The disappointing Korean domestic premiere ratings for the first three episodes of K-adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin may take a herculean effort on the production team to reverse. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (Bobogyungsim: Ryeo) is mired in just 7% ratings but there’s good news over the strait in China where the drama has broken 300 million views is just three days. It’s far and away a new record and one that is unlikely to be beat by another K-drama as Moon Lovers had the built in recognition with C-viewers since it’s adapted from a popular C-novel.
I’ve rewatched all three episodes and like it even more, it’s so different in tone and details from the C-drama version, making it a fresh watch in all the ways that work for me. Those still undecided should definitely check it out with an open mind, it may or may not work for you but will likely fall somewhere in the middle – not as bad as those critical make it out to be, but also not a complete success in narrative, acting, or directorial fluidity.