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The newest installation native the five Boy job (makers that the Flower young franchise) takes us all the method back to ancient Silla, once a nervous queen regent hatched a plan to build a loyal force of soldiers to safeguard a young king. The premiere sets the stage for a funny yet nerve-wracking adventure, as our heroes and also heroine effort to navigate a civilization where social standing is everything. There’s a lot of info to cover and also a lot of of personalities to introduce, for this reason let’s jump ideal in!
EPISODE 1 RECAP
Our story takes place around 1,500 years ago, throughout the twelfth year that the reign of King Jinheung. Modern Korea was as soon as three kingdoms, of i m sorry Silla was the smallest and also weakest. The young, insecure king went into hiding, and also his mom reigned together regent. It was she idea to gather together a group of beautiful young males in stimulate to empower the throne.
A series of manhwa-like pictures flash across the screen, offering us glimpses that what’s to come. They stop on a disheveled young male whom we’ll get to recognize as ours hero, MOO-MYUNG (Park Seo-joon), who complains the he’s busy and urges a trio of same filthy males to go away.
The leader of the trio states that the town have the right to only have one leader, but Moo-myung is perfect fine letting him have actually the title. He states that method nobody has actually to acquire beat up, and also he won’t get in trouble through his father.
But as he turns to go, the strange coifed loudmouth taunts that his mommy didn’t also name him before abandoning that (moo-myung means “nameless”). Moo-myung sighs that he’ll obtain too peaceful if this keeps up, and he pulls out a many-sided dice (used to decide drinking penalties). Moo-myung tosses the die, and also shows the trio the result: “Hit the nose.”
Just together the men start to concern for their faces, Moo-myung unexpectedly grows dizzy and mutters the they acquired lucky. He overcome out, but just as the men start come celebrate their victory, castle hear a noise and also turn to watch a guy running (and tripping, and also falling) in the direction of them.
The attacker, Moo-myung’s girlfriend MAK MUN (cameo by Lee Kwang-soo) obstacles the 3 to a fight, which he proceeds to lose spectacularly. At some suggest Moo-myung rouses, and the bullies space worried all over again to check out Moo-myung awake.
When he hears they hurt his buddy, all it take away is a loud, “Run!” to send castle fleeing. Moo-myung and Mak Mun give chase, complying with the trio through the woods and also to a stream. The three make it throughout and press the bridge into the water, and also bravely challenge Moo-myung to come in ~ them.
One of castle calls that by his nickname, “Dog-bird,” i beg your pardon sounds very close come the expression “son of a bitch.” Moo-myung reflects the bullies specifically why he’s claimed to be favor a bird, by jumping and flyyying with the air, throughout the chasm to their side. Whoa.
We relocate to the palace, where QUEEN REGENT JISO (Kim Ji-soo), King Jinheung’s mother, is being dressed for the day. She goes come the jailhouse, whereby a man sits in a cell, looking as though he’s been there fairly some time.
The prisoner is WI HWA-GONG (Sung Dong-il), who was the so late king’s close friend. That chuckles that he and the king didn’t finish on good terms — he finished up in jail since of his inappropriate partnership with among the king’s concubines.
The queen asks if he’s unhappy through the country of Silla, and also Hwa-gong agrees the he’s no happy in a ar where the queen kicked the end her very own son, and also is so greedy she refuses to offer up her regency, even after ten years.
Queen Regent Jiso asks if he’s considered her offer, and also Hwa-gong actually yawns in she face. She explains that she desires to develop a team of royal bodyguards, and Hwa-gong lazily agrees the it’s a good idea, due to the fact that all the personal soldiers have been snap up by the officials.
He asks wherein she plan to gain these guards, and she claims that her plan is to recruitment the kids of the officials. She wants Hwa-gong come train them, so the they will certainly be loyal to the king and Silla.
Hwa-gong laughs again, refusing to do anything because that the queen. The is, until she asks, “Do friend not want me to give up the regency?” Queen Regent Jiso says that if he performs the duty successfully, she will give up the throne.
