Personally, I think episode 10 is just the director celebrating sikhye chemistry and probably an attempt to murder us in the process. It’s like “let’s explore the beautiful chemistry between these two actors, it’s a bonus if we can murder the audience by burning them with that chemistry. Seal it with a kiss and it’s no longer murder but a mercy killing. They don’t mind”. And he’s right we don’t mind.
I just love the fact that this show keeps proving me right at all costs. I predicted Hyejin will be the one to do the pursuing and hallefuckinglujah she did. She fucking did!!!!! And I fucking love her for it cos left to that fool and we will still be burning for them right now. So, thank you hyejin.
#dont worry i have thoughts #a lot a lot #but just take this incoherent thoughts first #hometown cha cha cha #kim seon ho
So I get a lot of questions about what nobles actually do or how much they own or why a certain title is higher than another. Understanding the complexities of nobility and their hierarchy can be a bit of a head twister but hopefully this will help you out. Just for the moment we will be focusing on European Titles because I can’t fit all the titles into one post. Forgive my shitty doodles. The diagrams mark out where the particular noble would rule.
These titles have two meanings. In the latter half of the Austrian Empire, it was used to denote senior members of the Royal family such as children and siblings. It is also a non Royal title given to someone who rules an archduchy, a large portion of land with in the kingdom. They are in charge of the archduchy, ensuring it runs smoothly. They are referred to as Your Grace.
Grand Duke/Grand Duchess
The Grand Duke is probably the trickiest of all these titles as there is a dual meaning. A Grand Duke can rule a state as a sovereign like in Luxembourg or they can rule a Grand Duchy (a large portion of land within a kingdom) like the Grand Dukes of Russia. The Grand Duke was below the Archduke and their lands may be smaller. They are in charge of ruling their Grand Duchy, upholding the monarch’s laws in their name. They are referred to as Your Grace.
The Duke is the highest rank in most European nations. The Duke rules a large portion of the kingdom- called a Duchy- which you can think of as a county/state. The Duchies are often awarded by the monarch to their children who are not the heir. The Duke is charge with running that portion of land by order of the monarch, handling the over all business of that piece of the Kingdom. Dukes are referred to as Your Grace. There was only one Duke per Duchy.
A Marquess is the next rung down from Dukes. The Marquess is in charge of a portion of land within a Duchy which is called a Marsh which lays near a border. The Marquess is solely responsible for the running of that portion of land. The Marquess is called The Most Honourable (Insert name), the Marquess of XYZ. There could be multiple marquesses in a Duchy if it was near a large border.
An Earl/Count Rules over an Earldom, which is a section of a Duchy but it has less importance than a Marsh ruled by the Marquess. The Earl/Count is the third highest ranking within the Duchy. Often it was the subsidiary title of the heir of the Dukedom, so the eldest son/daughter of the Duke would be the Earl. The Earl/Count of X is addressed as Lord X for example, the Earl of Grantham, is called Lord Grantham. There could be multiple Earls/counts per Duchy.
Viscounts are the Earl/Count’s second in command, ruling a portion of land with the Earldom. They handled the judiciary matters of their lands and their barons. Viscounts were addressed as the Right Honourable (insert name) Viscount of XY. Viscounts can also be used as a subsidiary title for the son of a Earl. When Thomas Boleyn was made Earl of Wiltshire, his son George was made Viscount Rochford. There might be multiple Viscounts in a Duchy.
The Baron is the lowest of ranks in the nobility pyramid. Before the mid-medieval period, almost all nobles were labelled as Barons. They ruled over a portion of the land under the Duke, the Earl and Viscount. There were always a huge force of barons with in the Duchy. They handled the minor local disputes of their lands, collecting taxes and monies owed. If they faced a larger issue or crime, they would pass it up to the next ranking noble the Viscount and then it could travel all the way up to the Duke. The Baron of Townville were referred to as as Lord Townville.
For all those historical fiction authors out there.
