K-netizens haven’t been reacting that well to “The King: Eternal Monarch” on media websites.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” aired its first episode last week to great success, the drama premiered with double digits ratings making SBS history, however, the premiere of the drama turned out to be the best rating it got so far because since then the ratings have went down and never recovered to the double digits thus far.
Various Korean news outlets are writing pieces about “The King: Eternal Monarch” and the mixed reception it received. The drama ran into controversies early on and its competing with the hit JTBC drama “The World Of The Married.”
However, the thing that is affecting “The World Of The Married” the most has to be the weight of ‘expectations.’ The production cost for each episode ranges from 2-2.5 billion won ($1.15- $1.44 million). The total cost of production is estimated to be over 32 billion won for its 16 episodes (over $18 million).
Despite all the best efforts, “The King: Eternal Monarch” is getting criticism because of the writer’s world view that doesn’t fit into the world today, many are pointing out how the writer continues to portray ‘Cinderella’ type setting with the prince charming that saves the day.
On the comment section of a popular article that covered “The King: Eternal Monarch,” netizens are voicing their opinions, many think the plot ‘is too boring,’ ‘cringy,’ many are also not feeling Lee Min Ho’s acting in this drama, some are pointing out his pronunciation is also off.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is still expected to garner more than 30% in margins according to sources in the securities industry, this will include broadcasting rights to SBS and Netflix.
What are your thoughts on “The King: Eternal Monarch” so far?
My Personal Thoughts
I’ve reviewed the four episodes released so far, read them from here. If you follow my blog then you already know how I feel about the series so far.
We can say it’s due to the controversies and the competition but above all, to me personally, it has to do with the script quality which is the most lacking in this series so far. Lee Min Ho isn’t terrible, he’s slightly cringy in his line deliveries but he’s not bad.
I am not going to lie, it’s true that viewers are used to fast-paced dramas these days, many are moving in that direction most notably “The World Of The Married” that includes no dull moments, there are hardly filler scenes which seem to be the majority of “The King: Eternal Monarch” so far.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” didn’t market itself as a ‘healing drama’ which means the slow-paced plot make no sense and feels like I am just wasting my time. It’s picking up and episode 4 was the best so far but I am not impressed.
I can’t believe she still uses the same methods she has used since the 2010s. If it was any other writer, I hardly doubt they would’ve made thus far with such scripts. They’re entertaining but equally cringy if you pay attention to the script as much as I do these things jump out first.
As one netizen said, these days viewers don’t tune in for the actors only, the story has to be interesting. If you follow trends in ratings of kdramas in South Korea you can see that it’s shifting towards those that feature challenging themes not the standard one we’re so used to.
I don’t think “The King: Eternal Monarch” will be a failure, it’s still going to be watched but it won’t exceed expectations. Lee Min ho has a huge fanbase overseas which means the rights to air his drama will be sold off soon. Even if the script isn’t the best or even that good, the fans will surely support him.