A night of surprise cancellations saw The Investiture of the Gods pulled from the air without a finale and Novoland: Eagle Flag postponed indefinitely. No one knows the real reason except that it’s arguably influenced by China’s media regulatory board National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), which has been known to have qualms against costume dramas that do not fit the bill.
Oddly enough, the show that was pushed to air last minute is also a costume drama. Young Blood 大宋少年志 is a 36-episode drama about six youngsters training to become spies for their country during the Northern Song dynasty.
Under the reign of Qingli, spies have infiltrated the city of Dongjing to gather intelligence about the weaknesses of the government. In order to maintain peace among its people, the Northern Song forms a secret cabinet to train its own spies.
The cunning and intelligent Yuan Zhongxin (Zhang Xincheng), the beautiful Zhao Jian (Zhou Yutong), the timid and introverted Xue Yang (Zheng Wei), the truthful Wang Kuan (Wang Youshuo), the flirtatious Wei Yanei (He Haochen), and the soft-hearted Xiao Jing (Su Xiaotong) who can’t even kill the smallest insect make up the team after careful selection and training.
Upon first entering the organization, each of the young spies act upon their own agendas, causing a riot in the place. However, as they go through a series of life-and-death missions, they gradually mature and form a friendship unlike other.
It sounds like your classic coming of age stories with a historical setting. My Huckleberry Friends actor Zhang Xincheng makes a compelling hero as a character a righteousness beneath his hard-headed persona who stumbles upon a journey to becoming a spy. Young Blood hasn’t done any promotions due to its sudden premiere, but if you’re a fan of the cast or the genre, then this might be the one for you.
Release Date: June 3, 2019 Hunan TV (two episodes every Monday to Wednesday 10pm)
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