Hyejin instinctively leaning into Dusik when Mr Bang caught them
Dusik not arguing with dad when he said “that could be you”
There are many moments in episode 9 that are quite memorable especially with the side characters but these two moments broke barriers in the invisible thoughts/feelings process of Hyejin and Dusik. Right from the get-go, these two have always sought each other out even moments when they didn’t realise it and then the relief they usually feel when they eventually see each other reflects more in their eyes than their body but for the first time while not drunk, Hyejin sought comfort, safety and intimacy by hugging Dusik and Dusik returned the hug cos this is the first time completely sober that she’s reaching out through physical intimacy.
Now back to the first moment, when Mr Bang caught them, we saw Dusik went into protective mode immediately but what did Hyejin do? She comfortably leaned into him like its the most natural thing to do. Like she’s done it a thousand times. She could have just kept looking at him when he hugged her to his side but nope she chose to lean into him breaking another barrier cos this time around it’s not for safety but more physical intimacy. Hyejin has been shown to not be a fan of PDA. This is someone afraid of people seeing them walk side by side and yet……
Dusik and Dad: when dad offered the statement that could be you, that was his blessing even though Dusik told him he only like Hyejin as a friend. Dusik knew Dad was not just being polite, he was sincere. He could have said he doesn’t deserve Hyejin to counter Dad but he chose not to. There was reflection, sadness, guilt and acceptance within two seconds and tbh Kim Seon Ho nailed it. Dusik chose to reflect on that statement throughout the episode and you could see the guilt that he was considering it (reason why he was cold to Hyejin during the boat scene) and then the helplessness that he couldn’t stop picturing them cos for many reasons, he believes he doesn’t deserve Hyejin and he’s afraid he’s only going to cause her pain and yet he couldn’t stop thinking about it despite his dark thoughts.
I can’t wait to see these two move the ends of the earth to the beginning of the earth for each other. The angst will be delicious and I can already taste it.
#thank you for coming to my ted talk #hometown cha cha cha #kim seon ho #shin min ah
So in Africa, there is a god called Sango and he’s referred to as the god of lightning and thunder. A pretty cool name for a god with anger issues. Anyways, Sango was the third Alaafin (King) of the Old Oyo Empire/Kingdom and was one of the most powerful deities of the Yoruba people of West Africans and by extension some parts of Brazil and Trinidad (we all know how an African god became a part of western history). Sango ascended to heaven/sky when he appeared in the sky with lightning and thunder after he left his fight with Gbonka. Gbonka was a powerful warrior who was feared and revered by the people just as much as Sango was. Sango fearing for his reign instigated a fight between Gbonka and Timi Agbale. The latter could shoot arrows of fire and was also loved by the people. Lest I forget, Sango could also be a considered a divinity of fire since he was also the son of Aganju (the god of fire). You see where Sango’s issues with Timi who could shoot arrows of fire come from? Well, let’s not talk about his wife Oya (the goddess of weather) dislike of Timi. Personally, I think Oya was in lust with Timi but that’s research for another day.
After Gbonka defeated Timi (epic fight believe me), Sango couldn’t accept such a result (he wanted both warriors to kill themselves) so he ordered that Gbonka should be burned (not the nicest way to go) but Gbonka (stubborn bastard) came back three days after (just like Jesus) to challenge Sango (personally I think he should focus on using honey to heal his wounds but who knows). Gbonka told Sango to abdicate the throne and fuck off (at least that’s the language I would have used). Sango in shock (as he should be) ordered Oya to bring his Edun Ara (thunder stone) but Oya delightful wife that she is already stained the stone with her menstrual blood (the power of that thing that comes from the vagina!!!!!!!). Sango in anger burned the palace with thunder (not what I would have done, I mean there must be beautiful ornaments in the palace dammnit) and left town with his people where he encountered Gbonka. Sango still feeling depressed after the palace shenanigan vanished into thin air and the people naturally assumed he went to commit suicide (cos depression and suicide walk hand in hand) so they started carrying rumours that OLUKOSO (the king committed suicide) but Sango who clearly went to recharge and not a great fan of rumours appeared in the sky with lightning and thunder and struck Gbonka and the townspeople that carried the rumour (pretty sure many celebrities would love to have that kinda power).
