Life (the other life) descended with a bagful of unexpected deadlines and other demands, opportunities and distractions. Also, I’ve been auditioning alternate themes, as you may have noticed if you visited during an audition. But I haven’t forgotten Damo, and I will return to it, I swear.
Meanwhile, I saw an episode and a half of the new Choi Su Jong sageuk, variously translated as Dream of the Emperor, The King’s Dream, The Great King’s Dream, or if you’re feeling playful and run the Hangeul title (대왕의 꿈) through the Google Translator, The Maharaja’s Dream. Who knew there were Maharajas in 7th century Baekje? Not I. But Google knows…
It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what I didn’t like about Whoever-it-is’s Dream. It just didn’t grab me, seeming more like a 영화 (movie), not something that had 80 episodes to go deep with. There’s also the matter of taking sides in the 3 Kingdoms period. Can I switch allegiances just because a new drama came out? Of course not. What do you take me for?!
It’s airing in a very convenient timeslot, however, so it’s possible I’ll give it another chance later. See, I have learned to be more temperate with words I may later have to eat :)
Speaking of eating, I caught Choi Su Jong and other cast members on Happy Together today, where they were competing to make the best late night snack. Happy Together has another one of those formats that strikes me as distinctly Korean. Cast members from current dramas join emcees and others (Kpop groups, for example) for chats in a make-believe sauna (for which they all dress alike in t-shirts and towels), with various truth tests and other challenges. Since there is not really a concept of TMI in Korea, you can learn all sorts of interesting incidents about the filming of your favorite drama, how the actors really feel about each other, etc.
Language Note: Just recently, I learned that the name which is Romanized as Choi, and which I have, not unreasonably, pronounced Choy for the past year and a half, is actually pronounced Che (as in Che Guevara). If you haven’t read my rant about Why I Don’t Like Korean Romanization, this would be a good time.