Hwarang and my expectations
I wish I could enjoy watching the concluding episodes of this show… Now I just want it to end so that the character I’ve been rooting for can be free of the weak depiction he has been given by the writer of this show.
I though we would get a story about a king fighting for his rightful place, with the help of the friends he made during his stay at Hwarang. Friends that would become his comrades, and in Sun Woo’s case, a brother who could help him be all he can be and aid him to establish a just and harmonious rule for everyone…
What we got is something entirely different.
Maybe I watch too many sageuk, but for me this one just failed to deliver. Specially because rendering the main character as ‘perfect’ is very detrimental to the development of the second lead -the actual important historical figure- and that is hard to watch. Maybe I should have lowered my expectations… And it is true that I knew beforehand that the king was not the main character, but still. It could have been done better. Like in Goblin, in which Wang Yeo both was the second lead and the king. I never once felt that Kim Shin’s arc negated Wang Yeo’s… Which is not the case in Hwarang.
On the bright side I got to discover new actors that I look forward to seeing in other dramas, special mentions to Park Hyung Shik. I thought he was just a pretty face and a singer, but damn the boy can act!! With the very little he was given by the writing of the drama, he managed to convey a very complex and layered character.
This drama really was a total disservice to this actor, but thankfully this very same week we’ll get to watch him perform a different role in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon :).
I’ll refrain from commenting further till tomorrow, but honestly, it’s been a while since I have been so let down by a show…