I’m obviously on the wrong bandwagon here, I should be rooting for and shipping Choi Young X Eun Soo like a mad fangirl (they’re so pretty together, who won’t?), but I’m indifferent. They’re just OK to me, and I can live without their romance build-up honestly. I’m still watching Faith religiously (I watch right after download finishes), but with weird and mixed feelings. The direction and editing still suck horrible, the writing…some parts I abhorr with a passion, some parts I love like mad, the overall production, utterly MEH to me. The music? Don’t even get me started on the random and ridiculous cue ups in certain scenes.
I don’t think many are on my ship, but wadaheck, I’m fine sailing on this alone. 😀
Faith is not about a Great Doctor from the heavens obviously, it’s a drama about building trust with and literally speaking, having faith in someone that you trust or someone that you want to trust. I wish the writer could deliver her message in a better or more subtle way, given the potential premise of this theme, but I have already come to terms that she’s lost her magic for good. Sighs.
After 8 eps, a few reasons as to why I’m magically drawn to this crappy show:
1. The King;
2. The King and the Queen;
3. The King and Choi Young.
Obviously a far cry from the rest of the LMHot world who are going cray cray over his character, story and romance with Eun Soo. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lee Min Ho, think he’s got some potential in him, and really honestly think he’s perfectly matched for a warrior role like Choi Young.. but sadly, I spoke too soon of him in my earlier post. He’s still not giving it his all and he’s trying, but it shows. A bit too painfully. Perhaps it’s his characterisation, which isn’t convincing me good enough. I know his intentions and I understand his actions, but the performance isn’t making me believe in him entirely. He’s there, but yet not quite there yet? If you get me.
You’d have noticed, the common denominator in the 3 pictures I’ve used in my entry. YES, Ryu Duk Hwan‘s King Gong Min. Who in the right mind would pass on Choi Young? I mean, the shallow me definitely wouldn’t, and the main reason I hung on after Ep 2, was none other than LMH playing hot warrior himself! But strange things do happen once in a blue moon – instead of being smitten dead by CY, I am hopelessly attracted and drawn to the King. It’s serious, it’s making me heart going all swoony and fluttery inside. <33 And he’s not even a likeable character to begin with!
If there’s one successful penning of a character and delivery of such in this drama, it has to be King Gong Min. Ryu Duk Hwan is fantastic in his portrayal of the insecure King, restrained when needed, explosive when required, has all the emotions nailed right with layers that you could totally feel just from his gestures, mannerisms and eyes. He has a very dialed down gravitas which sinks in well with his inferior character, a King who seeks to be acknowledged and to be recognised as worthy. I like the mild childishness and defiance he incorporates into Gong Min, he’s just like a kid vying for attention, wanting to be accepted by everyone. The character isn’t likeable, but isn’t resentful or hateful either. In fact RDH gives him so much layers it’s easy to empathise with the plight and insecurity he has to put through. I for one do not think the drama would be the same without this character and RDH’s performance. Honestly.
Their scenes might only take up a few a minutes in each episode, but have it from me, they’re the main reason why I’m not letting this drama go off my plate. And when I said earlier I loved some parts of the writing, it’s theirs (together with King and CY’s parts). I love the structure and dynamic of their relationship, it’s bitter and yet it’s sweet, it’s sad but yet I find my heart hoping for them to reach a consensus soon. You could see, and feel right from the actors’ performances that their characters are meant for each other, are fond of each other and yet always cannot let go of their dignity to come to a point of agreement. RDH and Park Se Young have great chemistry together, and their performances compliment each others’ perfectly well. Their rapport is premised upon tension and growing understanding of each other through adversity and argument. I love them. *they have to make babies! but I read that history isn’t quite on the same page as I am sighs*
King and Choi Young scenes also make me happy, reason being, my interest in his motivations and actions is heightened because of his obligations and promises made to the King. I love that the King is insecure but isn’t afraid to show it to CY, and I love that CY is always honest and straightforward. They might not have the best bromance, friendship or relationship ever, given the difference in status, but the fondness is definitely there, and is continuing to grow bigger and bigger as the drama progresses. The other thing done right here, giving relationships more meaning and depth, giving us viewers something to look out for. Drama might be crappy elsewhere, but when it comes certain relationships and dynamics, you can’t miss out the writer’s intentions. Faith.
Ending of Ep 8, most probably the best episode ending amongst all eps aired thus far. When Gong Min declared himself before his subordinates, my heart jumped like crazy. It was heart-thrilling and riveting, and in spite of the shabby costumes and setting, RDH killed his parts and blew everything out of the water. No submissiveness, passiveness, insecurity, everything replaced by a newfound confidence and dominance. And to add to the awesomeness of the scene, his Queen Princess Noguk was there to witness his growth and first step into greatness.
People may not understand my indifference to CY and Eun Soo’s relationship, which is supposed to be the main draw of the drama. But heck, I don’t care, who cares. haha. Just give me my King scenes with his Queen and CY, and I’m good.
Scoured the internet (really and literally) for King/Queen/CY goodies, but to no avail, everything focused on LMHot (unsurprising since RDH is relatively unknown in comparison). A Chinese fan made this awesome MV of the King and the Queen, so far the only one that I’ve found after days of searching. It’s pretty short and only contains scenes from Ep 1-4, but perfectly captures the mood and intensity between Gong Min and Noguk. Click here. (Kindly do not hotlink or re-link video elsewhere, thanks!)
And oh, before I scoot off, just saying, Ryu Duk Hwan IS MINE! <3333
credits: DC / RDH baidu / fan-arts as tagged / jxkPROD @ tudou / krdrama.com