’s misleading to characterize the skinskip between Ta Hwan and Seung Nyang at the end of episode 21 as romantic since she’s trying to stay alive and jumps into his rose petal strewn bathtub and he ends up passing air to her under the water. I’ve seen underwater air passing deemed romantic but it’s always practical and rather inert to me, especially when one party is unconscious, LOL. I did have to applaud the absurdity of the PD filming the scene with all the red tinted water and surfeit of roses. Same goes for the Wang Yoo-Seung Nyang boating in episode 20 where the prelude kiss was anemically filmed and blocked by Wang Yoo’s shoulders for the most part. EK has two PDs at the helm and the incompetent one is clearly the main PD who directed the laughable Dr. Jin and the brain dead Super Rookie. The secondary PD is the one MBC always drags out for sageuks as he was also the secondary PD on The Moon Embraces the Sun. I find EK’s plotting and directing really taking a steady nose dive partially because of all that love triangle circular mess. Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang finally gets together and then he ups and goes back to Goryeo while she stays behind to look for the blood letter, thereby giving her more time with Ta Hwan again. I’m sure if she starts spending quality time with Ta Hwan then suddenly Wang Yoo will come back and she’ll dart into his arms again. My neck is getting sore craning between the two sides. Check out the clips and pics from the latest episode, there is bound to be something for both sides to gnaw on.
Seung Nyang-Wang Yoo farewell:
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Ta Hwan gives air to Seung Nyang and saves her from Dangkise:
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