Moo-myung and also Mak Mun sit overlooking the city, making plan to enter the capital. It’s a dangerous prospect — human being like them, gift from the lowest-born class, aren’t exactly welcome in the city, and face fatality of they’re caught. Yet Mak Mun describes that his household all lived there together once, he and also his parents and also sister.
He shows Moo-myung his necklace, i beg your pardon is wooden with a tiny engraved teardrop, and also says the the necklace will aid him recognize himself as soon as he finds his father. Moo-myung think it sounds silly but offers to assist his friend, including that he wants to walk to the funding city anyway.
Mak Mun is impressed v Moo-myung’s bravado, yet Moo-myung states that once you have actually nothing, there’s nothing come fear. Then he remembers something and runs off, through Mak Mun appropriate on his heels.
They finish up in ~ a surrounding house, relieved to find the owner far from home. They stop for a drink, but just together Moo-myung raises the gourd to his lips, an arrowhead thunks into the article right next to his face. He screams that the shooter nearly killed him, and also the shooter states that it’s his fate to live and also die here, whereby his mommy abandoned him.
He allows fly one more arrow at Moo-myung, and also complains the he’s not paying his taxes. Moo-myung screams the he has a good reason, however the shooter simply loads up one more arrow, and Moo-myung leaps high into the wait to avoid being hit. He’s win anyway, but fortunately it’s a dull arrow and Moo-myung is just knocked out.
Over in ~ the palace, a an enig message indigenous someone named Pa oh is brought to Queen Regent Jiso. It claims that he will certainly be arriving late the night, and she’s furious the he would dare without she permission. She bodyguard Hyun Chu meets him at the gate that night, allowing Pa Oh and also his masked companion ~ above the grounds.
As the new arrivals pass into the palace silently, the guard through Hyun Chu asks in one awed voice if the masked male is really the king. Hyun Chu merely kills the guard with a solitary stroke of his sword.
At the exact same time, Moo-myung and also Mak Mun room busily scaling the city wall. Moo-myung renders it end first, and practically has a heart attack when that sees pikes displaying the top of those that tried to sneak right into the city. Mak Mun’s reaction is louder, and Moo-myung claps a hand over his mouth and also reminds him that he wants to live to check out his sister.
They steal some apparel to far better fit in with the townsfolk, despite they’re lucky their open-mouthed gaping in ~ the sights (and quite ladies) goes unnoticed. Lock wonder what to do first, and Moo-myung claims that of food they have to look for Mak Mun’s family.
Elsewhere in the city, a young woman entertains a group of fascinated townspeople through a story about a mrs who adjusted her entire appearance simply by drawing a mole on she face. HA. The girl, AH RO (Go Ara), holds she audience in thrall with her dramatic murder tale, as adjacent a handsome young man listens in.
The young man drops asleep at some point, and wakes later on to discover the girl and also her group gone. The asks a passerby whereby he can discover her.
Moo-myung and also Mak Mun discover their method to a gambling house, and sidle approximately a table where a video game is in progress. Mak Mun asks if anyone recognizes his necklace, and also his confusion as soon as someone mentions other shop names has actually a scarred gambler pegging him as an out-of-towner.
The video game continues, and Moo-myung watches carefully as the man taking care of the dice rigs the video game in donate of Scarface. As soon as his foe begs for another chance, Scarface reveals that a crate on the table stop a severed head, and also says he’d it is in happy to take it the man’s small daughter’s head together payment.
Moo-myung lowers his straw hat to hide his face, and offers come take the bet, with his very own neck as payment. Scarface is for this reason delighted the he supplies Moo-myung his whole day’s winnings if he loses, but Moo-myung states that his neck will suffice.
They sit to play, and the dice are rolled. Moo-myung makes his call, but when the cheater lifts the cup to relocate the dice, Moo-myung’s hand whips out and also slams the cup earlier down. He starts to disclose the results, yet Scarface holds it under this time, and asks, “Who room you?”
