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Re: K-Drama: 대왕의 꿈 (大王的夢想) (Dream of the Emperor/King's Dream)


Playing catch up and just finished the weekend's episodes 3 and 4.

This one is still lacking a clear focus in the story, hopefully as we approach the adult cast after 2 weeks from now, the story will get more of its bearings. Right now the focus is mostly on Yusin. It's getting more interesting now that the story is developing some.

I like that we learn more backstory on Yusin and his family and why they were ostracized, it was only lightly touched upon in Queen Seondeok, but there is a variation on the lineage in the two series.

Also in this series it looks like we're going to see the famous love story of Yusin and the astrologer that Queen Seondeok series didn't cover, the astrologer seems to be the priestess/future-teller Cheongwan.

I liked the ritual scene with Cheongwan, in terms of the visuals with the fire and the contrasting red colors in night.

Also we finally learn who that little girl following Queen Sado is, it's Seungman, the future Queen Jindeok! I thought she was just a maid attending to the Queen. LOL! No wonder she's been releasing some dark vibes and has ambitions in supporting Sado's schemes, she's the daughter of the nut, Gukban.

Onto episode 5 this Saturday.

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I was without a computer for a week so couldn't post, but it's really just as well because I don't know what to say yet about this drama. But I am having trouble keeping up with it. To me, it seems to move pretty fast, before I can get a handle on everything, especially the relationships of the various families.. Part of that may be the smaller subs and part of it may be a different vocabulary of names, titles and positions that I am not as familiar with as I really don't know a whole lot about early Silla. Plus, it seems to have a larger cast of people important to the story.
   Practically everything I've read in the posts here are things I missed while watching, so thanks, SuperRookie.
   I do enjoy seeing so many familiar faces from earlier historical dramas. I imagine those who play the roles of governmental and military leaders enjoy getting together again in these types of dramas, sort of like an old boys' club, or maybe they enjoy being on the set with Choi Su Jong, who is quite funny to be around, I read somewhere. I haven't had time to look up the cast on AsianWiki like I usually like to do, but I'm thinking the crazy Prince looks like the actor who played the assassinated South Korean "king" in King 2 Hearts.
   Unlike a lot of viewers, I have few distractions when watching (well, maybe the rabbit ears signal) and can concentrate closely on the screen, but I'm still behind in a good understanding of this drama. If it's online somewhere, I'll probably have to watch each episode a second time, starting with Ep. 1.
   Love the visuals, though. The clothes, the settings, the scenes in nature. . .all very beautiful. The young actors playing the youthful leads do a great job. And I take heart from the post above that maybe things will settle down a little once the adult version of the actors appear on screen. Although that may be a distraction as I like them both very much.
   
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It's not just you, these episodes are going fast, a little too fast. They're probably in a hurry given they only allotted a limited amount of time for this set up of the story before the major time shift.

Episode 1 especially was especially intricate with the large cast and the various royal branches, it can be a little confusing with the huge amount of characters it had to introduce and the lineage issues. It's easier to follow for me since several of us have been watching Queen Seondeok recently, that kind of helps place all these various characters more readily. I expect this series should settle down as we go along once the initial storyline is in place.



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Saturday Night's episode 5

The story is starting to slowly develop now and it's slowly getting more interesting.

I'm enjoying the aspects we're seeing here of Yusin, his development, Hwarang moments in his youth, and friendship with Chunchu that wasn't as much presented in other series that I've seen. It's a nice, different angle to this characterization.

We're starting to see two camps emerge, the royal/nobles who want to work with the Sui Dynasty (Prior to Tang) and the lower classes who prioritize the lineage vs foreign influence... the stage is being set for the heart of this story later on.

The last portions of the episode were exciting with the ornate production of the feast and the chaos that ensued from Gildal and his assassins attacking. Looks like Queen Sado picked a wrong underling who has now switched sides for Baekje.

