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Entitlement Boy, or Chang Hui

Monday, February 11, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Still obsessed. Damn.

Okay, so people are going bash-happy all over our favourite Broody Man. He doesn’t save the slave girls, he lets Gil Dong sacrifice himself to stop the executions, he hides in the shadows, he can’t emote, and most importantly, he looks to steal Enok away from our intrepid hero!

Chill, people.

The point of this drama was to portray Hong Gil Dong as he really ‘was’, and not as a saintly dude on a pedestal. Therefore, that would go double for any negative characters. If my guess is correct, CH has probably grown up with the best of feudal traditions reiterated in his ear over and over again. This means that he subscribes to the belief that the King has a direct line to the gods, that he has supreme rights to do whatever he wants, and that his people are just so many more ants under his foot – they live for him.

Given that his ‘gods-given right to kingship’ has been stolen by his own brother, and to add insult to injury, his mother has been killed and his supporters scattered, he would be justified (to himself and his supporters) in taking whatever steps necessary to regain what was stolen. That he is beginning to recognize he cannot just step over others’ bodies, that the lives of the people around him are actually worth something- it’s a tribute to Enok’s powers of fluff and doom. To change 20 something years worth of worldview isn’t easy, and I’m glad he’s beginning to try. Now, if the writers just put kdrama causality out of the way for a bit and let him develop? That’d be great.

Now we come to the issue of scapegoating. Let me ask you- what sane president lets himself take the blame? (Sane, I didn’t say honest.) It’s always someone else’s fault, always a lower-ranking minister who takes the flack. The man on top of the pyramid is He Who Must Not Be Blamed.

I’m not saying he’s a saint. No one is (not yet, at any rate). But he’s making progress (same as EH, who I’m going to come back to, along with that long overdue pairing discussion), so please. Let the writers work their magic.



  1. prismatic_star
    Monday, February 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    CH bashers tend to forget that CH is not indifferent about his people’s lives. He does indeed care for his people (ex. the cremation of the young infant who died from starvation in the first episode) and you could see that he was overwhelmed at the horrible state his country has become after he had returned to China. Oh, he did save/spare Yi Nok twice from Lady Nok’s poison and the stab wound scene (even though really, it was for his own selfish reasons). I guess that wouldn’t count right?

    Mah, Hwang Jin Yi still bored me (Believe me, I tried watching twice—- I still can’t pass the first episode). Originally, I watched the movie with Song Hye.. It was going great at first but I don’t know what in particular turned off my interest halfway through the movie. *sigh* Oh well.

    I hear Robbers and Bad Love are getting great reviews…

  2. Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

    People tend to forget that we’re dealing with angsty complicated people in general. Lulz for the obsession points – if I was this dedicated about my schoolwork… *sigh* if only.

    Problem with CH is that he has good instincts but then his upbringing (i.e. Noh) steps in and squishes those instincts. So, yes, he’s dealing with an inner struggle and he does feel for the plight of the peasants, but he needs to find himself (or the answer to GD’s question, it’s the same thing) before becoming more than Noh’s little puppet boy.

    (And have you noticed that he’s always dressed in flower-patterned silk? Disturbing omen or shortage of fabric over at HGD clothing HQ?)

    I watched the movie but got bored. I watched The Devil and still got bored. I figure, Hwang Jinyi can’t be much worse. (I am leery of Bad Love – melodrama, away!) Robbers, on the other hand, sounds like a Lee Da Hae vehicle.

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