First Impressions of ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ – Korean Drama Review

The King: Eternal Monarch is a 2020 NETFLIX original TV series that stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun as leads. This drama is from the star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. A few of her other works include Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, Mr. Sunshine, etc. In this post, I’ll be sharing my opinion on episodes one to four of this series.

Synopsis: Lee Gon is the emperor of Corea. His citizens regard him as the perfect ruler, but behind his impeccable appearance, he hides a deep wound. When he was eight, he witnessed his father’s murder and was nearly killed. One day, while chasing after a young lady, Lee Gon gets propelled into a parallel world and meets Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul. The duo would later team up to defeat criminals and close the door between both worlds.

Expectations: This is one of the dramas I was looking forward to watching this year. The screenwriter has created a reasonable number of excellent shows. Plus, the cast seemed promising, so my expectation is off the roof for this one.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

From what I have seen, The King: Eternal Monarch definitely has potential. The story progression so far is ideal. If they continue with this momentum, things will sail smoothly. It could even be better once they start intensifying the plot from episode five. That would take the story to another level and also entice more viewers. We’ve seen the foundation of the story, so now bring in the action. You all get what I mean???

Okay, now let’s dissect episodes one to four properly. Everyone’s acting has been standard, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. It’s like I’m watching a movie premiere. I always get this classic cinematic vibe from Kim Eun Sook’s works. I still remember Mr.Sunshine, which was such a phenomenal show from beginning to end. These two dramas have different vibes, but similar picture quality. That aside, I am also enjoying the few comedic scenes we got. The characters have great chemistry. Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan as a duo give me life. Also, every outfit so far has been on point. Most notably, the king and his bodyguard, they always look regal. Plus, Woo Do Hwan is sexy to me no matter what he wears.😍😍😍img_5013Currently, I am not feeling Prime Minister Koo. She is too entitled and seems like a factor for future problems. Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul’s cop friend Gang Shin Jae is another character that I think might follow the villain path, but I’m hoping and praying that he proves me wrong. Also, Prince Buyeong is giving me sketchy vibes due to his unwillingness to tell Lee Gon the truth concerning the autopsy report.

The horse, Maximus, is such a beautiful specie. I think I am in love😂😂😂. He’s as white as snow and very majestic. Befitting for a king.img_5056

Based on what I’ve watched, there are a few questions that I want a resolution to as the series continues.

  1. At the beginning of episode one, Jung Tae Eul and Gang Shin Jae were interrogating Lee Gon’s uncle. I’m interested to know what point of the timeline that scene falls into.
  2. Also, why doesn’t the uncle age? Right now, I’m assuming that it’s because he continually crosses between both worlds. So he’s cheating time in a way, but I still need more clarification.
  3. Why does the king feel pain whenever the thunder strikes. Is it because he crossed into the other world, and if so, does his uncle experience the same? In episode four, it looks like some sort of energy bolt is growing on his back.img_5057
  4. How did Lieutenant Jung Tael Eun save the younger Lee Gon? Does this mean that there’s time travelling involved? We’ve seen the parallel worlds, but there’s been no mention of moving through different times. So I hope that will be explained later.
  5. Can actions in one world affect the parallel character in the other world? In episode four,  Yeong makes himself a hot cup of coffee and mistakenly spills it. At the same time, Eun Sub also spills his ice tea latte claiming that it’s too hot. They also had the same exact reaction. What’s going on here???? Am I reading too much into things?

Moving on to two of my favourite scenes, which all happen to include Woo Do Hwan.

  • Horse Rant with Eun Sub –This was such a chill but funny scene to me. From the way we Lee Gon’s face changes once he realizes that this isn’t his Yeong to how he falls into complete dismay after Eun Sub’s horse jokes. I was dying.😂😂😂
  • “I Can Hear You,” said the Captain –This lady completely mirrored my fangirl reaction to Woo Do Hwan as Yeong. He is too hot, and I wouldn’t mind if she ends up with him as a couple.

In conclusion, we’ve established that time stops when either Lee Gon or his uncle crosses over to a different world. Also, Lee Gon is suspicious about his uncle’s presumed death, and the traitor still has plans to usurp the throne with all his new followers. Things are looking good, so I hope that this drama doesn’t disappoint me.

That is all I have to say concerning The King: Eternal Monarch. What do you all think of this drama?

 

 

 

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