It’s the final stretch for KBS Mon-Tues sageuk River Where the Moon Rises, and that hubbub of the earlier real world distractions have abated and now it’s back to the same old shallow drawing board in terms of telling a compelling story. The drama remains sageuk for kids, rudimentary in politicking and plotting and even now after 15 episodes not being able to sell the good guy side so that audiences root for them to win. I don’t care if the Gorguyeo King holds onto his throne at all, the only character I like is Ga Jin and she’s made keeping her family in power and destroying her enemy her main focus. Sure she has to strike first because she can’t live her life normally without worrying her enemy will take her out but she’s losing a lot of what made her character have heart now that she’s playing all the usual palace games. It also highlights her and Ondal’s chasm in their innate personality and driving motivation, I’m sure their romance will withstand all this but without them being super I Got Your Back the energy falls flat. Much like Go Geun and Mo Young who I went from meh to actively disliking, just because she got a new hairstyle and he’s suddenly all loverboy just highlights how forced their pairing is. Overall I’m mentally prepped to finish up this drama come what may, and if there is any consolation Kim So Hyun‘s princess attire and outfit changes make for entertaining visual treats in each episode.