The drama's still working on justifying its rather absurd premise. For what it's worth, the escalations are convincing enough I might actually buy this storyline even if it wasn't framed by the knowledge that Kwon Yool and Da-Jeong are eventually moving into a sham marriage. There's just this great sense of mounting disaster as reactions keep piling up to the latest step in the scheme that forces our leads to keep going on with the charade.
We've finally found something that Da-Jeong is actually good at- making up ridiculous yet plausible stories on the spot. So far there isn't anything that could really be pinned down as an inconsistency...More
The battles inside and outside of Ta-hwan's palace rage on and both come to a head. This means "Empress Qi" is on the brink of another plot shift that will show us what these characters are made of and send them along the next stage of their fifty episode journey.
Inside the palace, dealings are foul between Empress Tanisiri, the empress dowager and the poor concubine who had the misfortune of getting pregnant. Seung-nyang is at the center of Tanisiri's plans and struggles to stop them without losing her life or losing Tanisiri's trust...More
The parallels in "Empress Qi" are clever, fun to follow and enhance the rest of the drama. The big parallel this episode was the political battle between the royal Yuan women and the physical battle on the Silk Road between Wang Yoo, Bayan and the Turks.
The battle over the Silk Road allows Wang Yoo and his men to shine and prove their mettle. It also allows for some great character development to happen...More
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