Queen In Hyun’s Man [Review]

15 Oct

I loved this show. The chemistry between the leads was amazing, the writing and direction were spot on, and they did a good job with the time travel. There may be some small holes in the time travel — I haven’t taken the time (and probably won’t ever) to go over every detail and nitpick, but for the most part they stuck to their own internal logic for it, and that works for me.

I don’t want to give any spoilers here, so let me see what I can say that keeps it vague enough. On the romance, what I liked so much was the teasing, flirty romance. That, even though he was a serious scholar, he had a sense of humor. She’d mess with him a little when she was teaching him about the future by telling him things that weren’t quite right, but he caught on and teased her right back. Also, when they were talking about serious subjects, she’d fall back on the fact that she wasn’t very smart, but he never thought that and, in fact, called her out on it in one episode.

I loved the smart writing. Every time I thought I’d see it fall into the regular drama tropes, they’d surprise me by going in a different direction and keeping the story flowing smoothly.

The direction was great, too, for the most part. I did get a little dizzy with the camera swaps (I don’t know the technical term, but it’s when they were switching back and forth between characters in the same scene) in some of the really tense scenes — I think they could have toned it down a little and still kept the right feel. But for the most part it was wonderfully done.

All in all, a very good show. It’ll go in my top favorites from now on.

NOTE: I found some posts at Idle Revelry that really dig into the layers of the show. There are spoilers at that link, so I’d recommend you read them after you’ve watched the show.

Synopsis

(via Wikipedia)

Year 1694, Joseon Dynasty: Kim Boong Do (Ji Hyun Woo) is a noble-born scholar and his family’s sole survivor after they were massacred in a conspiracy. Boong-do supports the reinstatement of Queen In-hyun, who was deposed due to scheming by royal concubine Lady Jang.

Year 2012, modern-day Seoul: Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na), an unsuccessful actress, lands her big break when she is cast as Queen In Hyun in the television drama “New Jang Heebin”. Due to a mysterious talisman, Boong Do time-travels to 2012, where he crosses paths with Hee Jin and falls in love.

Where to Watch

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