ChenKun's insanely charming and expressive face sums up my reaction, exactly:
My world is back to its cosmic balanced normalcy. It's less exciting, but I'll be saved many hours of time-wasting and rants.
In many more words:
1. HXM is gorgeous, undeniably fineeee, and he's in the Clothes Optional/Always Off Club. Those r some new hard muscles and it looks good, on him, and he's generous to show us. Me thinks he wont be training with his top on ever in this.
2. Clothes and sets r well designed, not the gawdy froufrou showoff purposeless vein abundant in CN periods (which I can't stand), but tasteful, and just right touches.
3. Ruby looks captivating in 2 sec of screentime, and fits her role to a TEE. Everybody else, as well. EXCEPT…
4. HXM, himself. It's back to my biggest gripe with him, and a hugest peeve of mine. PS. He had some, and it's showing in his lower half of his face and the second he opens his mouth to read lines, it's back to the crazy spastic out of control gobbing and smirking, screaming to me I'm too PERFECTLY PRETTY TO NOT BE SWARMYHAMMY MUAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!! Needless to say, he's not really improved, as he's previously fooled me in those gorgeous stills, and so wrong for the Righteous Patriotic Hero of Virtuous Perfection! BUT HXM's fangirls can rest assure, your constant comfort of sweet candy hunkflesh adonis, the never changing XiaoMing is back, from my grabbyhands, to yours.
Sorta off topic:
Really, I'm not against plastic surgery entirely, but when it obscures what u r expressing thus ACTING then I don't need to see it in my dramas and movies. I'm against PS becoming alarmingly an obligation in Cdramaland, It's like a stuck-on (and many cases, carved-out) LV logo for faces, it has to be obvious, for show, a status quo/symbol translating to bookings and jobs. It's not unheard of for management companies 'urging' newbies to have things done, and procedures r glamorized as losing wt/getting prettier. I'm most offended is PS has become a jumping board to ascent in the industry, gone is the honing of skills or any consideration for talent level/suitability for the role to begin with. Yuan ShanShan is the specimen where her obscene amount of procedures is lauded and rewarded with leading roles instead of any talent/improvement. And I'm pushed to the limit and doing my own little protest with my drama time by NOT condoning and watching anything these cheaters r in when they r nth without their PS or overrated hyping to begin with. I wonder if it's to be written in their CVs nowadays what pricey prodecures r done in order to even be considered under representation and they'll be rewarded screen time accordingly. What I'm against is most of the time it's horribly obvious, fugly and absolutely unnecessary, eg YangMi and many of her homies/up and coming starlets in the biz, they must've all met at the same hideous surgeon's office/dungeon.
Then there r successful cases which I understand how it pays off in jump-starting in their career when they have potential to begin with, eg a HXM or a Fan Bingbing. BUT procedures always backfire, sooner or later and now he's lost any artful control of his lower face, when he's SOOO promising, if less chiseled before.