“The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 5 is here and I am here again to talk about it.
I’ve been reviewing “The King: Eternal Monarch” episodes, you can read my review of the past four from here. If you read my last review, I said I was probably done with reviewing “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode to episode but due to popular demand and how tonight’s episode played out, I wanted to talk about it.
Initially, I had lower expectations going in to “The King: Eternal Monarch” 5th episode but I was pleasantly surprised but also a bit disappointed in some areas, its one of the reasons I am back to talk about it.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” has been pretty average thus far, but episode 5 was fun, there were moments I chuckled and moments I found cringy, other than that, there is also close to no development in this episode aside from two to three scenes, its problem that’s been plaguing this series thus far.
Episode 5 picks up right where we left off, Tae Eul is flabbergasted as she realizes that Lee Gon was not crazy and is actually a king. While she’s being escorted we suddenly shift to a scene that doesn’t fit, so far, I’ve understood that this was the place they went to while crossing between the two worlds, but the editing for this scene is just terrible… I was very taken back and couldn’t understand where it came from; I had to rewind just to make sure I hadn’t skipped a scene or something.
Tae Eul is shocked by her surroundings and has a hard time adjusting to how different she should be treating Lee Gon… with respect! Then came one of my fav scenes in this series thus far, the time Tae Eul pointed the gun at Lee Gon, and how everyone around her reacted.
One of my fav characters in “The King: Eternal Monarch” is the court lady, her expressions are just amazing and she’s the perfect comic relief in this series so far, she never overstays her welcome but is always funny and interesting to watch. I also like how careful Lee Gon is around her.
Throughout this episode we see just how whipped Lee Gon is for Tae Eul, he brings her food, he sneaks to meet her, he has her join his guard team and much more. This is one of the most absurd parts of “The King: Eternal Monarch” so far.
As I’ve stated before, I have no idea why Lee Gon has fallen for Tae Eul nor that it is clearly explained in the series, there is nothing to explain why it happens or how it happens, it’s just there… why? This is one of the weakest couples I’ve seen in a Kim Eun Sook drama thus far, usually, she does a better job explaining why each character starts liking the other, I see no spark and I see nothing that remotely explains why I should care about their romance, it feels forced.
It would’ve been better if the writer explained it in a way that basically says Lee Gon is obsessed with the card that had Tae Eul’s face on it and has long had a fixed obsession with it. But, at the time he discovered the card, he was only 8 years old and to develop a sort of romantic interest in who he perceives to be his savior feels very odd to me.
Tae Eul also shows no signs that she remotely likes him, she’s like the main male lead character in a typical kdrama who’s always mean to the poor girl. She’s never once treated him nicely or been polite towards him, she kicks ass and is good at her job, but I don’t understand why he’d fall for her, you’d think he has higher standards or at least cares enough that his potential partner respects him.
In the first half of the episode, they both kiss and it’s very awkward and cringy. Again, I don’t understand the timing or the need. It feels like Lee Gon is just a creepy dude at this point, plus Tae Eul doesn’t even like him, why isn’t she rejecting his advances? or is it because she found out he’s loaded in this world? Again, this is one of the poorest setups for a kiss scene between the two leads in a Kim Eun Sook drama.
Before their kiss, she asks him if he’s ever dated or if he’s dating her, but nothing she said or did thus far gave the impression that she was okay dating him, the series gave us nothing to prove that.
Another point of issue I’d like to point out is the editing, its very confusing.
I’ve read a lot of comments about this as well. Basically, “The King: Eternal Monarch” moves back and forth between the two worlds but it’s going to get even more difficult to distinguish between them as we’re introduced to the parallel characters who basically have very similar jobs in both worlds.
At least have a different color scheme for one of the worlds, because I was honestly very confused at least three times whilst watching the 5th episode of “The King: Eternal Monarch.” I had no idea which world the scene was in.
After the first half, the majority of the 2nd half of this episode was very tedious and filled with fillers, not much happens aside from the king carrying out his duties and Tae Eul getting used to her surroundings, it could’ve been done that way but at least try to insert some plot development here and there, something to go on from, plz?
The most intriguing part of the series comes 40 minutes in, Lee Lim meets a pregnant woman and explains that she can have a different life, a life of luxury that’s lived by her in the other world, he says she must kill that woman.
Finally, we’re back to what makes the series interesting, I almost forgot we had a villain in this drama but again, it’s not enough and it feel deliberate.
It feels that it’s driven by money rather than a valid reason, of course, it costs a lot to make these episodes but the longer they air, the more they make and Kim Eun Sook is banking on that.
She knows her dramas do well and is banking on casting popular faces that fans would be willing to watch literally just be on screen without even questioning why. I don’t like it when this happens, I’ve long had issues with kdramas that are only 16 episodes not because they have to or need to be that because of the plot, it feels very disingenuous and I know I am one of the few people who feel that way.
Even though Shin Jae didn’t have much of a screentime in this episode, he’s still by far the most charming character and the one that intrigues me the most, he’s also the most likeable among them and he’s not even trying.
At the last minute of “The King: Eternal Monarch” 5th episode, the two leads meet the feisty PM, but honestly I don’t really care, I know the PM is going to put on a fight but I know it won’t work because he’s already fallen for another woman.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” 5th episode was fun during the first half but very lackluster during the second half. Again, there isn’t much to talk about or to sum aside from characters either settling in or going about their day.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is yet to prove that its interesting enough to be 16 episodes, it’s not a healing drama but still, very slow in terms of plot development.
What about you guys? what did you think of “The King: Eternal Monarch” 5th episode?