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Saturday, February 6, 2016

[mslee's thoughts] Six Flying Dragons - Lee Bang Won

I was on hiatus for over a month and was contemplating on how to update my thoughts about the drama Six Flying Dragons. I was so behind in posting reviews that I could not decide where to start my review. But since there was a lot that happened already and the drama continues to unfold captivating twists, I think I might not be able to resume where I left off. To continue sharing my thoughts I will focus on the character that has been captivating my interest since episode 1.

Thoughts on LEE BANG WON ...

Lee Bang Won is a character that I like because of his passion, conviction, principles and determination. Historically, [which honestly I don't have much knowledge about] Bang Won may not be the ideal leader in comparison to Sambong Jeong Do Jeon who I think had been acknowledged as one of the greatest political strategist and adviser, still in the drama, how Bang Won was being depicted was someone I could really root for to be a better leader.

Since episode 1, Bang Won in his younger years had been exposed to poverty and injustices of nobles to poor or of common blood in the society. His education started when he was entangled with the fate of Boon Yi and Ddang Sae while searching for their lost mother. Since then, he became determined to defeat evil acts against society which during that time Lee In Gyum was the totality of that representation. How powerful politicians abused their position to gain more power and money through blood and sweat of the poor people made Bang Won look for something or someone to share his convictions. That's when fate between him and Sambong intertwined.

Sambong had the intelligence and best plan to change the world but Bang Won was different from him even if he shared Sambong's dreams. Bang Won's intense hate towards gaining power and using that power to oppress people was not only in his thoughts but if necessary, his impulsiveness would really result to even killing if that was what the situation called for. Bang Won was someone that showed strong character and he had amazing instincts which was often correct. This only showed that he was also intelligent and had great judgement which turned out useful in times of pressured moments.

From Lee In Gyum to Hong In Bang, Bang Won had won over these two detestable characters. Their schemes against him were not really successful because Bang Won could easily see through them and what plans would they hatched. Even marrying Min Da Kyung was his brilliant plan. Young as he was supposed to be during those times, his capacity to out maneuver his enemies was truly awesome. I think the drama has shown that everything that happened, Bang Won was as involved as Sambong was every step of the way towards their goal. What separates him from Sambong was the latter's maturity in taking into consideration future results rather than Bang Won's impulsive decisions at present times which I think was really what mattered when in a tight situation. It was a fact that Sambong still impresses Bang Won even if in the latest episodes reveal that his plans is getting more personal and learning he would not be a part of Sambong's agenda for a new regime made him realize that sooner he might be walking a different path from Sambong.

I can't blame Bang Won. He was not a follower. He could lead and make decisions without really bothering to consult elders. He decides in the moment. But he was bothered by what both Sambong and Hong In Bang told him about his growing "greed" inside him which could lead him to be exactly like people he detests. That fear of realizing he might be like them, or being alone in his endeavor was something that continue to burden him deep inside. Romantically, it was somehow good that the drama showed Bang Won getting his strength from Boon Yi after hearing that she would always be by his side no matter what he decides. Of course, even his wife gave her support even if he didn't asked for it was something that gave him a push to do what he had to do.

It was not surprising if Bang Won would resort to killing Po Eun Jung Mong Joo. The events following Po Eun's betrayal of Sambong and the rest, even to the point of plotting to kill Lee Seung Gye was enough to convince me that killing Po Eun was the natural thing to do. If not, more people in Bang Won's life would have died. And this was what I could not understand in the story. Yes, killing should not be the only way. But then this was a political war and the events called for it. I can relate and understand the point of view of Bang Won's father being a patient man, but then, from the start, he lacks the strong conviction of really wanting to lead the people to a new world. Between Lee Seung Gye and Bang Won, the son wanted badly to achieve their goals since it was what keeps the fire inside him burning for the poor people he met and continue to meet while seeing their hopes in their tired eyes.

