The First Half of My Life caught my attention after a friend of mine, a Beijing native, recommended it to me. Four episodes into the drama and I was wholeheartedly committed to watching all 42 episodes. The main factor that makes this show captivating is that, like a revolving restaurant, we continually and slowly get a panoramic view of the characters. There is no black and white, your opinion is always shifting, and although it deals with some heavy topics, it’s served in a balanced way.
Of course, the acting, cinematography and story is stellar. Jin Dong recaptured my inner fan girl with his strong performance as He Han. There are some powerful scenes in the drama from Xu Di, who plays Luo Zijun mother, and her acting is some of the best I have ever seen. She left me breathless early on in the show with one particular scene, having me rewatch it several times (if you watch, you’ll know exactly which scene I’m talking about). Ultimately, this isn’t a drama to watch to unwind with, but rather one to become engrossed with. I can already predict drama withdrawals when this one finishes. – Contributed by Andrea Kurzee.
I love the drama after the time shift. This is where Feng Qing Chen and the 4th Prince’s relationship slowly develops and it is very enjoyable to watch. Feng Qing Chen awakes to find that the world after the time jump is completely different. The mages are being rounded up and imprisoned. She sets out to free them but gets mistaken as a spy by the 4th Prince. He apprehends her and she isn’t afraid of him even though he’s threatening her.
All the while, Qing Chen saves him from poisoning, she ties her life to his, flirtatiously telling him… everything that happens to him, happens to her and vice versa. This leads to some interesting situations and brings them closer while trying to outwit the enemy, uncovering a conspiracy that leads to the power struggle in the palace and the dark mages. – Contributed by Judy.
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