The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 6 Recap

The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 6 Recap

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Prime Minister Goo Seo Ryung (Jung Eun Chae) learns the king has just made an unexpected landing in Seoul. Her assistant notes it might be to facilitate transportation of a girlfriend that had missed the last train of bus. He backtracks and states that couldn’t be true.

Prime Minister Goo approaches the King and Tae Eul.

Detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) asks King Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) if he expected the prime minister. No is the response. Lee Gon came to fetch her. She promises to not reveal much about herself. Lee Gon notes nothing about this situation is on the down low.

Prime Minister Goo tells Lee Gon this is unexpected. He apologizes for not notifying her. She states anything about him concerns him. Prime Minister Goo introduces herself to Tae Eul. Shaking her hand, Tae Eul declares she’s a fan. She doesn’t divulge her name, noting she’ll be leaving soon. Tae Eul jokes she studied liberal arts. Lee Gon laughs and says they have to go. Prime Minister Goo watches them head back into the building. She can’t help but notice the king’s protective arm around the woman.


Flying home, Tae Eul fixates on the moon outside the helicopter. Jo Young (Woo Do Hwan) and the king’s secretary can’t help but stare at Tae Eul. The secretary’s eyes widen when she realizes this woman is the woman the king declared was prettier than Prime Minister Goo. The secretary turns her eyes to the king. He confirms this is the woman he spoke of. Tae Eul doesn’t feel comfortable speaking about their two worlds in front of Jo Young and the secretary. Lee Gon and Tae Eul end of communicating by writing on each other’s hands. Jo Young is not happy with what he sees. The secretary loves it.

Darling!

Prime Minister Goo pour herself a stiff drink. She can’t believe that the king has never smiled at her, but smiled easily at the other woman.


At the palace, Lee Gon fixes a meal for Tae Eul. He’s a good chef. He notes when he cooks, no one need taste his food first. Tae Eul guesses he didn’t give her too much money on purpose. He agrees he didn’t want her to run away. She notes he owes Jo Young money. She admits walking around Corea made her realize he must have felt alone in Korea. She thanks him for picking her up. He gently bumps his forehead to hers when he can’t touch her due to food hands. Tae Eul admits he’s grown into a fine man. Lee Gon turns to her. Her gaze falls upon the scar made by Lee Rim when he tried to strangle a young Lee Gon. He acknowledges his past formed his present. Tae Eul asks when he’ll show her ID badge from 25 years ago. She admits she’ll need to return to her world soon. Lee Gon says she must stay, he won’t let her go.

Intimacy of a couple is built through shared moments like this.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Detective Gang Shin Jae (Kim Kyung Nam) finds Detective Jang Michael (Kang Hong Suk) waiting for him at in the overnight bunk room. Detective Jang shows him the soft comforter his mother is selling now a days. Detective Jang declares blankets are innocent. Ha! Shin Jae notices the lavender candle. Detective Jang confirm these things give comfort at night. Shin Jae tells him to leave. Detective Jang exits. Shin Jae stares at the slippers on his feet.

Flashback…6 boys beat a young Shin Jae after school. A young Tae Eul calls the police loudly. The leader orders her phone snatched. She knocks the boy down. The leader approaches and says he knows where she lives. Tae Eul counters she knows who they are too. She promises not to go easy on them. She wallops them. At the police station, the 6 boys parents take their sons away, loudly scolding them. Shin Jae watches them go. He doesn’t have any shoes. Tae Eul gives him slippers from her father’s Taekwondo Academy. She tells Shin Jae it is time to return and restart his studies in this martial art. It is time to get his act together. Shin Jae points out he wasn’t completely without merit today. She agrees he can start as a yellow belt not a white belt. She smiles.

Really nice to see how important Tae Eul was in Shin Jae’s life.

Shin Jae stares at his slippers that labeled with the violent crimes unit.

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Prime Minister Goo learns the Japanese are encroaching into Corea territory.

Jo Young provides his police contact with the glass with Tae Eul’s fingerprint. He asks it be run for a match. Both men get texts the National Security Council has been called.


Tae Eul and Lee Gon sit down to eat. She thanks him and tucks in. Lee Gon brags this is his best dish. Tae Eul notes she’ll never be able to defeat any past woman from his world. Lee Gon slides her badge to her. He says he didn’t want to give it to her because he was afraid she would leave. He knows mentally she’s already leaving him. Tae Eul examines the badge and confirms it is hers. She can’t believe he’s had it for 25 years. Lee Gon admits his memories of the person that dropped it and saved his life are fading. He believes that person is either the beginning or ending and they will meet again. Lee Gon doesn’t know the logic off all this, but he knows Tae Eul is critical to him, more important than the person that saved him long ago. He promises to prove it. He doesn’t want lose her. Jo Young interrupts to inform Lee Gon the National Security Council has been called by Prime Minister Goo. Lee Gon sighs that it’s time for Tae Eul to return to her world. Tae Eul understands.

Prime Minister Goo’s mother listens to the broadcast about the encroaching Japanese ships and her daughter’s call for the National Security Council.

Corea ships warns the Japanese ships not to enter their waters.

Jo Young tells Lee Gon the situation. Lee Gon tells Court Lady Noh that he needs Tae Eul’s belongings to be brought immediately.

Court Lady Noh is dismayed to see Tae Eul’s badge was taken. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, CCTV was off and there is no footage of those that entered and exited her room.

I must say a safe would be more secure than an unlocked drawer. But if you believe in the absolute loyalty of your staff then the drawer would suffice. However that is not the case.

