Thoughts on: Ruler: Master of the Mask

Characters

While the actors did a wonderful job portraying the characters, each character seemed to be missing something. They didn’t seem to be reaching their full potential, and it was really such a shame. The most disappointing character was Han Ga Eun. She was essentially a character there just to be the love interest. There was nothing more to her. Her character had no development whatsosever. ¬†While the other main characters did change, the writers didn’t go as far as I felt they could have.

Plot

Again, the plot had a lot of potential. At the beginning, I was so excited to see how everything will play out. The set up was so good. The King was corrupt and controlled by a corrupt group. Since he was unable to get out of the situation alive, he knew his son was the only chance he had at saving his kingdom. So he hid his identity, thereby protecting his son from the group. How then was his son going to claim the throne if no one knew his face? There was so much that could have been done, but because the writers wanted to focus on the romance, a lot of time that could have been spent on developing this plot was wasted on the main love line.

Romance

Despite all the time spent on the main couple, it was still very bad. There’s not much to be said about the romance. While the individual scenes were good, it was difficult to see how they connected to the overall plot. There was also no development between the main leads. I had no idea how they even came to like one another and how they could love so deep when they hardly knew each other. It was extremely frustrating and this is the first drama where I was rooting for the male lead to fall for the second female character. There was much more to be seen between the Crown Prince and Hwa Gun than the Prince and Ga Eun. The love story would have been so much better and tragic (like Romeo and Juliet) had the Prince fallen for Hwa Gun instead. The romance could have been good if the writers actually took the time to tell a story, but I don’t know what happened.

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