I definitely noticed some inconsistencies and some choppy editing, but overall I really enjoyed Scholar. When I start nitpicking on the little things, it’s a sign that I should probably drop the show. In fact, I almost found your review more entertaining than the show itself (I mean it’s pretty close in my opinion). ❤. Click here for to learn about what makes or breaks onscreen chemistry! Along the way we meet many characters, some more ephemeral than I had expected. Also, YES to everything you said about how everything didn’t fit together very well at all. I didn’t love the way the story was handled, but the good acting and the overall pretty was enough to help me to the finish line! Sun. Click to read more! He turns into a vengeful vampire following the deaths of his family and friend. I’m a little sad that we’re reaching the final few eps already *sniff* Achiara’s Secret sounds intriguing. In spite of the questionable direction of the narrative, I was consistently impressed with the delivery and dedication to the role, of our main cast. Scholar who Walks the Night October 16, 2016 October 19, 2018 asiandramabase Drama Review 0 Comments As I mentioned on my previous post , I did watch this drama because of Lee Hyun Woo not knowing he’s gonna die on the very first episode. XD This is already Lee Soo Hyuk’s 2nd time playing a vamp, so methinks he’d avoid the genre for a while, unless an amazing script shows up. Synopsis. XD. What?? ❤️, Have you checked out Lady G’s most recent Dream Drama? But I don’t know why the king had to wait for the dawn, I thought the plan was to burry the vampire under tones of rock, not melt him in the sun. His character in Scholar was so tortured all the way through, simply because he was a vampire. Usually a disappointing course of action, but sometimes, it’s hard not to hope! It was such an odd duck but loads of fun all the same. Both Lee Jun Ki and Lee Soo Hyuk bring indisputable amounts of pretty to the show, and uh, I just liked gazing at the Pretty. i do wonder if this drama was following closely the webtoon or just use the same characters to tell a story with different plot? Like Andy said, your comment made me laugh, Yllegjord! . I’ve yet to properly dive into SFD as like you I’m a bit hesitant to start something that long. Or maybe I just have a weird obsession with ear piercing haha…. I haven’t gotten the review done yet (coz I am forever backlogged!) Beyond their official roles the two become really close friends due to their similar characters and closeness in age. Yussss…. Those I can confidently recommend. Gwi is a evil vampire who has been terrifying the kingdom. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who skips every scene LJK isn’t in. Yay that we feel similarly about this show, though! I’m SO watching Imaginary Cat – I can’t wait to have YSH’s molten gaze back on my screen again! I actually really enjoyed the unique creepy carnival music choices in some of the scenes, but many times the background music would be very abruptly cut off when transitioning between scenes. So I pretty much avoid them altogether. Which just feels like connect-the-dots kind of writing, to be honest. Thank you for all of your love and support! The Scholar Who Walks the Night harkens back to vampire lore of old and is an exceptional 2015 supernatural show that is much better than several mediocre reviews may suggest. Just sayin’. Scholar Who Walks the Night – Episode 13 Review. I just convinced myself that the last part where Sung Yeol and Yang Sun met under the tree, it was an imaginary thing. :/ Lee Jun Ki was beautiful and ethereal to look at, and.. that’s about it, unfortunately. Why would anyone get LJK and Lee Soo Hyuk in one drama and half-ass the writing, I’ll never know Every episode, I end up obsessing about how Lee Yubi’s face is much bigger than LJK’s, how annoying and creepy Changmin’s ant-colony “beard” is, and how weird that the King’s bestie lost his beard when he became a vampire. I think she merely served as a plot device mostly for Gwi. Hope you likey! I didn’t manage to pick it back up after episode 2. This website or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author. Jang Hee Jin caught my eye too, in this. Did we buy the first volume of the manhwa while in Korea back in 2015? Click here to understand the heart behind #FindMyTribe! Um, sort of main reason why I didn’t drop the thing. I picked out the other things you mentioned too – the jarring timeskip that made no sense and sungyeol randomly walking around in the sunlight although he’s a vampire?! XD That’s so perfect! , Well…I’m already watching She Was Pretty and Achiara’s secret but I had the craving, if you want, for something set in the old times.. I appreciated that the vamping was so ugly, bloody and beastly, it explained why Scholar wanted to end his existence, because I don’t think I would buy any sort of ”woe to me, doomed to be rich and fabulous for all eternity”. It is the Joseon dynasty and Kim Sung-Yeol (Lee Joon-Gi) is a gifted young scholar. *sigh * it’s not very high on my to-watch list. Yeah, this show had looked so beautiful and so promising in the posters and trailers, but it really turned out to be quite a disappointing mess, unfortunately. …It’s really too bad that Show turned out to be a very, very different creature than what I’d expected. Somewhere along the way, besides the hawthorne daggers/stakes through the heart that we see from the beginning of the show, silver bullets also become effective. I’m live-watching too many things right now, and Goblin is starting tonight! Ah, if you need Show to provide actual answers to questions like what vampires can or can’t do, and why the secret journal was needed, you’d be disappointed, I’m afraid. This week we are taking a look at ‘The Scholar Who Walks The Night’. Teh Pretty just isn’t enough for me. Haha, I watched him in.. Paradise Ranch (?) I’m not sure why. I’m looking forward to chatting more dramas with ya, KL! I thought this one was going to be lighter..I don’t think I’m ready for too much angst. Running for his life, Sung-Yeol ends up in the company of a Guardian Vampire. !