The National Security Counsel recommends that Corea not engage with force and warn the Japanese again. Prime Minister Goo points out this is the third encroachment issue this year. They cannot back down this time. She orders the troops prepared for action. She calls the King for his approval.

Prime Minister Goo briefs the King. He suggests a different approach. Lee Gon says the tactics his ancestors used must be used again. He vows to stop the Japanese ships personally.


As she smooths the King’s Navy uniform, Court Lady Noh admits Tae Eul’s badge was stolen. He tells her to find the thief, while he focuses on other part of the equation. He knows everything is unfolding from what was started 25 years ago. Jo Young also garbed in uniform, brings Tae Eul. Lee Gon asks for a moment alone with Tae Eul. Jo Young and Court Lady Noh exit.


Tae Eul eyes the ceremonial robes behind Lee Gon. He returns her badge. Lee Gon says he’s commander in chief. Tae Eul believes him. He explains the track record of wins are high when royalty engage. He says he’ll come back to her. Lee Gon asks Tae Eul to wait for him. She smiles and tells him she’ll see him again, using his name. Lee Gon smiles and says the only person he wants to say his name is her.

Another subtle and sweet intimacy building moment between our couple. The cinematographer loves angle shots, I don’t.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Back in Korea, Tae Eul texts Shin Jae and asks who won the pool game. He replies that Detective Jang beat him.


Relieved to be home, Tae Eul gives her father a back hug. Her father didn’t notice her absence assuming she was undercover. He asks where the horse and its owner went. Tae Eul retorts he cares more about a stranger and his horse than her. Her father counters he had good conversations with that man. He grouses that the man should have said goodbye instead of disappearing.

Tae Eul’s Voiceover “He said he’d come back soon, but he didn’t come back for a long time.”

Tae Eul’s life of being a police officer continues. The violent crimes team catches criminals.

Tae Eul’s Voiceover “I didn’t hold my phone waiting for his call. I lived life on an earth that was a bit rounder. There was no way I could know what was happening in his world. He is a person that was beyond one and zero.”

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon and Jo Young arrive on the warship. The captain greets them.  The captain and the King agree to fight to protect Corea seas. The crew salute the King.

Prince Buyeong, Professor Lee Jong In, agrees he needs to return to Corea.


The National Security Council meets and again counsel negotiation. Prime Minister Goo surprises them with the news that the King is on the lead warship.

Lee Gon has an idea to nip the conflict in the bud. He directs his flag to be hoisted.

The Japanese commander learns the Corea ships are maneuvering their way. They learn the King’s flag has been hoisted on the leader warship. The commander reports the King is abroad. He’s directed to press forward and force the Coreans to retreat to protect the King.

Court Lady Noh prays for the King and country’s safety.

The National Security Council gets nervous that the King is at risk.


The Corea warship issues warning to the Japanese ships to leave their waters. The captain reports with the Japanese ships so close a direct conflict would put the King at risk. Jo Young recommends a defensive posture. The King recommends they teach the Japanese a lesson that Corea will not tolerate their territorial waters being breached. The captain agrees. Three Corea warships pull parallel with the three Japanese warships. Jo Young warns this could be seen as an act of war. Lee Gon counters that what they are about to do, isn’t war but a warning. The captain agrees with the King’s plan. The Corea warships fire warning shots which land directly in front of each Japanese warship. The Japanese commander realizes Corea isn’t going to back down and is ready to fight. They stop movement to signify a non aggressive stance. Then they turn around and retreat back to Japanese waters.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Tae Eul looks at a packet of seeds from Corea.

2019…Between Worlds…


Before returning back to Korea, Tae Eul tells Lee Gon she’s going to plant seeds from Corea. Lee Gon notes they may not grow. Tae Eul counters it can’t hurt to try. She spreads the seeds on the soil.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Tae Eul plants the remaining seeds from Corea.

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Prime Minister Goo reports that the Japanese warships have retreated. She tells the reporters until Japan formally apologizes export to Japan are suspended.

After the press conference, her assistant reports her approval rating is high. Prime Minister Goo is surprised to learn the Chinese want to speak with the King before her. She’s pleased to learn her assistant has bribed one of the royal court ladies into giving them insider details. He reports the mystery guest. Prime Minister Goo states she met the mystery guest. She notes she’s prettier. She orders him to find out about the mystery guest.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Tae Eul listens to the news reports that were extracted from the flip phone in the murder victim’s store. The news reports don’t map as expected. Tae Eul asks Detective Jang to see if Lee Sang Do’s wife has put her children in the system. She wants the wife found. Head Detective Park tells her she doesn’t have much time left to investigate. She tells Head Detective Park she knows. She takes the flash drive with the news reports with her and heads home.

She looks at the money with Lee Gon’s photo.

Flashback…Lee Gon kisses Tae Eul. She wants to see the scar on his shoulder that Jo Young asked her about. But when Lee Gon starts to unbutton his shirt, she stops him. She tells him to go to bed. He notes bridging the physical gap between them is a challenge.


Tae Eul listens to the news reports. She finally gets it…these aren’t news reports from Korea, they are from Corea!

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon looks at his phone and thinks of Tae Eul. His valet brings him Tae Eul’s hair band that he found. Lee Gon is pleased and thanks him. He wears the hair band around his wrist.


He finds Court Lady Noh turning down his bed. She’s frustrated because she can’t find the thief. He asks if Prince Buyeong is back. She confirms this. He thanks her for taking care of him and hiding the magic flute. He asks why. She says when Lee Rim came back she realized the magic flute was his objective and she had to protect it. Now that Lee Rim’s body has been found, she believes his spirit went back to the see like the myth. Lee Gon says he too is relying on a myth. He directs her to continue searching for the thief.

