Kdrama Podcast: Enjoy the products on display in THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH

Grab a lip balm, a mad futuristic face care mask, a cool sports car, a foundation stick, a ziplock kimchi bag and a whole heap of BBQ fried chicken, because this week Lee Evie is discussing one of the most anticipated kdramas of 2020, THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH. This Korean drama stars a smorgasbord of cool actors, including Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Woo Do-Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam. It also stars a whole heap of fried chicken. And also those delivery apps you use to order fried chicken when you are too far from the fried chicken shop to just walk there and order fried chicken yourself.  Lee Evie has complex feelings about this drama, both loving aspects of it and feeling a bit ‘meh’ about others. So you are warned! 

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8 thoughts on “Kdrama Podcast: Enjoy the products on display in THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH

  1. Hi LeeEvie!

    Thanks for reviewing The King: Eternal Monarch! I really am looking for someone objective enough to review this drama and your podcast came to me– super glad here, you have no idea.

    Anyway, just want to comment some points where I think you were thinking why the drama needed to insert those things like the Japanese vessels crossing the border and the significance of him going back to the past instead of just taking the broken flute.

    First, with the Japanese vessels — from someone who lives in a country where a more dominant one disrespects the border, it is a very serious matter to the citizens specially when it comes to resources. The role it played in the drama is the establishment of Lee Gon’s tough resolve on matters. He didn’t have to be in the vessel but he wanted to impress to Japan that he will fight like his ancestors did before him, as in head on. It was actually a pivotal scene for me that this king was a leader and he was not just there to ride horses, be a part of a rowing team, do TedTalks or donate to the poor. It also justified to me his gutsy move to behead the traitor they have in custody.

    Second, Lee Gon’s decision of going back to the past was not based on the idea that he wanted to save his father. It was on the idea that Lee Lim needed to be stopped from crossing the universes. Lee Lim has violated a lot of “universe travelling” ethics in so many lives so even though it was tempting to just kill Lee Lim and be done with it, he risked to go back it time once more.

    I didn’t like the full ending though. I just hoped that the drama ended in the scene where Gon and Tae Eul met after he searched for her. Some of the other characters endings are quite questionable and they don’t need to be a happy one all the time– not sure if you agree though.

    In a small note, as shallow as it sounds, I disagree that Lee Min Ho doesn’t look good in turtle necks. He looks good at anything! Hahaha.

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    1. Haha, first of all, your comment about the turtle necks absolutely made me laugh! 😂

      And gosh, thanks so much for your thoughts!! This was so interesting for me to read!
      Oh, I do get what you mean about the Japanese warships episode, and how that fit into the drama for you. I guess, thinking about it now, maybe how you took it was also what was intended by those scenes, now that I am thinking about it, that idea of exactly what kind of King he is (definitely not weak) and someone who can stand in front of his country. Otherwise you are right, without that scene, he would just spend his time rowing and doing charity things and paperwork, all still necessary for a modern king, but not giving us watchers a proper opportunity to see what kind of leader he is. Oooh interesting. It does make sense if you think of it as a character study storyline. I just felt like it was such a huge storyline that was left untapped as the drama progressed, but this is interesting. Thank you for your thoughts 🙂

      And as for the choice to go back in time, I must admit I got a bit confused with the time travel aspects anyway and did feel like I missed a bit of the motivation (oops, haha), but I didn’t really mind at all, because I really enjoyed all those scenes where Lee Gon is travelling through time trying to find his love again. Very epic!

      I am so glad you enjoyed the podcast episode! That makes me so happy. I find it really interesting to hear other people’s thoughts, because I try to record my episodes before I’ve done any reading of other reviews or general audience reaction, as I am the kind of human being who is sadly very swayed by other people (oh no!), but I also quite like the fact that everyone has their own experience while watching a drama, and interprets things in slightly different ways. I think that is kind of cool, especially because I’ve learned how much my own personal taste influences how I feel about a show, haha! 🙂

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  2. “And as for the choice to go back in time, I must admit I got a bit confused with the time travel aspects anyway and did feel like I missed a bit of the motivation (oops, haha), but I didn’t really mind at all, because I really enjoyed all those scenes where Lee Gon is travelling through time trying to find his love again. Very epic!”

    It’s funny though. Some people I know gave up on the series because of the time travel, which is a shame. Because I absolutely agree, it is very epic and even very enjoyable. Seeing Min Ho’s long legs run is probably another reason but, oh well.

    I’m glad I’ve somehow helped in shedding light to that Japanese crossing border thing. I will be listening to your other podcasts, specially the ones I’ve already watched — Crash Landing on You and Itaewon Class are on my top five lists. Then, there’s Tempted, too! Maybe because, like you, I also easily get swayed. Oh, I’ll be busy listening to your podcasts, for sure.

