Screenwriter: Kim Eun-Sook
Actors: Lee Min-Ho, Kim Go-Eun, Woo Do-Hwan, Kim Young-Ok, and others
Euler's identity, admittedly way above my head, is spelled out as e i π + 1 = 0. Counting the endless digits of Euler's numbers, E-Gon orients himself in the timeless space. Allow me to literalize this mathematical theorem in making sense out of Lee Gon’s pursuit of his destiny: when e (of Ee Gon) embraces i (the imaginary unit) and π (another concept that realizes a circle, the universe) in the presence of the absolute being (a minor god or magical reality), the world of eternity and infinity opens itself. Here I exploit the eye rhyme in ruler and Euler [ˈɔɪlər] as well as the homonyms of e and Lee in Korean phonology.
Writer Kim Eun-Sook creates an engrossing, epic narrative about parallel worlds, blending together the Arthurian romance, the pursuit of the Holy Grail, dynastic family feud, police procedural, and romantic comedy.
The King: Eternal Monarch may seem dawdling in early episodes, but wait until layers of colors and texture are added in the second half of the series. All of a sudden the seemingly shallow sketch starts to grip and pull at your heartstrings. I for one am in love with the beauty, allure, and nobleness of the Emperor's character and mental agility.
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