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[Guest Blogger] “Faith” Review

I’m delighted to introduce SH, who has graciously shared her review of Faith with us. She deserves a huge round of applause for taking on this daunting task of reviewing this lengthy and complicated drama, a task which I shied away from. I know that if I wrote one, it would have either been twenty-pages of incoherent blabber unfit to be read, or it would have never seen the light of day. Thankfully, SH covers the main points of the drama with brevity and insight. A big bow to you, SH.

So without further ado, let us give a warm welcome and bear-hug to SH! –Joonni

Note: This is not a “critical” review of Faith in a traditional sense. This piece does not include constructive criticisms of the acting, directing, or writing because a) I’m a subjective viewer, not an experienced drama critic; and b) I’m not interested in pointing at what could have been, should have been, or would have been on a story that I find deeply thought-provoking. This writing is a reflection on a story that resonates with me. So here it is, Faith as seen from this viewer’s perspective.

Summarizing Faith in a few words is a challenge for me. Nonetheless, I’ll try! In short, Faith is an incomplete dramatized history of Goryeo to be viewed and felt through a contemporary lens. For twenty four episodes, I was placed figuratively on a time-travel expedition with Eun-soo to 14th century Korea, except in the end I did not get my own Choi Young (sobs!). Faith presents itself as a dichotomy between history and modernity. The story is set in the period of Gongmin’s Goryeo and yet, its characters’ mannerism and dialogue strangely feel contemporary. Using time-travel as a thread linking these relationships, we see how these characters evolve as they deal with their internal feelings and external conflicts. Embedded in these conflict machinations is a philosophical question – can a person sustain and maintain loyalty and allegiance in perpetuity?

Through this fictional world, I witness a sweeping journey taken by the protagonists- Choi Young, Eun-soo, Gongmin, and Noguk- as they struggle to discover their purposeful existence in this world. Initially, four strangers meet at a crossroads – one is a warrior in need of an awakening, one is a person living life measured by materialism, one is a newly anointed leader who feels insecure and inadequate, and one is a non-native yearning for love to be reciprocated by her beloved. Through plot devices used, we see how these strangers interact and become closer to each other. Ultimately, what binds them together is their honest reliance on each other to co-exist. Choi Young needs Eun-soo to live and vice versa. Gongmin needs Choi Young to help him lead, while Choi Young needs an anchor in his life, and that purpose is to serve his king. Noguk and Gongmin are inseparable. Their mutual dependency is tied by the abstract ideas of love, faith, and a strong conviction and dedication to make each other better. On paper, these ideas sound superficial, but on screen they are portrayed so organically, making viewers believe that these abstract ideas are genuine. The characters experience these feelings in the same way that we feel them.

It should be noted that the relationship developed by Ki Chul and his pledged siblings also mirrors that of the protagonists’. This is the main reason I can’t fully hate Ki Chul or his siblings because their actions are not despicable for the sake of creating conflicts. Theirs are tied by a complete loyalty and trust in each other. Though I may strongly disagree with Ki Chul and his minion’s belief, I do recognize the strong bond between his pledged siblings.

Then, there is time-travel explored from an intellectual standpoint. In the case of Faith, time-travel is an all-encompassing concept. At a plot level, time-travel is used to transport a person from point A to B and in reverse. At a thematic level, time-travel is a reflection on the meaning of possession and allegiance throughout time. The question of whether history is altered or preserved is posed throughout Faith, and there is always this play on perceptions which I find very interesting. I can piece together a simple history of Goryeo – Yuan is its imperial overlord; Goryeo is in constant internal turmoil due to state mismanagement and neglect. We see a “son-in-law” seal bequeathed to Gongmin as a literal reinforcement on a “possession” of this “homeland.” Interestingly, the inhabitants of this land are not like-minded as seen through the characterization of Choi Young, Eun-soo, Gongmin, Ki Chul, Noguk, Prince Deok Heung, and Son Yoo. They represent different views on nationalism, politics, and society. On one extreme, there is Gongmin – the symbol of a nation. Choi Young, Eun-soo, and Noguk are somewhere in the middle representing a sympathetic view towards the homeland.  However, their everyday activities are not solely dictated by the need to protect elusive national interests. Theirs are born simply out of love; an interest to safeguard their family. Then there are Ki Chul, Deok Heung, and Son Yoo who symbolize the types of people who lack allegiance.

