Man, now I wish I never watched Queen Cheorin because seeing Na In Woo suck six-ways to Sunday in his second male lead role there really was the worst introduction to this actor that could have happened. I say this because when I first laid eyes on him there I was very pleased, he looks like a taller, new gen version of Jo Hyun Jae, basically his grown up younger brother. Then he started “acting” and all my expectations were dashed. T___T What a waste of a tall, strapping young man. So clearly his suckitude was tied to the character of Byung In in QC because this week in KBS sageuk River Where the Moon Rises he makes his first full appearance, in scenes with other characters rather than randomly spliced in last week to quickly cover for Ji Soo. Consider me pleasantly and happily surprised but his version of Ondal is more interesting, in some ways he’s the better actor for the role. Ji Soo playing him like a goofy boy with hints of the man underneath, Na In Woo plays him like a man with hints of a goofy boy underneath.
Na In Woo also goes toe-to-toe way better opposite Lee Ji Hoon (who is still acting in his own melo lol), the two men match up in gravitas and both have super sexy voices. Na In Woo’s chemistry with Kim So Hyun is really sweet and lovely, they captured the Ga Jin-Ondal deep care for each other and Na In Woo is less schoolboy with a crush around her the way Ji Soo was so it makes their romance more compelling since this is a sageuk and not a modern high school drama. I think Na In Woo’s still developing (and clearly wobbly) acting skills peek out from time to time here, he didn’t magically turn into a good actor, but if this was the first drama I saw him in I would say he had potential after a few more dramas under his belt. River’s story also got more interesting but it’s a bit late since it’s midpoint now to try in rope in new viewers so ratings remain stagnant but for existing viewers still watching along things are definitely looking up.