Moo-myung answers him with a sly grin, “Me? I’m Dog-bird.” Scarface to know the nickname and also tips Moo-myung’s hat as much as see his face, and seems to identify him. Mak Mun speak up, demanding the dice be shown, and also the gambler offers to let Moo-myung walk if he gives up now.
Moo-myung declines and also tries to lift the cup again, but the gambler stop him. Moo-myung asks why he’s so nervous to check out the dice, questioning if perhaps he to know the results. The gambler tips over the table, and also Moo-myung and also Mak Mun run.
They break-up up and Moo-myung leads the gamblers v the city streets, mirroring off his significant jumping capacity again. Lastly he loser the gamblers, infuriating the scarred man, who vows to discover them no matter what.
Things room much an ext civilized at a regional teahouse, wherein the owner brews sophisticated teas for his patrons. The notices a male beckoning him over — it’s Hwa-gong, the end of prison and all cleaned up.
Hwa-gong asks seller Pi Joo-ki around his business, and learns the this shop is just a branch that a larger business. Hwa-gong states that he’s searching for something special, and also Joo-ki leers, reasoning he wants a woman. Yet Hwa-gong clarifies that he’s in search of young, beautiful men.
Merchant Joo-ki takes Hwa-gong to a place dubbed Daiseo, among the trendiest shops in town (and among the areas the gambler command Mak Mun come look because that his family). Joo-ki mirrors Hwa-gong a room v a surprise peephole in the wall, where he have the right to watch every the goings-on in ~ Daiseo without being seen.
Ah Ro has several jobs, and also she asks among her employers for she overdue pay. That severely underpays her, accusing her of drink the alcohol she was supposed to be selling. She objects, and also he tells her the no matter exactly how high-ranking she father might be, if her mommy is low-born, climate so is she.
He tells she to leave, however Ah Ro decides the if she’s walk to it is in accused, she may also be guilty. She drinks an entire jar of expensive alcohol in one go, and she’s soon drunk, and also slurs the she’ll take 3 pots total, one because that each month she wasn’t paid.
Ah Ro staggers down the street, yelling at the ground to stop being so close, hee. She clues a couple of kids stealing from a seller and tries to follow them, yet ends up going much more sideways 보다 forward, and also bumps right into Moo-myung. He grabs her in his arms as she go down, and also her shoes goes flying as they finish up in an by chance romantic pose.
Moo-myung and Ah Ro look in ~ each other curiously for a lengthy moment… and also then Moo-myung dumps Ah Ro in the dirt. HAHA. That starts come walk away, but Ah Ro bring away his pants and also begs that to acquire her shoe. The tries to refuse, yet she latches on and also starts wailing around how it’s her only pair the shoes, and also she can’t walk without them, however just together he looks like he’s going to cave, he sees riders approaching and wrenches his foot away.
Ah Ro drunkenly manages come stand, and also something compels Moo-myung come stop and turn back. He sees Ah Ro ideal in the course of the riders, and also runs ago to waver her the end of the way. They land in that precise same romantic pose again, Ah Ro in Moo-myung’s arms, and also Ah Ro marvels if she’s seeing things because she drank on an north stomach.
Moo-myung asks if she’s okay, and Ah Ro breathes that he’s handsome. She provides him a huge loopy smile, and also he watch nervous and says that he can’t help it if she’s not okay. And also then the drops her on the floor again. PFFT. Ah Ro sit up, grumbling that it’s no that big a transaction to hand she her shoe, and then Moo-myung tosses it and accidentally whacks she in the head. HAHAHA, whoops.
Ah Ro goes on she wobbly way, ultimately collapsing exterior a healer’s home. The healer, AHN JI-GONG (Choi Won-young) is within patching increase a injured homeless man. The asks the homeless man around “that child,” yet the homeless man says the it wasn’t him. Ji-gong tries no to look too upset, and the homeless man assures him that after ten year of searching, he’s certain to uncover the human he’s searching for soon.