^^, Oh yes, my dear. Now then, let’s try to summarize the story of this drama spanning several centuries. Speaking of army, I can’t wait for Yoo Seung Ho’s and Song Joong Ki’s new dramas. And, I like reading ’em, and it makes for lovely conversations, so I’m not complaining, at all! Actually, the production values of current jdramas are more or less on par with the korean ones. Maybe one day, when I’ve finally gotten my Healer review posted, you might feel ready to give it another try. I thought he did quite nicely in that, even though I didn’t love the show itself too much. Sadness. Past a certain point, I stopped caring or trying, and learned to just shrug it all off as just one of Show’s weird ticks. I enjoyed the drama, but if you think too much about some of the things, they just don’t add up; so I just kind of let them go over my head. minus the whole blood all over their mouths to show “grrr oooh vampire are so dangerous and they drink blood. Ailenin kızı Yang Sun erkek kılığına girerek kitap satıcılığı yapmaya başlar. . I loved him in Arang too! Kim Sung-yeol was initially a normal human being who was close to Crown Prince Junghyun and about to get married to his lover, Lee Myung-hee. ), and honestly, LJK is the main reason I hung on all the way to the end. Oh Fangirl, you took almost all the words right out of my mouth regarding this drama. Also, I was bowled over by Jang Heejin’s portrayal of the Gisaeng. Victoria will prolly make you want to strangle her more than once. However, the way the story was written and directed made me feel like the characters were sometimes acting in different stories and they just mashed everything together. Basically, I couldn’t not watch this one. She makes Yang Sun so earnest and hardworking and sunny that it’s hard not to like her. Hi there Evelyn!! What was Gwi doing while all of this angsting and kissing and drinking of blood was going on? The opening episodes of "Scholar Who Walks the Night" are full of intense adventures and surprising cliffhangers. Or with Cinderella and Four Knight’s Kang Seo Woo’s super large ear piercing holes, which lets backlight shine through. but I do plan to write it a proper review, coz I enjoyed it so much. Knowing my taste in dramas (& men! Better for a show to start awful and become decent than the other way around, so I’m happy with that. Fighting as one, Sung-Yeol and Crown Prince JongHyun resolve to win over and destroy Gwi. You are commenting using your WordPress.com … I would rather end it with Yang Sun narrating the Night Scholar writings she did or what not. I mean, a supernatural drama world featuring Joseon-era vampires with glorious bone structure, and a girl who goes undercover as a boy to earn a living and support her family? ^^, Oh, dramas that start out great and then derail are the ones that hurt the most! You’d think that after so many years of practice, they’d find a way to do it more neatly & effortlessly, eh? Also, all our romantic relationships are angsty. I know I’m waaaaay late but I just finished watching this and I’m so frustrated with the ending. Aw.. That’s a bit of a bummer.. There’re some viewers who genuinely enjoyed this show, though. ‘Why am I even here?’ was a frequent thought going through my brain as I watched this back in 2015. The Scholar Who Walks the Night Review. Which is a pitty, because mythology inconsistency is the one unforgivable sin in fantasy, but, anyway, the casting was good. I’ve seen her before, in My Daughter Seo Young, and I personally am much more impressed with her in Scholar And yes, isn’t Changmin good in this?? We don’t get much insight into Gwi’s inner conflict until the later episodes, but even in the earlier stretch of the show, Lee Soo Hyuk manages to imbue Gwi with enough nuance to hint at the layers yet to be revealed. Like…..WUD?? All the build-up to the final showdown during the episode – and the multiple episodes prior – was just way too much. The last solid drama I’ve seen from LJK is Two Weeks, and I’m so ready for him to get offered a solidly good drama! Hi Daneyy! No pressure, of course! I know the production changed writers partway, and agree that it must’ve been stressful and hard on everyone. Yes it had gore and serious vampire type actions, but it also had humanistic trends which made it interesting. In addition to burdening him with this new identity, the failed attempt to end Gwi also robbed Sung-Yeol of his loved ones. Not that I can vouch for the show itself.. But it’s pretty short, is fusion, has Joseon, has vampires, and ends on a heartwarming note. The show also kept sort of playing up a relationship between Gwi and Hyeryeong that kind of hinted at romance and I felt that it was abit unnecessary/out-of-place and just plain weird. Review: Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food [Something In The Rain]. Yes the music sometimes is still off, and some characters haven’t played a major role yet but it’s getting better and more interesting definitely! And then because he sensed he has to go back to Yang Sun and protect her he sizzled under the sun without his cloak AND FOUGHT. It’s the matter of time who will get to do what he think it’s right. I honestly do make conscious adjustments to my viewing lens to maximize my enjoyment of each kdrama that I watch. This drama is based on the manwha of the same name written by Jo Joo-Hee and illustrated by Han Seung-Hee. Coz in the end, even