Normally a drama is done with 16-episodes but we’ve got 4 more to go with Queen Cheorin (Mr. Queen) and I’m also finally ready to share that weird feeling I’ve had where I like the drama but don’t love it. It’s truly entertaining taken in segmented scenes but as a whole just doesn’t coalesce because a really gripping sageuk builds the pathos, intensity, and connection in slow but steady beats. QC still has random comedy like the early episodes where we all guffawed at a playboy male chef suddenly in the body of a Joseon era perfect Queen. Time-travel period dramas employ the comedic fish out of water elements early on but quickly get down to the business of life/death/throne and turns into a traditional sageuk. I’m not sure the decision to keep QC half fusion through the entirety of it til now a good idea, I just am not invested fully despite loving the performances (so talanted!) ande the visual sumptuousness.