Okay, this is pretty cute. And kudos to the person who thought up the idea, and since the world as they know it in this drama is ruled by the Yuan Emperor Ta Hwan, then props to him for making his competition with Wang Yoo into an actual ball game. The latest stills for episode 15 of Empress Ki is out and I’m relieved to see a bit of fun thrown in. The palace intrigue and the Turkish battle were both decently plotted but felt like necessary fillers. I miss a bit of fun, such as the fantastic first meeting between Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang with their drinking contest plus archery contest wrapped into one. Brilliant and daring. A game of old-school Yuan dynasty soccer between the Emperor and his best ballers against Wang Yoo and his band of Goryeo merry man looks like just the kicker I needed to infuse something substantive for the two guys to do beyond staring at each other and talking about what’s best for Seung Nyang. I totally wished she could play as well, clearly if she was still pretending to be a guy she’d kick both Ta Hwan and Wang Yoo’s ass in the soccer. She’s faster and more agile, ’nuff said.
This soccer game looks like a hoot based on the stills. In one of them Wang Yoo’s eunuch Bang Shin Woo is headbutting a Yuan player and the guy’s face is priceless. LOL forever, he always did seem to have a hard head. I think Ta Hwan has a shot of beating Wang Yoo since being a good warrior doesn’t mean one has the talent to play ball, and I would love to see Ta Hwan play a little dirty and creative. In general I just want him to man up, I want to see Ta Hwan prove to Wang Yoo that he’s man enough to be a ruler and to vy for Seung Nyang’s heart. It is telling that the three leads are suffering the same fate, which is that their fate is in the hands of someone else. It’ll be interesting to see who gains the upper hand first and starts grabbing hold of their own destiny. I wonder if Seung Nyang and all the servant and court ladies will be able to watch the soccer match? It would totally chafe at Ta Hwan even more if Wang Yoo turns out to be good at this as well and gets all the ladies swooning again. At some point even I think Ta Hwan needs to have one thing he’s better at, just because he can’t really suck at everything.