Two episodes in, I’m disappointed.
Peter Ho can not reign his OTT in, his every expression, his eyes and flaring nostrils are constantly screeching on my screen, that’s why he’s fine as the dumb peacock of LuBu in 3K but here, so out of place as a wise conqueror to be, one truly with the credentials to be The Contender to rule the newly unified land 3rd century BC, in a proper period drama. That is nothing new, no surprises there (but still I was hoping for some miracle). However, there won’t be any character growth for XY then, he’s done nth to veil he is threateningly eye-catching screaming ‘here to AVENGE my Grandpa!’ to the entourage of Emperor Qin touring the empire. My disappointment lies mainly in my ahjusshi crush Chen DaoMing. He puts in the theatrics, too showy for his every worth in every twinkle of his eyes, too assured, too grand, too know-it-all, too kingly for a slimy ruffian nobody early LB. It is like he’s already ascended to his throne 3 seconds after we’ve met him in his rags and all. That is spoilsport.
Plus, the production does not look one bit the most expensive Cdrama production ever, granted there is no money scene of battle yet, but there are little touches of the extras, the soldiers that are very thrown together, nth of the meticulous of Three Kingdom. *netizens have already caught GXX reusing entire army scenes fr 3K*. I welcome the familiar alumni of 3K everywhere here, but they are also harsh reminders on how shabby, or a half-assed photocopy this compare to the masterpiece.
Remember the Liu Bei in 3K, he’s here as Emperor Qin. I did not feel his LB at all, and I really do not know what GXX sees in him to play the fearsome dictator.
Granted I’ve sniffed something smelly earlier on when CDM is all diva-like no show on any promotion, writers have jabbed GXX for robbing them of credits, as if he is the only mastermind of the production. It doesn’t sit well with me when wind is out GXX is going to cut a 2 hour movie version of the 80 ep drama, it looks every bit a money making venture only at that point. Most C netizens have been disappointed with CDM in the trailers, he’s the reputation of C acting god, however he’s like phoning in his numerous previous renditions of kings and princes when LB was so not.
I’m also underwhelmed by the themesongs, I love the music of 3K, it is perfect and necessary to set the tone, here it’s long-winded whiny gaudy operatic pageantry.
One is romance-focused:
The other is screaming GRANDEUR:
The there’s the Peter Ho pop song, which is fine on its own but just so odd for a C historical:
Here Peter is pervie over his first sight of the horse of his later consort Yu:
*I have to make peace I will never ever see his pretty with my Chinese aesthetics*
It’s still a better C period, but it’s GXX with a bloated bighead disease and it ends up a product not even too glitzy but quite annoyingly pretentious.