I know I have yet to make a review for Rooftop Prince but this left me with bitter sentiments, I have to write it down first. I rarely post negative drama reviews for I usually drop them after a few episodes. But there are cases that I go through with it because 1) I’m still hoping for a miracle, 2) the lead actor is so pleasant in the eyes, or 3) I already wasted my time so wasting a few more wouldn’t make a difference.
구가의 서 / Gu Family Book
MBC, 24 Episodes
Broadcast Period 4/8/13-6/25/13
Historical Romance, Fantasy, Melodrama
Watched in July, 2013
Disclaimer: This contains spoilers and my endless merry rants.
Historical dramas are not really my thing. I watch them, yes, but I can count in one hand the dramas I’ve finished in this genre be it Sageuk, Taeha or Fusion. I drop most of them halfway out of boredom. If it wasn’t for my boyfriend who watched it with me (which I will never ever do again), I would have dropped this after 10 episodes or fast forwarded the remaining episodes so I can get over and done with it. We kept on fighting all through out because I want to know the ending immediately but he wouldn’t allow me to skip episodes! So there, I ended up enduring 24 episodes (note: 24+ hours) of recycled plot, one evil villain they can’t get rid off for more than 20 years, and an on and off search for a mystical book that the very existence is of question.
There are two things I don’t get in this series; 1) I never understood why this drama was dubbed the Korean “Twilight” when that isn’t a good basis for comparison since, as we all know, that saga is awful (I admit that once upon a time I was so enthralled with Edward but age, wisdom, and a hundred books after made me see how foolish I was and yes, I’m blaming that to teenage hormones)1, and 2) why it was titled Gu Family Book when the story didn’t revolve around it.
Starting the series with the back story was a good tactical move to make the viewers have an idea of what the story is about but the downside of it is that it would make or break how much they can hook the viewer’s interest. Whenever I watch series, I consider the first 6 episodes the most critical part of the drama because it would either make me continue or drop it. The problem with Gu Family Book is that they repeated exactly what happened 20 years ago to a different noble family with the same villain that didn’t even age with time considering that Olay or Botox are not yet present in this period. I’m no expert when it comes to Korea’s Joseon Era, however, I can’t help but question how a retired Assistant Minister get all his powers without the higher ups (King or Minister perhaps) noticing that there is something wrong with its ranks. I would understand if he is still holding his position but retired? Do they really hold that much authority? I was so pissed off with this guy and I’m even more pissed with the good guys who can’t do anything to stop this villain. Pff.
Another twist in the plot I didn’t appreciate was when Kang Chi’s mother came back and his father whose in deep slumber woke up to avenge whatever he wants to avenge. It’s so complicated! There’s so much going on with the current plot, they can’t even sustain the where-the-hell-is-that-mystical-book story line, and now another added side story? How the hell would they end this drama, closing all issues, in 24 episodes? And then came the bitch ending. That really was an icing on the cake.
My reaction? WT#&*r98*&(*#&%^@. Yes, I was that pissed. After all the stupid twists, after all the agitation I had for days, after everything, it has to end with death and a jump into the future. Gah. That was one of the worst ending I’ve seen in my history of watching Korean series. It left a whole lot of open issues (practically all of it) and opened another can of worms. Will the cycle repeat again? And this time, will they have a happy ending? But before those can be answered, one question remains the same; does the Gu Family Book even exist?
I’m giving the acting 2.5 Kiss Marks. Most of the cast are good and we know Lee Seung Ki can act. I only had a problem with some of them who can’t express their emotions as clear and as good as the others.
1 That is totally unrelated to the series. It’s just so happen that my rant-o-meter is off the charts and I want to write that. Hah.