I’ve been watching this quietly behind all the other dramas, in fact I think this was one of the few dramas that I was looking forward to. I mean what did I have to lose? There were pretty costumes in the teaser pics, Hawick and more pretty costumes. Turns out I had a lot more to lose in hindsight.
I can’t say I’ve watched the previous two in this series, so there’s nothing to really compare with, but I still have plenty of gripes. Most of them stemming from the story, and how the writing has gone about
slowly, no really slowly. It’s as slow as fucking molasses.
So far, all I’ve gotten is that Hong Tai Ji is total douchebag, even if he has a few tender moments (I don’t know if Shen Zhi Ning thought she could revive Hawick’s Mo Shao Qian-no lady it’s not working.) Being the first Emperor of the Qing dynasty, naturally has its harsh reality on him as a character, but there’s really not much difference between when he’s home or on the battlefield. He really hasn’t interacted all that much with Hai Lan Zhu apart from the scene where he decides to drink a little too much and attempts to rape her. There isn’t enough back story to show how he comes to form feelings for her, it’s really not a relationship that develops. Overall giving the impression that he’s formed his feelings towards her, based on a mere few actions, that isn’t really enough if you see how his other Concubines act around him.
I mean unless you argue playing hard to get is a turn on… that doesn’t count because it appears as if Hai Lan Zhu barely notices him. I’ve lost count of the amount of times she’s yelled Zhuo Lin. For the last time-he’s turned into a rabid, amnesiac bear! I keep yelling that at her, but she still hasn’t heeded.
On the other hand, I have the urge to cringe in the scenes between Empress Xiao Duan Wen and Hong Tai Ji, it looks more like a mother-son relationship.
I feel like I’ve watched a lot more episodes than I have so far, but it’s already getting a little weary. Over on the rest of the blogo-sphere, and weibo, it’s gotten mixed reviews. I think audiences generally agree that this story starts dragging in the latter half (imo I think it’s already draggy) , but somehow people are actually enjoy watching the Yu’er and Dorgon scenes. I think the Shen Zhi Ning, actually did better with this pairing than the actual otp, which is kind of saddening. What is probably more saddening is the fact that I think she’s writing the drama adaptation of Yun Zhong Ge. I have no more hopes for Ling gege 😥
I’m not sure I want to finish this series anymore, I might just end up skipping a few episodes or scenes just to see how it all ends. Ah~ and it all looked so pretty…