One night, Crown Prince Lee Gak awakes to find the Crown Princess has drowned in the palace pond. Deeply shaken by his loss, he is of the opinion that his wife was murdered. Desperately searching for the culprit, the Crown Prince and his three comrades get into an ambush and are eventually forced to flee. While trying to save their lives, the four of them suddenly travel through time, 300 years into the future, where they end up in the rooftop room of Park Ha, a young woman who recently returned to South Korea. Now she sees herself stuck with the four men and their weird behaviour.
I enjoyed Rooftop Prince a lot, probably more than the drama was actually worth. Somehow the characters managed to struck a chord within me. The King and his sidekicks were just too adorable.
I have to say, I really didn't care at all about all the hassle around the family business. Tae Moo seemed to be really good at his work anyway... As a villain I have to say, he came off rather pathetic. Se Na as a character at least made some sense.
And whilst I fast forwarded through most of the business storyline, I loved the relationship between the King and Park Ha. The mystery was laid out well, and the lesson was thought. The theme of reincarnation and time travel took for once on an approach that at least to some extent made sense.
At times, the drama felt too long, but glad I stuck with it!
Rooftop Prince is one of a slew of time-travel themed shows that recently premiered, and while it's not the best of the bunch by any means, it does have its own enjoyment and heart.
What starts off as a great plot based on solving a murder, falls wayside in the middle in favour of corporate stories; marking one of Rooftop Prince's greatest flaws. And while there's clear logic in the story-and it's obvious the writers know where they want to go-, the execution doesn't always work. However, the interaction of the four time-travelling men and the hilarious fish-out-of-water scenes more than make up for it.
The acting ranges from middling but passable to great. And likewise, the same applies to the characters. While none are completely hateable, not all of them have the same depth or even character consistency. While I'm not a big fan of Park Yu Cheon (as a singer or actor), he tends to pick stories that I find intriguing, so I have seen his shows, and I will admit that he's show great leaps and bounds in acting. And, like the plot, the show manages to pull through and still be enjoyable despite some of its less than likable characters.
Rooftop Prince is far from the best show out there, but it's also a show full of heart and which manages to stay enjoyable despite it's flaws. Since so many other shows have succumbed to those same failings, Rooftop Prince is a win in my book.