Queen: Love and War is an ongoing Korean historical drama that airs every Saturday and Sunday. I have already reviewed the first four episodes. If you need to read that post, use this link 👉🏼 Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4. I will be focusing my review today on episodes five to ten.
Before I begin, here is a link to the English subbed episodes of the show 👉🏼 Queen: Love and War on Viki
(warning – spoilers ahead)
In my previous review, I mentioned that the synopsis didn’t exactly match what was happening in the drama. The aspect of the King having dreams was unclear at that point, but now I can see what they meant. He has been experiencing prophetic dreams ever since the assassination attempt. This is undoubtedly an exciting element of the series because it gives him an upper hand in dangerous situations. A good example is when he protected Eun Bo’s mother and the real Hong Yeon from the left state minister.
It was nice to see the queen selection process in detail. Most historical dramas hardly show that, so I wonder if the process shown in this show is accurate. All the same, I like that they were very thorough. Additionally, I love the colours and the design of their hanboks. They are so vibrant and pretty. The opening song for the series is another sweet delight for me. So far, that is the only OST that caught my attention.
Now, with concerns to the King, the way he handles his emotions gives me very conflicting feelings. In cases where he opens up to Eun Bo or gives a straightforward reply, I appreciate that trait. Then when he shows his weakness through his lack of control, I get frustrated. His ministers show him no respect and use their family connections to create drama in court, but he still has not learnt how to play their game.
Let’s take two scenarios from the drama as examples. Scenario 1 – Eun Bo’s Kidnap: When Eun Bo got back, she threatened Song Yi with evidence, but didn’t show her what it was. In the end, we discovered that there was no evidence. Scenario 2 – EunBo’s Arrest: The King told his mom to make her maid confess and have her family own up to their crime. He did this without securing substantial evidence. In the end, Eun Bo had to spend a few days in jail. We can see the difference. As a person in a tight spot, you should never throw all your cards on the table. It leaves you with no element of surprise, and your enemy could easily predict your next move. The King is intelligent. Now all he needs to do is play the game, be more cunning.
On that note, I applaud Eun Bo for being a person that stands by her thoughts and beliefs. Once she found out about Baek Ja Yong’s intentions, she stood her ground and made her decision to part ways with him. She is brilliant and always thinks fast. I like that she used the Kim family’s scheme against them during the face reading. I was laughing the entire time. The face reader’s confusion was so amusing.
So far, I am not particularly invested in the romance aspect of this drama. Yes, I love them together, and their sweet moments are adorable to watch. However, there is so much evil lurking around. Hence, my attention is on how they will deal with the upcoming battles. I was so happy when Eun Bo finally opened up about her real identity and told the King about the rebel group. They will need to trust and depend on each other from now on.
It is time to discuss the two young ladies of the Jo and Kim households.
- Lee Yeol Eum as Young Ji She finally got what she had dreamed of for so long, but I know that she will be paying the price for her decisions in good time. Her entitlement to the King’s love baffles me. Why would you want to be with a man that does not reciprocate the feeling you have for him. Do you think that he would suddenly come to love you after all your father has done? Now she will have to deal with continually feeling jealous. Also, greed will step in because she will never get the King’s love. I honestly hoped that she wouldn’t turn out this way, but oh well.
- Yoo Young as Song Yi She is just interested in power. She has no affection for the King and doesn’t care for her family, except when she needs their support. Song Yi wants is to be the most powerful woman in the country. At least she is an open book to read, unlike many other characters in this series.
Honestly, I still cannot place what the Queen dowager’s intentions are. Maybe she wants to maintain her power in the court. Hence, she is willing to support whoever can be of use to her at the moment. I am intrigued by her character.
- Another person who throws me off a bit is the Left State Minister, played by Lee Jae Yong I was shocked when they revealed that he was the one who tried to assassinate the King. Then why allow your daughter to marry him? Even if she does produce an heir, you can’t kill the King immediately. That child has to be a certain age to rule the country. Maybe he thinks he can use Lee Jae Hwa to hold the throne until his grandson reaches the legal age. If so, then his plan will not work. I am just trying to make theories for his actions. Overall, I love how unpredictable these two characters are.
I knew there was a reason why I didn’t like Lee Jae Hwa from the beginning. At first, I sympathized with him because his family was wronged. He is the type of person that destroys anything he can’t have. How could you claim to have loved her? Then you turn around and use her mother as hostage. The only motive I am getting from him so far is greed, entitlement and possessiveness. His actions do not show any plans for building a better world for the people. He wants to be King because he believes it’s his right. Using people at your disposal, without considering their well-being or feelings does not promote a more significant cause.
So far, everyone’s acting has been on point, and I am looking forward to what they bring in the next episodes.
Before starting these new episodes for Queen: Love and War, I had hoped for the storyline to become stronger. Thankfully, I got what I wanted. The last six episodes will be tense, but let’s see how things go.
What do you all think of the series so far?