Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe I’m just bummed out that I don’t get to see Daniel on my screen for a while? I think I feel like a deflated balloon. The ending along with at least the last 10-15 episodes were sort of meh, it didn’t have that addictiveness that the earlier episodes held for me. Maybe it was the fact that I was a little behind by that point so I was getting more than enough episodes per day, or the fact that the writing had actually slowed down a little, which made it feel like it was stalling for a grandiose ending. It essentially fizzled and popped.
I can’t exactly complain there wasn’t any warning, the amount of logic used in this drama was quite astounding-yeah I know I actually gave Xue Wu credit for being smart in my previous post, but I take it back, she had like some kind of PMS disorder where she chose to make intellectual decisions one day and the rest she was like screw it I’m going to be dumb because it’s easier even if it kills me, and she apparently took that quite literally towards the end.
I still have to admit, it was a lot of fun while we were on the ride, despite the fact that I came to fast forward a lot of Gao Wei-Zheng Er scenes. It was interesting at first to watch him mentally deteriorate, because you know that’s always fun to watch. However, I got a little sick of him being a coward and hiding in Zheng Er’s arms every other second-like no really we get it, you’re a chicken, I can practically hear you cluck away, now shut up already.
Gao Wei as a character was maybe a little better written compared to our main protagonists, he started off being misguided, and we saw him coming under the negative influence of Zhu Ting. So there was a transition where you could understand where his line of thought was coming from as bat-shit crazy as it was, but when you tell me his mental stability is that of a crazy chicken and oh I don’t know take about 20 minutes out of a 45 minute episode doing that, you’re wasting precious time drama! Nevertheless I think it’s fair to give Zhai Tian Lin some credit for playing Gao Wei, he was surprisingly really good, given that I don’t think I’ve seen him previously in anything else. He came across as vulnerable and fragile when he needed to, and his last moments were a bit, frazzled? I guess maybe even he didn’t understand why he pulled an arrow on Zheng Er.
I think the drama had a few other clunkers that could have done with brain transplants, namely Lan Ling Wang himself, who came across as bi-polar, with some days I’ll trust you Xue Wu others, mmm we’ll get to it. It essentially got very frustrating between the push and pull and EVIL Zheng Er and poor Zheng Er. It was just plain old lame watching her be the ‘bad guy’, really?? I think I lost count of the number of times I’ve asked myself that question. The black and white tones within the characters were quite bland, but I think the actors have to be given credit where deserved, they made boring paper characters quite likeable.
I think another gripe I had about this drama was the costuming, Ariel looked gorgeous in the stills, and then the drama put her in Qi clothes and fugly popped out. From the looks of the sets and camera quality, I’d say they spent all their money on that, leaving the poor actors to literally switch between 2 to 3 outfits. I actually started wondering if it was the same day, because I saw Zheng Er, dressed in my grandma’s flowery drapes from 90’s a few episodes straight, second thoughts I think they’re from the 80’s she just refuses to throw the drapes out.
Let’s not even probe into Lan Ling Wang’s violet outfit, that thing burned my eyes, you’d need sunglasses to look at that thing. I really want to ask where they got such good dyes from back in the day but I figured, things just conjure themselves and you know crazy stuff just happens like all the time :/.
In contrast, the Zhou outfits that were set out for Xue Wu were so much more simpler and fitting, I think that just goes to show you don’t need a shit load of money to make something or someone look attractive, if only they’d thought of it earlier instead of bombarding everyone with sparkly outfits (yes I’m talking about Yu Wen Yong, that bejewelled or whatever you call it outfit was fugly to the max).
The ending to the drama left me a little…nope the periods literally represent all the thoughts I had after I saw batman and bat-wife sitting in the grass, to which Lan Ling Wang, howls ‘Nooooooooooo’, I get the drama wasn’t aiming for realism but come on, just once can we have subtlety? The woman died for crying out loud.
I think I’ve pretty much criticised the drama to smithereens, and that isn’t to discourage anyone from watching, so long as you go in thinking you’re watching brainless fluff I’m sure you’ll survive. I’m just a plain old sucker for period romances, as specious as they are, and I guess I forgot about the drama by the time it came to air, so my expectations were nil, no big expectations and lots of cracktastic OTP stuff, so go ahead and check it out if you will 🙂