I don’t know what’s with me these days but I seem to be watching more fluff that usually. 😀 Could be the persistent heatwave that’s been going on since mid May. There are times I think my brain has finally melted, ha. Anyway, summer is sort of perfect time to watch something less demanding, regardless of the overall quality. Leave your brain at the door, your belief suspended above it and just enjoy. *g* Of course, the show in question has to appeal to you in some way, otherwise why bother?
In many ways Guardian resembles Mystic9, my summer fluff of 2016, which wasn’t a pinnacle of perfection either. There is clunky CGI, plenty of wonky acting, laughable villains (I swear, Bad Guy nbr 1’s wig was probably pinched from the Hwarang set), a plot lifted from a web novel but with adaptation that doesn’t do it justice (partly due to cencorship) and too many episodes. Still, what’s left of the original story is kinda interesting and I like the characters, especially the main duo Yun Lan (Bai Yu) and Shen Wei (Zhu Yilong). Yup, I’m mainly watching for those two. *sorry, not sorry* 😛 The original novel is a BL story and our twosome is a proper item in it but due to cencorship TPTB changed that bit to a bromance in the drama. Not that it stopped them blatantly ‘shipping’ them at every turn, LOL! No idea how they managed to get that past them cencors. Despite it’s flaws Show has been fun so far. Annnnnd the official YT channel has English subs. 🙂 I’m several episodes behind but as the drama has already finished it’s run in China, I know that the ending left a lot to be desired for. Nothing new when it come cdramas these days. By all accounts, it seems like they are hankering for a 2nd season. Those who have read the original novel don’t particularly care for the drama but as I don’t have that sort of ‘ballast’ I’m ok with it. Guardian the drama is easy to diggest summer fluff and I never expected it to be anything more that that.
A short synopsis from Wiki – mostly background info aka “ancient history”:
More than ten thousand years ago an alien race landed on the planet Haixing, some among them fused their cells with plants and animals, forming the Yashou tribe. Some stayed deep under the ground and were called the Dixing people. Their cells mutated as well and they became capable of some supernatural powers. There was however peace between the three tribes. Until a meteor hit Haixing and the Dixing’s resources started to deplete and they escaped to the surface and started a war with the Haixing and the Yashou people. The Haixing in the end won the war after they created 4 Holy Tools out of the meteor. The three tribes then agreed on a peace.
Zhao Yun Lan (Bai Yu) is an unruly leader of the Special Investigation Department in charge of cases done by dixingians. Shen Wei (Zhu Yilong), a gentle and calm university professor for biological engineering, his real identity is the black robed envoy, one of the three most powerful people of Dixing.
kumaxell @ For the Love of Drama has a fiew posts about the drama vs novel that give some insights to the actual storyline of the novel and the supernatural basis of it. Here’s the first post. As the original novel is one of her faves, it’s not surprising she doesn’t think much of the drama. Well, the writers rather did make a mess of it, so…
A trailer, which somehow manages to make the drama way more dramatic than it actually is, LOL!
Cdrmas usually have a pretty nice OST and Guardian is no exception. I love, love, LOVE the main theme We Won’t Be Falling / 陳雪燃
Fiew more, with translations by Orange Bisquit
The insert song – 初心 Chu Xin (= original intention, aspiration, sincere heart… or something similar)
The ending song – Just Cared Too Much / 只是太在意
Because of all the not-so-subtle “nudge, nudge, wink, winking”, Show really lends itself for stuff like… ‘crack videos’. 😀 I laughed out loud watching these.
Guardian crack 1
Guardian crack 2
Guardian crack 3