Unique Air Date: July – September 2019
For the primary time within the Joseon court docket, feminine historians are employed together with the good and impartial Goo Hae Ryung. Whereas working within the palace, she meets the hidden Prince Lee Rim.
After I was new to the drama world, I used to be largely sticking with the romcom style. I used to be avoiding historic or saeguk dramas for some time. However as soon as I obtained somewhat extra versed in Korean tradition and historical past, I lastly made the bounce with Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which I actually loved. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung has a really related vibe with the light-hearted humor and the depiction of a really sturdy and good feminine in an period the place males have been dominant and females have been presupposed to maintain the house. If you find yourself able to strive one thing new, I feel each of those dramas are wonderful gateways to the saeguk world. I feel that Sungkyunkwan Scandal was somewhat higher, particularly with the appearing, so I’d advocate that one first to a beginner.
What I beloved about Rookie Historians is all of their characters from the results in the aspect characters and even the minor ones. Their personalities have been all so nicely developed and I obtained pulled into their world.
Shin Se Kyung was wonderful because the titular character, Goo Hae Ryung. She was by far my favourite. She had no want to get married at 26 years outdated. She needed to reside free and make her personal mark on this planet. She was extremely nicely educated, literate and a thinker forward of her time. She wasn’t afraid to problem others, even the king, together with her ethical and moral tackle issues. She additionally had a fantastic humorousness which continually made me snigger out loud.
Prince Lee Rim was performed by Astro’s Cha Eun Woo. His appearing continues to be fairly inexperienced with occasional glimpses of deeper emotional appearing. However he was nonetheless capable of depict the Prince’s naiveté and innocence nicely. He additionally had a whole lot of humorous moments together with his banter with Hae Ryung, or his makes an attempt to attempt to be smarter than her however failing and doubtless finest, when he was happy with himself for a joke or his “suaveness.” By some means when he smiles, you neglect that he’s not the best actor and might’t assist however to smile again at your television.
Each leads had some nice individuals round them that helped to carry the comedy and the friendship. The opposite feminine historians have been all sturdy females too and obtained to shine of their battle for justice and to be revered. The male historians ultimately obtained flushed out too and I beloved how their development from ridiculing the feminine historians to preventing alongside them to go up in opposition to the king. It was additionally cute how they might have “after work” drinks and play ingesting video games, similar to the fashionable Korean dramas!
Most likely my favourite aspect character although was Prince Lee Rim’s eunuch. His humor and comedic timing was wonderful. His character was exaggerated for the laughs, nevertheless it simply labored so nicely. He was additionally such a form fatherly determine that Prince Rim missed his complete life.
The primary half of the drama was pretty mild and had me laughing. It obtained somewhat extra critical because it went on, nevertheless it nonetheless held to the comedy to not make it too weighty of a drama. What I appreciated was that regardless of the light-heartedness, this drama tackled some very large themes, however was nonetheless capable of ship it in a considerate method. It wasn’t in your face and attempting to lecture you, nor was it attempting to be polarizing, it was depicting societal points and challenges. It is also fascinating to me how these are points that our society continues to be coping with right now. For instance, the operating themes have been feminine empowerment, feminine equality within the office, censorship, historic accuracy, non secular persecution, resistance to science and medication and there was even a vaccine controversy!
Previous to watching this drama, I didn’t know in regards to the historians within the Joseon period. It was fascinating to me to study their function and their big significance in historical past. A lot is understood about Korean Historical past as a result of from 1413 to 1865 the Royal Historians recorded every little thing in 1,900 volumes referred to as the Veritable Data of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s been deemed a Nationwide Treasure of Korea and is included in UNESCO’s Reminiscence of the World registry. An ongoing query that runs via this drama is asking the query “Can historical past ever be written fully goal?” And “What’s the fact in historical past?” Time and time once more, we see individuals attempting to distort historical past to make themselves sound higher. The historians are prepared to surrender their lives to guarantee that the reality is advised. Their diligence and integrity have been admirable. I used to be equating a whole lot of their struggles to a modern-day journalists who typically will get censored when attempting to inform the reality.
I ought to word that this present just isn’t primarily based in actuality within the sense that there by no means have been feminine historians allowed. So the writers took the freedom to create extra of a “what if” state of affairs. What if females have been capable of break the obstacles within the 19th century, what if western science was allowed in Joseon instances, what if freedom of faith have been attainable. How completely different would modern-day Korea be if a few of these small seeds have been planted and accepted in Joseon instances?
I totally loved Rookie Historian. It was a contemporary twist to what typically can really feel like a stuffy historic style. The drama had a light-hearted comedic really feel, however nonetheless tackled some vital points which might be current in modern-day Korea and the USA! I beloved the function reversals from typical Ok dramas, the place our lead feminine was the sturdy good one and the male was the extra flowery sheltered naïve one. Shin Se Kyung did a fantastic job enjoying her function together with a whole lot of the supporting forged. I feel in case you are a Cha Eun Woo fan, you’ll love him it doesn’t matter what. This was the primary drama I noticed him in (I later watched True Magnificence and My ID is Gangnam Magnificence). I feel he was strongest on this function, however he nonetheless has an extended technique to go in his appearing.
In case you are able to take the bounce into watching saeguk’s, then this can be a Should See. For those who aren’t but, Add it to your record and watch it if you find yourself able to increase your Korean drama viewing.