Jo Young learns there is no match for Tae Eul’s fingerprint. He asks if Luna was caught. Not yet and CCTV doesn’t yield her face. Jo Young approaches Seung A and another palace court person. He snaps their pictures and leaves. Seung A complains. Her co-worker happens to be Jo Young’s uncle which startles her.


Jo Young views CCTV. He spots Tae Eul walking. He takes the photos to the gangster chasing Luna. He points to Tae Eul as Luna. Jo Young slumps into his chair. He tells the gangster his world just got blown to bits.

Dressed in royal attire, Lee Gon sits for his portrait. He notices Jo Young is preoccupied. The royal painter suggests a break. Lee Gon agrees. He asks Jo Young what is wrong. Jo Young spots the mark left by Tae Eul’s hair band. He’s concerned. Lee Gon smiles and says this represents the person that comes in and out of his heart. His secretary announces that Prince Buyeong is in the palace.


Prince Buyeong tells Lee Gon he was worried about him. Prince Buyeong notes his life is precious and sad. He wishes Lee Gon hadn’t asked about Lee Rim’s death though he knew one day he would. Prince Buyeong shows Lee Gon the real death certificate. It reveals that Lee Rim’s neck was snapped. The body was wasn’t healthy, it’s fingerprints and DNA match Lee Rim. Lee Gon says hiding death details about a national traitor is a crime. Prince Buyeong admits he feels guilty. He asks Lee Gon to tell him if he ever figures it out.

2019… Republic of Korea…

Shin Jae stocks the freezer with popsicles. He takes Detective Jang’s first choice and leaves it for Tae Eul. Detective Jang reports to Tae Eul that the children were not transferred into the system. He watches Tae Eul and Shin Jae split the popsicle. Tae Eul asks Shin Jae if he trusts her. She smiles that divulging isn’t easy. She promises to do so later.


Lee Rim visits Myung Na Ri (Kim Yong Ji) coffee house. It’s raining hard. Lee Rim comments a typhoon is coming. He thinks of all the people he’s photographed. All the doubles he wants to bring to his side to kill their counterparts in Corea. As Lee Rim leaves, he bumps into two children. The boy stares at Lee Rim’s face. When lighting occurs, Lee Rim’s face lights up just like Lee Gon’s shoulder. The boy sobs. Jo Eun Sub (Woo Do Hwan) assures the boy everything is okay. The boy insists the man’s face was scary. Eun Sub leads them inside.

2019… Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon believes that Lee Rim is still alive, and he’s in danger. The gate to the other world is open to Lee Rim. If Lee Rim killed his father for the magic flute, he’ll not hesitate to kill him to gain the other half.

2019… Republic of Korea…


Tae Eul drives up to her house. Lee Gon is waiting. They lock eyes. Tae Eul gets out of her car. They can’t take their eyes off each other. Lee Gon asks if she’s been well. Tae Eul confirms that. He asks if she’s waited for him. She confirms that. Overcome Tae Eul rushes towards Lee Gon and hugs him with everything she’s got. Lee Gon hugs her back. He realizes Tae Eul isn’t a danger to him, he’s a danger to Tae Eul.

My Thoughts

Our couple now has two participants. Writer Kim Eun Sook let Tae Eul explore Corea, have sweet private moments with Lee Gon, and miss him when she returned to Korea. She finally admitted to herself (off screen) that Lee Gon is under her skin. She showed that when she ran into his arms. The relief and joy at seeing him was there. That tight hug said it all. She’s a willing part of this couple. We finally got there! Writer Kim built this couple’s intimacy factor with a myriad of little ways, inside jokes, writing on hands, and spending time together. This couple is jelling.

King Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) assumed command. His plan was an aggressive warning that worked. We know that Lee Rim killed his counterpart in Korea and dumped his body in Corea, initially leading everyone to assume he was dead. Now Lee Gon knows that isn’t true.  He hasn’t figured out how Lee Rim did what he did, but he understands the why. Lee Gon knows he’s Lee Rim’s target. As he returned to Tae Eul, he clearly saw with the target on his back, the woman he loves is at risk.

Detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) fell for Lee Gon. Whether she’s in love with him, is unknown. But she had sufficient moments with him to solidify her respect and caring for Lee Gon. He was concerned about her. He admitted he didn’t want to lose her. He is honest and vulnerable. Heady stuff for any woman. When she returned to Korea, she missed him. When he came back, it was a dream come true. She couldn’t stop herself and let her physical actions of throwing herself in his arms, do the talking for her heart.

Jo Young (Woo Do Hwan) realized Lee Gon was right. Tae Eul wasn’t from Corea, her lookalike Luna was. This is a big jump for Jo Young. His logical mind doesn’t cotton to wild theories like parallel worlds. The realization didn’t make him happy.

Prince Geum Lee Rim (Lee Jung Jin) (Lee Gon’s uncle) knows the storm is coming. He’s prepping for the new attack. His face had the same light effect Lee Gon’s shoulder did when the lightning struck.

Detective Gang Shin Jae (Kim Kyung Nam) flash backs of Tae Eul solidified the baseline for their relationship. Tae Eul was a force for a young Shin Jae. No wonder she’s important to him.

The fifth song of the OST is sung by Ha Sung Woon and titled “I Fall In Love”. The lyrics depict the feelings of a man falling in love.

I rank this episode as almost very good, 7.5 on a 10-point scale.