We rejoin the young man who was listening to Ah Ro’s story, now dressed in imperial robes together he beginning the throne room. He’s King Jinheung, provided name SAMMAEKJONG (Park Hyung-shik), simply come back from his decade-long exile.
He stares in ~ his throne, and also hears his mother’s voice behind him, asking why he come here. Us flash back to eleven year prior, once his uncle, King Beopheung, had been killed while defending his palace against invaders. Now-Queen Regent Jiso had wielded a knife herself, intent on protecting her tiny son Sammaekjong. She’d referred to as for Pa Oh, then begged the to safeguard the dowager queen no issue what.
But now she appears cold and also suspicious, and also she asks Sammaekjong if the came due to the fact that he doesn’t trust her, calling the strange the he’s here. He says that it’s more strange if he’s not here, but his mom retorts that there space still many world who want to kill him.
Sammaekjong says dryly that he’s invested a many time about the dorn people, and also now he’s growing suspicious the everyone. Queen Regent Jiso asks if he’s suspecting her of trying come steal his throne, yet he says that trust isn’t essential — he’s just here to view if his throne is act well.
Queen Regent Jiso spits the she’s the one who’ll decide as soon as he comes ago (to reclaim his throne). Until then, he’s to live as if he’s dead.
A pair of high-ranking officials discuss the reality that the palace was unguarded the previous night, and also that someone entered during that time. One is certain it’s the young king, if the various other says that he’ll have actually the guards be on the lookout because that an assassin.
That night, the young king sit alone in a room external the palace, staring morosely in ~ the dragon-head bracelet the wears on his wrist. Outside, Mak Mun waits because that Moo-myung, and happens come spot a black-clad number sneaking right into the building.
The male in black color finds the king’s bedroom, and plunges his sword right into the body lying on the bed. Thank goodness it was a decoy — Sammaekjong was hiding behind a screen, and also he quickly neutralizes the assassin v lightning-fast punches, all the while noting the he’s not good with his beat-up sword, and that he had to drink to garner courage because that this job.
He asks the assassin exactly how much his life is worth, and also the assassin squeaks the end that the was available three bags of rice. Sammaekjong laughs in ~ that, and also calls out to Pa Oh. However it’s the queen’s man Hyun Chu that appears, and also he quickly cuts under the assassin.
Sammaekjong isn’t happy that Hyun Chu killed the man, who didn’t also know that he was. Hyun Chu says that it’s the queen regent’s command that anyone who sees Sammaekjong’s confront must die, and also Sammaekjong storms the end angrily.
He steps outside, and also ends increase face-to-face v a an extremely surprised Mak Mun. Unfortunately, Hyun Chu complies with him and also calls him “Your Majesty,” however Sammaekjong throws up an eight to prevent Chu from death Mak Mun for knowing who that is. Mak Mun runs, and also Hyun Chu adheres to him ~ above horseback.
It looks like Mak Mun is done for, but a hand reaches out and also grabs him to crouch behind a wall surface — it’s Moo-myung. Hyun Chu rides off in the wrong direction, and Mak Mun stammers the he simply saw the king.
Moo-myung thinks it’s ridiculous the the king would certainly stay exterior the palace, and also suggests that possibly what Mak Mun heard wasn’t Your Majesty, yet should ns hit you? (The words sound similar.) the smacks Mak Mun, then tells him come hand end his necklace — his height makes him was standing out, so Moo-myung provides to find out an ext about it.
Moo-myung security the next day asking regional vendors about the necklace, with no luck. In ~ one point he realizes he’s in the same spot whereby he recorded the drunk Ah Ro, and smiles when he remembers she calling the handsome.
That evening, Mak Mun stand open-mouthed in former of what shows up to be a nightclub. As he gapes at all the quite people, that spots Ah Ro walking past him, but it’s no her challenge that fixates that — it’s the wooden necklace peeking the end of she collar. He tries to follow Ah Ro right into the nightclub, yet the bouncers avoid him at the door.
