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The plot feels too contrived, but it is entertaining and keeps you watching. Hyun Bin is just worthwhile watching period. I cannot in honesty give it all five stars, because I know there are better dramas. But so far this is enjoyable.
First 5 eps zipped by fast. Very entertaining so far. Hope it continues and doesn't become tedious, because although it is good, it is also pretty simple plot wise, not too much going on and it is supposed to be 40 eps so we shall see how it goes. (20 eps update): A bit of tedium at this point. Love the guys and the sword play. The constant court intrigues become tiring and harem scarum tactics harrowing. Wish they showed more interesting domestic life and war historic stuff to add some depth. The con artist and his witch doctor girl friend, a bit over the top. All and all, it is still entertaining. Harem life and all the jealousy that must have gone on,would drive the best of us to suicide. Update after 25 Ep. SPOILER ALERT: The death of the Marquis, and relationship building, and flashbacks were rather beautiful. It looks like the show is beginning a new phase.
So far this is one of the best action/romance dramas out there. It is fast moving and the character development is good. Lots of people in this drama and some great actors. It all works.