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60 comments on “The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 6 Recap
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    I 💗 that we finally have a believable relationship built between Lee Gon 🤴🐴 and Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️. Their chemistry ⚗ was palpable especially in the last scene when Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ ran into Gon’s 🤴🐴 arms

    HAH! Uncle Li Bu Yeong 👴🥼 WAS the proficient coroner who DID notice the effects of polio in Lee Rim-K’s 👨‍🦼 body. If Lee Rim-K 👨‍🦼 had the same fingerprints and DNA as Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯, then why wasn’t there any record of Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ fingerprints in Corea, where we have seen Luna 🐇🌙, who apparently has the same face❓⁉️ Is Luna 🐇🌙 from yet ANOTHER parallel world❓⁉️ If so, how does she travel❓⁉️ Was there a magic flute in the world 🌎 she came from❓⁉️ If so, is there another magic flute in Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ world 🌎 ❓⁉️ OR … is it possible 🤔 Luna 🐇🌙 is ACTUALLY future Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ time traveling, trying to set things right❓⁉️ Does future Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ learn something about time travel from the seeds she planted in the in between world❓⁉️

    The way I see it Young 🎖🛡 is convinced Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ is Luna 🐇🌙, considered a criminal, which makes him worried for Gon’s 🤴🐴 safety and “not happy” about Gon 🤴🐴 letting down his guard around Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️, who he 🎖🛡 sees as a threat.

    I wonder who took Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ badge❓⁉️ Seems to me Gon 🤴🐴, Young🎖🛡 or time traveling Luna 🐇🌙 are the most likely candidates.

    Interesting that the murder Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ is investigating has a connection to Corea. Was the murder victim the Corean version of the dead man❓⁉️ The wife and children cannot be found … did they immigrate along with the husband to Corea on the “Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 Better Life ” visa ❓⁉️ What’s up with Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 sniffing around Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ associates❓⁉️ Checking out Shin Jae 🥋🤜💢 makes some sense as his mother’s Corean counterpart is part of Team Rim 🎨🦯. What does the traitor Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 know about Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️❓⁉️ “His [Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯] face had the same light effect Lee Gon’s [🤴🐴] shoulder did when the lightning struck.”-KJT. Is this effect only for the owners of magic flute or ant time traveler… will Tae Eul get the lightening ⚡effect too❓⁉️

    And question … why is Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 using old thyme photography, where he is developing photographs instead of a digital camera, which could be more covert❓⁉️ Is it simply the mystic of a darkroom lit by a red light or watching a photograph develop❓⁉️ It certainly cannot be the stench of the photo developing chemicals that drip off the developing images.

    OMO, I wonder if the Japanese 🇯🇵🚢 naval threat sparked controversy between the real world❓⁉️ Was Corea flying the King’s Flag, signifying the King 🤴🐴 was on board supposed to be bravado, which worked in this case, but to me it seems wrong headed to tell the enemy, during potential warfare where your supreme leader is located.

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    • DramaDazed says:

      I have a lot of the same thoughts as Jane, only without the cute emojis. 😉

      Thoughts through episode 6

      Lee Gon knows or suspects a lot more than we see. The things we do see do are him fleshing out the details. My evidence is his caution against being poisoned and the calculations all over the boards in his study. Also, the fact that he has been going missing occasionally since he was a child is strange. If time stops for Gon and Rim, time has been stopping for Gon without him knowing what it was about until now since Rim has likely been crossing worlds as needed. He also knows he heard the flute that never plays.

      Like this writer’s other dramas the main guy is immediately attracted to the girl… she is slower to respond, so it makes sense to me it is happening here. Again, I think LG knows more than what we have seen so far, evidenced by the future badge that he has had to muse over for 25 years. See Secret Garden and Descendants of the Sun for evidence of immediate attraction by ML (male lead). Classic slow burn.

      SinJae’s mom is a troublemaker in KWorld, so may be the same in CWorld. Lee Rim attracts troubled followers.

      I was thinking the LG savior was SinJae but LG pulled up SJs hoody and dismissed the idea but I am still wondering. Javabeans+GF were speculating that the guy looked like Lee Min Ho…

      The time differences: I suspect there is a way to manipulate the time and Lee Rim knows how, Lee Gon doesn’t know yet. I’m not sure the two universes are entirely concurrent.

      Dopplegangers – new rule? The two can’t exist in the same world so one has to die? As of ep 6 there is at least one instance of parallel crossover – hot coffee, cold tea with the two Jos in their separate worlds. I don’t know if the C-Tae Eul is the doppleganger or the K-Tae Eul in a different timeline space. LG keeps calling that character the clock-rabbit.

      Minor characters who may play later: the silver fox that hangs around with the Prime Minister (and is she a good person or bad? We know she is ambitious but her actions so far have been ethical with the exception of attempting to seduce the King.) The mother of the K-Lee Gon (Ji something) – it seems like she is in some sort of relationship to Lee Rim. And – drowned? Do we know for sure that K-Lee Gon is dead? Nothing has really been said about the C-Lee Gon mom except that she is gone.

      We also don’t know for sure that the Uncle Prince is loyal, even with some evidence that he is (he fessed up about the death certificate).

      Because the voice of Head Court Lady being used for the poetry reading from the book that has now crossed worlds, I am wondering how they are related.

      The C-mom of the SinJae character is in a perfect position to poison Lee Gon. Where is C-SinJae?

      What is the head K-detective up to when he lies to his wife and gets K-SinJae to cover for him?

      THE BOY who is in both worlds – he was in front of the bookstore with a yo-yo when the C-mom of SinJae went into the bookstore AND he knocked into K-Tae Eul so she dropped her badge – I swear he looks like young Lee Gon.

      Jo Yeong knows that Lee Rim is alive – he saw him in the pictures that the girl took at the rowing competition, but he hasn’t mentioned it to Lee Gon. Tbf, I don’t know for sure that JY recognized him, but he did stop looking as soon as he saw that photo.

