The Attempted Coup in Episode 17 of River Where the Moon Rises Deflates Like a Souffle as Both Male Leads Hie Off to Angst Afterwards

Remember when what happened to KBS drama River Where the Moon Rises was like the biggest news in K-ent? Oh what a month does to keep one upping another in terms of wild news and crazy scandals. River has now settled back down to just being a mediocre sageuk that might have actually benefitted from losing a leading man, it gained a better suited one and also got more publicity because honestly it’s like an well read elementary school kid wrote the script. Mo Young and the assassins bust Go Dad and Son out of prison and they attempt to punish everyone and lead a coup. That goes down in failure as most of their plotting has all drama actually, other than when Go Dad managed to get the Queen and On Dad killed in episode 1 in one fell swoop. Since then he’s been operating in B-villain territory and Go Son went from melo general to raging power hungry irrational dude over the course of the drama without it being explained WHY other than he got rejected by the princess and got a boner for a slow talking big-eyed Shilla spy with zero personality. This episode even brought On Nanny into the palace solely for the purpose of her getting killed as payback for Go Dad getting killed, and by the end of the drama King Dad is dead as well though it happens off camera as four years pass and a cute teen boy turns into brooding smexy Kwon Hwa Woon in FOUR YEARS. Let that sink in, cuz that’s like light speed Tale of Genji growing up going on. There were lovely OTP scenes but it’s all telegraphed so clunkily, from Ondal suffering pangs of soldier killing remorse to dealing with his nanny mom’s death, our fated couple parts but since there is three more episodes to go I’m good with the temporarily break.

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Episode 16 of River Where the Moon Rises Stays at 6.0%, 7.8% Ratings as the Plot Barrels Ahead into Fighting, Deaths, and a Thwarted Coup

I’ve stopped digging too deeply into the why, where, how, whats of River Where the Moon Rises, the early episodes I was super excited about and tried to analyze only to realize stuff just sorta happened and the foundations were … Continue reading

Fractures Appear in the OTP as Episode 15 of River Where the Moon Rises Shows the Price of Playing the Political Game with Ratings of 6.7%, 7.8%

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 … Continue reading

A Smartly Won Battle Gets Ga Jin and Ondal Back to the Palace in Episode 13 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.7%

It’s wild to think that a week ago the worst thing to befall K-dramas in 2021 was the male lead swap in River Where the Moon Rises, and then Joseon Exorcist came along and went “Hold my beer.”. Mon-Tues remains … Continue reading

The OTP Consummate Their Marriage But War is Looming in Episode 12 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.1%

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 … Continue reading

Na In Woo’s First Full Appearance in Episodes 9-10 of River Where the Moon Rises is Surprisingly Better than Ji Soo in Bringing More Mature Presence to the Role

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 … Continue reading

Ga Jin Thwarts a Baddie Conspiracy and Gets Rewarded with a Royal Betrothal in Episode 8 of River Where the Moon Rises Getting 6.1%, 8.3% Ratings

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 … Continue reading

Ji Soo to Enlist in the Army Public Service in October 2021, Denies the Sexual Assault Portion of Allegations, and River Where the Moon Rises to Replace Him with Na In Woo Starting Episode 9

The rapid downfall of actor Ji Soo has come to a conclusion and there are some wrap up news to report. Ji Soo will be enlisting in the army later this year in October 2021, but he’s serving public service … Continue reading