There isn’t much to unpack with episode 6 of River Where the Moon Rises, in fact there just isn’t much “there” at all. Sageuks are about stakes, ever higher stakes and a real sense of inevitable heartbreak and sacrifice. I just don’t feel it with this drama and it’s probably 80% the writing and 20% the directing. I don’t think any of the actors from the leads to the supports are doing anything less than their 100% but the drama isn’t gripping me with any single storyline. Ga Jin and Ondal are sweet and cute together but anything they discuss the whole “she’s a princess” and political danger woes they just seem like kids playing house. The adults are back in the Palace plotting pretty openly and again I don’t know why Bad Daddy Go doesn’t just Coup’d the shit out of the King and take over because who would have the fighting power or balls oppose him and its not like the poor as heck citizenry would object. Of course Ga Jin has to go back to being Princess Pyeonggang, she’s got wrongs to right and also a Kingdom to rule as the best option to succeed but it all feels so rote since I don’t feel she is invested in it and Ondal has been checked out of doing anything meaningful since his dad died. All that’s left is still Go Geun brooding in his manly corner trying to figure out a way for his dad not to murder his crush.
- postscript – this post is just discussing the drama episode in a vacuum so if you want to discuss the real world scandal going on with male lead Ji Soo please do so in the earlier post about it.