- Overall 10
- Story 10
- Acting/Cast 9.0
- Music 9.0
- Rewatch Value 7.0
First, I tried to be objective here.. This is the first saeguk drama that I liked.. I've tried Hwang Jin Yi, Dong Yi, Queen Seon Deok, and most of them have like over 40s episodes.. I don't really like long-term drama, and so, I don't like most saeguk dramas..
But Moon Embraces the Sun is different.. It only has 20 episodes, and I think it's fair.. Well, I have to admit that read more the first reason I watch this is because of the casts.. But I end up hooked till the end..
Story: It's kinda different with other saeguk dramas.. It's not just a historical drama, but it is a fantasy and historical drama. I was relieved that the PD decided not to extend to 24 episodes. 20 episodes is perfect for me. The story ended smoothly.. Nothing was rushed, nothing was dragged.. Even though, the ending was kinda sad for me (and bloody).
Acting/Cast: All of the main role did a GREAT job.. Especially for Han Ga In & Kim Soo Hyun. Jung Il Woo was lacking at start, but he got better as the time goes by. But the adult Yeom & Princess Min Hwa don't give the same feeling as the child actor.. That's why I cannot give 10 for the score. But, actually all of them really did great job, especially for their heartbreaking crying scenes.
Music: Moon Embraces the Sun have the best OST so far.. It was proved when some of their soundtrack made it to the top billboard.. Some of them are PERFECT to build the mood, but some of them are just complementary..
Rewatch Value: this is barely because I usually don't rewatch my dramas..
Overall, this is a masterpiece. Best saeguk drama I watched so far. I looked forward for each episodes. And I do think this drama deserve those title "National Drama". Congratulations The Moon Embraces The Sun for preserve those title till the last episodes :)