This society is obviously The ar To Be, v music and also entertainment and gorgeous clubbers dressed come the nines. One guy makes a stir once he beginning the room v his entourage… he’s BAN-RYU (Do Ji-han), and the females swoon just to check out him walk by.
But he’s eclipsed by an additional grand entrance, this time by SU-HO (Min-ho), that elicits a similar swoony solution in the females in the room. Su-ho complains once he spots Ban-ryu here, climate preens as soon as one girl comments that he’s lot better-looking 보다 the other guy.
A group of females are lugged to a storeroom, and also squeal excitedly as soon as Ah Ro is revealed, here to tell castle a dramatic story. Sammaekjong is also in the building, though he’s alone in a personal room, brooding into his wine. He listens in together Ah Ro recites her torrid romance, and also we see that in an additional room, Su-ho and his buddies are also listening intently.
Ban-ryu’s friends can additionally hear her from their personal room, though he’s patent uninterested. He sends the loudest the them come get more alcohol, reminding the loftily that his father is the lowest-ranked the the four of them. It makes the guy seethe, yet he go to gain the drinks.
Moo-myung, meanwhile, has found his way to the merchant Joo-ki, and asks him around Mak Mun’s necklace. Joo-ki think it look at familiar, and he marvels to himself whether Moo-myung is ugly, the means he hides his challenge under his hat.
He’s proven rather wrong when he tells Moo-myung to leaving the necklace with him, and also Moo-myung advice up his cap to expose the pretty. Moo-myung states he can’t leave the necklace because it’s no his, and holds it up because that Joo-ki to take it a nearby look.
Determined to talk to Ah Ro around her necklace, Mak Mun sneaks in the back means and finds her still in the middle of her story. Once he watch the necklace, he’s even an ext sure the it’s a match to his own. That tries to wave to Ah Ro to obtain her attention, and accidentally knocks the tray that alcohol out of someone’s hand as he walks past.
It’s the guy sent by haughty Ban-ryu, who requirements to watch Mak Mun’s identification, because he’s plainly not from roughly here. Mak Mun make the efforts to push his method out, but his antagonist escalates the fight.
Ah Ro reaches the naughty part of her story (and HA, she heroine is named Na-jung), entertaining both her female and unseen masculine audiences. In the key room, Mak Mun it s okay beaten to a pulp, and Su-ho runs out, uncomfortable at the disturbance.
Both teams come out — Ban-ryu’s and also Su-ho’s — and tempers flare, and everyone rushes the end to see the impending fight. Ah Ro loses her audience, and a door opens behind her. Sammaekjong to walk in and the candles walk out, and also Ah Ro transforms to watch him standing really close. She slams her eyes shut and also asks nervously that he is, then clutches herself together if she’s fear he’s walk to strike her.
Sammaekjong sighs that it’s just been 4 days, and tells Ah Ro to open her eyes. She asks why, and also he says, “Because it’s dark. And also no one is here. And also I like you.” Well, hello then.
Then the reaches out to grab her waist and also pull her closer. Ah Ro’s eyes fly open, and he asks what happens next. According to her story, this is the point where the hero rips open the heroine’s bodice.
In the main room, Mak Mun is ~ above the ground, his attacker’s foot top top his head. The male crows that it’s not a crime come beat increase peasants there is no passes, “So it’s it s okay to death him, right?”
He pulls the end his sword to strike, simply as other flies through the air and whacks him in the face — it’s Moo-myung’s die, and the crowd parts to allow Moo-myung to do his fashionable heroic entrance.
He watch mysterious v his face still half-hidden by his hat, and he intones the he thinks life is all about luck. Together he raises his cap to display his face, the adds, “But today, you are not lucky.”
The instigator angrily asks that he is, however Moo-myung says he doesn’t should know and asks Mak Mun if he’s okay. Mak Mun says he is, and Moo-myung replies, “But I’m no okay.”
