Okay, first of all, I don’t get it with the title! What the…? Shine or Go Crazy? What is this mean? *scratches head* could someone please explain the meaning behind it? It bothers me and I really need to know. But as for the show itself, so daebak!!! Gumi from Stuck on Hyuk warned me that I should persevere with episode 1. She said that the first episode was not the best… I took her advice and be mindful of what she said. She was surprised later on to find that not only I survived episode 1, I made it all the way to episode 12 with a breeze!!! *laughs* I surprised myself too! As you all know, I’m bad with saguek and I can’t stand it mostly due to politics agenda. Shine or Go Crazy, however, made me love sageuk so much! *clears throat* Well, it is fantasy sageuk but nevertheless… I did it! I feel like a champ!!! *flexes her muscles* And this is my first saguek for the year 2015. One down, 6 more sageuk dramas to go. Yeap, my saguek drama resolution for the year! And I’m so glad it started with a bang!
I would like to quote kfangurl from The Fangirl Verdict on what she posted on Jang Hyuk oppa on her Facebook page: “I conclude that #JangHyuk‘s just exponentially hotter in sageuks. I mean, he’s usually already hot. But sageuks just bring the rawr to a whole different level”*nods* I agree wholeheartedly!!! And he looks extremely younger with longer hair! For some reason that is beyond any universe can explain to me, oppa looks like he’s better looking than he was in his 20s!!! No, no, I don’t exaggerate! Jjinjayo! This is the truth! Oy… I think I should stop fangirling here. I suppose to write my review, right? Thanks oppa, you distracted me big time! Errrrr… not that I mind though *giggles*
When I was on episode 1, I heard Gun’s laughter! I laughed so hard… Thanks oppa for bringing the Fated to Love You moment back! Neomu, neomu joa! *grins* The drama is good. The good is pure good and the evil is pure evil. The good crawls into you unknowingly and the evil crawls into you as tiny as a seed… or in my own word, as tiny as a needle! Jja, let’s start with the main character, Wang So. He is the first in line for the throne but because of the prophecy told to his dad at the time So was born that there will be blood spill all over him during his lifetime. His mom heard it as well but she didn’t hear it completely. As a result, she mistreated Wang So all his life and favored his other siblings instead. She tried to kill Wang So with cookies but the deadly cookies ended up killing the people she loved and started to believe the prophecy more and more. You have to watch it if you wanna know the other missing unheard prophecy… *wink*. But no matter what, Wang So remain good to his mom. The man has a warrior personality. He’s buff, bold and beautiful! And his personality is to die for! He knows when to be loud and when to be firm.
One day, Wang So went to Balhae to catch a crook. While on the mission, he didn’t realize he was being watched by Yool. Yool is the youngest princess of Balhae. Her existence was considered cursed by her family as she was born out of wedlock. Her mom suicide and she was saved and raised by her servants. Yool grew up pretty well, very educated and intelligent. She has bubbly personality that you just can’t missed. Her dad wanted to marry her off to some guy she is not fond of so instead of complying, she decided to find herself a man with the help of her servants. And this is how she met Wang So. But, at the time, she didn’t know who Wang So was. I mean, no one would believe he is a Crown Prince based on the way he dresses. Wang So agreed to her request and wedded Yool with a promise that she will let him leave and go one about his mission. During this whole process, Wang So never set his eyes on Yool because her face is covered by scarf underneath the hat. Yool, however, could see him clearly. Before he left, he mumbled to himself that he has saved a person which is Yool. She heard it and was touched by him and his kind and genuine words.
Fast forward to five years later, Yool still cannot (and probably refuse to) forget Wang So. She decided to migrate to where Wang So is so she can be closer and in hopes of rekindling with him. As a successful business woman, Yool was able to bring in so many businesses to her new settlement. One day, she decided to aggressively pursue Wang So in town. To make it easier on her part, she crossed dress as man! *giggles* So I guess you all know what to expect next, right? She met up with him and thought he is his slave’s slave! She bargained for the price not knowingly that he is worth the world *laughs*. And then the romance started… Need I go on? *sticks tongue out*
There are more stories to above. I decided to just focus on the beauty part of this drama. The evil part is beautiful as well, don’t get me wrong but I want to lure you on the good side. The evil is very eloquent and you don’t feel the pang immediately. I love how they elegantly instilled fear and anxiety through Princess Hwang, the legit wife of Wang So. Oh yeah, you will be drawn by her beauty and sweet words. I’d fall for her too! But her existence in this drama is more than keeping Wang So to herself. She wants to make sure that the kingdom is ruled by a strong king, not by Wang So’s late dad nor the current King. I get with her intention but I think she should have expresses it through Wang So instead of ruining her in-laws’ family.
Shine or Go Crazy is a 24-episode drama produced by MBC. I have seen 14 episodes so far and I’m dying to continue with the latest episodes that was aired early this week. The subbers must be too busy *pouts* which I understand. They have done such a great work! So yeoreobun, please watch Shine or Go Crazy. The politics are picking up right now but it is not hardcore. If I can stand it, I’m sure you can. This drama is very entertaining but not necessary well executed. At times, I do find a bit confusing. There are some things that were not expressed clearly so I felt like being tossed around like a ball. You just need to focus a bit on the story line… But other than that, it is a great watch! *thumbs up*