It’s time to render first opinions after giving the K-version of Bu Bu Jing Xin a three episode premiere week to get the ball rolling. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (Bobogyungsim: Ryeo) doesn’t appear to be the potential ratings winner that having such a star-studded cast and huge promotional roll out ought to bring in the viewers, the third episode only notched 7.0% AGB nationwide in ratings, basically the same as the first episode while the second episode increased due to it airing right after the first episode and without drama competition.
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds continues to lead the Mon-Tues ratings, remaining at over 16%, but K-BBJX can take solace in slaying on the Chinese streaming site Youku which has official broadcast rights – the drama broke 100 million views in just 16 hours. I’m loving both dramas for different reasons, and with respect to K-BBJX it’s all about Lee Jun Ki. I’m crazy about his take on 4th Prince, not to mention the smoldering hotness just about ignites my screen every second he’s on, stealing the thunder from everyone else. It’s his chance to play the brooding bad boy and I love it!
I get the criticism over the acting from some of the other cast members, but Lee Jun Ki’s dominating the screen so much the ancillary weakness doesn’t torpedo the drama for me. And the narrative has changed quite a bit from the original source novel so it feels fresh with the twists. All in all K-BBJX is a win for me even if not with the Korean viewers.