It’s episode 8 of River Where the Moon Rises and it’s now clear that the whole male lead swap debacle is merely one of the many problems this drama cannot seem to catch a break with. The writing is simplistic and the directing has no crispness or tension, even with the clearly inserted Na In Woo as Ondal scenes close up with Ji Soo’s back from far away. Kim So Hyun and Lee Ji Hoon can only do so much to carry the drama on their backs and if they were the drama OTP perhaps it’s enough but they are not so watching her keep second-guessing him and him constantly caught between a rock and a hard place is getting repetitive. The ratings remain just stagnant, higher than most KBS Mon-Tues dramas of late but for a highly promoted sageuk it’s been just average since it premiered. I may duck out if next week’s episodes don’t pick up, Kim So Hyun can act in anything but it’s not entertaining watching her act without a good story around her. And I can see Lee Ji Hoon’s Go Geun turning one-note obsessed soon and I’ve already watched him do that in Dinner Mate and love him as I may I don’t need a full second serving, heh.