“The King: Eternal Monarch” 3rd episode aired last night and I am here, again, to talk about it.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” has been easily considered one of the most anticipated dramas of 2020 marking Lee Min Ho’s first drama since his military discharge and his second collaboration with Kim Eun Sook.
However, thus far, I’ve seen nothing but fluff in “The King: Eternal Monarch” and I am honestly surprised by the pace.
They say the first episodes of any series are the make-it or break-it episodes, if you fail to capture people’s attention, they’ll leave and it seems to be the case with “The King: Eternal Monarch.”
The 3rd episodes ratings are in the single digit, not the double digit like last week’s episodes which is honestly understandable to me.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 3 was boring, simply put. There is even less action happening than with its second episode and it only picks up at the last 5 minutes, why?
I don’t understand Kim Eun Sook this time. What is she trying to do? Why is the introduction this slow? why is she spending so much time on banter between the king and the detective? how many times are we going to repeat the same scenes over and over again?
Picking up from where episode 2 left, Lee Gon proposes to Tae Eul and it’s the most anticlimactic and absurd thing about this series so far and we’re talking about a fantasy drama.
His explanation is… very weird… I still don’t understand how such a ‘smart’ character makes such a drastic important decision only a couple of days after meeting this person. You literally know nothing about her and want to make her ‘the queen’ of your kingdom… this goes against everything we’ve been told about this character. Aside from a weird infatuation he has with her photo from 20 some years ago, I can’t comprehend this move. This should’ve been an important moment in their relationship and it’s now ruined.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” 3rd episode is even less memorable than its 2nd or 1st.
Tae Eul is oddly interested in him and oddly gets angry at him when she literally doesn’t have to, like why are you angry? I don’t get it!!! You’re asking who you think is a delusional man questions expecting a logical explanation then getting angry when he doesn’t give you the answer you expect.
Lee Gon continues to talk about his world like anyone cares, it’s not even presented well. Either he’s stuck up on what life he had there or he’s smart enough to know its useless to keep chattering about a world no one will believe.
In the 3rd episode we focus more on Kang Shin Jae, thank goodness. Kim Eun Sook is doing well fleshing out his character and honestly, he’s my favorite thus far alongside Eun Sup who I would have loved to see more of in this episode.
We also get more insight into Koo Seo Ryeong and it turns out she’s not entirely as bad as we thought she would turn out. She bosses people here and there and stands her ground. I like her character thus far.
There is also this weird scenario in which our detectives are investigating something and they’re hung up on, the drama does a poor job introducing us to that murder and we’re left wondering how it ties to the overall picture. There are a lot of scenes in which they try to solve the mystery.
I think it’ll be tied to the crazy Lee Lim eventually because the circumstances are odd but the handling of this part is especially bad from a writing perspective.
Through conversations, Lee Gon provides more explanation about his world which helps clear more misunderstanding the viewers had with the premiere.
Some odd things also happen in this episode, Lee Gon experiences pain which is supposedly because he traveled between the two worlds, time also oddly stops. He also suspects his uncle didn’t die. There are few new leads about Lee Lim but they’re far and in between hardly enough to keep the 3rd episode from boring me.
I am very confused by Kim Eun Sook here. There are so many things going around in all directions and I don’t understand why she’s introducing them like that or why she’s including them to begin with. This includes Lee Lim foreseeing the future, time stopping and Lee Gon kinda cringy ‘pain’ caused by what he did.
I really like Kang Shin Jae’s character and he looks so cool. He’s a scene stealer plus, I really like his chemistry with Tae Eul a lot more than I do with Lee Gon.
I still can’t understand why Lee Gon likes Tae Eul and I don’t think I’ll ever will. But simply put, “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 3 was lacking. It could’ve been so much better.
I don’t know how netizens have reacted to this episode, I haven’t checked Naver yet but I am curious about how the ratings will be for today’s episode.
Thus far, “The King: Eternal Monarch” brings nothing new to the table. I bet it’s a wonderful experience if you’re a Lee Min Ho fan.
So these are my thoughts, what about you guys? let me know how you feel in the comment section below!