After reading a very short summary for this kdrama, I knew it was going to be awesome. I sat down yesterday (sick day) and before I knew it I was on episode 6. Thankfully I had handwritten notes, so I’ll just copy those down word for word. I already know the show rocks. It is so awesome. So so so awesome. (I feel better today but I have today off so I’ll play catch up.)
Oh, and I’d really like to add that I’m also watching this show because Mr. Stoic (Micky Yoochun) from Swhateverthatwordis Scandal is also in this show so, hey! Good times, right? At least I’ll recognize someone.
Someone told me that Micky is ALSO in a boyband…and it seems to me like every guy in South Korea is in a boyband so I think the novelty has officially worn off. Plus, a student sent me a music video to show me what boy bands in Korea looked like and I honestly had no idea what was going on. 8 of them?! or 7? I lost count. way too many! There is a formula, people! A very specific formula.
The Great Bob Buss put it like this, “There are five basic types in every successful boyband: your rebel, your badboy:one. Your shy bashful type: two. Your reassuring older brother type: three. Your little guy, your dewey-eyed youngster: four, and five: your hearthrob, the one that holds it all together. He’s the one with his eyes staring at you from the poster saying, “hold me, take care of me”. AND THAT BOY CANNOT HAVE A TATTOO!!!”
N’SYNC, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet boys…all incredibly successful…all had 5 (sometimes 4) members. No need for more than that or all the teenage girls will go on hormone overload and explode. #trufax 😉
Anyway, I’d like to thank NyQuil for sponsoring that boyband rant. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Back to Rooftop prince!
Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)
- Micky Yoochun as Lee Gak / Yong Tae-yong (prince)
- Han Ji-min as Park-ha / Bu-yong
- Jung Yoo-mi as Hong Se-na / Hwa-yong
- Lee Tae-sung as Yong Tae-mu
- Lee Min-ho as Song Man-bo (Librarian)
- Jung Suk-won as Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard)
- Choi Woo-shik as Do Chi-san (Eunuch)
- Ban Hyo-jung as President Yeo
- Lee Moon-shik as Pyo Taek-soo
- Ahn Seok-hwan as Yong Dong-man
- Song Ok-sook as Gong Man-ok
- Park Joon-geum as Yong Seol-hee
- Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
- Guzal Tursunova as Becky
- Na Young-hee as President Jang
I would also like to point out that I will attempt the Kdrama ‘Cherry Coke” Drinking Game with this kdrama to see how it works. And since I’m still a bit under the weather, I’ll exchange Cherry Coke for ice tea.
So, here we go.
Welp, that was fast. Random cat. 1 swig.
Ok, the setting is obviously back in the day…and by ‘day’ I mean obviously a Tuesday, about 300 or 400 years ago. And it seems something bad has happened because people are running around in a panic.
AHHHHH! The Crown Princess is dead! Drowning. Murder? Suicide? I have no idea… Why are people dying so fast in this kdrama?
Ooooh creepy. Shots of floating bodies in the water…sinking bodies. Why is the Prince now in modern day clothing? AND IN THE WATER TOO?! (side note: my one and only phobia…deep and dark bodies of water and imagining people floating in them, stuck in time. Incredibly creepy. If there is one thing Hollywood has taught me about what’s under the ocean, its the Titanic and undead pirates. I want neither so seeing these shots gives me the creeps.)
Whoa, we went back further in time to when the Prince was younger and discussing what he wants in a bride. She’s only got to be pretty. Typical. Why not give the smart AND pretty girls a chance?!
At the same time, across town, there are two young sisters discussing the fact that one of them will marry the prince and live in the palace. The younger one says the older sister should marry the prince and it’s a bit obvious the older sister has a jealousy streak in her.
However, the younger daughter is chosen…ooooooh, older sister is not happy!
I guess we just time traveled again into near present day because the same two little girls are dressed in modern clothing. The younger one and her father are eating ice cream. The older girl and her mother are meeting them at the shop. It seems this is the first time the girls are meeting in present day. Their parents are getting married and they are now step sisters.
The older sister is definitely not happy. Next scene shows her getting beat for allowing the little sister to cook her own food and getting burned. Whoa, fast track to Resentment City!
Holy crap! The two sisters are at a store and older sis is putting items in little sis’ backpack to frame her for stealing and getting her in trouble. What a jerk!
OOOOH snap! Little sisters dad caught big sister framing her. Let the beatings commence!! There is no love from big sister to little sister.
Wait…what? Little sister is asleep in a truck. Big sister is bringing her milk but the truck driver has returned and is about to get in the cab and drive away. AHHHHH! big sister doesn’t wake little sister up! She lets the truck drive away with little sister. Omg! little sister is crying for her sister to get her. Big sister turns…her…back…and…walks…away.
Now the sisters are back in the ‘day’ (hundreds of years ago) and big sister has a case of the ‘mega jealous’ toward little sister as she’s the one marrying the Prince.
That doesn’t last long because big sister, ironing little sisters clothing, accidentally trips and falls on little sister, disfiguring her for life. Big sister will now marry the prince as little sister is too ugly.
