The verdict has to be in now with River Where the Moon Rises, as a sageuk it’s just not compelling but for weathering the real life craziness its come out stronger than before. The previews for episode 13 next week show that the narrative catches up to the cold open in the first episode, that big battle where Ga Jin rides to join Ondal and they share a stirring kiss, so the drama really is back to square one symbolically. The arrival of Na In Woo is probably the best thing to shake up the drama but his presence however compelling can’t make the other stuff better and I’m so tired of the Gorguyeo tribe internal politics which is just so exhausting. Either take over the throne or just move on, stop machinating behind the scenes FOR LIKE FOREVER. But the good stuff overcomes the lackings and I truly enjoy Ga Jin and Ondal’s every scene, they are like emotionally healthy and happy lovebirds stuck in a horror movie trying to do rom-com when the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is splitting their door in half. It’s not their fault they have to participate in the crazy around them. I also think I’m in the minority in that I feel nothing for the second leads maybe budding romance, I am full in for Lee Ji Hoon (that man better be first lead in his next drama) but having Go Geun tortured shoot sexy eye lasers at Mo Young doesn’t work for me because I just don’t feel her. I think I’m just not feeling Mo Young (actress and character) so I’m meh on those two even if they end up horizontal later. I’m just all in on the OTP now, ride or die baby!