Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 11 – 16|FINALE

Yesss… finally it is here.

In this post, I will be reviewing the remaining episodes of Queen: Love and War and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t seen the two previous reviews, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5-10

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.

I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal.

The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.

  • Wal played by Lee Si EonScreenshot (31)He proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.

So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.

Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.

The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.

Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.

Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.

Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.

Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –

I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well doneπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.

Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War with English Subtitles on Viki

And if you are currently watching or you’ve already completed it, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Couples Edition.

This edition is focused on couples. I included some real couples, but most of the pictures are actors/models that partnered for a photoshoot or starred in a drama together. ENJOY.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Sung Hoon and Chun Woo Hee for W Korea. They are so beautiful. Sung Hoon has that perfect edgy, but clean-cut visuals. img_3179img_3207img_3175

 

img_3152img_3151img_3153Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao on the latest posters for Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book. I find it so fascinating that the three posters connect through one tree. Isn’t that cool?

 

img_2790img_2793img_2789Chinese singer Han Geng and his wife Celina Jade shared their romantic wedding pictorial on Weibo. They are so lovely and goofy together.

 

img_2785img_2784img_2783Kris Wu and Japanese model Koki take the front cover of Marie Clarie China – February Issue. They complement each other well, and they are both stunning individuals.

 

img_2056Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are magnetic on-screen. Their chemistry is to die for. I adore this promo shoot they did for Crash Landing On You.

 

img_3125img_3124Recently released posters for the upcoming Chinese TV series – Find Yourself. It stars Victoria Song and Song Wei Long as leads. I am counting down the hours to its premiere. I have so many dramas to watch, but very little time.πŸ˜ͺ

 

img_3142The leads for Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty look quite cozy together in their recent cover shoot for Men’s Uno Young! February issue. I think they had great chemistry in the drama, and I will be keeping an eye out for their future projects.

 

img_2838_originalimg_2837The main casts of the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty in a New year themed shoot for NEUFMODE Magazine. I need to watch this series, but I have been so busy with school.

 

7c61fcc9-9890-4d73-a150-5e904f2169c8-1947-000000e499bae16dimg_2673Jin Se Yeon and Kim Min Kyu on the promotional posters for Queen: Love and War. The colours for the traditional attires are so vibrant. I could stare at them for days. Costumes are my major delights when watching historical series.

 

img_3046This is a poster for the Chinese web movie – The Enchanting Phantom. It is a remake of A Chinese Ghost Story, and it will be available exclusively on Tencent. The details on this poster are insane, and the colours are remarkably captivating. I must find a means to watch this movie.

 

img_3201A chilling poster for the Chinese drama, Sword Dynasty. The white and blue colours scream elegance. I am tempted to watch the series.

 

And last on my list is the adorable beauty, Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng on H&M’s latest Chinese New Year campaign. They released a lot of pictures, but these are my favourites.img_3196img_3195

Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5 – 10

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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌ 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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War on Viki

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

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 Jiimg_3214 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 Yiimg_3213 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 img_3215I 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?

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 4

Queen: Love and War is an ongoing Korean historical drama that airs every Saturday and Sunday. It started broadcasting on December 14th of 2019, and it will have a total of sixteen episodes. Screenshot (9)Sypnosis: Kang Eun Bo is on a mission to find the person that murdered her twin sister. She vows to bring whoever it is to justice. But during the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910), the only woman with the power to order a manhunt for a murderer is the Queen. So Kang Eun Bo resolves to become Queen. To do so, she must first win the heart of King Lee Kyung. After entering the palace as a candidate for the position of queen, Kang Eun Bo discovers that winning the king’s favour will not be easy. The royal court is already filled with beautiful young women who hope to marry the king. But when the king suddenly realizes that he recognizes Kang Eun Bo from a dream, the two begin to form an unlikely bond.

English subbed episodes of this show are available on Viki πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War on Viki

My Expectations:Β I do not expect much from the series because I initially did not plan to watch it. Viki kept on promoting it, so I decided to check it out and know what the push was all about. My only prayer is that they will not make me spend hours watching sixteen episodes of the antagonists consistently winning and then give me a rushed finale. Please be good πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Honestly, I will have to say that as of now, there is nothing special about this drama. It is pretty much the standard Sageuk formula with revenge, political fights and the constant kdrama cliche of childhood romance. The murder mystery is the only thing keeping me glued. The first two episodes were just there, but by the third one, the story started picking up.

Okay, let me backtrack a little bit. I absolutely love the one-minute intro for this drama, most notably the soundtrack that plays during that time. I was thoroughly entranced by it. I also love the costume colours. Historical series are always a beauty to watch because of the colours and elegance.