The border, the homeland, history, time-travel, allegiance, possession, citizens, and just leader — are these purely name drops or does the writer want us to think of these at a cerebral level? Time-travel in this case is not merely used as a conflict device; it is presented as a moral story in itself. Do various names of homeland matter overtime? And what should we make of these ideas called patriotism, allegiance, and loyalty? One’s answer should come from within the experienced self; not through manufactured external influence.

In reality, there are two kinds of historical novels. In the first kind, the novel returns you to history, with all its details, its rituals, as if it grasped life in that historical past, or reanimates movement in its lifeless limbs. The other kind evokes the historical ambiance only, then gives itself relatively free power within its outlines. My writing is close to the second kind.

— Naguib Mahfouz[1]

To get the most of the story, a viewer must see a piece of Faith as much more than a historical reference; one should recognize that this particular fiction could also serve as the grounding for the world in which we live. The plot may seem repetitive, but everything is written to create layers and complexities. In Faith, I see the growth of a warrior who rediscovers his purpose in life, a modern doctor who is at last willing to open her heart, a leader who overcomes insecurity, a queen who is fearless and willing to stand by her husband in an unfamiliar land, and a viewer who gets the message that sometimes we need a little bit of faith in ourselves. For the duration of this journey, I see myself as a third person narrator sympathizing with these characters. But I metaphorically recount this story from a contemporary standpoint – a view on human relationships shaped by equality and less about class hierarchy; an outlook on politics shaped by democratic theory; a perception on social plagues, such as greed, shaped by human desire and selfishness; and a perspective on the intangibles, like love and faith shaped by choice, destiny, and fate. Yet, after twenty four episodes, I’m left with a sense of incompleteness because in my mind their story continues; the characters we come to adore live on after the final credits.

Did you not find it yet? — Choi Young’s Father

I asked myself a similar question — did I find the reason for my love of Faith? The reason is so simple – the writing resonates with me. Song Ji-na deserves a lot of praise from me for making Faith a believable story — a story I can learn from, relate to, and sympathize with. I wrote this earlier in my comment on Choi Young – Writer Song gives the historical Choi Young a face, a personality with flaws, a human side of this warrior. Simply put, he’s no longer just another textbook figure. The same comment is echoed to all the characters, fictional or historically-based. The consensus among those who love the show is that the characters, major or minor, make viewers love and care for their beings. With that, I’m thankful that Song Ji-na creates characters with some doubt, some faith, some conviction, and some vulnerability. Throughout the series, I get to “meet” Gongmin the person (not the historical King of Goryeo), Noguk the person (not the historical Queen of Goryeo), Choi Young the person (not the stern warrior of Goryeo), and Ki Chul the person (not Ki Chul the brother of Empress Ki). Through their thoughts and actions, I can relate to these characters. Through them, I feel the loss a child and the moments of stress,  doubt, faith, and love. There is no clear trajectory of how these feelings form the show, just fleeting moments that come and go. And I remember this show precisely through these transient emotions. In life, one can’t “plan” a future; just go with the motion on a journey in the open road. I’ll end with a message from the writer of Faith, “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it loving.”

[1] Elliot Colla, Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity, Durham: Duke University Press, 2007, p. 241.

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  1. hallyuholicmom #

    wow! indeed not a “critical” reviewer but i truly can feel your writing as an ordinary viewer’s perspective…heh! but not so ordinary after all. 🙂 it seems like i’ve read an existentialist review of something (philosophical indeed). seems like you’re my seatmate during my philosophy undergrad days. 🙂

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you. As I was writing this review, I actually felt like I was writing an essay for one of my history seminars back in college 😀

      November 20, 2012
  2. It seems we are on the same page where our views of Faith are concerned. I might have stressed the concept of faith (or lack thereof) – in each other, in one self, in king, fatherland and love a bit more, but your review is very good and perfect 🙂

    Thank you SH for this wonderful and thought provoking review 🙂 I might translate it into German for my parents to read before they start on watching Faith (still working on German subs).
    Great Thanks to Joonni for providing SH with this space to fill with her thoughts 🙂

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Glad you liked this piece 🙂
      I’ve never felt this strongly about a Korean drama. This show just makes me think way too much.

