Well Card Sharks, we're here again, and things have become a little, well... less daebak. Yi In Jwa continues to escape death and the law, while our two princes seem to be growing farther and farther apart. Dae Gil has tentatively won Yeoning's trust, but now things aren't looking good for the new Crown Prince. Join Cici, Amy and your hostess with the mostest, Marakeshsparrow ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌ as we break it down and discuss how you should trust NO ONE (including the writers of this drama) in this week's Daebak Drama Club!

Marakeshsparrow: So...honestly...I don’t even know what to think about this week’s episodes. I felt so unsatisfied throughout. For one, nothing daebak is happening. There’s really no gambling (finally Dae Gil said the words “do you want to make a bet” and I jolted up in excitement, but it still wasn’t very satisfying…), there’s no romance (and can I take a moment to say how annoyed I am whenever they show BOTH girls following Dae Gil around?)--and finally, most upsetting of all, NO bromance! If anything Yeoning and Dae Gil’s relationship is more awkward than ever. They’re so stiff with each other all the time. //shakes head//

Cici: I keep wondering what the point of this drama is. It’s certainly not what it seemed at the beginning. Is it just supposed to show how hard the struggle was to develop a government that actually cared for the welfare of the people? Because a documentary would have done a better job of that. 

Amy: I gave up trying to figure it out. At this point I’m looking for parts that I enjoy and I really liked how Dae Gil got Jeong. He was so sneaky that I actually thought he was going to join hands with Jeong to be the king. That Dae Gil is smarter than I gave him credit for.

Cici: I was grateful that he used that chance to win the trust of Yeoning. In the past few episodes you could see the ugly head of jealousy rising up whenever Dae Gil would be applauded by the common folk. It would make a person wonder if he was doing things just to win their favor. So I was happy when Yeoning finally realized that Dae Gil was doing everything to help his brother.

Marakeshsparrow: Ha, that makes me think of the part where all those people were cheering for Dae Gil and Yeoning walks up--I could almost see Dae Gil being like, “It’s not what it looks like! I really don’t want to be king, I swear!” Lol. I have to say, he had me fooled when he said he was going to join up with Rebel Jeong. I thought he may just be crazy enough to do something like that, and I was so worried because it felt like Yi In Jwa had won by putting a wedge between them. Thank goodness it was all a part of his plan though! And thank goodness Yeoning was able to witness it so he could finally start to trust him.

Cici: So it has occurred to me that the gambling is still going on in full force, but both the game and the stakes have changed. Now Dae Gil is gambling with his life, and he’s going for the right to live his life the way he wants to, with the future king’s approval. That is assuming that they can both survive the reign of the crazy older brother. Wow, has he ever gone off the deep end of suspicion!

Amy: I can’t say that I blame the king. He has all of these people telling him that the only ally he has known is plotting against him and his every move is watched and analyzed. That is enough for anyone to go crazy. I can’t imagine how overwhelming it would be to be in his position. Right after he became king he even had people pushing for him to make Yeoning the Crown Prince. To him that probably says nobody wants him or he won’t last long. I don’t think he should go jumping to conclusions and killing people but, you know, when you go off the deep end like that controlling your actions isn’t exactly easy. I’m really curious about how Dae Gil and Yeoning will escape the king.

Marakeshsparrow: The last 5 minutes of episode 20 were probably the most interesting of the whole week. I love that the new king acknowledged Dae Gil’s royal lineage, the downside of that though is that he’s pretty much ready to kill both of them. Am definitely curious to see how that plays out. That makes me think of another moment that I found particularly interesting: when the dying king asked to see Dae Gil--O.M.G, he called him Youngsoo. That was so epic and so telling in such a simple way. He acknowledged him as his son! I saw how Dae Gil was instantly affected by that, it looked almost like he wanted to cry. That was really nicely done. (But I still don’t know if makes up for the rest of the boring business that went down… hahaha)

Cici: Well, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. JKS has proven he is more than just a pretty face and can really act with this drama. But I will certainly miss the old king. Choi Min Soo has been amazing in that role. I can only imagine how the younger actors reacted when they found out they’d have the chance to play opposite him. Who wouldn’t jump at that chance?

Amy: Yes. All of the actors in this drama play their roles so well. I really appreciate them. Did anyone else cry when they talked about what a good person the prince who In Jwa killed was? That got to me. He gave and gave to the people even sacrificing so that he could give more and he was so young too! That really just made me hate In Jwa more. I can not wait for Dae Gil to take him down.

Marakeshsparrow: //sigh// I feel so sorry for the young prince. Yi In Jwa is one sick son of a gun. I’m wondering, was this historical fact or fiction? Did the real Yi In Jwa assassinate the prince? Did he die mysteriously before the old king did? I’m very intrigued to know how closely this drama is sticking to historical events because sometimes they flash the names of people up on the screen like I’m supposed to know who they all are and I’m usually just confused (hahaha--I need to brush up on my Korean history).


Cici: I’m not sure about that, but the episode where the Crown Prince/King was almost poisoned kind of foreshadowed the way he actually died. It was never clear whether he was poisoned or whether he just died from eating bad seafood. We’ll have to have a four-year time jump for that to be historically accurate, though.

Marakeshsparrow: That’s fine by me though. Is it bad that I just want to skip ahead and see Yeoning become king then call it a day? I’m hoping they pump up the action or the romance or something in the next two weeks to keep things from dragging too much. I’m going to put my faith in the writers and hope they turn things back around.

Amy: Dae Gil will be forever alone.

Cici: Dae Gil will be the masked avenger righting the wrongs perpetrated against the common people. Alone.

Marakeshsparrow: Come on, he has to break a few maidens' hearts along the way! Haha--can this be the sequel? I feel like that would actually make for a better drama. And his secret identity is brother to the king! Love it.

Amy: Let’s write it! We’re qualified, right?

So what are your thoughts on this week's episodes? Did you find them to be a bit less daebak than usual? Or are you loving it and totally along for the ride? There are only four episodes left and who knows what could happen! Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below and join us next week for more Daebak Drama Club!

For more from the Daebak Drama Club check out:

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Marakeshsparrow: Come Back, Mister | Madame Antoine | Cheese in the Trap | More from Marakesh

Catch the recaps from previous weeks here:

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