It’s episode 2 time for SBS Fri-Sat night drama The King: Eternal Monarch, and there are ever only three ways a second episode could go: up, same, or down. I thought The King would increase in ratings but it stayed basically the same with second episode ratings of 8.4% and 11.6% in half episode increments. I found the world building messy and not properly explained in the first episode, this was a story that needed more exposition and normally I eschew that because I can extrapolate well enough. But the drama does both travel between universes and time travel which are different fantasy conceits and doesn’t explain either one properly other than through a historical artifact of a cut in half flute. It’s also annoying that the baddie ran into the alternate universe versions of his extended family and then killed them all within minutes, that’s just lazy writing. But still, I love me a wild expansive drama and this one promises it, I just have to put my analytical brain away and enjoy the pretty I guess.