      November 20, 2012
  3. What a profound review this is from an ordinary viewer’s perspective…teeheehee :P. It feels like I’ve just read an article written from one of my philosophical professor at Pepperdine. Your review makes the invisible visible to me, especially in regards to the concept of ‘Faith’ used as the title in this drama. Your article is also a great antidote for my emotional confusion in some respect like the whole time travel aspect. If your article plus comments (again on time travel) you posted in one of Joonni’s earlier post was available during the time I was watching Faith, it would have been a light of beacon for me who struggled in the darkness on this one till the very end.

    I love that message from writer Song “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it loving.”

    Thank you for your extraordinary (and intellectual) review, SH and thank you, Joonni, for letting SH share with us. **hugs to you both**

    November 20, 2012
    • “let us give a warm welcome and bear-hug to SH! -Joonni”

      Excuse me for my manners.

      ***Bowing and bear hugging SH*** Welcome!

      November 20, 2012
      • SH #


        Thank you for your kind words. While Faith was still airing, I didn’t think of time-travel beyond it being used as a plot device. But now, I think of it differently. I haven’t seen other time-travel shows, so I don’t know how the concept is used in those. With this show, I can positively say it’s used as a symbolism of Faith as well as a plot vehicle 🙂

        November 20, 2012
  4. “Even if we just live one day, let’s live it loving”- Song Jina, writer of Faith, The Great Doctor (soon to be shown on ABSCBN Channel 2, Philippines)

    I was already, slowly, breaking away, guys…and here you go again, @scatteredjoonni, now with SH, whoever he or she heart opens up the “yearnings” Faith has brought to all of us. I should not complain, no I am not. I love to read your page, in fact, I have missed you for a while. We are so busy with all the hangs of @leeminho’s recent visit in Philippines. But then again, here, I am happy to read your Views of Faith, SH. Thank you 🙂 You are able to verbalize the feelings we mutually share 🙂

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you! Me too; it’s really hard letting this show go.

      You’re from the Philippines? If so, how was his visit? Judging from local fans’ reactions, LMH must have made quite a good impression 🙂

      November 20, 2012
  5. Classy #

    A beautiful and thoughtful review indeed..
    Thanks soo much SH..

    “Faith” as a drama for me is like a book with its pages lost or incomplete..
    It started with the medical and political front as the outlook but ended as this sweeping saga of love that filled my head and heart.
    The story by itself had huge gaping and unexplained holes.I agree wanted explanation to each and every thing in a drama is difficult but still the holes are quite wide..

    It was a fun ride with both the hero and the heroines taking charge when they were needed to..

    i wish they gave at least a decided and conclusive sort of ending for all the 4 leads.I was disappointed with the way the Royal OTP were shown the exit..
    maybe i am wanting too much, but i had such expectations with “Faith”.
    It had all the perfect things to be this ever remembered classic but fell short of it by a few major steps..
    One thing about the drama that I really really liked, that no matter what there was a positive follow up approach to many things.
    Yes the mess was repetitive and yes the troubles to, but the echo of the title was throughout the series..
    the “Faith” ringed at many decisive moments. Also when the going went serious, the humor and cute came next giving the moment of calm till the next storm..

    Thanks for the wonderful recaps Joonni and alson this wonderous review and insight on time-travel SH.
    and welcoming you along with ure Gukja unni!
    Love the message:
    “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it loving.”

    Indeed has become one of my philosophy in living life.

    November 20, 2012
    • Classy #

      I just came by this comment a few minutes back and the only thing I could associate was with “Faith”

      “Knowing what is right is not enough.
      Apllication of your heart to what is right matters”

      It rings with Eun soo’s decision to stay and also the trust and Faith the characters had in this drama..

      November 20, 2012
      • SH #

        Classy, thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

        Yeah, I wish there were more narrative clarifications or context in Faith. Though it is imperfect, we still love it 🙂

        Hopefully, the novel will be published in English to further our addiction.

        November 20, 2012
  6. Apple Box #

    Thanks much, SH, for this piece.

    Whatever happened to the TV ratings is nothing compared to its redeeming value.

    Faith has touched each viewer, in ways more ethereal than any fleeting drama thrills or frills.

    Faith has superimposed the virtue of faith against the urgency of loving.
    While it disturbs, it comforts.
    While it cuts deep, it heals.
    While it creates tension, it resolves.
    While it is about goodbyes, it is also about being together.