      The 4 tiger sword of balance and justice… the court lady seems to know more.

      Oh – and someone mentioned the Prime Ministers fashion – I think she uses her clothing like battle armor – in a male dominated world it is a sadly legitimate tool.

      I am looking forward to seeing what, if any, of my thoughts are validated in future episodes – am really enjoying this drama.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        “I swear he looks like young Lee Gon.” -DramaDazed I thought the same thing about the boy, but brushed it off as he appears to be tha same age as 1994 Gon and we saw him in Korea AND Corea. My question is … what keeps Rim 🎨🦯 from ageing❓⁉️ Both Gon-C 🤴🐴and Rim-C 🎨🦯 have pieces of the magic flute; why didn’t Gon-C 🤴🐴 quit ageing❓⁉️ What if it is going through the portal keeps one from ageing❓⁉️ That might explain the boy looking the same … except Rim-C 🎨🦯 told Gon-K’s mom told her he tripped and drowned in a reservoir … was that a lie❓⁉️ Is Gon-K♟ Rim-C’s 🎨🦯pawn❓⁉️

        I also noticed that Gon-C’s mom has only been mentioned as being already deceased before his father died. We have not seen any pictures of his mom or heard when/how she died.

        OMO DramaDazed, I completely missed Rim being in the rowing competition in Seung A’s 💁‍♀️✍ pics, thanks for pointing that out, I had to go back to episode 2 to find it … that is significant❗

        DramaDazed pondered about where Prime Minister Goo Seo Ryung’s 💄🐝 allegiance lies … right now it is with Team Gon 🤴🐴, but I could see a scorned Seo Ryung 💄🐝 POSSIBLY defecting to Team Rim 🎨🦯 … and I do believe she will be scorned.

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      • Lee Gon knows or suspects a lot more than we see. The things we do see do are him fleshing out the details. My evidence is his caution against being poisoned and the calculations all over the boards in his study.
        Excellent point.

        Again, I think LG knows more than what we have seen so far, evidenced by the future badge that he has had to muse over for 25 years.
        Could be, could be.

        I don’t know if the C-Tae Eul is the doppleganger or the K-Tae Eul in a different timeline space. LG keeps calling that character the clock-rabbit
        LG is smart and I want to know more about what he’s thinking.

        Prime Ministers fashion – I think she uses her clothing like battle armor – in a male dominated world it is a sadly legitimate tool.
        I liked how she referenced her shoes as battle gear.

        I am looking forward to seeing what, if any, of my thoughts are validated in future episodes – am really enjoying this drama.
        Appreciate you sharing your though processes!

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    • Their chemistry ⚗ was palpable especially in the last scene when Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ ran into Gon’s 🤴🐴 arms
      Their best moment so far.

      If Lee Rim-K 👨‍🦼 had the same fingerprints and DNA as Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯, then why wasn’t there any record of Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ fingerprints in Corea, where we have seen Luna 🐇🌙, who apparently has the same face❓⁉️ Is Luna 🐇🌙 from yet ANOTHER parallel world❓
      Hadn’t considered the Luna might not be from Corea. Why did she borrow money from the gangsters?

      The wife and children cannot be found … did they immigrate along with the husband to Corea on the “Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 Better Life ” visa ❓⁉️ What’s up with Lee Rim-C 🎨🦯 sniffing around Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ associates❓⁉️
      Good questions.

      Is it simply the mystic of a darkroom lit by a red light or watching a photograph develop❓⁉️
      Wondering if they are doing it for the aesthetic of the dark room.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        “Hadn’t considered the Luna might not be from Corea. Why did she borrow money from the gangsters?” -KJT.
        If Luna 🐇🌙 is not from Corea, she had to be a “tailgater” passing through the portal with either Gon 🤴🐴 or Rim 🎨🦯. If Corea is not Luna’s🐇🌙 world, how would she get by without money … unless she is in possession of precious stones 💎 or metals 💰, where else would she get money to get by❓⁉️

        I think the instantaneous flash of Luna 🐇🌙 appearing in the backseat of Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ car in episode 1 was like the flash where Young🎖🛡 and Eun Seop 🧢 had the temperature of their beverages ☕ 🧊 exchange momentarily at the beginning of episode. How many more of these criss-cross incidents will we see❓⁉️

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    • beezrtp says:

      I’d bet the dark room is just for visual affect because it looks ominous but now you’ve got me wondering about something:
      Is developing film in this old fashioned way better? I know ZILCH about photography, but I’m remembering how they told us digital phones were better than analog which wasn’t true (at least not at the time they said it) they just wanted us to change. The same with television. It became known later that digital was not better (again, at the time) but the signal was smaller and took up less space. And the final “fake news” 😆 that vinyl records weren’t as good as digital and now, after getting rid of all our vinyl records, we know that vinyl is best.

      Feel free to correct my non-scientific non-electronic unknowledgeable musings.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        While I like technology, there is a certain mystic to doing things old school, rather than the instant gratification technology has brought us to expect.

        There is something about the way a photograph develops in a dark room that gives us a sense of anticipation that a digital photo or even a Polaroid does not give you.

        I’ve had CDs 💿 that have skipped and now they are finding out CDs 💿 really will not last forever, like they originally told us.

        When I was a grad student at UNL we did projects looking at photos from the 1800s that had been digitized from glass negatives (talk about old school). It was incredible how you could zoom into log cabin doors and windows and see the people, what they wore and the material culture all around.

        I have an appreciation
        for old school things as well as technology. Mixing old school and new school just might be the way to go… yep, I wish I had not gotten rid of all my vinyl albums…

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        • beezrtp says:

          I also forgot to include that I thought Prince Rim slowly developing the pictures might be one way for Show to tell us who he’s following without any verbal exposition. It’s probably easier to tell that that’s what he’s doing than if he had taken digital pictures.

