Scholar Who walks the Night ~ episodes 1-4 ~ first impression
Many vampire themed dramas came out this year. Should we call it the year of the vampires? “Blood” was a disappointment, “Orange Marmalade” turned off my expectations (it had to come to the 11th episode to get somewhere, but I’ll be talking about this on an other article.). I’m really neutral when it comes to vampire stories, I don’t like them but I don’t hate them either. I was really curious to see how a korean drama would give a story like that. As I mentioned with the previous dramas obviously they didn’t deliver it well.
There has been a big fuss about “Scholar who walks the night”, because of its cast and because I think most of the viewers, think this drama as the last hope of a good vampire story. Is it me or as much as they try and unless its series with a lot of violence, vampires will always look fake?
“Scholar who walks the night” is in a better direction than the other two dramas, But still the story about the mega vampire Gwi ( Lee Soo Hyuk) , who has tormented a whole kingdom, killed crown princes has everyone under control, sounds like fairytale to me. Kim Sung Yeol’s (Lee Joon Gi) story for revenge comes more natural. But I really hope that the 20 episodes aren’t going to be about crown prince Lee Yoon (Shim Chang Min) and Kim Sung Yeol trying to kill Gwi, cause them trying to find the books on how to do it, already has become tiring in the first four episodes.
Sometimes when it comes at this type of dramas, I try to convince my self by thinking “ok I know the story is not gonna be a masterpiece, but maybe they will deliver it well and the drama will become interesting”.
This was the first half of the drama, the other half is the love story. Kim Sung Yeol and Jo Yang Sun will be the main couple. The female lead, chooses to dress as a boy so she will be able to live comfortable and sell books, that she loves so much. The disguise theme is well known in the korean dramas, but for our shake Kim Sung Yeol knows about her being a girl. He discovers it at a scene that was done pretty nice.
I really couldn’t afford two hidden identities between the leads, the one of the Scholar being a vampire and the other of Yang Sun being a girl. Although there is gap between the two main leads, if you think about it you can’t imagine those two different people being together, somehow there is something that makes me want to ship them. It’s going to be a tough romance though, with Kim Sung Yeol having regrets for killing his meant to be bride Myeong Hee and with the appearance of the woman with the same looks Hye Ryeong, under Gwi’s service. I hope the writers will make it convincing on how the mature and with only one purpose vampire Kim Sung Yeol will fall for innocent and playful Jo Yang Sun.
The acting is very important because like I’ll say for the 100th time, a vampire story can easily become ridiculous. Lee Joon Gi is doing a nice job as Kim Sung Yeol I like his down to earth acting and he has the mature feeling the character needs. I read somewhere about Lee Yoo Bi acting terrible as boy, that she couldn’t look more obviously like a teen girl. I hadn’t thought about it, but when I came across that comment, I noticed that while watching the episodes. It sure isn’t realistic how nobody has noticed a bright girl, but it doesn’t bother me that much. I hope Jo Yang Sun soon embrace her female side so I can look at the wonderful female dresses of the era, just kidding. I don’t think Lee Yoo Bi’s acting is not good at this pont. I haven’t seen anything else with her in it. Lee Soo Hyuk plays an important character Gwi and it’s really hard to deliver a villain like that vampire. I have seen works of Lee Soo Hyuk and he was pretty decent, but now he needs to step up his game. He gives a bit of a twlightish performance here which is not enough for the mood of the drama. But ok no one can deny his physique is perfect for a vampire and he is hot.
The surprise came to me from Shim Chang Min, DBSK got me in the kpop world but after JYJ left I didn’t follow the members closely so I hadn’t watched anything with Changmin’s acting. I think he fits Crown Prince Lee Yoon really well, I didn’t expect that. Kim So Eun hasn’t been able to show her talents yet, except form the first episodes where she played Lee Myeong Hee, the scene she dies was very emotional and beautifully delivered.
I have to give credits to the drama for being more daring for a Korean one, with the brothel’s of the era, the books with adult content and the fighting scenes. Although there were some weird points too like the scene with the shirtless Gwi turning the little girl into a vampire.
“Scholar who walks the Night” is already in the beginning, a beginning that was neither bad or good. Let’s see where this drama is going to lead us.
What is your opinion of that beginning?