    In the end, Faith leaves us all wanting for more.
    Because truly, the STRUGGLES in a love story such as Faith,
    subtly mirror the story of each one.

    Thanks to Joonni too.

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Apple Box, thank you for the compliment 🙂

      Regarding the love between Choi Young and Eun-soo, that was the most challenging part for me to explain in words. You may have noticed, I didn’t comment a lot on their love story because to me, it was meant to touch our emotions, and less for word descriptions 🙂

      Not sure if I’m making any sense 😛

      November 20, 2012
      • limz #

        I love your description of their love!!! It truly was…an unspoken kind that all one would need to do is watch how their relationship develops. I absolutely loved, loved, and continue to LOVE, how their relationship evolved into this indescribable, no words to describe, kind of feeling when you watch them. Their every word, action; whether they’re arguing, helping soothe pain, planning, laughing, or just sitting…seemed so synchronized that it was mesmerizing!!!:)
        obviously, I thought I was over my Faith-ending/mourning stage…but it has been resurrected again while reading your thoughts!!! AMAZING by the way!!! there goes another week of re-watching FAITH 😉 thanks Joonni for introducing us to SH…

        November 20, 2012
  7. Illana #

    Lovely review,SH.

    I agree that Song Jina made it so easy to relate with the characters, to see what they see, to feel what they feel. I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed, got angry when they got angry.

    Even with the element of time travel involved, the story was so believable,especially the love story. It made me feel like if I had the chance to time travel, it wouldn’t be far off from what Eun Soo experienced. It’s a fantasy that came true and made real, because of faith and love. Something that we sometimes lack in real life…and Faith, the drama, reminds us that sometimes, all we need in life is a little faith and love to bring us to the place we were meant to be, to be the person we were meant to be.

    I truly love this drama to bits.

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Illana, thank you.

      Yeah, on paper time-travel is a suspension of disbelief, but oddly, I just love how this concept is organically embedded in the story. It feels real.

      November 20, 2012
  8. Pam #

    Thanks for the review, SH. I was hesitant to read it because I was afraid you’d rip Faith to shreds! LOL! What can I say? I’m a faithful Faithful.

    Thank you for acknowledging that your review is your own personal opinion and therefor a subjective review. I liked how you used your “heart” more than your “head” in deconstructing this review on Faith. It’d be so easy to have a checklist of criteria like in a traditional review, but this was more of a tribute than anything 🙂

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you, Pam.
      Oh, I could never bring myself to bash this show ever!
      I love everything about it. Yeah, I know the flaws, but whatever, don’t care 😛

      November 20, 2012
  9. jomo #

    Very nice and thoughtful, SH!
    I especially like the quote about historical fiction.

    Some stories can be picked up and put in any era, and they work.
    That is because if the people feel real enough, we can relate to their contemporary struggles as if they are ours.

    Didn’t the perfect man, Boong Do, have a quote about that, too?

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you, jomo.

      I like that quote too, and his novels truly feel contemporary even if most of them are based in Ancient Egypt or Egypt at the turn of the 20th century.

      Haven’t seen QIHM yet, might check that one later 😀

      November 20, 2012
  10. mihaela #

    excuse my ignorance but..who is SH??

    November 20, 2012
    • mihaela #

      ah nevermind i remember now lol

      November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      lol, me! 😀

      November 20, 2012
  11. SH #

    Joonni — thank you for posting this “review” 😀

    As I re-read this piece, I realized the concept of “time-travel” was not fully explained in the way I wanted it to be.

    On time-travel at a metaphorical level, I just want to add a little bit more clarification–

    -The story begins at the border between Yuan and Goryeo. It’s a fitting symbol for the protagonists – Choi Young, Gongmin, Noguk and Eun-soo – as they start their journey of self-discovery.

    -And maybe we should think of “time” “travel” in a literal sense, as in Time (the subject) travels (the verb). “It” travels from the past to the present; and through its journey, a few things are constant — the physical space and history of that space remain the same regardless of which era time passes through. But immaterial things attached to the physical space have changed over time – things like name, allegiance, loyalty, love, faith, etc… Basically things of human invention change.

    -As time travels to the present, we see the land once ruled by the Yuan Dynasty is now called The People’s Republic of China. Its neighboring peninsula once named Goryeo is now divided into two separate legal entities North Korea and South Korea.