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  2. DramaDazed says:

    Thanks for responding Jane… more agreement here. My theory about the aging difference is that Rim knows how to manipulate the time factor but Gon hasn’t figured it out yet – or maybe doesn’t want to? It could make sense if, as javabeans+gf thought, that the savior is actually an older Lee Gon – (it didn’t really look like it to me). Older Lee Gon WOULD have the badge with him. Isn’t it fun to imagine the possibilities? Cheers.

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      Yep DramaDazed, I mentioned on episode 2 recap that I thought the savior was most likely adult versions of Young 🎖🛡 or Gon 🤴🐴 .. the gunman’s body and hands looked like they belonged to a man. I now think Shin Jae 🥋🤜💢 is another possibility. WHOEVER stole the badge is the most viable candidate … unless the badge disappeared, because the same item could not exist in duplication … it is fun to imagine the possibilities…

      I wonder if Rim 🎨🦯 really understands how to manipulate time … wouldn’t he have gone back and made his coup succeed❓⁉️

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      • DramaDazed says:

        You make a good point about going back, Jane. I wasn’t thinking about the time manipulation in terms of changing things. I was only thinking of the aging process and the dopplegangers being in the same space at different ages. We shall see what the writer thinks!

        One idea crossed my mind – the Boy that is in both worlds, interacting with both sides – did he deliberately knock the badge away from Tae-eul? I am guessing that Luna IS K-Tae-eul – same person and so has avoided the C-World ID process.

        I do appreciate having someone to “muse” with here. 😉 Thanks KJT and Jane.

        I like your possibility of there being another flute in the K-World, possibly an unbroken and maybe more powerful version? You would think Rim may have already checked it out – or maybe the explanation has to do with the divergent history.

        Sangwoon Corporation and the rare earth materials – in K-World they are in North Korea, right? So inaccessible to the Republic? It seems like Rim may want to rule both worlds? I keep thinking of the Blue Hands in the Firefly series. They were everywhere.

        It’s been a long time since my brain has been buzzing around a drama like this – probably has something to do with 6 weeks of isolation. LOL.

        Cheers.

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          I do think it is possible the boy deliberately could have purposely knocked Tae Eul’s 🔫🕵️‍♀️ badge into the drain … the motivation depends on if he is Rim’s 🎨🦯 minion … or not.

          It was Young flipping out when he came to the conclusion Tae Eul WAS the same person as Luna, that made me think that maybe they are, but I was confident present day Tae Eul has only traveled to Corea once with Gon. Present day Tae Eul was NOT going around in disguise as Luna. But future Tae Eul time traveling could be causing Young’s confusion of Tae Eul and Luna being the same person. If that is the case, how is “Luna” traveling? Is she tailgating or does she have a piece of the magic flute or a flute from another

          I’m not so sure there is another flute … but who knows.

          “Sangwoon Corporation and the rare earth materials – in K-World they are in North Korea, right?” -DramaDazed. I understood that it was the “Northern region” AKA North Korea 🇰🇵.

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        • beezrtp says:

          “the Boy that is in both worlds, interacting with both sides – did he deliberately knock the badge away from Tae-eul?” quoting DramaDazed

          I missed that. Did we see the same boy in The Empire?

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          • DramaDazed says:

            Hi beezrtp – I think so – in the Empire the Boy is playing with a lighted yo-yo as he watches the Head Court Lady’s assistant (who is Sin-jae’s mom in the Republic) going into a bookstore – they look at each other somewhat suspiciously.

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      • beezrtp says:

        🙃😳🤔😵💥🤕

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  3. beezrtp says:

    Now y’all know how I can’t help but gripe and complain at my Kdramas but this situation is ridiculous. When I first heard S.Koreans netziens were complaining about the architecture in The Kingdom of Corea resembles Japan architecture – I made sure to remind myself that just because I don’t see the harm in something doesn’t mean the people whose history it is don’t have a very valid point. (No one wants to be reminded of their oppressors while trying to enjoy entertainment.) But now, they’re mad because the ships in Ep6 look like real life Korean ships attacking The Kingdom. To that I say – it’s a F-A-N-T-A-S-Y people! Anything could be different or even the same.

    https://www.allkpop.com/article/2020/05/director-of-the-king-eternal-monarch-personally-apologizes-once-again-for-controversial-japanese-warship-scenes
    If they want to call foul on something, call it on that pony impersonating a horse’s colt. 😆

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      Beez, are you getting a “little hoarse 🐎” gripping about the netizens being unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality❓⁉️ (Pun INTENDED)

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  4. DramaDazed says:

    beezrtp – silly pony!! LOL. I have long given up on understanding K-netizens, especially how much influence they wield. By reading a bit about Confucianism I have a teeny understanding of some of the hierarchy stuff, I can’t find any explanation for the power of netizens. Thanks for the coffee truck post – I can hardly believe it’s been 4 years since Goblin.

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    • beezrtp says:

      I’ve heard some S. Koreans (who’ve spent time in America) voice how frustrated they are with the hierarchy system in day-to-day life. They explained how even if a person is only a year or two older than you, if you’re arguing a point or having a disagreement, the older person can pull out the “I’m elder” card and you must zip your lip. I would pull my hair out. I don’t even know how I would maintain friendship.

      Not that I want to do away with respecting elders – who really are elders, but I would never just agree with even a 80-90 year old just because of their age. I do recognize many times elders know so much more than us by way of life experience but if it’s something I know for an absolute fact or scientific fact, I might eventually say “I agree to disagree” or get quiet and let it go but I’d never just agree because they’re older. I wouldn’t be argumentative with them though.

