Monday, February 4, 2013

Faith Review

Faith may have turned me on to historical dramas for forever. It was my first. So we will always have that Choi Young and Eun Soo. Always.
I am sad to say I finished the series. I am going to actually miss the characters. All of them. Which is always a good sign right?

Here is my complete review of the show. First I have done a completely spoiler free video review and then a complete "no hold bars" review too. This is both for the peeps out there who are curious about the show and those of us who have watched it.

Faith Video Review
Spoiler free

I have never really been into historical dramas. I don't know why. I guess that I thought the plot lines would never really appeal to the modern girl in me. What changed my mind: I loved Rooftop Prince which was a fantastic mash-up of modern/historical and Lee Min Ho. I love the guy.

I was hooked almost immediately. I was ogling costumes and learning about the hardships that most ancient Koreans struggled through. I loved the villians and the fighting scenes. It seemed like everything was intensified, the romantic scenes were more romantic, the funny scenes were funnier, the terrifying scenes were scarier and the colors were even richer.

Only one thing kept me squirming in my seat: Eun Soo. Not only was I annoyed by her, but I sorta felt like she was too old for the role.  Hey, I am just being honest. Her attitude during the first ten episodes drove me crazy.Every Kdrama I have ever watched had me believing that all woman are strong and independant. But she kept whining and whining and whining and not taking action or fending for herself. She kept refusing to believe what was happening. So every scene with her was painstaking. I actually got up and paced a few times. I can't watch The office for that same reason.


Then Eun Soo showed her strength, her courage and her real self. She looked younger to me without all the makeup and fancy clothing. That showed me this show is truly a story about her. We see this naive woman who is unsure of herself, her past loves and all of her belongings, turn into a woman who knows who she is without anything at all. She discovers herself while falling for Choi young. She literally shirks her past and creates a future for herself because of her patience and virtue. That was what made me love her so.
The plot of Choi Young and his deep history kept me enthralled but Lee Min Ho barely spoke the entire show. Collectively he may have said less than 50 words. I was majorly disappointed with this. As a avid fan, I wanted this to be a role for him which would get him even more recognition. It did. The show was wildly popular. I wanted him to blow everyone away with his acting abilities. I wanted to see the range I witnessed in City Hunter. I guess I will have to wait once again... Le sigh.

My favorite part of the show was the villians. Okay, some were cliche to say the least. Ahem.... fire girl. But the majority of the bad guys were well thought out and incredibly deep. You have the misunderstood Death Flutist who yearns for the love and affection of his closest companinon, an evil uncle of the king bent on having his way, and my favorite: Gi Cheol. I loved him. He was funny, smart, cunning, romantic and you felt bad for the guy. He constantly made me rethink which side to root for.

Like I say in my video review: I loved the show it is a "kung-fu movie with a romantic undertone". I did love it. Still do. And I miss the characters. Especially the lovely Eun Soo.

So this show gets a Pink Bruce Lee T-shirt. 
It fits a girl just right, but is still bad-ass!


  1. I really enjoyed this drama, especially the villainous flutist and of course - Jang Bin.
    Another historical drama I recommend is Arang and the Magistrate. Lots of humor and romance. The characters and actors are engaging and fun. The story is what I like most about this one. Also Yoo Seung Ho playing King Jade is impressive.
    Another popular one is Sungkywan Scandal. I liked Arang better, as SS had me pacing a few times, but the female lead is so strong which is not usually the case in KDramas. Also the character of Crazy Horse makes everything better.

  2. I recently watched SS. And it was lovely. Look forward to a full review! and I will add Arang and the Magistrate to my "to watch" list.

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    1. Thank you so much for adding my review! If you ever need anything don't hesitate to ask. I am glad you enjoyed my little review.

  4. I know this is an old post but i'm commenting anyway lol. I am extremely annoyed but Eun Soo so far. I almost shut this thing off several times. I'll hang in there because of this post.