    -The point is these names have changed so many times because the citizens of these lands accept these changes. They shift their allegiance and loyalty overtime. The most difficult part is seeking the reasons for this shift in loyalty and faith.

    -I didn’t really examine time-travel this way, until I started thinking of Son Yoo’s time-travel experience to Goguryeo, to a land that extended far beyond modern-day North Korea.

    -Going back to what I wrote, why do we accept or refuse these changes? The answer should come from the experienced self.

    To be honest, my idea on this time-travel thing is not fully crystallized yet. And I don’t think Writer Song intended to explore the concept to this extent. I’m not kidding when I wrote this show is intellectually stimulating 😀

    November 20, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Oh my goodness, SH. You are so cute for coming back to add the above comment of clarification.:)
      Thank you for taking the time to think through the drama, and give us such a thorough review. It was refreshing to read your point of view. During the drama I was so mesmerized by CY, ES, and their relationship and the time gravel mystery that I overlooked other significant themes/storylines/interesting as afterthoughts. Your review was so meaty I actually had to read it twice to let it all sink in-once this morning, and now in the evening. 🙂 I’m not sure if you have have read Agatha Christie’s Poitor (or watched the series), but what came to mind after reading your brilliant synopsis was that your “little grey cells” were working overtime! (referencing the brain for those unfamiliar with Poirot) I am quite impressed, and admire your writing skills!

      Biggest hug to you!

      P.s. Joonni, thank you so much for having SH be your guest blogger!

      November 20, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        *sorry, meant to write “for clarification”, “interesting points as afterthoughts”,”Poirot”, and “having SH as your guest blogger”…I’m on a roll today…

        November 20, 2012
        • SH #

          Thanks Sunshine 🙂
          Oh, believe me I was mesmerized by Choi Young and Eun-soo too 😛
          I usually don’t like to think too much about a show; just want to be entertained and that’s it. With Faith, it’s different.

          November 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      Hmm, what delightful food for thought. I never considered the time-travel metaphorically. Thank you, SH, for bringing a new perspective.

      November 21, 2012
  12. Thanks Joonni for letting SH give this review. This was absolute riveting conclusion of the my “Faith”!! The new meaning of living life will forever echoed these wording “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it Lovingly”. Thats what writer Song was trying to instill in the viewers eyes. Everyone had a different views of this drama, even I did at some point. The conclusion of the Drama has ended, but the viewers experiencing the live screening/recaps will forever be a remembrances thru their life time.

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you 🙂

      I’m trying very hard to get over Faith, but it’s so difficult. I’ve tried watching new shows, but the feeling is not the same.

      November 24, 2012
  13. Iluvlee #

    Hey my fellow Faithlings let’s vote for Faith:

    November 20, 2012
    • Faith is leading at the moment. Aja! I shall diligently vote everyday. 😉

      November 20, 2012
    • minozlove #

      Reported to duty, voted, keep voting

      November 21, 2012
  14. Matilda2012 #

    Very lovely review indeed….

    I love this part of your review, and it is what resonates with me: (and I quote)

    ” The consensus among those who love the show is that the characters, major or minor, make viewers love and care for their beings. With that, I’m thankful that Song Ji-na creates characters with some doubt, some faith, some conviction, and some vulnerability. Throughout the series, I get to “meet” Gongmin the person (not the historical King of Goryeo), Noguk the person (not the historical Queen of Goryeo), Choi Young the person (not the stern warrior of Goryeo), and Ki Chul the person (not Ki Chul the brother of Empress Ki). Through their thoughts and actions, I can relate to these characters. Through them, I feel the loss a child and the moments of stress, doubt, faith, and love. There is no clear trajectory of how these feelings form the show, just fleeting moments that come and go. And I remember this show precisely through these transient emotions. In life, one can’t “plan” a future; just go with the motion on a journey in the open road. I’ll end with a message from the writer of Faith, “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it loving.””

    I can let go of the time travel paradox, historical accuracy, and repetitive plots as long as I can relate to the characters in a story and this is what drew me to Faith. All of the characters, major and minor, were dealt with in a way that created our attachments to them. I give credit to the writer for this. Time may pass, but I will forever remember Choi Young, Eun-soo, Gongmin and Noguk and even a minor character like Dolbae or Aunt Choi because the writer allowed me to be part of their lives at one point in time.

