[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 50 2014/04/30,
The extension has made "Empress Qi" struggle for material. It has introduced a new character and is playing out a scheme that should've been given much more time. What this penultimate episode has done is fleshed out the emotional ranges of Wang Yoo and Seung-nyang, both of whom have been tightly bound for the majority of the show's run. There has been a new plot twist as of late. Golta, Ta-hwan's trusted eunuch, is the head of an illegal financial operation that works selfishly and often against the betterment of the Yuan people. Golta is interested in power and money, and intends to use Ta-hwan (via slow poisoning) as a mean to an end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 49 2014/04/28,
There was a very strange tone shift in "Empress Qi" 's penultimate episode. While the episode was heavy in subject matter, there was an incongruent levity in the comportments of the main characters. Seung-nyang seems to have rid herself of the hunger for power she'd acquired and makes amends with Ta-hwan, smiling and getting along as though she'd never kept secrets from him. The change in her demeanor was so sudden and strange that it may belie ulterior motives. Her intentions as a leader of the Yuan people was always to help the commoners, but her way of achieving it involved deception. It required her to make difficult decision, to take lives, to lie to Ta-hwan. Because of that, it is just plain bizarre to see her laughing and smiling with Ta-hwan as if nothing had happened. They never addressed her deceptions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 48 2014/04/28,
Power games are in heated play as key players are removed from the board. "Empress Qi" is almost ready to crown Seung-nyang empress. It is busy setting up, but it still allowed time for one of the most poignant moments of the series - Tal Tal's decision to turn again Bayan. It's Tal Tal and Seung-nyang's friendship has always been a highlight of the drama,...More
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