One day Go Ha Jin (IU) is transported back in time into Goryeo. She wakes up in the body of Hae Soo in the princes’ bathing area. She gets involved with the court ploys and falls in love.
Despite some of the actors receiving criticism for their acting I find myself really loving this drama. The story and characters are fun and not predictable. The female lead is sane for once (and not awkward or silly, thank you writers!) and the princes, especially Wang So (more on him later), are really taking over my heart.
Hae Soo (IU) is a bright and silly girl. In the 21st century Korea she was cheated, dumped and treated horribly by his boyfriend.
In Goryeo she starts anew; she adapts quickly to her surroundings and captures the princes’ hearts.
She makes her first appearance at the princes’ bath house. There are 25 princes in total (the king has been busy….) but the story is focusing on a couple. With so many princes it’s sometimes confusing as to who is who so here’s a little something to help you keep track of all the heart throbs.
3rd prince Yo (Hong Jong Hyun) alongside his mother is our bad guy. He is after the throne and trying to assassinate the crown prince Wang Su (Kim San Ho).
Look at him plotting a coup.
Baekhyun (from EXO) is gaining some negative attention due to his acting, but his not as bad as he could be. Part of the criticism is due to his character. The 10th prince is never serious and the way he talks just rubs people the wrong way. Still, Baekhyun is never going to win an Oscar for acting, but as his character is not the main one, I don’t mind him. He has time to improve.
What was really satisfying, I mean funny, was Hae Soo trying to get some sense into his head through a fist. He got a major bruise and I got a good laugh.
The 8th prince, Wook (Kang Ha Neul), is our second lead. He’s competing for Hae Soo’s heart but here’s the twist; he’s married. And wait for it…. Hae Soo is his wife’s cousin.
I don’t really know how to feel about this… In one hand he is really adorable and nice towards Hae Soo but he’s more like a big brother than a man. Aaaand he’s married.
I don’t really think there is chemistry between this pair.
We’re finally moving on to my favorite prince. The one that has stolen the spotlight and my heart.
Wang So (Lee Joon Gi), the 4th prince, has been given the nickname “dog-wolf” by people. He hides half of his face with a mask and makes people tremble with fear with his reputation, presence, and words.
Played by the talented Lee Joon Gi, So is a character with amazing expressions and depth. If there is going to be an Oscar given, it should be to him. He is just breath-taking in every scene; the way he manages to deliver so many complicated emotions just captures me.
When So was young his mother threatened to kill him and as the king tried to stop her the knife cut his face. He was then given to be “adopted”. In reality, he is a prisoner that can’t live the way he wants. Even today he is burdened by the past.
He’s cold on the surface but inside he wants to be accepted and cared for by his family.
When Hae Soo sees him without his mask he softly asks; “Did you see?” Even though he is hurt and smiles when he sees his brothers happy, he has a dark side.
He doesn’t hesitate to take a life. Never. If someone stands in his way or is a threat to something he has decided to do, the next time they meet him will be the last time.
Although Hae Soo and So’s romance hasn’t bloomed yet, I’m positive that it will. These two will make a perfect couple. Hae Soo is strong in mind and in her conviction. She doesn’t get scared too easily and just like So when she makes up her mind she will be able to get through everything. She has the strength and qualities to match and heal So’s wounds.
Do these two have chemistry? Yeah!
They’re adorable and just match each others weaknesses and strengths so well that it is impossible to not ship these two.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a perfect historical drama that combines wonderful characters with a plot that keeps you glued to the screen.
I’m wondering who will be the king, who will be able to win Hae Soo’s heart (fingers crossed it’ll be So) and just how the characters will develop. There’s so much potential and material for the writers to work with. I hope that this drama will turn out to be even greater than what the first episodes indicate.
If you’re still not convinced even though I’ve given you a pack of flower boys and an interesting plot, here’s a trailer;
You know you can’t resist watching so why fight? Get obsessed today!
Find my review for the drama here.