The attacker swings his sword, if Moo-myung sidesteps and also quickly disarms him. Su-ho voices his admiration, and also even Ban-ryu look at a tiny impressed in ~ Moo-myung’s skill.
Moo-myung provides the sword to carve a circle in the floor roughly himself. He claims that if killing low-borns that sneak right into the city is his law, then Moo-myung’s legislation is come beat up any kind of aristocrats who cross this line. That invites that to step across: “I will fight you.”
I’m just going to go ahead and also admit, right here at the beginning, that I’m going into this drama exceptionally biased to like it. In between my loves because that Park Seo-joon and also Go Ara, and also my excessive fondness for the whole Flower young franchise, I had actually high hopes and high expectations of Hwarang to it is in at least fun and also entertaining. So, I’m happy come report the the first episode didn’t allow me down, and also I can’t wait to view more.
A lot happened in this premiere, together it set up the backdrop of a shaky kingdom in require of protection for the young, inexperienced king. Ns felt the was completed well, through the gravitas that a sageuk offering the show some weight and also heft, without sacrificing the sense of rollicking fun we’ve concerned expect native this series. I found the two sides to it is in well-balanced, without too lot of either acquisition over. And much prefer the various other dramas in the Flower boy series, Hwarang bring its own distinct flavor come the table, and so far I find it to be adventurous and exciting.
One thing the show seems to have actually done an extremely right so much is the casting — everyone seems well-suited to your roles. I’m currently invested in the characters and also their struggles, and also look front to learning an ext about them and also watching them together they come with each other to form the Hwarang. I specifically love just how Go Ara seems to have thrown herself completely into the function of Ah Ro, imbuing her with an aura of spunk that offers an edge to the usual Candy characterization and also thus making she much much more interesting. She doesn’t to win me together your everyday damsel in distress — this is a girl that will manage her very own problems, thankyouverymuch, though she’s not above appreciating a handsome challenge when she sees one.
The males are additionally intriguing, and also I love the they each seem to have actually their own mystery — Sammaekjong’s true identity, Moo-myung’s parentage, that Ban-ryu and also Su-ho are exactly, and also why they hate each various other so much. Also Mak Mun’s find for his family members fascinates me, and also I wonder if the kind physician we recorded a glimpse of could be his shed father, especially because Ah Ro appeared pretty comfortable at his place. In ~ this allude I’m assuming that Ah Ro is Mak Mun’s sister and also the doctor is his father, given that this series usually doesn’t sell too much in the means of serious plot twists — it usually tends to offer the audience all the details up front, and also the fun is in the character’s journey to find their very own truths. However I’m worried, given that Lee Kwang-soo’s appearance is only a cameo… is something going to occur to him, leaving Moo-myung to settle his friend’s an enig alone?
We didn’t obtain to see much of Moo-myung and Ah Ro with each other in this very first episode, yet I believed their meet-cute to be adorably hilarious, and also that they had actually some pretty great chemistry despite the short scene. The problem — if you can even call it a problem — is that i felt that same crackling chemistry in between Ah Ro and also the prince over there at the end. It renders for a much much more interesting love triangle if there room sparks with both contenders, and in that feeling I think we’re in for some great conflict as Ah Ro tries to decide in between her 2 suitors. Given that both males are flat-out gorgeous and heroically swoony, I’m not sure I envy Ah Ro her choice between the broody prince and the secret stranger.
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So far, the show gets an positive thumbs-up indigenous me. Ns love the characters, and also I’m fascinated by the prevalent course ranking system, and also how it educates everyone’s attitudes and actions. I’m guessing this will rotate out to it is in a large factor as soon as the boys are recruited right into the Hwarang, whereby they’ll be expected to work-related together in spite of being native vastly various castes. I’m almost looking front to the conflict as lot as the eventual dropping the prejudice as boys can kind a cohesive fighting cadre, since I have actually a feeling that the conflict amongst the budding Hwarang is whereby we’re walking to discover all the fun.