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    1. Oh really? I really liked the time travel elements! I think it is such a tricky concept to get right, but it is always very interesting for me. And definitely, haha, seeing Lee Min Ho’s long legs run is a highlight 🤣
      I really hope you enjoy my other episodes too if you get a chance to listen! I really loved Itaewon Class and Crash Landing On you, though I thought Tempted was pretty crazy and I ranted a lot at that show (though I still watched until the end and was a bit addicted even though it was hot rubbish for me, haha). I hope you enjoy the episodes, and thank you so much for your comments and thoughts 🙂

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  3. Hello Lee Evie,

    First, I want to say that I really enjoy your podcast and comments on kdramas, characters, storylines etc, many of which I agree with. I am a relatively new listener to your podcast, I discovered it a few weeks ago while I had problems falling asleep and was looking for something to listen to relax my brain and I have since listened to most episodes of those kdramas I have watched myself.
    I discovered kdramas only in early 2020 (I knew of their existence but ignored them when I saw them on Netflix – now I know better haha) and since then I have watched probably way too many. They were my companion during lockdown and got me addicted (my first ever kdrama was Crash Landing on You and I might leave a comment on that podcast episode some time later).
    But what I actually wanted to comment on here are some of my own thoughts on The King: Eternal Monarch after listening to your review of it a few days ago (I am aware that you recorded this a few months ago 😄).
    Overall I enjoyed this kdrama, the story and the time travel elements etc, even though I sometimes got confused as well.
    But, as you mentioned, the romance between the two main characters just did not convince me 100%. I also thought that the romance moved way too fast for the audience to feel it (and I always want to feel all the feels) and I just struggled especially at the start to get on board with it. I think it was in episode 7 where we had the first ‘I love you’ and I just thought: that’s early, we are only in episode 7! We are not even halfway through 🤣
    That seemed a little bit out of the blue at that point in the drama and very rushed. So, I agree that this part of the kdrama could have been better and that it could have been dragged out and developed a bit more, especially from Tae-eul’s side. I am not a fan if series or movies try to sell a romance that just does not seem to develop naturally or where I can’t understand the characters’ motivations, thoughts and feelings, and where I am basically told to just accept it because that’s how it was written.
    So yeah, I just wanted to leave my comment on this after hearing the podcast episode and your thoughts on the romance in this kdrama.

    Thanks for this podcast, I am happy I discovered it and I will definitely continue listening and looking forward to new episodes.

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    1. Oh thank you so very much Kiki, I am so excited you found my podcast and are enjoying it! That is so cool and makes me feel very excited! 🙂 Thank you for the support!

      I think so many people have discovered kdramas this year (I hear it a lot!) which I think is so cool! At least something good came out of a terrible year, haha. I think Kdrama has been giving people a lot of solace during tough times, and once you start, it is hard not to get addicted! 🙂

      Haha, I loved reading your thoughts about The King! I enjoyed watching this show too, but I really agree with your comments, it wasn’t quite as swoonworthy as I wanted. I am such a huge fan of romance, and my favourite kind are the very slowly developed ones for sure! I really liked what you said about not being a fan of a show or movie that sells a romance by just telling you it is so, instead of allowing you to feel and understand the emotions. I agree with that so strongly! I feel that is why I like kdramas so much, I do think so often they get those elements of a romance so right, but it definitely felt a little rushed to me in this one. I’m still glad I watched it though!

      I really hope you keep enjoying listening to the podcast going forward 🙂 I am on break right now but am already so excited to start up again very soon! (in 2 weeks!) 🙂

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      1. Thank you for your lovely reply.

        Yes, discovering kdramas for myself especially this year was definitely a highlight and I can see why so many other people enjoy them too, also outside of Asia.
        I feel like more and more kdramas are being added to Netflix (in my case UK Netflix) so there are loads to choose from.
        I also keep recommending them to friends, mostly so that I have someone to talk to about it haha, which is why I was happy to stumble upon your podcast too.

        For me they are really great ways of escapism. Even though the tropes and overall storylines are often the same or similar, the way they are told or developed are just so different and often very original. Some of the plot-lines just seem bonkers on paper but usually they actually work, and as you said they often get the elements of romance and general emotions on point. And the longer it takes to develop the better, I enjoy a good slow burn, with a bit of heartache thrown in hahaha.

        I hope you enjoy your break and I am looking forward to your new podcast episodes.

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      2. I’m so glad you found the podcast too, thanks for listening! I am super enjoying my break but also very ready to come back again next week, I am quite excited 🙂

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