Watching tvN drama Queen Cheorin (Mr. Queen) reminds me of the worst and most sincere excesses of my (and many others) attempts at writing. We try too hard, and have too much to say. Individual sentences works, broader concepts are interesting, but in the earnestness of trying to convey it ends up jumping topics and tones. QC can’t decide if it’s a comedy or deadly palace intrigue, and trying to blend the two together and calling it fusion doesn’t work because the two sides never mesh. It’s like two different dramas residing in the same drama and that takes away from the two separate components. The two leads Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun remain such great actors and exude beautiful onscreen charisma I don’t have the heart to drop this drama but goodness is the the plot taxing to watch. It also hurts that I don’t like the second leads, whether in character or actor/actress as usually sageuks need also good supporting roles to really coalesce to deliver a cohesive and impactful story. Right now everyone but the Queen and King (and their retainers) can drop off a cliff and I wouldn’t care.