Life is still sort of busy but I have found time to cram in some drama watching too. I just haven’t felt particularly inspired to write about them. In fact I seem to have spent unpropotionally many hours reading what other people think about the said dramas, LOL! The Problematic of the Unproblematic seems to have become The Place to park myself at, as the ladies there are recapping several of the cdramas I’ve recently watched or that are currently on my roster. I’m also throughly enjoying my “re-watch” of our delish Wingkind Emperor & Co through the recaps of Novoland. Ah, Zhan Ryo Yun – why so fine.^^
The Chinese drama with the mile long title Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 😀
It’s addicting and actually quite decent. With my tendency to get bored and drop most xianxia dramas, it is rather surprising that I’m still following this one. Albeit with the aid of the trusty FF button, I’m ‘skip watching’ after all. *g* It’s a very pretty drama and for once the CGI scenery is bearable even when it gets a bit too pastelly.
I like most of the characters but I must say that I’m really enjoying Mark Chao as the male lead. There were a lot of grumbles when he was chosen to play Ye Hua/Mo Yuan but I believe he’s been able to win most people over with his restrained acting. I’ve always liked Mark, though his choices of acting gigs after Black & White have been a bit… um, yeah. Loved him in B & W and imho he was better than Zai Zai. Yup, I know – unpopular opinion.^^ Mark and Yang Mi make a pretty compelling OTP in all their ‘incarnations’; be it cute, swoony or fun. There are also couple of other pairings, one of which is probably doomed. Of course drama also has one of the banes of most Asian dramas, the annoying and clingy 2nd lead ‘that just won’t get it’. This time it’s a double whammy on the ladies side. But, to balance it out we also get a very pretty, emo Prince of the Ghost Clan, ha.
Anyway, there’s plenty of romance in 3310, so if that’s your ticket, give it a go. I found the middle section with SuSu/Ye Hua somewhat tedious but others seem to like it all right, so…
Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017
Another drama I’m ‘skip watching’ when time permits. I haven’t seen any of the other versions, nor read the books so I’ve got no beef with this one. The main couple is rather adorable and the rest of the cast ain’t bad either. Special mention goes to Liu Zhiyang as Ouyang Ke, a nasty piece if there ever was one, but oh so fun to watch. I did think he looked familiar but couldn’t place him until Mookie mentioned that he’d been on Ferryman.
It’s still laugh out loud funny in places and I just love Namgoong Min in the role. I’m still very beamused for how much I like him now when I used to think he was so smarmy and meh in all the previous roles I’d seen him in. The eternal battle of wits between Chief Kim and Seo Yoo is always fun to watch. In fact this reminds me of the one-upmanship battles of Team Shin and Do Woo in Story of a Man. Ep 10 gave our underdog team a reality check and reminded them just who they were up against. Yup, they were thoroughly had. Our hapless Chief had gotten a bit too cocky as well. I didn’t expect them to always come out on top but I must admit I did feel almost as down as them at the end of the EP. There are still 10 more episodes to go so I’m sure tables will be turned a fiew more times before the final victory for Team Underdog.
With a name like that you’d think the drama would be about the Hwarang. Bromance, bonding, some high jinks and a story of how the boys from different factions were forged as a formidable fighting force, right? Nope. Didn’t happen. Unfortunately the writer decided to treat the whole thing as a backdrop to yet another lame ass romance with another effing love triangle. Bleurgh! The romance in Hwarang worked even less than usually for me. The OTP felt totally like siblings, there was no spark and no romantic chemistry that I could detect. In fact Park Seo Joon’s Sun Woo had better chemistry with just about anybody else. I was more likely to ship him with Ji Dwi than Ah Ro. 😀
The whole thing would have been a lot better with the focus on the Hwarang boys and the romance in the sidelines. Well, it would have been better in many other ways too. Instead of a proper narrative flow, Hwarang felt more like a series of separate events loosely tied together. Up till the Bekje arch we got hardly any real plot movement or character growth. They wasted far too much time on peripherals, so any real action and forward movement was crammed onto the last fiew episodes. Very kdrama, that. Most of the chars were underdeveloped and under utilised, trotted out when e.g a exposition fairy was needed or to divulge some nuggets of info the writer deemed us worthy of. For the most part we were not privy of what motivated many of the characters. Sun Woo e.g stayed an enigma almost to the end and I’m still not quite sure what moved him most of the time, apart from his need to protect Ah Ro at any cost. There were occasional glimpses of potential, of “what could have been” but those got buried in the otherwise lacklustre writing.
Then there’s the heroine who once again lost any spunk she had as soon as she fell for the hero and was reduced to a damsel in distress, forever in need of rescuing. We spent ages on Ah Ro being weepy and her suitors being mopey and pining for her. I have no idea what the boys saw in her. As a character Ah Ro is rather uninspiring but at least she’s still degrees better than Ya Tou and her noodles, my current measure of limp female characters. XD Go Ah Ra is rather limited as an actress and she wasn’t able to elevate the character above the lacklustre writing. Something even Park Seo Joon was struggling with. The only one sticking out positively was Park Hyung Shik, but I suspect his Ji Dwi is actually the only character that was somewhat better rounded out to begin with.
Objectively thinking I should have dropped Hwarang early on and I’m still rather mystified why didn’t.