Anyways, Sango was so pissed that he couldn’t stop the wrath of fire that he was balling out and the people had to make sacrifices to appease him. Clearly, a benevolent King, he later accepted their plea after destroying well just a third of the town. So, now if you want anything all you have to do is to invoke his name and he’s at your beck and call (a good trait tbh not many men have that) with lightning and thunder and wouldn’t stop until your wish is granted. But his name is mostly invoked when people want to deal with the Gbonka’s of their lives (naturally the god of vengeance if you want it like that).
So, why the story? A young woman’s purse was stolen yesterday in my hometown and who did she call to avenge her and expose the thieves? What does that mean for someone like me that was just in my old room enjoying a bowl of popcorn and netflixing? Well, the roar of the loudest thunder I’d ever heard, a 2 minute darkened cloud and a wtf!!! is going on here? I am going back.
#I don't think i have ever reblogged this cos well this was probably the last episode i watched #i think #but i swear if looks could kill pretty sure manny/rio will be dead here #i couldn't stomach it #i have got a tiny/flat stomach like beth #and the only kids i have given birth to are terrible choices with horrible looks #anyways
#but sometimes i cry #currently listening to lucky dube #which means i am on my way to overthinking and probably towards the valley of tears #and it has nothing to do with the pain inside #there are days that i just want to cry and today is looking like one of those days #I am about to become the lead character in a sad music video #currently thinking of characters that i can cast as my love interest #we have got what? just 20 songs to break each other's heart #let's start with big boys dont cry
#smooth bae tae mi #smooth #i just love their dynamic #2019 was a great year for dramas tbh #i know i said that about 2014 but honestly it really was a great year cos i at least followed 5 drama in that year #which its like a big deal since i was on a diet of two drama per year and then a rewatch of all of my favs #i was picky still am #its while i am always stuck with the memorable ones and i love that for me #there is just a guideline to follow and you will be happy with your choice #search www
I think it’s interesting that Seung-Yeon feelings for Hyejin are based on the past version of Hyejin rather than the woman Hyejin has become. Seung-Yeon keeps talking about the things Hyejin used to do/be without taking time to explore who she now is. For example, Hyejin dresses in a certain way in the past and yet Seung-Yeon is failing to see how she dresses now in the present. Each of their interactions has a nostalgia feel to it because it’s like Seung-Yeon keeps reminiscing about the Hyejin he used to know. Isn’t it interesting how Hyejin hasn’t been the first person to mention the things Seung-Yeon used to do?
Hyejin responds to all of Seung-Yeon antics with a childlike innocence because it’s like she gets to meet and be reminded of her past self through someone else’s eyes even though it’s obvious she had said goodbye to that young woman. Cos every time Seung-Yeon mentions the things she used to do, there is no sad feeling/response from Hyejin. Just this pure adorable thoughtful face that someone remembered her. Someone outside of Mi-seon remembered who she used to be. Although I find it interesting that Mi-seon sometimes throws another version of Hyejin to the audience rather than this saintly version of Hyejin that Seung-Yeon throws to our face.
Now now, this is not a bash on Seung-Yeon face cos heavens bless him, he’s a really nice dude and not just an annoying second lead thrown in to further the plot/romance of the main leads. I just want to point out the fact that his feelings/interest is in the past Hyejin rather than the present one. He’s like a straight A guy. One of those people that are pretty strict in thinking and see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe. There is no bend/curve to their lifestyle. It’s not a bad thing but it limits their vision of the things/people around them. Pretty sure his arc is eventually going to revolve around that theme, hence his ramyeon scene with Dusik where Dusik kept telling him to recognize the preference of other people putting eggs in their noodles cos every man to his own taste.