Fast forwarding through time…again. and the sisters and prince are grown up. It seems that little sister has done a lot of the work that big-sis (and now princess) has taken credit for, like the flower and butterfly embroidery that she made, but that big sis says she created. The prince cherishes is because its from his wife, who is not at all what she seems. (cause she’s evil)
The prince and little sis have a witty conversation and at this point I’m thinking to myself, Destiny messed up somewhere because these two are supposed to be together.
Oh lord, fast forwarding through time yet again to just after the Princess has been found dead. The prince wants to find out what happened to her. He’s upset and he pulls out the embroidery that he thinks his wife made, but in actuality her little sister made. The prince cries and a lone tear drops from his cheek onto the butterfly and the butterfly materializes and flies away. THE BUTTERFLY BECAME REAL. Who comes up with this stuff and how do I send them my money?!
Whoa, mega flash forward to New York circa 2010. The butterfly is somehow still around and it’s floating around little sis, who we now know as Park-ha. The Prince is also there, but in modern clothing and his name is Tae-yong and he’s actually no longer the prince… (?)
I can’t tell if actually filming in New York or if there is a blue screen…
Anyway, Tae-Yong is waiting for someone when he sees Park-ha (and thinks she’s pretty) selling apples at her fruit stand. A butterfly rests on Park-ha’s shoulder and Tae-Yong sketches her and the butterfly from a distance.(which, you know, in some situations can be cute…in others it can be really creepy)
Park-ha notices some children stealing apples and chases them off. Before letting them get away, she throws an apple and it manages to hit Tae-yong in the head, knocking him on his back.
What good fortune for Tae-yong that his cousin, Tae-mu (and all around nice guy from Playful Kiss ), shows up right at that second to help him get back up.
The two cousins then go to a bar to discuss family business. Unbeknownst to them, Park-ha is also a waitress there. Tae-yong tries to ask her out but chickens out. Tae-yong tells Tae-mu that he charted a boat to sketch a little and wonders if he’d like to join him. Why the heck not, eh?
Meanwhile, Park-ha discovers her father has been discovered back in Korea and she will go there soon to see him.
The next day the cousins get on the chartered yacht with some horrible 1970’s love boat style music playing in the background.
When, honestly, you’re thinking it…I’m thinking it, so lets stop ignoring the elephant in the room and just admit that Lonely Island’s “I’m on a boat” is running through our minds.
Suddenly, the mood on the boat changes. Tae-mu wants Tae-yong to return to Korea with him to run the family business. Tae-yong doesn’t want to. They get into a bit of a scuffle over how Tae-mu is apart of an illegitimate branch in the family tree and its up to Tae-yong to do the work (a bit of jealousy, me thinks) Somehow, Tae-yong gets punched and falls overboard into the water .
Rather than jump in and save his cousin, Tae-mu thinks for a moment, sees this as his chance to take over Tae-yong’s place in the family and company. He decides he will go back to Korea and say he never met up with Tae-yong. He finds Tae-yong’s phone and throws it in the water as well to get rid of any evidence he was ever there. He wipes down the boat, jumps in the water and swims back to shore.
He just killed his cousin.
Two deaths in the first episode. Wowza.
Back in Korea, Park-ha discovers her father just died. She reunites with her step-mother and step-sister, Se-na. They ask her what happened to her (when Se-na knows full well what happened) but Park-ha can’t remember due to a car accident and AMNESIA!!! (taking another drink!)
Se-na is not at all happy with Park-ha’s return to Korea, in fact she feels uncomfortable with it. She’s not even comforting to Park-ha at her fathers funeral. I have a feeling I’m really not going to like Se-na.
Meanwhile, back in the ‘day’, the prince wants to discover what happened to the princess. He wants an investigation. The court elders or whatever they are, try to convince him not to investigate as it will bring gossip and scandal to the palace. (Oh, ok, then lets just let a murderer run free!)
But the prince investigates anyway, but every witness he comes across ends up dead.
So, he puts together his own CSI team. First he gets a really smart but illegitimate son (Song Man-bo/Librarian) to be the brains of the operation.(in blue)
Next, the brawn, Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard) who can Bruce Lee it up with the best of them to act as protector. (in red)
Finally, the PR liaison and court eunuch, Do Chi-san to be the eyes and ears. (in green) When he’s introduced he’s in drag. (taking 2 drinks)
The four discover the princess was poisoned with arsenic in her food. While believing they got a break in the case, they rush out (wait a second, did that rock just move?!) to see a witness but, it’s a trap and they are surprised by a small army of bad guys waiting for them.
They retreat, but in the process weird things start happening. There are flashes of slow moving drops of water, slo-mo shots of Tae-yong and the princess floating in water (creepy!) wind blowing, cats and dogs living together, all out anarchy and then suddenly, as the four guys attempt to jump off of a cliff with their horses, THEY ALL SOMEHOW FALL INTO THE MOON!!!! Once again, who comes up with this and where can I send them my money?!?!
Flash forward again to Present day Korea. It’s been two years since Park-ha arrived back home. She’s managed to set up her own fruit stand in a market place. Her relationship with her step-mom has improved, her relationship with Se-na has not. As Park-ha walks into her house at the end of the night, she’s shocked (SHOCKED) to see the prince and his entourage sitting on her floor with magic, Captain EO lights around them.
They see her, she sees them, and they all scream. A good time was had by all…except for the dead people.