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you 🙂

      November 24, 2012
  15. unmeihime #

    This is such a nice review SH, kudos to you..I’m glad that yours did not highlight the imperfections Faith has but instead focused on what Faith has to offer, making it the epic story it was.

    As you have said, Faith is really thought-provoking but at the same time the story is very relatable from the viewer’s standpoint..Like you, I also asked myself why Faith stands out from all the drama I’ve watched so far and why I love it so, and for me, it is because Faith really touched me deep in the heart as if the characters really came alive and I was with them the whole time I was watching the drama, see what they see and feel what they feel….I also don’t really care about it’s flaws (directing, editing and such) because I was too engrossed into the characters and their story to let it bother me..Aside from that, I found Faith different from any other drama because it’s not superficial or too concerned about what pleases the viewers, sponsors, ratings, etc., Faith is true to its roots and organic to the core..Writer Song Jina, and the actors – Lee Min Ho, Kim Hee Sun, Ryu Duk Hwan, Park Se-Young and all the others that made up Faith, and yes including PD Nim, really did a great job and deserve a round of applause for bringing us a drama that we would remember even after a long time..

    Thanks again for sharing with us your thoughts..Made me adore Faith more ^^

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you 🙂
      I agree with you, I fall in love with this show because the people put a lot of efforts into it. And I appreciate that.

      November 24, 2012
  16. Hello SH,
    Thank you for expressing your point of view. I love how instead of comparing and pointing out “could haves and would haves” you took extra care in writing out Faith’s true meaning, between the lines. Many have judged the drama without ever trying to understand it in depth. Most didn’t even give it a chance. I am happy I did. Thanks, Joonni for allowing SH to share with us a brilliant review.

    “We can’t see the air surrounding us but we know it’s there. By faith, we breathe and live.”

    November 20, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you, Michelle 🙂

      November 24, 2012
  17. deels #

    Thank you very much SH (* Joonni for posting her review up) for your review of Faith. I have been for the most part, a silent reader of Joonni’s posts about Faith & like so many other fangirls, I’m still having a very hard time to move away from Faith-dom.. I had this trouble when Queen In-Hyun’s Man ended & kept going back to watch Joonni’s fanmade MVs on youtube for QIHM, but then, Faith came out. I agree with everyone that said Faith is LMH’s best acting so far. And the amount of time I swooned & swooned (how could we forget the “kisspirin”??) to the point that my hubby had to keep reminding me “I am next to you, you know!” is unbelievable :p

    I enjoyed every single second of this drama, the soundtracks, the emotions, the lingering thoughts afterwards…but somehow I just couldn’t shake off the feeling of disappointment that at the end, I don’t even get to see any hug between Young and Eun Soo!! Aaaaaaaaa……. I’ve watched Rooftop Prince, Time Slip Dr. Jin, but none of them came even close to Faith. But I really love the fact that there are so many sageuk / time travelling dramas this year. It’s been so much fun watching Korean dramas lately. Makes a change to the traditional of weepy dramas that I’ve watched in the past. Anyway, sorry for digressing. Thank you again SH, Joonni, and also all the other Faith fangirls for all your wonderful comments on here. xxxxDe

    November 21, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you!

      November 24, 2012
  18. Ilana #

    I never really digged time travel dramas…. I know there’s the super Queen Inhyun’s Man and the cute Rooftop Prince….but neither really got to me…

    Initially, I decided to watch Faith because I am a huge fan of KHS and LMH (at that time when he was just a pretty boy to me) looked as if he would pull off a warrior role pretty ok. But I was hooked from the early seconds of the first episode.

    Though the time travel issue was always a nagging little reminder that our OTP was in danger of being separated at any moment, I think the wonderful relationships and interactions between the all the characters, main or not, totally overshadowed that.

    And that’s what I love about the drama. Despite its flaws, the cast was totally reeling me in with their solid portrayals of their given characters.

    And yes, I agree with SH no fancy words can really describe the relationship between Young and Eun Soo. It was just as Eun Soo simply stated ‘Sarang’. To me, Young and Eun Soo was love. In the most organic sense of the word, and probably the most organic version you can get in a kdrama. They were so human, so real. I appreciated the fact that there was no drama love triangle or square involved – it was just all about the journey of two normal people discovering love and fostering faith in each other, time and space be damned.

