“Pandora: Beneath the Paradise” begins with a major announcement which is much like real news about Elon Musk and Neuralink. In real life, it’s a brain chip and in this fictional K-drama series, it’s a brain patch. Pyo Jae-Hyun, CEO of Hatch, announced that their research team had created a VR small patch that allows the direct input of unlearned data into the human brain.
“The Two Sisters” is a story about two sisters who were close but got separated because their parents divorced. Lee Hye-Won went to live with the father and Lee Hye-Ji lived with the mother. But that was not the initial arrangement. It was supposed to be the other way around. However, Lee Hye-Won whispered something in her sister’s ear, so her sister switched and decided to go with the mother.
“Captivating the King” is loosely based on the historical events about the time when Joseon was “between” the Qing and the Ming. In the history of Korea (formerly called Joseon), the date of the Manchu Victory is 1636. With this victory, the Qing defeated the Ming and the Emperor forced Joseon into a tributary relationship with the Empire. Joseon was also forced to cut ties with the Ming. During the Qing invasion of Joseon (called ‘Byeongja Horan’), the crown prince and his younger brother were taken as hostages but later returned.