We're near the tail end of these young characters before we soon transition into the real cast. The preview to tonight's episode 6 looks like it's going to have a lot of progression. Looking forward to it.

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I started watching the series by "accident" last week as I was flipping channels. I believe it was chapter 3. Not knowing anything about Korean history, I am not aware of the historical accuracy of the series, but I was interested after watching it for a few minutes, and I intend to follow the series as long as I can.

I'm not sure if it's because I don't understand the Korean language, but I did not notice the younger actors and actresses not acting well, so I believe their words and their emotions on screen.

They have a way to make the antagonists really unlikeable. Gukban for example. He seems like the guy that you love to hate, but he seems to be making a bit of sense in chapter 5 in his drunken state when he complemented Chunchu about having more courage than the elders who are being pushed around by an old woman, Queen Sado. And in episode 6, when Kim Yusin's grandfather blames Bihyeong, the leader of Gwimun, for the invasion by the Bakje, Gukban even says to Chunchu and Chunchu's father that it was not Biheyong and that he was being framed. But, Gukban is still remains a character that you can't help but want to punch him.

I am looking forward to watching new episodes every weekend. I apologize that butchered the spellings of characters. I still even remember all of the characters' names.

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Welcome to the forums pilotpen01. We're glad to have you join us and jump in on the discussion! I took care of your second post per your request.


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Episode 6

While there are several themes starting to slowly emerge, the main thrust of the story and progression still feels a little unsure - sometimes it almost feels like watching a series of vignettes from one scene to another.

One of the bigger events in this episode were the scenes leading up to and with Chunchu's grand dream of the Three Kingdoms unification becoming uttered. I liked the scene where he took Yusin to the hill-top monument to tell him of his vision.

Yusin and Cheongwan's scene of their expressions of love was sweet, in a way, but there's something about these moments and these young performers scenes that feel a little too buoyant for me.

The preview to episode 7 looks like it may be a good one as we approach the final moments of this prologue. There was a tease of it showing the real cast, I hope that's true and we switch to the main cast this weekend, but we'll see.

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We do switch, but how are you 2 ahead when we are seeing the same scenes? I am watching on KBS World
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Pali, sorry I'm not following about us being ahead. I'm watching on KBS World also but on cable, not sure if it is the same feed as what you're getting on satellite. I was under the assumption it was the same per your comments on other KBS shows. Is KBSW on satellite behind for this series?

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Oh geez, just as if things couldn't go more wrong with Choi Su Jong's car accident still affecting him... he has fallen off a horse and the use of his arm is limited, is on painkillers and unable to even hold a sword at this point.

Now, a car accident has hit one of the main cast again, this time Park Joo Mi who plays the older Queen Deokman/Seondeok after the time shift past the young portions. After filming for the day/night, her crew's vehicle crashed into a truck on their way to another location shot. Injuries thankfully given how bad the car was wrecked aren't too bad (no threatening injuries), considering what happened, however Park Joo Mi had to be taken to Seoul for further tests, it's unsure if or when she'll be able to resume filming.

Can these K-Drama productions get their acts together? Generalizing, I blame the South Korean companies and viewers involved on an industry-wide level - everyone's too concerned about cutting corners with productions given the fast paced nature of the production, not to mention overly-catering and pandering to the rabid viewers with the type of medium of not being pre-produced so they can adapt to viewer desires/ratings and make changes as the series goes on. If only these dramas would depart from the almost live system in place and switch to a slower, longer term pre-produced series... but most viewers wouldn't like that, and their word is law... tragic. How many accidents are going to happen before the companies and the SK viewers start to recognize the pressures they are putting on this flawed system (in terms of safety, not to mention artistic value and quality)?

They haven't finished producing/filming this weekend's episodes in SK still, that's how close productions cut it...

Managers also need to stop being drivers as well, given all the stress and goings on at filming, and the filming ending late at nights sometimes... their senses probably aren't always the sharpest driving around in unfamiliar areas due to the various location shots in these late hours after a long day's work.

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