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      • DramaDazed says:

        I agree with you about using our own conscience to make decisions, once we are up to an age of reason (which I think varies person to person). I can tell I’m not as nice as you are. 😀

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        • beezrtp says:

          @DD – lolololol That’s so nice to hear that someone thinks I’m nice. 😆 I hope you stick around here with us to find out if that’s true or not. 😆

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          If reson doesn’t work,
          then answer is to claim being the oldest, whether you are or not … 🙊

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          • beezrtp says:

            haha! But I think you know it doesn’t work like that. lol For one thing, I think they take that pretty seriously. It would be dishonorable and I can only imagine the ostracism at being caught in that lie;and 2) you’d have to lie about your age the minute you meet someone in anticipation of winning every argument because that’s the first thing they check after your name since it dictates how you’ll speak to that person.

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            • DramaDazed says:

              In the ranks of Confucian hierarchies, age seems to be the heaviest. It seems that money/power can supersede the obedience/deference but not much else. Sometimes I wonder about how much of what we see in KR entertainment is how it really is, but not this one.

              In this vein – I saw a video review of KEM by 2 young Korean men who do K-news. They were snarking about Tae Eul’s rude way of speaking and how offensive they found it.

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  5. beezrtp says:

    Forgive me for this kjt, but I’ve got to show this to my fellow sci-fi girl Jane Tilly:

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    • DramaDazed says:

      DAEBAK – thanks beezrtp! Song Joong Ki and Sci Fi! I hope it will be from available US providers… please please Netflix? Also – you and Jane are sci-fi girls? Me too, although I am way past being girl age.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        Thanks Beez❣ it looks interesting.

        Yep DramaDazed, we are sci-fi girls. We use the term “girls” figuratively … in my heart I’m young, even if my body is not. Being a sci-fi girl must be why I’m so intrigued with time travel and fantasy dramas.

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        • DramaDazed says:

          Browsing netflix and seeing a time travel drama The Great Doctor (aka Faith) is what started me down the K-Drama rabbit hole. Feb 2014 and I still barely watch anything other than Asian shows. Looking forward to tomorrow’s Eternal Monarch episode. I have one friend I dragged into this world and we are going to try and watch it at the same time. Cheers.

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          • Jane Tilly says:

            Faith was my first drama too … only in 2012 on Hulu, while it was being broadcast … time travel gets me almost every time.

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      • beezrtp says:

        DramaDazed. I’m 60 but I make it a point to inhabit whatever mindset age I need to be to enjoy certain shows. Twilight movies? Inner 15 year old front and center. Stargate SG-1 BFLERD on deck. [That’s Black Female Nerd.] lol

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        • DramaDazed says:

          My sentiments exactly beezrtp – and I am in my 69th year also going on 15. LOL. Did you hear that Midnight Sun is about to be published? 😉 Firefly? Farscape? Dr Who? Stargate of course. I call myself a geezer nerd.. being white these days is too embarrassing. :-/

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      • beezrtp says:

        I’m the opposite. I’m always hoping that Netflix won’t get shows that I want to watch.

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        • DramaDazed says:

          Interesting comment about netflix… since I do not know Korean I have to rely on subs. I like viki subs but not waiting for them. netflix and prime don’t post until subs are done. AsianCrush has ads. Ugh. I realize viki has the advantage for us residents who do know Korean, if there is another source I would love to know it. Sadly, I don’t have unlimited funds 😉

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          • beezrtp says:

            While I use Netflix and actually signed up for them the first year they ever started back when I couldn’t get anyone to understand how disks could come in the mail and with no late fees???? I love Netflix but when it comes to my Korean drama – HANDS OFF!

            Here’s my personal gripy reasons for my love-hate (mostly hate these days):
            1) I have a grudge from back when they first moved beyond just having some older & classic dramas. They had the drama Man to Man which I was desperately waiting to see. (The fact that it turned out to be a bust is irrelevant to my story 😆) The show was running week to week and Netflix acquired the rights but then made that asinine decision to hold the first 8 episodes and then release them all at once. And to add insult to injury, they then waited 8 more weeks once the broadcasting of the series was over to release the final 8! Meanwhile, you know what happened – everybody (Korean-American bloggers) that could answer questions we might’ve had regarding cultural differences that might’ve come up on the show (because they don’t need subtitles and watch on an actual Korean network) had already moved on. Unlike kjt ❤ and kfangurl ❤, most bloggers don’t respond to questions from dead threads.

            2) I think it does the fans a disservice when Oppa, Noona, Ahjumma, Ahjusshi and similar words (that mean more than how they are translated) aren’t translated. Sure viewers get the gist, but it’s not quite correct and the fans never learn the more nuanced meaning which I feel limits the understanding and thus the enjoyment of Kdramas and the culture. If you replace Oppa or ahjusshi with male characters’ names, you don’t understand the nature/status of their relationship or understand how Korea’s labelling culture works and that’s important to understanding exactly what’s happening, imo.

            3) Most importantly, it takes me twice as long to watch on Netflix than it does on Viki because Netflix doesn’t have the timing down pat. I read very, very fast (as those of us who watch foreign entertainment tend to do), but Netflix FLASHES dialogue even when there’s no need to. I understand the need when it’s dialogue thick or very fast, snappy dialogue and they must make room to get the second speaker’s words up at the right time, but when a person is all alone or when someone says something and no one follows with any dialogue – there’s no need for the words to FLASH and disappear from the screen, literally, in an instant. *grumpy face*

            4) Because of three timing issue, I hate that when I hit the rewind button – I don’t care how I barely tap it, it goes back too far (or depending on which device’s app I’m using, tapping it only causes it to pause and it’s still at the same place it was before I hit rewind). But most times when I rewind, I just want the last 1-3 words of the last sentence but I end up having to watch a whole 2-3 scenes (not sentences but SCENES) before.

