Oh my goodness gracious me! This week’s episode of The Three Musketeers had me laughing and crying and yelling and cursing and cheering and whooping for joy and even now that it’s over, I’m still stomping around my room in a desperate attempt to deal with so many feels! (Okay, so now I’m sitting but two seconds ago I was stomping and raving like a lunatic…) I just can’t help it, this show has me flipping out and it’s for all the right reasons!
So much happened this week and so much of it was amazing, I spent a ridiculous amount of time laughing like a loon and just feeling downright giddy. And how could I not, when we start off with that regional governor getting the shock of his life, when he realizes he’s imprisoned the Crown Prince and his friends? I laughed so hard when Min Seo was mistaken for the Prince and he just sat there with that adorably stunned look on his face. As surprised as he was to be mistaken for Sohyeon, I think at least a small part of him kind of enjoyed the attention, not for the sake of recognition or anything but because he thought the mistake was as funny as I did. (I was rolling on the floor over that one.) With identities revealed and plots uncovered, it was time for The Three Musketeers to get back to work and boy did they! With Yong Gol Dae safely over the border and things finally settling down, it was time for our heroes to head home and what do they get the second they get back? An unwanted trip to a gambling hall and a whole lot of crap from the King. Poor guys!
While I understand why the lie about the gambling had to be told, I did really feel bad for Sohyeon, Seung Po and Min Seo as they were being reprimanded by the King. Here they’ve just spent the past month risking their lives to save the country and ensure peace with the neighboring kingdoms and what do they get in return? A giant chewing-out by the King and a declaration that they need to be more like Dal Hyang. Once again I was rolling on the floor as Dal Hyang came slinking around that pillar to stand next to the King. The look on his face was priceless! Knowing the real reason for his promotion, Dal Hyang had to be feeling more than a little sheepish, standing there receiving all the praise that rightfully belonged to The Three Musketeers. It certainly looked like he was uncomfortable but at the same time, you could tell a part of him was also enjoying this sudden attention from the King. Being in the position he was in, there was no way Dal Hyang could tell his entire story to the King and even the Musketeers agreed that the way Dal Hyang handled the situation was the right way. Even so, I think the sudden promotion did go to Dal Hyang’s head, just a bit. The smug little smile that showed up on his face, on more than one occasion, certainly seemed to prove that it had and honestly, he has every reason to feel good about himself at the moment. He may not have spent the last month escorting foreign dignitaries and keeping the peace but he did manage to stay alive when the world thought him dead, which foiled all of Ja Jeom’s plans, and he also saved the Princess, which has got to count for something.
I think what really impressed me about Dal Hyang this week was the way he managed to trap Mi Ryeong. His plan was really well thought out and perfectly executed and I wanted to throw him a “Way To Go, You Did It!” party after Mi Ryeong was thrown in jail, but my moments of elation were short-lived. Once again, Dal Hyang’s hot-headedness got the better of him and he stepped over the line as he was talking to Mi Ryeong. Sadly, he paid dearly for this mistake. (Begin my moments of cursing, crying, yelling, etc.) In prison or not, Mi Ryeong is not a person to mess with and when she threatens to kill you, you’d better take her seriously! If I were Dal Hyang, I’d be pulling a Mad-Eye Moody and drink only from a hip-flask for the rest of my life, because you just never know when you might end up with something deadly in your drink. I hate to say it, but I knew, the second that mysterious drink from “Seung Po” was delivered that it would be the end of Dal Hyang’s dad. Ugh! It broke my heart to watch Dal Hyang sobbing over his dead father and I wanted to strangle Mi Ryeong for being so careless in the way she carried out her death threats. If she really wanted to make sure Dal Hyang was dead, she should have done like she did with the Prince and stabbed him directly in the chest, not send a bottle of poisoned alcohol via messenger to someone who may or may not be home. I can get behind a boldly carried out death threat but I’m not about to honor someone who murders innocents because she’s in too much of a rush to kill someone directly. Poor Dal Hyang, now he’s going to have to live with the guilt that will inevitably come from this and he’s going to spend the rest of his life wishing he hadn’t provoked the wrath of the crazy woman. I suppose I could try to find an upside in all of this and say that at least now Dal Hyang has fresh motivation to see Mi Ryeong brought to justice but I just don’t feel like it right now. Dal Hyang is suffering and I’m suffering with him and it breaks my heart to think that his mother will now have to spend the rest of her life alone, in that little old house, months away from her precious son. (Pardon me while I go get a tissue, the tears are real…)
Because I can’t end this review on such a sad note, I’ll instead talk about Sohyeon and Yoon Seo because they’re really the highlight of this week’s episode. Oh my goodness! All I can say is… FINALLY! Finally the Prince understands his feelings for Yoon Seo! Finally he sees her as his equal and his bride and the person he loves more than anyone else! Finally he sees Mi Ryeong for who she really is! Finally! Finally! Finally! Yes, I may be just a little bit happy about this new revelation of his. It took him long enough! I loved the innocent and slightly confused first kiss between Sohyeon and Yoon Seo because it was unexpected and new and neither one of them really understood why they were kissing but they were kind of enjoying it anyway. The jealousy Sohyeon felt, as Yoon Seo rambled on and on about how exciting and scary it was to have Dal Hyang show up at the last-minute and save the day, was obviously the motivation behind that kiss but I’m convinced there was more to it than that. The Prince has slowly started to see the Princess in a new light and he’s been surprised to find that he likes what he sees though honestly, a lot of this new perspective has only come now that he’s completely over Mi Ryeong. And thank goodness for that! I may be a bit cruel but I so enjoyed watching Mi Ryeong dig her own grave, the way she crowed about her victory over the Princess. She would have done well to keep her mouth shut but she couldn’t and she sealed her fate the moment she mentioned it was she who suggested the Princess should go kill herself. I think it was at that moment that Soyeon finally realized just how much Yoon Seo meant to him and I’m so happy he finally found the courage to admit his feelings, not only to himself but to Yoon Seo. I just wish he would have flat-out said, “I love you” because I knew something awful was going to happen only moments after their second kiss and dang it! I was right! Curse you Mi Ryeong! Why can’t you just die already!?!
I know I said I can’t end on an unhappy note but when the episode ends with a stinking arrow sticking out of Yoon Seo’s chest, well, there’s not really a happy way to end this. I’m not really worried Yoon Seo will die, because that would just be wrong, but I do think she’s going to be in mortal peril for a while and Sohyeon is going to want revenge which, I’m afraid, will end up putting him in danger too. I’m also afraid Dal Hyang is going to be so caught up in avenging his father’s death that he’s going to do something stupid and also find himself in danger and that means Min Seo and Seung Po will also be right in the thick of it. Next week’s previews make it look like there’s all kinds of trouble ahead, which I shouldn’t be surprised about since this week’s episode was so much fun. (It’s just another one of those stupid Drama Land laws.) I guess until the next episode, I’m just going to be sitting here, worrying about Yoon Seo and crying over Dal Hyang’s dad and hoping that Mi Reyong is caught and brought to justice soon because really, I’m getting awfully tired of her shenanigans.
So tell me, what did you think of this week’s episode? Did you suffer through as many different emotions as I did or do I just get way too caught up in my drama watching? Did you have any favorite moments? Any that made you cry? How do you feel about the progress being made between the Prince and Princess? How do you feel about the way things have gone with Mi Reyong? Is her time drawing near or is she going to be a thorn in everyone’s side for a bit longer? I know there are other things going on, that I’ve forgotten to talk about this week and I want to know your thoughts on all of them, as well as everything I did talk about, so be sure to leave me a comment below!
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