I have been through the emotional roller coaster that was Queen In Hyun’s Man, and I survived it. I jumped on the bandwagon about 8 episodes into the drama as it aired. The story was so well thought-out and the characters were so lovable and real despite being a time-travel type show.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched something like Queen In Hyun’s Man. My heart melts when I see Boongdo and Heejin onscreen together. My heart aches when I see them longing for each other, knowing that they are 300 years apart. Credit to both the leads for have such amazing chemistry and for bringing such warmth and yes, eye candy to the show.
I won’t go much into plot discussion here hopefully, but for me, up till episode 14 the whole drama was superb. It should have ended at 14, and for me it definitely did end at 14. Everything that happened after 14 seemed to be an extension of a plot device that took some credibility out of the writers.
The last story arc in Episode 15 and 16 wasn’t convincing enough for me, and seemed to be a last-ditch attempt to wring some more tears out of us when our leads are faced with more obstacles. Yeah, like having to travel 300 years to see your lover isn’t difficult enough. But they did their best, and all I could do is be glad that it wasn’t completely butchered up.
Yoo In Na was really a revelation in this series. I had previously watched her in Secret Garden and Best Love/Greatest Love. I liked her personality but I felt that she would have been a bit too shrieky as a lead actress an would grate on me if I had to watch her all the time. I was wrong. In Queen In Hyun’s Man she brought it all out. Her crying was heart wrenching every single time. Her playful persona onscreen was convincing and lovable. Ji Hyun Woo was sizzling as his character. Who says scholars can’t be playboys? Bet he’s won over many hearts of Kdrama fangirls with this role. He had so many swoonworthy moments in the show. I couldn’t help it either.
Despite some kinks in the final episodes, I really did fall hard for this series. These characters were well-written and so deserving of our love and tears.
Final verdict: Watch it, love it, share it. Like all good things in the world.