Lovers of the Red Sky -- Episodes 13 & 14: The Abusridity of it all: Aiming to Trick the Devil
Despite feeling like Lovers of the Red Sky is losing some ground, Ha Ram still continues to impress with everything he does -- grabbing the grand prince's sword with his bare hand to protect Chun Ki had me deep in my emotions. Not only was it unexpected, but also breath-catching. He wows me time and time again, not only for his foresight (no pun intended), but also for his wittiness, for always staying ten steps ahead. If you want to conquer your enemy, sing their song. As they say, if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy, for every victory gained, you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. I just hope Ha Ram can defeat not only Ma Wang, but also the devil in the Grand Prince, without having to pay a hefty price for it.
The Grand Prince's biggest problem is that he thinks he is better than he is, but he is only visualizing the image that others portray, not what he truly is. That little boy constantly filled with fear, always comparing himself to his siblings forever wanting what was never meant for him -- it's human nature to want to be better, but wanting to be better, and forcefully and viciously scheming to get it are two distinctly separate things. And it's why he arrogantly believes he can control Ma Wang. It's so true when they say only the devil recognizes himself in another. I would've never guessed the ring Ha Ram gave Chun Ki was needed to control the demon. I wonder how the shaman found out about it, but more how Ha Ram's father came to have it.
No one is perfect, but even the Prince with all his faults understands the severity of the sealing ceremony not going as planned. Not that I didn't expect him to be courageous, I did, but I commend him nonetheless for not running away from his responsibility and trying to stop his brother, the grand prince, from taking over the demon. I am sure it wasn't an easy decision for him to accept that he may have to kill his own brother to protect the kingdom, the royal family and its subjects.
They say courage requires the ability to face your fears and take action despite them, for every problem hides an opportunity so powerful it literally eclipses the problem. The greatest success stories are told of people who recognized a problem and reversed it into an opportunity. Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them, even when they aren't their mistake. But at the same time, I understood why Ha Ram couldn't easily forgive. If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience; the shaman, the King, the Grand Prince trying to trick the devil was like trying to convince the world he doesn't exist. Watch episodes 13 & 14 here.