*The opinions in this article are solely based on my own experience while watching the drama and may differ from that of others*
It starts with a mythical forest and a Moonlight Garden. Fantasy series alert from the start had me going in deep already! Watching Choi Jin Hyuk (who plays Wol Ryung) leap across trees in the night sky is an added bonus in the first two minutes into the first episode.
Lee Seung Gi as Choi Kang Chi
Suzy as Dam Yeo Wol
Choi Jin Hyuk as Wol Ryung
Lee Yeon Hee as Seo Hwa
Lee Yu Bi as Chung Jo
Sung Joon as Gon Yi
Yoo Yeon Seok as Park Tae Seo
Lee Seung Jae as Jo Gwan Woo
- Can I just say, 20 minutes into the episode and Wol Ryung is AMAZING.
- The five drum dance is enchanting and one of my favorite scenes.
- Character of Head Chun in the Gisaeng House is an interesting open in this episode (passive aggressive, surviving at any cost).
- Too many sad deaths in this episode. It just breaks your heart.
- The Gu Family Book is the way to becoming human.
- This episode is a love story with fun, sadness, romance and finally giving way to the real story that will follow.
- The naivety of Wol Ryung’s character leds to fun and humorous scenes.
- Seo Hwa’s character is a mix of strong and submissive depending on the situation. Her decisions are giving me a headache.
- Choi Kang Chi is born.
- So Jung plays a deep role, like a watching guardian (until the end)
- The fate of Seo Hwa was as sad as Wol Ryung at the start of this episode.
- The child is taken in by Lord Park.
- The actual story begins from here where Kang Chi is played by Lee Seung Gi.
- Suzy’s, Lee Yu Bi’s, Sung Joon’s are also put forth.
- The fight scene, the strength and more fighting. Moreover, I am down for a drama where a lady is fighting.
- The end of unrequited love gives way to a new love.
- With his evil scheming, Gwan Woo is getting on my nerves.
- The approching kill of Kang Chi’s adoptive father has me saddened.
- More fighting scenes on Kang Chi and Yeo Wol
- I can tell how much Gon likes Yeo Wol but she doesn’t treat herself like a lady.
- Moreover, Kang Choi still misunderstands Yeo Wol as a man.
- The adoptive father gets killed and the episode ends with Kang Choi’s identity being revealed.
- The son escaped but the daughter couldn’t.
- Yeo Wol and Kang Chi fight some more
- The bracelet breaks revealing his true identity.
- Gwan Woo’s scheming is still getting on my nerves.
- It’s a bloody fate for the guards to cut loose the protective bracelet.
- Chung Jo reaches the Gisaeng House and we the Head Chun and her servent again. One question though: 20 years and they both haven’t aged a bit?
- The things play out cleverly as So jung helps in returning Kang Chi to his human state and Governor steps in to take up Kang Chi as his man (once requested by his adoptive father).
- I am more weary of the Governor than I am of Gwan Woo.
But he does a good deed by putting Gwan Woo in a fix. I don’t want to give it away, better watch for yourself.
- There are fun moments building between Yeo Wol and Kang Chil but the idiot still thinks that she is a man.
- In the end scene, Park Tae Seo, Lord Park’s on kills Kang Chi under hypnosis.
- The killing may be epic but every time Kang Chi’s bracelet comes off, it is even more fascinating.
- The training and fun ensues from this episode on, especially with a new character, the Kitchen Master.
- The whole mission mixing confusion is also a mind boggling exchange.
- Kang Chi finds out that Yeo Wol is a woman and the reaction is epic.
- Gwan Woo finds the safe but not the silver.
- Head Chun is in with the good guys, playing her part: the spy part! (I suspected her correctly from the beginning. Yessss!)
- The love is budding between the two main characters while Tae Seo and Chang Jo are yet suffering miserably.
- After the lose, Gwan Woo becomes more cunning and lures the Park family from every direction eventually making Tae Seo give up on Kang Chi.
- The episode is a heartbreaking one.
- Head Chun also shows some great strength of character.
- The connection between Yeo Wol and Kang Chi gets stronger as she helps him get his mythical side under control.
- Everyone sees Kang Chi in his real form (almost) but the Governor/Admiral.
- This episode makes you feel like the siblings betrayed the only man that was helping them and now they are both suffering. But he is still helping them.
- Kang Chi also saves the thug in the forest while Yeo Wol saves Kang Chi.
- The ending is greatly mysterious with someone arriving and someone waking up.
- A mysterious woman appears, someone pulling strings from Japan
- Kang Chi’s father wakes up!
