Awwwwwww, maybe it’s the stay at home ennui or maybe their non-compete expired, who knows but Javabeans and Girlfriday from Dramabeans are back baby! The OG of K-drama and her sidekick left their website about two years back to return to the world of real life, alas blogging isn’t the life sustaining occupation we all wish it was despite the love, blood, and sweats poured into recapping and posting multiple times a day. What brought the ladies out of retirement/rest is none other than hyped fantasy romance The King: Eternal Monarch as they watch in Girlfriday’s living room with her cat and some much needed makgeolli.
I think they are way more forgiving to the weaknesses of the drama (confusing worldbuilding, blank supporting characters other than the baddie, and no chemistry whatsoever between anyone other than Lee Min Ho and his white horse), but on one thing I am fully aligned with – Lee Min Ho is so good looking and looks Kingly I just want to say “f*%* it” and watch for the superficial visuals alone. That and the hope screenwriter Kim Eun Sook had magic still up her sleeve she’s saving for later. Anyhoo, I’m soooooooooooooo happy the DB duo is back I wanted to tell everyone, go check out their video!
Javabeans and Girlfriday on The Swoon for The King: Eternal Monarch:
Koala plus and minuses of the first two episodes of The King:
Sorry folks, writing long recaps and summaries requires time I don’t have right now but rest assured I still have opinions, lol. In honor of JB and GF’s return, I’ll give a snarkier but still totally my feels opinion of wuri King.
Sucky parts of The King episodes 1-2:
- Really lame directing – too slow in scenes and too short in others, the PD is sucking so much momentum out of this.
- Lack of earwormy OST – I will be the first to admit that Goblin isn’t a masterpiece that my love for it would deserve, but it’s entire OST is solid gold lasts through generations awesome which helps sell everything including all the not-working-well bits. The King doesn’t have a good OST, wae wae that’s so necessary here!!!
- Kim Go Eun’s acting – she is literally playing Ji Eun Tak except older and less mentally lame. I don’t get it, she was “different” in Cheese in the Trap so I know she can ACT. She is not doing it here, and I can’t get over it because it’s so distracting. Every single time she glares at Lee Min Ho it’s like she’s staring at wuri Goblin.
- Lack of coherent world building – Kim Eun Sook did it in Goblin in one episode but two episodes here and there is no clear explanation of the parallel universes, what opens the portal, etc.
- Mythology – Alice in Wonderland, really? After Secret Garden milked The Little Mermaid I forbade KSE to use another children’s classic and here she goes again and without any need to. It doesn’t fit well.
- One dimensional supporting characterizations – already hate the Prime Minster, find supposedly cool Bodyguard strangely dull, and there isn’t enough screen time for police partner hottie.
- Zero chemistry between the leads – not even blaming either one, cuz I don’t know who is at fault. But both Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun have better chemistry with inanimate objects, like him towards her police lanyard or or her towards a random love of tying her hair up in a ponytail, than with each other.
Awesome parts of The King episodes 1-2:
- Stirring classic imagery – I’m a sucker for royals and white horses. Even if the baby version of Maximus was an actual dwarf horse (lol) and grew up to be a normal horse hahahaha. So much adorable fail.
- Lee Min Ho – so hot, and yet doing such a flat job so far. I thought he was re-energized in Legend of the Blue Sea and even adored his stunted manboy performance in Heirs. Btw, those who don’t like The King should do as I do and just rewatch Heirs this week for the heck of it.
- Kim Kyung Nam – officially the best actor in the entire main cast (so far). Shocking it’s not Woo Do Hwan but he’s not doing well sadly.
- The baddie – Lee Jung Jin is good and the character is nicely evil but without the revelation of the motivation it’s hard to hate him more. It sucks he killed everyone in the real world universe that is part of the family other than the mom.
- Matchmaking court lady grandma – she’s just adorable, full stop. Better not die.
- The palace decor – perfect for an episode of I Live Alone, King Lee Gon edition.
- Maximus! – 7th level civil servant, or 7th level blood lines, whatever he’s just so whatevs and goes with the flow even trotting down a Seoul street.