Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho, Lee Da Hae, Gong Hyung Jin, Lee Jong Hyuk
Drama Rating: 8/10 Neck Score: A
Lizabreff, because Curdy loves Jang Hyuk and Lizabreff and I had been planning on watching it eventually anyway. Well, that lasted about 8 episodes. Then, after a long break, I had to continue on alone until the end. Because the first eight episodes are basically the same thing over and over, with a lot of action and way too many near misses. There are so many near misses that it is ridiculous. I wanted to get violent with an ice pick, as tweeted by me: "The sheer # of near misses in #Chuno is making me want to stab things with an ice pick. You know, like ice and stuff." But we literally stopped right as it got really good, instead of just actiony good. Even though there were still so many more near misses and people drove me crazy with their stubborn nobility and pride (yeah, I'm talking about you, Arms). And while they did kill like everyone off, they didn't kill off all my favorites, like I thought they did. They literally make you think everyone will die, but it's not a completely sad ending... well... it kind of is, but it leaves you with hope and stuff. It raises a lot of questions about equality and humanity, and also about life and death. I have to admit that I never really paid attention during the politics talks by all the bad dudes, so I'm not 100% sure of the motivation behind some of the dastardly plots. I really don't know why they did some of the lousy things they did. I just know the outcomes and stuff. I might need to read some recaps of some episodes, haha. This is a bad habit of mine while watching sageuks. I don't do those boring court and politics scenes well. I do have to say that everyone did an amazing job acting and all the characters were good enough to deserve nicknames, so that is a mark of a good drama character-wise. They made most of the main characters sympathetic at some point. Even Basket Head (Lee Jong Hyuk), although that wasn't always the case. I hated him a lot in certain scenes (leave Monkey and Secretary Ko alone!). It was a good, but long and very involved show. Very emotional in spots and very, very actiony in others. Kind of a dude show like 95% of the time. So... good overall, just a bit draggy about certain plots, and pretty predictable too, even though it is not stereotypical. It is 24 episodes long.