Hot off the gates, MBC’s latest baby joins the Mon-Tues drama line-up with Team Ghostbusters of the Joseon Kind 🙂
This is not a recap, but merely my first impression of a new drama. It usually takes a couple of episodes before my heart (and time) is invested, or affirmatively sealed off. For those who seek a recap on Episode 1 of this drama, you can check out girlfriday‘s post ( ❤ HER!)
Kind of serendipitous to know that both actors who took on the role of Iljimae in the past are back doing Sageuks in the same year too 😀 (ie Jung Il-Woo and Lee Jun Ki)
This drama is about Prince Lee Rin (Jung Il Woo), a prince who lives a lonely life outside the palace since childhood, even though his father is The King. Lee Rin, like his father before him, discovers that he has the ability to see ghosts and other supernatural beings.
Due to internal conflict, Lee Rin hides his secret with a sunny disposition. As he realizes his gift, Lee Rin joins forces with the Night Watchmen and eventually becomes a true prince after witnessing the lives of the common people as he helps get rid of supernatural beings.
Moo Seok (Jung Yoon Ho), the best swordsman in the land, becomes the Lee Rin’s trusty bodyguard. Can we sense bromance here? However, their loyalties/ friendship will be tested when they both fall in love with the same woman – Do Ha, the successor of the Ma Go tribe.
Fantasy Sageuk? Check
Romance? (But Of COURSE) Check
Special effects? …. <insert cricket sounds here>
We are introduced to the main players: The Royal Family & Court, The Blonde Baddie, The Mountain Tribe and the Must-Always-Maintain-Cool Night Watchmen.
Royal Family/ Court:
The Blonde Baddie:
The Mountain Tribe:
Must-Always-Maintain-Cool Night Watchman
Let’s talk about that CG work… Should I even?
Clearly, 90% of the budget went to the Dragon which pretty much flew around and whacked its tail a few times during the last 10 minutes of the Drama. The other 40-odd minutes were scattered with less-than-satisfactory CG that looked as though were made hastily by sleep-deprived Art students.
The scene where the boulders that smashed into the side of Mount Baekdu turned into three ginormous Granite Soldiers were reminiscent of The Mummy’s famous Priest-Guards.
I could literally hear “Imhotep… Imhotep… Imhotep”
Episode 2 airs tonight, and I shall pretty much know whether Jung Il Woo is good enough to reel me in.