Series / the king: eternal monarch

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A complete basketcase, this drama tried to lớn use formulaic writing and tried & tested cliches lớn manipulate the viewers into lớn liking it but failed spectacularly.To be honest, in the beginning I didn"t underst& all the criticism. Sure, it was a superficial romance drama with more beauty than brains but so were many others và everybody toàn thân liked them just fine.The cast was doing a good job, there was funny banter, a potential mystery, bromance & I for one, even managed to lớn feel chemistry between the leads. I liked it and wanted lớn know more.That feeling lasted for all of about 5 episodes & then the show went to shit in the most extraordinary fashion.First of all, you know how greedy the drama makers are for money to the point that the product placement in this show is blatant, ridiculously irrelevant & just shoved in your face time và time again. After a point, it feels like you"re not watching ads in a drama, you"re just watching one big ad with bits and pieces of the drama in between.Then comes the lacklustre romance. Albeit slow và full of filler at first, you still hoped it would build lớn something beautiful but suddenly they rushed it khổng lồ the point that before ever even letting you feel that they have feelings for each other, the couple already exchanges love confessions, plants a kiss or two on each other & acts like they have sầu been in love sầu for a century. And you"re just awkwardly standing at the sidelines being lượt thích um guys, y"all just met a week ago...I almost felt lượt thích I missed some episodes where they fell in love sầu but apparently it wasn"t me it was the writer who did that.The character development is so bad & the roles are extremely poorly written that I am pretty sure the cast couldn"t have saved them even if they tried their best.Kim Go Eun is a charismatic actress and I like her a lot. And her character here is a badass, loud mouthed cop who needs no saving which is why it made me root for her at first. However, you can"t help but see the way she changes from being extremely rude lớn the ML in one episode & then says I love sầu you in the next. And ofcourse, conveniently it happens right after she sees all of his riches. I am not thinking gold digger, you are. She also conveniently turns inkhổng lồ a weepy damsel in distress whenever they need to hype the hero at her expense. Svào but weak enough for the nhân vật to save her again & again.Her doppelganger, which is a great opportunity for any actor khổng lồ show versatility, is literally the same as her original character with bad hair & a bad attitude. No acting change there & they just popped a ridiculous wig on her head lớn convince us to lớn believe she is a different person.Now comes Lee Min Ho. As beautiful he is, this man with sparkling gorgeous mischevious eyes has been conning us into lớn believing he is a good actor since many years. It"s not that hard to figure out that he recycles his expressions in every drama but lets not go there. He plays his role convincingly enough to give sầu you flutters in the stomach.He is the perfect dashing super nhân vật who can vị no wrong here with excellent fighting skills, Jedi level intelligence and is basically Einstein with a pretty face & a horse. That"s fine we lượt thích our romance heroes khổng lồ be all that but it"s not fine when you also try to convince me that this flower boy can suddenly transsize into this brilliant and ruthless king/ mafia trùm nobody toàn thân can mess with. I can"t buy that because he simply lacks the intensity lớn be one & honestly we are shown nothing in his background or story to lớn prove sầu otherwise.So everytime he tried to be a serious king, khổng lồ me he just felt lượt thích a toddler wearing his daddy"s oversized shoes & shaking his fist trying khổng lồ assert authority. Did I find him cute? For sure. Did I take him seriously? Hell no.Some people said that it"s a very hard lớn understand show và that those who don"t lượt thích it, actually just don"t understvà it. Let me pop that bubble right here. It"s a very simplistic plot with confused và lazy writing trying to mask itself as complicated. This is a tactic used by the writer because naturally if you make people feel lượt thích they don"t get what"s going on, they"re gonna think the show is smarter than them and end up being impressed. Let me tell you, I understood everything that was going on & it ain"t that deep. It"s a very commercial show with one goal alone: making money. That"s why without putting any thought or effort inlớn plot & execution, they casted hype worthy actors, ripped off another OST, và produced a dumbed down version of Goblin. Unfortunately for them, no amount of Lee Min Ho"s boyish smiles can fry our braincells enough for us khổng lồ đại bại the ability to tell a good script from bad.Yes, the cinematography & direction is beautiful but there"s only so many pretty color pallets, shots & sceneries you can enjoy till you start to lớn question the bad writing.Despite all the flaws if you still want to lớn kiểm tra out this show and just want one reason to lớn push you towards it, then that reason is Woo Do Hwan. Who tried khổng lồ save sầu the show with his excellent acting and scene stealer self by bringing forward two characters who despite looking the same are entirely different people. He brought forth the bromance và laugh out loud moments that act as the show"s only saving grace. Yeong/Eun Seup are the best characters in the drama and you can"t help but fall in love sầu.But the writer, ever so stubborn on digging her own grave sầu steals that little happiness from us by reducing his screentime as much as possible. Take that as you will.The skinship in this show is actually pretty decent with some excellent kisses. However, the romance is so poorly paced (trying to lớn be intense just by the FL"s cringeworthy crying scenes that pop out of nowhere without any reason) that you never get the feels you otherwise would. Again, I blame the writing because the two main leads have excellent chemistry in real life behind the scenes that just doesn"t translate on-screen.The villain, like every other character is poorly developed, one dimensional & his scenes (the very few there are) are horribly yawn inducing. The second FL (Prime Minister) & the second ML (Shin Jae) were both flat characters left with unexplored potential and by the second half, for the life of me I couldn"t begin khổng lồ make myself care about their stories.Yes, there are a few scenes that are designed to lớn make people react và make your adrenalin rush but even those scenes are extremely cheesy và come in khổng lồ being with the help of the most unrealistic & ridiculous plot devices, that you can"t help but laugh at.Ending words: Quite definitely, a lost cause, you should watch it only if you want lớn take it as a bad parody và laugh at it, instead of with it.

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