It’s time for me to finally finally say goodbye to the now completely ape-shit bizarre sageuk drama that is Empress Ki. The only main character left in the drama that is decent and upstanding and kindhearted has just gone to the great sageuk death party in the sky. With just one episode left until it wraps up tomorrow with episode 51, EK decided to give Joo Jin Mo an early vacation start and killed off his King Wang Yoo character in the most deflating and pointless way possible. Of all the three leads, he’s the one that held my sympathies from the very beginning all the way until even when the drama plot went to pot at least his character remained sane and consistent. Ha Ji Won‘s Seung Nyang was very awesome in the beginning but towards the end she reaped what she sowed while Ji Chang Wook‘s Ta Hwan was a sniveling whiner from the get-go who got mildly palatable in the middle only to devolve into pure rapey drugged out loon with moments of clarity.
This drama promised an epic love triangle and delivered one of the worst love triangles I’ve ever seen. The chemistry was there both ways but one side got narratively cockblocked while the other side got character assassinated. I’m glad EK got no nominations at the Baeksang Awards except for Baek Jin Hee‘s delightfully entertaining supporting character of Empress Tanasiri. This was one drama that failed so miserably in the second half it needs to slink away into the night tomorrow and disappear from the collective consciousness. When Queen Seondeok decided to throw historical accuracy to the wind and let the crazy flag fly, it did so as fanservice and kept the audience happy. I don’t think anyone can be happy with watching Wang Yoo die in a lame way and Ta Hwan acting like an insecure tyrant. I’m pretty sure Ta Hwan is dying tomorrow as well and the drama will end will Empress Ki all alone and ruling the nation. Oh yay. *snerks*