Posters/Character Stills are out. See for yourself before I insert my opinion underneath:
I think Damian(our Emperor KangXi) is dandy like Damian, Nicky looks dashing and younger than ever, Prince10 Ye ZuXin is the fairest of them all, like a pretty girl2. Sorry I know it’s bigotry of me to be shallow and judgmental and all, but what the freak is that earring!??! AND that even more flowery gay one on Jiang JingFu? Lil’ Jiang is chattered amongst the fangirls with a face a cross btw the BFF HuGe and YuanHong and I agree. He’s a young cute hottie esp in stills, so why, I beg to know, is he PS’d to DEATH?! And if TR stuck him in a role paying homage(my foot!) to YH’s prince13, when they are sorta facetwins, it’ll get a chuckle out of me in its cheekiness.
This is a bunch of gorgeous peeps, one of the new guys is from the popular iPartment ‘sitcom’ series 孙艺洲/Sun YiZhou and the other, idolsinger 陈翔/Chen Xiang. I have seen maybe almost one episode of iPartment anything, so I can’t be a judge and I don’t know a thing about ChenXiang. I hope they are decent, but then IF they are and riding on their own popularity, WHY are they stuck doing this!?!?!??!
These are some of the laziest, uninspired and dourest of promo stills I’ve seen. They all look like they wanna be in some copycat Cold War the movie or some lame HK gangster/cop show instead of this (but who wouldn’t rather). However, lest they forget, this is some contemporary garden variety, run of the mill C manrem romance still no matter how it’s packaged, right?!?! The story better has sth to do with the Forbidden City, even if it’s just the modern day museum or whatever, because sticking it right there squarely in the poster is all kinds of tacky. But then this is TR, what do I expect otherwise?!?!
I’m saving the hugest rant for last, ShiShi looks like the image of death/Lady Macbeth with not a hint of liveliness to be found ANYWHERE here. The styling is aging her by 2 decades at least and she can play the mother of Nicky IF they intend it that way (some dearies are already jabbing IF her love interest will include Damian, truest to MarySue romance fashion), her face has a yellowish grey tint all over that is so waxy and unattractive I’m beyond baffled. I think this is the fugliest shot I’ve ever seen of SS, she sometimes lack a certain sparkle/twinkle in the eyes but this is the worst. And TR, what is the deal now?! Even if SS is tired beyond imaginable with her workload, there is sth called PHOTOSHOP, which you are using heavily on ALL the dudes, esp lil’ Jiang, why the stringent on SS?! I wonder if they are having unpleasant surprises in store for us SS is playing some undead, ie that car accident did ‘kill’ and time-travelled her to Qing as RuoXi and now she’s in limbo as a zombie. <- this of course is just off my silly head, but admit it, wouldn’t this make the so boring super meh BBJQ synopsis that much more interesting?!?! It is not that hard TR peeps, DO IT.
And am I to assume any semblance to reality, living in a modern city, working as some ordinary OL in some office and there won’t be ANY girlpals of any significance in sight but the swirling of a thousand hot men orbiting around our Sun? O. Kay.