CtW is not watchable… T_T Love or Bread lvl of unwatchable.
My vitriol over ladyboss K @ TangRen is at a new high. This script can not be the work of 3 years, nor 3 wks….even for a kindergartener of v basic command of tiniest bits of C poetry or the period drama lingo. I refuse to believe this is the work of PD Lee (Legend of Condor Heroes 08, Chinese Paladin(s), Young Yang Clan….) because even though some of his past works r duds in writing, his crisp, seasoned mastery still shines thro. This drama has no heart, it’s like they throw together 36 hours of crap on film and sell it to make a bit of dough and call it a day. Seriously there are scenes that should be extremely heart-tugging, eg when our leads are doing their first tete-a-tete, our hero Gen. Lin breaks out in a case of waxing poetic…and he uses a poetry that I can recite in my kindergarten days as a nursery rhyme, a twinkling, twinkling lil’ star equivalent…and heroine and us all are supposed to be swooned by his brains on top of his looks. It’s painful to watch. This is no joke the hardest acting job loverboy has to do. There are extensive, very jarring cuts. Scenes are not cohesive, dialogues are horrible and repetitively boring and sucky. Characters will do a 180 just to fill time and as if they have lobotomies. The direction is highsch production amateurish. It reminds me of the scripting and directing in Young Yang Clan (I’m not too fond of….) but w/ those writers and PDs unconscious and on LSD
The only good (but heartbreaking) thing about it is the casting, everybody is doing a good job w/ this crap, I’m amazed, impressed and bleeding inside for them. Hence my vitriol: why bother making this piece of stinky cheese when u have gathered this talented bunch of pretties?!?!?! These are household names of veterans, the only lesser known ones are YH and LSS…yet they are TangRen’s own babies…for a production company sticking their children, their up and coming artists in crap of THEIR own……do not compute. More headdeskingly they are supposedly ‘leads’, I flipped thro a good solid ~8 eps over lunch…NOT a scene of General Lin NOR princess. It’s a tedious 8-10 eps shitload of nonsensical Domestic violence shenanigans serving NO POINT. I feel bad for Janine. She doesn’t deserve this shit. She’s doing a very earnest and respectable job here in her first foray in C period drama. Oh, and YH+LSS scenes are still OTP gold.
YH tweeted during the filming his Gen Lin is in the drama to ‘move soysauce’… a slang of being wallflower/scenery. I thought he’s being his usual smartypants, but NOPE. He’s reduced to minimal lines, basically just strutting and posing and selling pretty droolzable caps. His fight scenes are the only scenes that I can see ‘effort’ put in, in the design and some vague clues this is a director Lee’s drama.