            Anybody else experiencing the rewind problem with Netflix too?

            Well anyway – I prefer Viki and even Kocowa!

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            • DramaDazed says:

              Ya got me, beezrtp – I completely agree with all your netflix points. AFAIK, the last half of Triad Princess never showed up on the service. I especially dislike the absence of the name-words (oppa, noona, ajusshi etc. I find erasing the culture from a foreign language (video) disturbing in multiple ways. I think my only remaining appreciation of netflix carrying KDramas is that I have been able to connect another friend to them because it is so mainstream. Parasite winning the Oscar has been helpful, my friends roll their eyes less. A concern of mine is that there is content that lacks platform. I know a little about licensing, it’s complicated, but, for instance, I wanted to re-watch Jealousy Incarnate recently and it is not available (in my region).

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          • beezrtp says:

            Oh yeah. @DramaDazed, I meant to also say – that Netflix will post a drama before the subs are ready but it won’t appear in your “Continue To Watch” section until the subs are complete. I’ve learned to be patient and wait for it to appear there because when I’ve started an episode just because it was listed with all the other episodes, it would be missing sections of subs.

            That’s one thing I can’t fault them for.

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  6. beezrtp says:

    Oh my! Forever named all my favorites (except Dr. Who). Farscape is just guilty zany pleasure. (Although it did take me pushing to get thru the first season.)

    Firefly! At first I resented this show because it replaced another of my favs – Space Above and Beyond. But I ended up loving the entire crew. But my absolute obsession is Stargate SG-1!

    Oh. I’m not familiar with Midnight Sun.

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  7. DramaDazed says:

    Glad to hear the common ground, beezrtp.

    I looked up Space Above and Beyond – short lived and I missed it. Did you ever watch Odyssey Five?

    Midnight Sun is the story of Twilight, only written totally from Edward’s perspective. A few chapters were written several years ago and due to some kind of theft, the author released them to the public for download. I have the chapters pdf if you wanted to see it, but as I said, the full book is finally going to be published. I haven’t been on Stephanie Meyer’s website since I read The Host.

    I watched The King Ep 7 today… can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts.

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    • beezrtp says:

      Now that you’ve explained -I remember hearing something about the author’s work being released before planned. I appreciate the offer to read the pdf’s but honestly, besides not being able to remember what I read anymore (I forget from paragraph to paragraph) so it’s more frustrating than enjoyment nowadays – I am actually terrified of reading or watching anything that deals with the occult. I don’t even know how or why I ended up watching Twilight (and I watched the whole thing (sequels and all) too!)

      I looked up Odyssey Five and I see why I didn’t watch it – Peter Weller. If I don’t like a main actor/actress the only thing that can motivate me to watch is it must have one of my biases front and center (preferably with shirt off a majority of the time.) 😆

      Space Above and Beyond had some interesting concepts. It reminded me of Starship Troopers without the cheese. SpaceAAB was totally serious, with women officers that were tough as the guys but in a realistic way as opposed to the super hero nonsense we see whenever they try to depict badazz women. (I love Marvel movies but those women are supposed to be super heros. I just hate when a show is supposed to be realistic and they show women beating up men in a way that’s, for the most part, impossible. There are ways women can win in a fight if they’re trained but it’s not the way they always show us in tv. A good example of realistic fighting – if you saw Lee Si-Young in Lookout!? THAT’S realistic (exaggerated a little because of the hanging from the telephone lines, etc. but those flying ELBOWS moves were the real deal!) 😆

      Have you guys seen Babylon 5? I’ve always been a Trekkie (note “Trekkie” not that “Trekkor” mess they tried to get to fly)😆 but Babylon 5 was the real deal for me. No great CGI or anything but great characters and a plot that made your brain do the Six Monkeys kind of grandfather-parodox-type of hurting. “Not ‘The One’.” – Let me know if any of you get that reference. 😉

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      • DramaDazed says:

        Hi beezrtp – when I suspend my disbelief to watch Marvel, or any action movie – I don’t tend to notice the male/female differences unless the woman has been diminished or sidelined. I have not seen Lookout but I will remember your comment if/when I do. I am an Trekkie from 1964 when it aired and I could not wait for the next show – not much of a Weller fan either. I did see him making out with Sela Ward once. lol. I remember watching a few of the initial episodes of B5 and do not remember why I stopped – I think I got married again and distracted. LOL. It might be fun to go back, it’s just most of my time is spent watching Korean (+Ch,Jp,Tw) dramas and tbh, my time is running out. I wish I knew “The One”.

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        • beezrtp says:

          Babylon 5 is a verrrrrrrrrry, verrrrrrry slooow burn. I started out watching it just because it was sci-fi and nothing else sci-fi was on at the time. Not bad, just nothing special. But then, things started to come together in the final season. That’s how long it took for anything to pay off, but when it did… wow. It was something new because up until then, no shows were doing ongoing story arcs. Shows typically had the star of the show meets new people every week, helps solve their problem and moves on to next week’s episode (i.e., MacGyver, The Incredible Hulk, The Fugitive, Bonanza, etc.) Babylon 5’s “The One” is unexplainable without the background of the entire show.

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  8. Confused watcher says:

    Can someone explain how she travelled bk alone without the stick needed to open up the parallel world

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