Oh boy, this is not looking promising. Episode 3 of SBS Fri-Sat fantasy epic big-budget big name cast K-drama The King: Eternal Monarch arrived like a tree falling in the forest with no one around. Was that a thud or no sound, I don’t know because it was sooooooo boring. At least the first two episodes had interesting things happen even if it was frustratingly left unexplained. Fundamentally I cannot believe this was an episode of a drama written by Kim Eun Sook, the dialogue had no bite, the story had no grip, and it was just like Lee Min Ho‘s King Lee Gon walking around like he knew everything but no one believing him because it was so unbelievable.
If Kim Eun Sook had a compelling story in her mind, she’s doing a terrible job of telling it to her audience so we feel swept up as well. Call it good idea bad execution if you will. Domestic viewers agree as episode 3 ratings dropped from the opening weekend down to 7.8% and 9.0%. It’s not beyond saving but the good stuff better happen in episode 4 or else I fear the mainstream viewer will move on leaving only the diehard fans of any of the cast or of Kim Eun Sook’s writing left watching. Lee Gon is too regal and otherworldly to connect with and female lead Jung Tae Eul is annoying me with her “sass” and disbelief towards Lee Gon which is just so repetitive with no upside.