It’s a new dawn for KBS sageuk River Where the Moon Rises with this Monday’s episode 7 and other than the removal of one very toxic cast member everything else makes me want to yell “Go back, put it back the way it was!” Luckily the rating’s didn’t tank but stayed the same as last week, but the arrival of Na In Woo made me feel like a soothsayer who predicted doom and gloom but am too tired to say I Told You So. The production had him film snippets of scenes solo that were already filmed and then cut him into the scenes with his own standalone face shots or CGI’d together with the previous filmed scenes. It was mostly the same facial expression carried over from Queen Cheorin I dub “Mopey Constipation”. I know he’s asked to essay a character last minute and I applaud the effort but this young man has thus far demonstrated very limited to straight up bad acting talents so why does anyone think he can do well all of a sudden here? Conversely second male lead Lee Ji Hoon in every drama I’ve watched from Legend of the Blue Sea to Dinner Mate to here gets the obligatory one-note emo plot device type character (like Na In Woo’s Byung In in QC) but his acting always elevates it to capture audience interest. That’s the difference with good acting. Le sigh, Na In Woo aside the narrative continues to paddle in the kiddie pool with Ga Jin immediately getting smacked down by the villains in court with her first attempt at a tussle.