- Overall 9.0
- Story 8.5
- Acting/Cast 9.0
- Music 8.5
- Rewatch Value 5.0
This is a must-watch for Jung Yonghwa fans, and fans of the original story (which I admit I have only read the abridged version several years ago...)
There are several drama tropes in here: The Bearded Baddies necessary in historical dramas, the return of the first love, small love triangle, plot to overthrow the king, etc. But I was willing to overlook the tropes because it was such an intense read more drama for only 12 episodes, intense but also keeping very lighthearted moments to ease the tension, mostly thanks to Han Seung Po, or even Dal Hyang's servant Pan Se, but that's for the character section of this review. All in all, i'm on the edge of my seat the entire time, whether we're fighting cheating dumbnuts or solving murders, it's all in a days work for the Three Musketeers.
First, Dal Hyang. A (very handsome) boy with a dream: to join the royal guard and marry his first love. Unfortunately, things don't go completely as planned. But it's such a great growth for Dal Hyang as a character over the course of the show, because he goes from getting petty revenge to actually manning up and maturing to the point where he accepts what happens and moves on, however wistfully. I love his character, and Yonghwa has improved since You're Beautiful. I love seeing him in period outfits, they really suit him. The Three Musketeers were a great group of guys, the friendship between them pure and unquestionable. They each had stories of their own, and their own struggles, strengths, and weaknesses. They were skilled, serious, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and it's all thanks to the actors. There are points here and there I could nitpick, but I don't feel like going down too hard there. Even the side characters had lives of their own, namely Pan Se the servant. He had a great cheerful personality and was loyal to a T.
The music set just the right tone for the scene. Granted I don't remember much since I was so absorbed in the story, but listening back through it again really hits home.
Overall, I loved watching this. Is it in my top 5? No, but it's certainly worth a rewatch when I'm feeling the Yonghwa withdrawal symptoms.