Historically, Sambong and Bang Won would be enemies. [I hope I got it correct when I skimmed through wikipedia]. And it is starting to show in the last episode that was aired. Telling Bang Won in his face that he will not be a part of the greater goal, Sambong did hurt and somehow betrayed Bang Won. For me, it was as if Sambong did not acknowledged all the good results of Bang Won's inputs in the group. Perhaps because he knew Bang Won would be the kind of leader [if he became one] or politician that would go for what he believes in no matter the consequences of his actions. While Sambong represents patience, Bang Won acts according to his instincts rashly.

But then, for me Bang Won had been portrayed in the drama as someone who was walking towards making people smile. His heart was for the people. His heart was never for the nobles. Bang Won understand what the people needs. It was as simple as having food and being happy. For him, these things are what really matter.

Bang Won has a ruthless side to him because he is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. Of course, that ruthlessness could become his downfall which would result to make him covet power to achieve his goals.

As for the latest episode, I am looking forward to more of Bang Won's thoughts and personal plans. I think the drama is centered on him. I think I could understand why his father did not make him the crown prince. Killing Po Eun already made Lee Seung Gye feared his son's capability. He and Bang Won apparently differ even if the story suggest and showed how Bang Won loved his father and tried his best to protect him. As a father, he failed to see beyond Bang Won's heart which resulted to killing Po Eun. And I as a viewer with regards to the interpretation of this story felt sad for Bang Won. For no one seems to understand his heart.

Anticipating more twists and turns in the drama.


A Peek at the First Trailer of Descendants of the Sun

The awaited comeback of Song Joong Ki after his military service teaming up with the lovely Song Hye Kyo in the upcoming KBS drama Descendants of the Sun has finally released it's official first teaser which looked like a movie trailer.

I can't wait for the premiere of the drama on February 24.


‘ 태양의 후예 ’ - 1차 메인 예고편

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BTS Photos - Lee Soo Hyuk in Neighborhood Hero

Can't help but post these cute Lee Soo Hyuk bts photos from the new OCN drama Neighborhood Hero. From sexy and charismatic vampire Gwii from his previous drama to these cute and sort of innocent policeman wannabe, he sure made his character interestingly enough for viewers to tune in.


credit: photos as tagged

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

[mslee's thoughts] Glamorous Temptation: Duplicity is How It Should Be Done To Start Revenge

[catching up my thoughts on the latest happenings in the drama...]

Halfway in the story and revenge is definitely starting in a slow pace to ensure it works in the end. Both Hyung Woo and Eun Soo have one goal and that is to make the Prime Minister and his daughter Il Joo pay for their crimes. For the painful past Eun Soo and Hyung Woo suffered and for making Mi Rae to be in a comatose state at present, Il Joo's downfall would be the sweetest revenge but of course not enough to make up for making Mi Rae that way. Still, I am most definitely waiting for Il Joo to realize she has been fooled by the duplicity of Hyung Woo and Eun Soo towards her.

What makes Il Joo detestable? It is her being unrepentant for what she had done. The way she dismiss easily her wrong doings, acting remorseful but in reality not sincere is really making me itching to pull her hair and wanting to give her a slap across the face if only to be satisfied as a viewer. (Yeah, she has been annoying and irritating me for the longest time now..)

For a 50 episode drama, I understand why the pace of the story is a little bit slow. The building of story line was a bit faster in the first quarter of the drama and got slower after Eun Soo and Hyung Woo's relationship broke after Mi Rae's accident. But since Eun Soo discovered that her husband would not abandon Il Joo despite his promise to her that anyone who had a hand in putting the documents in her bag in the past will be punished, even if now she had uncovered the truth about it and told the Prime Minister, he was able to forgive Il Joo, made her realize she had to think of another way to get her revenge. Even Hyung Woo had realized now what was happening which caused him to misunderstand the real intention of Eun Soo in marrying the Prime Minister and abandoning him. Now he learned how Il Joo was the real cause behind his father's suicide and Mi Rae's fall at the stairs. It was all because of that document containing the Blue Beauty which is the slush fund of the Prime Minister that he has been hiding all this time. The document that started all the sufferings for both Hyung Woo and Eun Soo.