Now the timeline arrangement in the first few minutes of episode one was quite confusing, but I knew that there was going to be a flashback that will provide an explanation. So that was not much of an issue. One thing I noticed is that everyone related to the palace has a hidden agenda, and they are all scheming towards achieving their plans. A few still have their mask on (cough)😢 – Lee Jae Hwa. Even Eun Gi was aware that the girl the king met was her twin sister, but yet she went along with his assumption. It was still sad that she died, but she was also not truthful.

In the first two episodes, Lee Kyung came off as a very naive ruler. By openly showing his affection for a candidate before the final stage, he had already put her life in danger. Also, he made promises without making plans that ensured his word. Thankfully, he has learnt, and we can now see him showcase his tricks and brains in court. I hope that he gets more people on his side soon and that he actually succeeds in protecting Eun Bo this time around. Another thing – the gunshot to the king’s head, did it actually go through or was it just a graze. I am trying not to question it, but that plotline is kind of questionable because I am not sure of how deep the injury was.

Anyways, I think Lee Jae Hwa might be the gunman that shot Eun Bo’s twin sister. He is sketchy, I do not like two-faced individuals. And I am so not looking forward to the love triangle that is about to go down. Love triangles drain my energy.

Lastly, am I the only one that feels like the synopsis for this drama does not exactly go in sync with the story that has been shown so far. It does not mention that Eun Bo’s twin sister was the queen. I guess that was left out to prevent spoilers, but it also goes on to state that the King is not interested in romance. Hmmm, and apparently he sees Eun Bo in his dreams. Is that not their memory together as children? This is not important, it is just something I noticed.

Character Analysis: I am going to touch on the characters that stood out to me so far, and I will address the others in due time.

  • Jin Se Yeon as Kang Eun Bo/Kang Eun Gi Screenshot (3)This is my third drama with Ji Se Yeon in a lead role. I previously saw her in The Bridal Mask and Doctor Stanger, but I still have not gotten a real taste of her acting skills. So far, she is doing a great job in this series, and her character seems very promising. As Eun Gi, she was soft-spoken and very gentle, but as Eun Bo, she has high energy and is quite street smart. Also, I think her connections with the investigation agency might be of great aid to her as queen. She will need all the support she can access. I admire the fact that she does not act rashly based on her doubts concerning the King. She actually investigates. I hope she stops believing everything that Baek Ja Yong tells her. He is using her to achieve his goals. I know this will be a cause for conflict at some point.

 

  • Kim Min Kyu as Lee KyungScreenshot (4)Yes he does start off a bit naive and weak. But if he continues to keep up and improve on the momentum from episodes three and four, he might turn out to be a solid character. I appreciate his zeal to rule his nation in the right way and serve his people as a ruler should. Unfortunately, with all the forces against him in court, there will be a long fight to achieve that ideal. I was so angry when they showed how he was threatened as a kid to sign the petition against Eun Bo’s father. That is just brutal, so his revenge should take up the same energy. Also, I think he signed the letter with the wrong character because Eun Bo kept on looking at it suspiciously, but we will see how things go. All the same, he needs to learn how to conceal his intentions more and start working towards getting trustworthy people to his side.

 

  • Do Sang Woo as Lee Jae HwaScreenshot (5)Like I already mentioned, I do not appreciate this character so far. Yes, he is kind to Eun Bo and always saves her, but the fact that he is plotting something unknown and pretends to be someone else really throws me off. What if he actually turns out to be the gunman that killed Eun Gi?… Ooo, the betrayal. Now he is already in love with Eun Bo, but she is going to be Queen. That will only cause him to want the throne more, which means he might not stay nice for too long. I know that some people already caught the “second lead syndrome,” but I am so not going down that lane. I can clearly see where this boat is sailing to. I hope he surprises me because, so far, I do not have a good impression of Lee Jae Hwa.

 

  • Uhm Hyo Sub as Baek Ja YongScreenshot (12)Starting out this drama, I had a feeling that he was not wholly trustworthy. This actor tends to take on villain roles, so I did not believe the act, but I still gave him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I was right. He is so manipulative. I think he was manipulating Eun Bo’s father as well, but there is no proof of that yet. He does not care for Eun Bo’s safety, all that matters is the power to make the change he desires. Why does he withhold the whole truth from her? He picks the parts that suit the narration to entice her, so annoying.

 

  • Jung Ae Ri as Queen Dowager Screenshot (6)Her character is kind of intriguing. She certainly was not pleased about Lee Kyung being alive. At the same time, she does things that may look like she supports the king. My opinion is that her agenda is to fight against the Queen’s clan. Basically, she is willing to do anything to stop the Kim clan from gaining more control in court. Even if it means killing her grandson, who holds blood relations with them. I am excited to see how her character evolves and what her actual intentions are.

Although Queen: Love and War did not provide a solid premiere, it does have the potential to get better. So I will be looking forward to more episodes.

What do you all think of the series so far?