    November 21, 2012
    • unmeihime #

      I totally agree with you llana..I think Faith is one of the few if not the only drama I watched without the dreadful love triangle/square, which I think has become a staple in almost all dramas, kdrama and whatnot..Like you, I really really love that it was just about the story of Young and Eun Soo and the wonderful development of their relationship, interlaced with their own individual growth and journey to be the amazing and wonderful characters they came to be..^^

      November 21, 2012
  19. cacao #

    SH ooh my goodness SH,

    Thank you for sharing your thought and prespective, so delightful and such fresh air after 3 weeks without Faith. I agree Faith – a view on human relationships shaped by equality and less about class hierarchy … and fate. yes, I can feel the human essence in Faith ( hat off to writter Song, love her since sandglass ) and maybe that’s why it remains me to Les Miserables book.
    I wanna give you big hug for you SH and joonni too for posting SH intresting point of view.

    November 22, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you, cacao!

      I didn’t really expand on the equality and class hierarchy comment in the post above because I didn’t want to make the piece too long. I’m glad you get the message.

      What I notice is that every character has a function, but I always see their interaction as equal. E.g. Gongmin-Choi Young relationship, Noguk-Lady Choi dynamic, the wooldachi-CY, etc…

      But my favorite part is Gongmin and his relationship with the citizens. Though the show doesn’t show us much of that interaction, the scene where Gongmin stays outside of the palace tells us so much about his inner thoughts and his way of governing. For instance, the meeting with the citizens, he sits on the same level as his people and listens to their grievances (interestingly, in history Ki Chul’s sister was taken to Yuan in a similar manner that was shown in that scene). I also like that the meeting table at that place is roundish, not square or rectangular. It serves a symbol that there is no “head” per se. Everyone is equal, and we see that in the scene where GM, NG and the scholars meet to go over the seal. I can go and on about GM’s status a king, but it’s too long 😛

      November 24, 2012
  20. Crisale #

    Totalmente de acuerdo contigo, Joonni. Me gusta la forma en que lo expresas. No creo que pueda añadir nada mas.

    Siempre pensé que para que cualquier relación se diera entre personas, para que esa relación fuera “autentica” y “verdadera” tendría que estar basada en el principio de “honestidad”.

    Ser honesto con uno mismo primero, y con los demás es la esencia de todos los personajes de esta historia, incluso “los malos”, por eso no puedo odiarlos…

    Reconocerse a ellos mismos y mostrarse “tal cual” al interactuar entre ellos, crea “un reconocimiento del otro” que hacen que estén abiertos a los demás desde su propia imperfección.

    Esta serie está plagada de “momentos de honestidad” entre todos sus personajes.

    Gracias, como siempre, por tus páginas. Me alegran el día. Un abrazo a todas.

    November 22, 2012
  21. minozlove #

    SH, so beautifully written. Thank you so much for taking time to reflect in such a meaningful way.

    November 23, 2012
    • SH #

      Thanks minozlove 🙂

      November 24, 2012
  22. Cariad #

    Really beautiful SH thank you for sharing this.. Another treasure to be cherished among all the memories that I will keep close to my heart about faith…just brilliant!!! 🙂

    November 23, 2012
    • SH #

      Thank you!

      November 24, 2012
  23. Margaret #

    Thanks SH and Joonni millions times for maintaining the love for Faith!
    Thank you SH a lot for your amazing review.
    You may not know but I’ve got hooked by your comments since reading the first one on dramabeans’ recap ep.10. Then searching for your inputs became a great joy after each episode. I, of course, have my own thoughts on Faith but because I love Faith so much that it makes me tongue-tied. My background at college was history+politic but I never could give a good writing as yours. So I appreciate your well-organized and logical inputs so much. I still can’t follow any new drama yet, but hope that I will meet your comments/posts somewhere soon.

    November 24, 2012
    • SH #

      Awww, thanks Margaret! I remembered reading your replies 🙂
      Currently, I’m following King of Dramas but not actively commenting on it. See you around here or elsewhere 😀

      November 29, 2012
  24. anna #

    Thank you Jonni, SH and all of you for your wonderful comments. I love reading each and everyone’s comments…like you guys, me too missing the drama…..very much…

    November 27, 2012
    • SH #

      Thanks anna!

      November 29, 2012
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