- Kang Chi tracks his father without knowing the truth.
- Also, did I mention that I like the Kitchen Master? I do! Such a great character, a wise know-it-all.
- Also, Yeo Wol dresses as a girl for the first time.
- In this episode, this seems to be falling in place for everyone except Yeo Wol for now.
- People (you must see their faces for yourself) swear their allegiance to the Navy Admiral/Governor.
- Wol Ryung faces Kang Chi
- The episode is frustrating where everyone keeps Kang Chi and Yeo Wol apart on pre-assumptions.
- Kang Chi learns to make plants grow
- The mysterious women is hinted to be Seo Hwa, Kang Chi’s mother when when her face is revealed she doesn’t look like it. Wow, so no one in this episode but she has aged. Huh!
- Wol Ryung and Kang Chi come face to face.
- The starting of this episode may well be one of my favorite few scenes, all at once.
- Yeo Wol’s sewing teacher gets all flirty with Sung and he gets awkward, or something like that.
- The kitchen Master wakes up and Kang Chi progresses with learning.
- Yeo Wol is getting into the habit of tying her sewing teacher.
- Yeo Wol is kidnapped by Gwan Hoo’s men who is saved and threatened by Wol Ryung and then saved by Kang Chi
- Wol Ryung even starts to remember his old life, away from the evil.
- The actual relationship part begins. You may get to see some romance from here on!
- Kang Chi and Seo Hwa also come face to face in the closing scene.
- Seo Hwa gives an order to bring back the map at the cost of Kang Chi without knowing his origin. They come face to face in the end and she finds out regretfully. Honestly, her circumstances always lead her to bad situations: my least favorite character.
- Kang Chi finds out about his parent’s story
- Many of the misunderstandings clear up. (Sorry, for being so vague. There are anyways enough spoilers for you to enjoy)
- The Head Chun…. OMG. Go watch this episode now.
- Don’t miss the beginning if you want to know how Seo Hwa was saved.
- Seo Hwa reveals her identity in order to save her son
- By the end of the episode everyone is standing at a face-off.
- Seo Hwa falls again as the Japanese merchant/family change their alliance.
- Kang Chi and Master Dam go into a face-off for extreme training.
- Some great fighting scenes and a mythical family reunion.
- In the end, Seo Hwa saves Wol Ryung
- Seo Hwa gives away all of Japanese plans to the Navy Admiral
- This episode also indicates the arrival of the time when Gu Family Book must be found but… (I don’t want to give away spoilers)
- There is one hell of a funny scene in the beginning. Don’t miss it.
- Some non-communications also cause problems.
- The Navy Admiral is just way too clever with his strategies. Go!!!
- By kidnapping Yeo Wol, Gwan Hoo tries to make Kang Chi kill the Admiral.
- There is a plan in place. If I tell you any more, you’ll know everything. Go watch!
- One more thing, someone is shot!
- This is the final climax.
- Gwan Hoo is arrested with an ‘almost’ satisfying fate. Almost only!
- This is the wrap up episode.
- I am in love with the ending: even though it ended badly, there is a promise of a better tomorrow.
Sorry, for a little let down in the last episodes but anything I say will end up giving too much away. You better go watch yourself and don’t miss a scene.
Sometimes I feel if that era had video cameras, half the problems would be sorted! Oh man, this drama could have ended at episode 22 but they made it into two different endings while made me feel like a long stretch of 3 more episodes to watch for just one man’s fate.
Some of my favorite characters written were Head Mistress Chun (interesting and well managed from start to end), Gon (a great fighter throughout), the Kitchen Master (for his wisdom), Yeo Wol (for not being a mainstream helpless lead with some exceptions) and Wol Ryung (for his amazing powers). My favorite scene was a humorous one at the beginning of Episode 22. Let me know your favorite character or scenes too!
All in all, it is a great mythical historic drama with a great ending. Some slow episodes were cleverly filled in with humor and tactic while others were good on politics and fighting. Every character is flawed realistically with some drama elements here and there. Some of them may seem important but fade into the background eventually.
The story line is not gripping enough (for me) nor is the politics too complicated but the characters keep every episode interesting. Expect lesser or no twists in the episodes as things are revealed in layers, so that by the time a real reveal happens, the audience is not surprised. The title itself has meaning and yet no meaning in the end!
The drama will leave you towards a sad heart but will close after you have a smile on your face. I do recommend watching the drama for it’s great casting, scenery and well played out scenes.
P.S: There is one more scene after the end credits. Do watch! Kang Chi’s life is about to get interesting again.