Played a lot of catch up this week.
Gu Family Book has me worried, as I’ve said — but I’ll keep on watching for the sheer need to know what happens next.
You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin continues to be my comfort food. Though, this week was a little uncomfortable what with several secrets coming out and the emotional fallout that brought. Plus, there were a couple of times characters I didn’t like became the voice of reason so I felt that discomfort that comes when your enemy is suddenly on your side. But as this is all leading towards catharsis and moving on, it’s still my comfy-watch.
And of course, I still adore Jang Ok Jung: Live in Love. Though, a little poke around the internet revealed the blush coming off the rose for others. I read their critiques but I tend to disagree with them.
And now I being to spoil through episode 12…
I do agree that the Dowager Queen is a screamer getting this close to full-on crazed but… That’s where she’s always been. She’s a simple woman very content to be Minister Min’s puppet as long as she feels safe and protected. That it shamed and weakened both her husband and her son was something she seemed to never understand. If her political side is the strongest, it’s all good. Even if her political side shakes the throne.
And because she’s so simple her only means of attack is a full frontal assault. Which I imagine worked in the past for her. But, as Ok-jung is strong and very, very smart, victory hasn’t been coming to our Dowager Queen and thus… a lot of screaming.
I don’t expect this to go on. But I think the dramatics needed to occur. Our Dowager Queen was not going to go quietly into that good night. Getting Ok-jung past her required a good old-fashioned mud-slinging tussle. They’ve tussled. And the last scene in episode 12 suggests Ok-jung is about to achieve final victory. Which should mean a return to the quieter scheming of our usual suspects with Ok-jung officially on the board.
If the dramatics continue, I’ll revisit my view but as of now? My love for Jang Ok Jung continues unabated.