I want to cringe every time Hyung Woo smiles at  Il Joo and when he kissed her or rather let her kissed him passionately that time they were in Moo Hyuk's house. It was all an act to make Il Joo fall for his lies again, still it is not really visually appetizing to watch. I want to pity Il Joo for her being gullible. For a sinister and calculating individual, she was so foolish when it comes to Hyung Woo. She never learned her lessons. I guess blind love can really make a person make a fool of oneself. Well, should I say, Il Joo got to get what she asked for!

I can't help but like Moo Hyuk even though he is a whining character. He makes it hard for Il Joo even if he tries his best to be the loving and patient husband. Just being there beside her as her husband, in an unwanted marriage is enough to make me smile while Il Joo suffers the situation. Of course, her love for Hyung Woo has a limit because she is in a marriage. Moo Hyuk's presence in her life may sometimes help her in getting her way when she uses her charm to ask for it, but mostly, it makes her helpless to be in that pretend marriage. At least, it was like a shackle that keeps her from wandering too much towards Hyung Woo.

Eun Soo is getting better now in hiding her thoughts behind smiles. She has learned the virtue of patience through playing baduk. Her goal now is to completely deceive the Prime Minister and Il Joo (although Il Joo is not as easily fooled when it comes to her) until she can have enough strength to take them down. Now that Hyung Woo is helping her silently and she him, the recent episodes showed that it is nerve wracking to see them pulling a stunt and getting away so easily without the Prime Minister and Il Joo noticing the unusual or little hints that should be questionable. It is as if everything is getting smoother for their plans that I am waiting for something to be miscalculated anytime. But so far, no one has caught on with what's truly going on. Like when the money transfer did not arrive but Eun Soo assured Prime Minister that it has arrived when in fact the money she has was the money she got from Il Doo's wife. That was to stop Prime Minister from discovering the plans of Hyung Woo when his IP address was discovered and the Prime Minister went to investigate. Eun Soo called Hyung Woo to let him know so he could get out of the room. Then Il Doo and his wife went back to the house after being kicked out and told the Prime Minister that Eun Soo pocketed the money. It was worrying if she has both the money from the gallery and the money wired in the vault where she said she had them keep. At the last minute, Hyung Woo was able to produce the money and get them inside the vault before the Prime Minister and his children with Eun Soo got there and see that the money was really intact and correct in amount. 

It is these little things that are really nerve wracking to watch and somehow I wait for that little mistake to be discovered that makes it even more anticipating while I hang onto the edge of my seat. Sighing with relief that so far, nothing seems to be amiss. But who knows, the Prime Minister is not easy to fool. He is more intelligent than what he looks like. He has his thoughts hidden as well especially when he stares at Eun Soo facing her or not. It is those times that he stares at her without her knowledge that is more dangerous because his instinct might tell him something is off rather than when he stares at her while she smiles at him endearingly because it will surely make him vulnerable to her charms.

Two faced Eun Soo and Hyung Woo against cunning Prime Minister and Il Joo. Two pairs of enemies against each other, one pair wearing masks to hide their true agenda.   Or perhaps the father and daughter are also playing the same game Eun Soo and Hyung Woo are playing. Who knows? Maybe they will catch up soon. But hopefully not too soon. Vindication has been a long time coming.

As for the rest of the characters, Il Ran's romantic life has been something that somehow put humor in the drama.  Aside from being a spoiled brat, it's good to see that she is not as annoying as her siblings. Maybe because her interest is not in politics or that she has no ulterior motive besides making the love of her life love her back.

For the younger characters it's interesting to anticipate what the writer has in store for them. It is going to be complicated if Eun Soo's brother will be paired to Moo Hyuk's niece. It really is a small world for them all.

As much as I want my OTP to get back together... why do I have this feeling that though revenge and vindication will surely be achieved, the aftermath may not be as good as what I should expect for a reconciliation. Anyway, it is still a long battle and looking forward on how the story will continue to unfold.


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episode 33