Hancinemas Drama Review Ruler Master Of The Mask Episodes 39 40 Final

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 39-40 Final

Because Prince Seon and his allies were completely incompetent at trying to solve the poison issue on their own, Hwa-goon's dad pops out of nowhere and just gives them the formula for the antidote on one condition. It should come as little surprise that even in his final dramatic victorious moment, Prince Seon manages to find a way to screw things up in this regard. No matter how simple the task, Prince Seon is just not up to the job.

Hilariously, even other characters have zero faith in Prince Seon, as the legions of Dae-mok's poison victims straight up refuse to try Prince Seon's antidote. Why? Because it will probably kill them since Prince Seon can't do anything right. What's especially ridiculous is that there's good precedent for this. Recall how the whole reason the other Seon turned against Prince Seon was because the last time Prince Seon procured an antidote it just turned out to be an even worse poison.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 1-2

Dae-mok (played by Heo Joon-ho) is the grand wizard of a massive conspiracy. Dae-mok is not literally a wizard, he just seems like one because of his mastery of spooky hallucinogens and a massive spy network capable of making these creepy physical effects pop up out of nowhere. So when Yoon (played by Kim Myeong-soo) makes a deal with Dae-mok to become King, out of sheer paranoia, Yoon ends up forcing his son Seon (played by Yoo Seung-ho) to wear a mask, murdering anyone who sees Seon's face. Then Dae-mok's granddaughter Hwa-goon (played by Yoon So-hee) enters the picture and-

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 3-4

Ga-eun (played by Kim So-hyeon-I) is the young woman who kept getting all those dramatic camera shots in the second episode, even though at the time we had no idea who she was. Here, we quickly discover that Ga-eun is a kind woman, who assumes on general principle that anybody being chased after by armed men is probably innocent. This turns out to be a pretty reasonable assumption considering that by the end of the fourth episode...alas, the other Seon (played by L) is not so lucky as the handsome prince who shares his moniker.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 5-6

Cheong-eun (played by Shin Hyun-soo) is, to date, the only ally Prince Seon has with any appreciable combat skills. This is put to use immediately, as Cheong-eun has to help Prince Seon fight his way out of last episode's cliffhanger. The ensuing chase, while not making the best logistical sense is very tense and action-packed. The real shocker, though, is how a confrontation between the King's men and an organized crime gang ends with King Yoon telling them to back off.

Yep, these two episodes are pretty big downers. Reunited with his father, a badly freaked out Prince Seon tries to explain the overall situation only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that Dae-mok is apparently the real power in Joseon and will murder them all if anyone tries to cross him. A complete absence of any possible succor only makes the situation worse. We're at the point where Prince Seon's secret identity is causing more problems than solutions, since too many of the bad guys know what he looks like.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 7-8

If the previous set of episodes was meant to establish the hopelessness of the general universe in "Ruler: Master of the Mask" this set seems determined to prove that King Yoon was right all along. Every new plan Prince Seon comes up with ends increasingly catastrophically. Negotiation only makes people angrier.This escalates until we hit a cliffhanger that can't possibly be topped.

That's not figurative language. I literally can't see how the next cliffhanger could possibly end on a more extreme note than this, or how Prince Seon could possibly bounce back from a situation this bad. If Dae-mok is this powerful, andwilling to react this harshly to themildest stratagem, and if Prince Yeon doesn't even have the advantage of the mask anymore...what's left exactly? Does Prince Seon have any advantages at all?