It’s weird how time tempers disappointment. I’ll likely remember The King: Eternal Monarch fondly now that it’s over, the earlier episodes were just so inexplicably terrible and made for drastic expectation rewritting but as the episodes went on I settled into a nice rhythm with it. Each week I hoped it would make better sense and it never did but I was entertained enough because this really isn’t the worst K-drama ever (that would be Born Again hahahaha) but TKEM was the worst Kim Eun Sook written drama and probably one of the worst vis-a-vis the budget, cast, and track record.
It’s all in context and now that The King and his Lady love swanned off to their own happy ending I can say it tried but goodness was every nugget of promising possibility unable to flourish like a seedling given the wrong growth environment. The ending was fine but cribbed from two very recent hit dramas, Lee Min Ho’s own Legend of the Blue Sea and blockbuster Crash Landing on You. Kinda ironic that Kim Eun Sook needed to borrow from Park Ji Eun to find her own conclusion seeing as Park Ji Eun has just been anointed the next Kim Eun Sook.
I’ve been rewatching the best bits of both Lee Min Go and Kim Go Eun‘s last dramas, to remind myself of what could have been better and actually elicited emotion from me. I didn’t much care for the OTP in … Continue reading
If I were still activity recapping I probably would not have the energy to continue on with The King: Eternal Monarch. Needing to describe every scene with a prelude and my thoughts after would only amplify all the problems and … Continue reading
I don’t even know where to start in discussing episode 15 of The King: Eternal Monarch. If I didn’t continuously want this drama to get better I wouldn’t have continued watching with the hope that it would make sense and … Continue reading
There’s only 2 episodes left of The King: Eternal Monarch and doesn’t seem to be enough time to satisfactorily wrap up everything. This drama always feels like nothing much is happening most of the time and too much condensed into … Continue reading
The good – Lee Min Ho running like the wind on the set of The King: Eternal Monarch. He’s totally alive in a way that his performance is totally not in that drama. I miss this Lee Min Ho, he … Continue reading
It was a bit like Plinko for the first few episodes of The King: Eternal Monarch. I wasn’t sure where the ball would drop as it careened through the messy narrative and directing in terms of who got the best … Continue reading
I’ve been quarantine baking for two months and finally decided to tackle the Mount Everest that is sourdough bread, complete with raising my own starter (lil’ EJ is his name). My first loaf was an unmitigated disaster, looked good with … Continue reading
My perseverance with The King: Eternal Monarch seems to be paying off, though I’ve said this twice before and been sadly let down. Maybe the third time’s the charm. Due to the preemption this Friday on episode 13 of TKEM, … Continue reading
I wonder if The King: Eternal Monarch would have been better done Memento style, we see the ending and rewind backwards to learn alongside the leads what is happening. Maybe Kim Eun Sook intended it that way with the opening … Continue reading
Because the production of The King: Eternal Monarch decided to give all viewers the giant middle finger in the way it inserted product placement into the drama, imma give it right back and NEVER EVER buy any of the brands … Continue reading
Let’s get it out of the way, the ratings for episode 12 of The King: Eternal Monarch is 6.1% and 8.1%. This drama with the big name screenwriter, cast, and budget is an unequivocal flop domestically, which is the most … Continue reading
The end is nearing for SBS Fri-Sat drama The King: Eternal Monarch and today’s episode 11 marked a new low in ratings. It’s only fallen lower and lower with each recent episode and today only managed 5.2%, 6.6%. I hope … Continue reading