“The King: Eternal Monarch” has been a lukewarm drama for the most part so far, but finally, in episode 4 we see a glimpse of hope for the series. But is it enough to revive interest and keep people coming back?
My biggest concern with “The King: Eternal Monarch” wasn’t that I was confused by the plot but annoyed that it was moving this slow, I don’t need everything to be explained to me in order to enjoy something, in fact, I prefer to explore through characters’ actions if possible. However, “The King: Eternal Monarch” relies too much on its star power to drive a very slow plot forward and that’s a no-no from me.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 4 was the most enjoyable in the series- thus far. It gives me hope, Kim Eun Sook dramas do start slow sometimes but they pick up, it looks like its about to.
Having said this doesn’t mean I LOVED it, I was enjoying my time and liked a couple of things about it. Lets talk:
I liked the conversation Gon and Tae Eul had in the first minutes of the 4th episode; it felt for the first time that they were talking like adults. I liked that.
The details behind the prime minster actions are still to be fully explored, but it seems there is a struggle inside her head. She also acts a bit too cocky in front of the king and I have no idea what to make of this and why they consider this okay but I believe we’ll find out soon. He gave her a good scolding and I liked that too.
However, after the first 10 minutes, we spend a solid 20 minutes on things we don’t need to be spending this much time on. The first 10 minutes were great but then it becomes stagnant again.
Tae Eul is still looking into that murder case and as I said in my 3rd episode review, the introduction to the murder is murky at best and done in a sloppy manner from a writing perspective. The scenes they spend on trying to figure out the truth behind the murder isn’t that interesting to me and I bet a lot of others. The writer didn’t make us care about this but we spend a good deal of time on this, I know it’ll probably be tied to Lee Lim somehow, but again, it could’ve been executed way better.
In the 4th episode of “The King: Eternal Monarch,” our main leads begin to miss each other and we see that Tae Eul kinda misses him too? I don’t know why yet, but okay.
As I said in my review of episode 3, Shin Jae is becoming my favorite character easily; he’s very charismatic but not overly bearing. He’s cool but not trying too hard to make you fall for him. He’s definitely the star of episode 3 and 4 to me, he’s one that piques my interest the most thus far. I also find myself sympathizing with him a lot more than I do with Gon.
I found his acting when he turned his mom in for police for gambling very well executed, that was one of the best scenes in the 4th episode. You can see him struggling with her and you can hear how much his heart aches to see her like this.
Throughout the 4th episode, we begin to see Tae Eul’s interest in Gon is increasing for the better or the worst. Gon’s pain in his shoulders seems to have a connection to rain and thunder, time also stops again in this episode more than once and I am thinking it has to do with when both Gon or Lee Lim cross to the other worlds.
Our heroes reunite in the last 5 minutes of the 4th episode and he decides to show her his world by taking her in his horse. Their chemistry in these particular scenes was a definite improvement. When they cross to Gon’s world, Tae Eul is shaken to her core when she sees that they’re greeting him with ‘his majesty,’ and seeing Yeong whom she knows as Eun Sup.
It was a definite high to end on and I am honestly thankful that he’s showing her rather than reciting the same scenario over and over again. Episode 4 should’ve been episode 3 in my opinion.
Overall, “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 4 is a lot more fun to watch but still filled with many filler scenes we could’ve dealt without. It was fun in the first 10 minutes, then fun somewhere in the 30 minute mark and fun at the end. Aside from that, the rest could’ve been easily concentrated a bit more and I wished we went through more plot development.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” has been okay thus far, I need at least four more episodes to give a judgment and I think I will not review the next episodes unless you guys want me to. I will still do a review half-way through and one for when its done but so far, I am not impressed with “The King: Eternal Monarch.”
“The King: Eternal Monarch” teasers really amped up the anticipation and many of us had higher expectations from such a huge production. I think it also has to do with the fact that “The King: Eternal Monarch” is being compared to JTBC’s hit drama “The World of the Married” which is in my opinion a lot more interesting.
Their timeslots don’t overlap that much but still, “The King: Eternal Monarch” will not be able to escape being compared to this drama during its runtime. On Naver, the majority of the top trending articles are about “The World of the Married.” Today’s episode was even more shocking, I am continuously impressed by how far the writer is willing to experiment and amp things up.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is probably a fun watch for any Lee Min Ho fan, I am a casual fan of the actor not as obsessed as many and if his projects aren’t good, I will not stick around. I wouldn’t even do it for actors I am obsessed with.
So these are my thoughts on “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode 4. what about you guys? how do you feel about this drama thus far?