Synopsis: Liu Ping (Ma Tianyu from Ice Fantasy) is a secret prince who was raised outside of the palace in order to be protected from the scheming Empress He. Eighteen years later, his twin brother Emperor Liu Xie, sickly and weak, orders Liu PIng to return to the Capital and is tasked to replace him to protect the Han Dynasty.
First Impressions: Liu Ping’s clear confusion in the first couple of episodes echoes what I felt as well. For someone to accept such news after living his entire life with no knowledge about his royal blood (which pretty much means he spent his whole life living a lie), one can only imagine how he must be feeling. I’m intrigued to see how his character will develop from someone who initially appears to be quite acquiescent, to a charismatic leader fit to rule an entire kingdom.
At this stage I’m definitely preferring Sima Yi over Liu Ping, as he carries an aura around him that screams loyalty, intelligence and strength. His character is really likeable, as well as charismatic. He is most certainly a multifaceted charcter that I will be keeping my eye on.
Empress Fu Shou is a highly respectable and devoted woman to the previous Emperor, and is evidently a character that many can envision to idolise later on when the drama progresses further. Wan Qian is just stealing the show whenever she is on-screen. I haven’t seen any other works with her in them prior to this one, but her performance has certainly caught my eye. It’s just so refreshing to see a strong female character who can hold her own.
The first two episodes progress quite slowly, mostly because we, along with Liu Ping, are trying to grasp the situation. However, the next couple of episodes has certainly peaked my interest, as I’m curious as to how each relationship between all of these characters will link up. The cinematography and costuming set a tone that makes the drama appear to be more a film than what you would associate a 50+ episode to be like.
One main disappointment to me is definitely the fact that they chose to repackage this time in Chinese history to become an idol drama, but considering this is based off a novel of the same name, there’s not much I can argue with. It also doesn’t help their case that I’m a huge history junkie.
Because let’s be honest, we’re mostly tuning in for the bromance aren’t we? Tianyu and Elvis on-screen is truly a delight. Such eye candy~
So for now I’d say that I’m still going to continue with this and see where it goes. Although the history buff in me slightly dies inside knowing this won’t play out like history did, the alternate history genre is something that I honestly haven’t explored enough. Perhaps now is a great opportunity for all fo you as well as myself to check out and see what this drama has in store.
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