though we get to a happy ending, I feel like I don’t even really know how we got there. Hello fellow Singaporean!!! Just, it didn’t really work for me, with this drama. I’m now rather intrigued at these more recent Jdramas that feel on par with the kdramas. . Both are repetitive plot-wise, always circling around the same thing, and then both shows made LJK angsty, without giving him room to actually use his power (guns or vampire powers, as the case may be). Basically, make a choice to either go all-out cute and frothy, or full-on intense with the action melodrama. For me, the overall integrity of the production is always paramount, and audiences shouldn’t be expected to make allowances for behind-the-scenes changes in order to appreciate the quality of the production. That story with these leads would have been a good watch. But in later episodes, many corpses who’d been fanged – whether they’d turned or not – were shown without stakes through the heart. Enter your email address to follow The Fangirl Verdict and receive notifications of new posts by email. Just, Scholar didn’t manage to make the angst feel worth it, y’know?” * nods * indeed, indeed. Sung Yeol, Yoon (Changmin) and Gwi all have their fair share of angst, all of it to do with their identity and who/what they perceive themselves to be. But maybe it’s cause of my film background, I do tend to get quite critical about the shows I watch. I did not really have a clear idea why Hyeryeong loved Yoon so much, and the friendship between yangsun and yoon just suddenly fizzled into thin air. On another note, you dropped Healer?? It feels like rubber-band time, in a sense. When the Guardian Vampire falls victim to an attack, he decides to pass on his powers to the young scholar. In Healer, though, I felt like she really got into the role of Young Shin. Just, a little more inclusivity and clarity would’ve been nice. Especially since I was hoping for a cooler, more subtle and effortless sort of vamping out, sort of along the lines of Season 1 of Vampire Prosecutor. I would just advise not thinking too much for the greatest enjoyment , Do I? Maybe you should try some of LJK’s other projects. Scholar Who Walks the Night is based on same title webcomic by Jo Joo Hee (writer) & Han Seung Hee (illustrator) via “Daum Webtoon” which was first published as a comic on 2012-Dec-25 by “Seoul Media Group”. Cable dramas tend to attract less of these sorts of fans, and more discussion around the plot instead. A general feeling that the final output didn’t live up to the pre-production hype and mediaplay. Tee hee! But something light too! . The series begins by recounting events that happened 120 years ago. Although I had my doubts in the beginning coz I found Gwi a little one-note for a while, I definitely came away impressed with Lee Soo Hyuk. ^^, I’ll let you know when I eventually choose one! MBCdrama 200,586 views. Maybe I might be able to suggest a couple of alternatives? Scholar Who Walks The Night is story of a scholar, Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Gi) who supports his friend and king that has to face the old vampire Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk) who has been threatening the king. But let me just say that when the going was rough, this was sometimes the reason that kept me hanging by a thread. Wow, you notice a lot of small details, lol. ^^”. Also, I can’t quite get into Park Min Young’s acting. 20150805 - Duration: 2:00. And yes, I didn’t find the lovelines convincing either. C’mon now, saving someone with mouth-to-mouth is not kissing, nor is it supposed to be romantic. . Scholar Who Walks the Night is a good combination of the fantasy, romance, and historical genres. The melodrama was toned down (or if the stakes were raised to match the wailing, or both) and there was some serious conflict and a few interesting ethical dilemmas. Coz desperate times call for desperate measures? Like in episode 3, when Sung Yeol saves Yang Sun from the water after a big exciting chase involving Gwi, and proceeds to place his lips on hers. Overall I felt that Lee Joon Gi was holding this production on his shoulders and willing it to completion. The acting is on point from the main leads except for Kim So Eun. Scholar Who Walks the Night is a drama that I was highly anticipating, and overall I was very pleased with it. I found the first half of this show messy, cringeworthy, eye-rollingworthy, in other words, pretty bad. Despite my **cough** limited expertise in this genre, this statement should NOT be taken lightly. XD. It’s far from perfect, so you’d probably need to adjust your expectations around the writing and directing. It is 120 years later t… Ha. Spot on girl! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in not feeling this show as much as I wanted to. She popped for me, as a character. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. ), dya have one in particular that you’d recommend? Eh. I absolutely agree on all the contradictions in Scholar.. And during moments when Yoon felt he had to make hard choices, he looked genuinely conflicted, heartbroken and torn apart. But thankfully there are a lot of great ones out there so the only problem really is time and just picking one! The Scholar Who Walks The Night In addition to burdening him with this new identity, the failed attempt to end Gwi also robbed Sung-Yeol of his loved ones. Overall, I think that it would’ve been better all-around, if Show had just made up its mind on what it valued more – romance, or the secret plan to kill Gwi – and just focused its attention there. I’ve binge watched SO many in the past 6 months or so, LOL! Following the deaths of his work so to speak against his will, the short to! 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