After the cutest of cute first meeting moments between leads Kim So Hyun‘s assassin Ga Jin (memory lost Princess Pyeonggang) and Ji Soo‘s Ondal at the end of the first episode of River Where the Moon Rises, I was sold and in it for the long haul. She’s badass and just going through life’s motions she’s been dealt, he’s warm and teasing and bumbling through life at his dead dad’s request to be utterly foolish and therefore completely unthreatening. I love their dynamic and the coming romance feels both totally logical yet swoony in how their two pieces will complement each other. I think it’s enough to overcome the problems that have become evident just two episodes in: the script is really barebones and doesn’t have enough character or world building done properly and the PD needs a new editor because the drama is just a series of jump cuts and too short scenes strung together disrupting rhythm. Good sageuks may feel slow in the beginning but it’s necessary to flesh out the central conflict and introduce myriad characters that will be in the complex web of power and politics. Here everything is thrown in a bibimbap and sure it tastes good but I do need to know what ingredient I’m tasting is meant to add to the flavor pool. Hopefully the directing will calm down later, until then I will just smile like a fool every time the OTP shows up together to be awkwardly sweet with each other. Ga Jin’s dilemma on Ondal bumbling into her assassin world is what every wife thinks when her husband is being annoying – kill him or seduce him, lol!