Oh gosh what is going on with this drama. I am so incredibly perplexed by the entirety of episode 9 of The King: Eternal Monarch. It had a chance to reboot heading into the second half of its run and instead it stagnated and then gave me the giant middle finger that it wasn’t going to even try even if I gave it like the 20th chance by now to genuinely get going. The ratings are abysmal at 5.8% and 6.3%, the lowest yet and is poised to take over the biggest flop of recent year crown from last year’s tvN drama Arthdal Chronicles which averaged 6.550% on cable which is about 2.5x what would constitute a prime time channel ratings. We’ll see if The King can at least beat Vagabond which is it’s equivalent competition.
Vagabond aired on SBS Fri-Sat so same time slot and same channel type and averaged 9.3% through its run and was rightly considered a major disappointment vis-a-vis the huge budget and big name cast, which feels like a sad deja vu with The King. Narrative wise episode 9 stalled in explaining anything and once again spent time in awkwardly written scenes solely for PPL – this time Lee Min Ho wears the male version of the beauty mask which Woo Do Hwan first models like it’s the Iron Man mask, the same fried kimchee pack makes an appearance and Woo Do Hwan has to eat it, and both Kim Go Eun shows us how to order fried chicken from a mobile app and eats it on her date with Lee Min Ho. Trying to give this drama a chance makes me feel like my future self will time travel back and snerk at me “I told you so.”