Run On is the kind of drama that I don’t necessarily want to read opinions about, I just wanna sit it with it. The irony is that I make you read my opinion about it, but that’s your choice. The reading part I mean.
Mi Joo and Seon Gyeom are so cute as a couple. The more I see of them, the more I notice just how great the actors’ chemistry is. They look so comfortable around each other.
I love a story about self-improvement. Mi Joo’s feeding herself proper meals! Seon Gyeom is getting in touch with his feelings! They communicate!
Not sure what it is exactly about this drama, how they managed it, but all of the characters feel like people. From the egocentric politician dad to Woo Sik’s grandma’s friend we’ve barely seen. It feels like I could actually meet people like them. (Dan Ah’s secretary’s and his cat! I love that he’s stony-faced all the time but soft for his cat.)
Speaking of Seon Gyeom’s father, I’ve been thinking about that time he said he thought his son’s dream was winning a medal and coming in first place. This man has no concept of who his son is. Like, NO idea. He gets a rush from competition and he’s always concerned with how others are doing compared to him and he thinks everyone is built that way.
But Seon Gyeom has literally been saying from the beginning that when he’s running, he can only see what’s in front of him. His dad is the type that’s always looking back. And the problem with that is that he’s only satisfied with what he’s accomplished in comparison to other people.
Mi Joo’s decided she wants to run a half-marathon! For herself! I love that for her.
Yeong Hwa has become such an interesting character. His line about Dan Ah finding something he had hidden in his painting really stayed with me. I like the way he challenges her. And I’m looking forward to her starting to act, you know, less rude when she realizes that not everything has to be a business transaction cause not everyone is looking for your weakness to exploit it.
I really like all of the ways in which she’s shown to be out of touch, living in her own bubble of the super-rich. It’s like, she drinks coffee out of a reusable cup and gives to charity for polar bears but also runs a sportswear brand and her business is all about encouraging consumerism. Also she has a private pool and you’d never catch her on public transport and I don’t think she wears the same outfit twice. But anyway.
I just realized going through my (numerous) screen caps that Mi Joo misunderstanding who’s giving birth is turning into a running joke. It’s happened at least twice. Last time it was about her thinking that a man (cis I assume) was pregnant when it was his wife, and now with the coach’s dog. Is the writer trying to tell us something? (It is funny though.)
I’m sure I’m not the first one to scream about this but I only just finished watching this ep with subs and!!!! I truly can’t believe this drama is real!!! I really started watching it thinking “haha wouldn’t it be great if they made it gay but that would never happen” and now we’re here.
I don’t know if you can call it progressive when the man questioning his sexuality just so happens to be in a woman’s body so that it all looks exactly like any other kdrama pairing, but at the same time it still feels like uncharted territory. It is so rare for korean tv to explore romantic attraction and sexuality like this? I mean it does happen, but I feel like I’ve personally only seen it like, 1.5 times.
I really don’t know what the hell is going on here, why his soul is in the queen’s body, if and how he’ll go back to his life, but I’m really enjoying the ride. I did have kind of a theory that modern day Jang Bong Hwan and the Joseon queen could possibly maybe be two incarnations of the same soul in different eras but that doesn’t seem to hold up and I don’t think the swimming pool kiss would’ve happened if they were. (If you know something I don’t, don’t tell me, I love being in the dark. It’s part of the fun.)
All of the queen’s internal monologue is delivered by Shin Hye Sun since JBH’s near-death experience and I’m not sure why that is but it feels important to notice. He’s really at home in this body now. He didn’t seem super unhappy in his normal life, but he’s not unhappy in this one now either. He’s probably made deeper connections in Joseon than he had in 21st century Seoul, where he couldn’t even be bothered to remember the names of his conquests.
Anyway I find it fascinating that I now care about this character that started off as a complete jerk and is still one in many ways. And I wonder what the king would say if he knew who he’s falling for. Like, as far as he’s concerned this is already a kind of forbidden love, but the complete truth is a whole different level.
As you can tell I’m more interested in this than in the politics. I’ve noticed my brain tends to shut off whenever people are scheming. This is why I always hesitate to watch palace intrigue stuff. But since this is fun to watch either way, I don’t mind. Even all of the secondary characters have interesting arcs. It’s such a pleasure to watch that I feel like the people making it must be having fun. I can’t imagine Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun would be able to keep a straight face between takes.
The King in his purple and gold hanbok.
철인왕후 | Mr Queen | ep8+10
Can I just say, I love Adachi’s problem solving skills. Oh, I think I’m suddenly having auditory hallucinations? Eh, I’ll just change my commute time and other than that accept I now have psychosis and pretend everythings normal. Dude literally thought he went insane and rolled with it. And thats just the first ten minutes of the show, not even touching on the many STELLAR decisions he makes the next 12 episodes.
If you wanna watch two beautiful neighbours fall in love but don’t have the time for a whole drama, this one is for you. It’s called Isa pa, with feelings and it’s on netflix. Also the male character happens to be deaf and it’s part of the plot. While I can’t speak to the accuracy, it’s clear that they tried to portray what his life is like in a thoughtful way. And there’s dancing! It’s so cute! But also you might cry a little bit. I put the movie on in the background as I was painting but then I had to pay attention cause it was good.
I like their cover!
Everyone in the palace has a secret. A secret concealed by lies. A secret that can’t be seen or heard. A secret that is waiting for the right moment. To keep the secret hidden deep in their hearts,they all wear masks. But the seal is bound to break.
Strangely this moment between two secondary characters was the one point where I was very close to tears. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the two of them but especially the one athlete who’s still an athlete. Because he’s got that type of personality where you can tell it kind of hurts him to show he cares in front of the person he cares about, it’s even more touching when he pushes himself to do it. And you can still read between the lines just how much he cares.
It’s weird cause it feels kind of like our planet is one giant dumpster fire these days but I’m over here having the best kdrama watching experience. I’m just genuinely enjoying a whole THREE airing dramas and having the best time watching them. I’m hoping it’s not just the honeymoon phase cause I know myself and my interest tends to dwindle somewhere between eps 8 and 10 BUT I’m loving Run On and True Beauty and Mr Queen!! And I think that should be celebrated tbh.
I’m obsessed with Yeong Hwa and his endless supply of honey. His parents are definitely overdoing it and sending comical amounts of it—way more than one person is able to consume—but he knows they’re doing it out of love and it shows. He’s giving away the honey, but he’s giving it to people he likes.
I feel like in his family honey is just how you express affection. And possibly his parents are sending all of the honey hoping and wanting him to give some to the people he loves.