people institute this review helpful
My relationship with this drama can exist described equally “it’s complicated”. I watched information technology all, considering I liked information technology that much, but my friends who have seen me posting most information technology on the feeds (I have to give thanks them for their patience, this was 50 episodes afterward all!) probably thought I hated it sometimes. Yes, I complained well-nigh it that much.
This drama is highly rated, so I guess I take some explaining to practice. That’southward one reason why I am writing this review – seeing that so many people absolutely adored this drama, I want to offering a somewhat dissimilar point of view. The other reason is that I feel like I want to sort out my thoughts virtually it.
So, did I like information technology at all? Yes, I did. Not considering I thought information technology was very beautiful or extraordinary or anything, and non considering I was swept away by the romance. No, on the contrary I found this drama to be very, very silly with also many plotholes, and even though I generally enjoy teacher/student romances I didn’t feel a lot of “chemistry” in this drama. Part of it can be explained by the fact that the man lives in “The Hall of Emotionless”, above everything else. Simply however… At first I was disappointed with this drama and thought to myself: “What always is this?!” but I learned to accept information technology for what it was and enjoy iy equally such. I saw this drama as light and fun, not a comedy but definitely incommunicable to take seriously, some things annoying and some things delightfully enjoyable.
The affair is, many things in this drama don’t brand a lot of sense, especially not the details. Things happen without reason or explanation all of a sudden and the characters are saying and doing irrational things sometimes. At Chang Liu they honour vitures like being “emotionless” and without desire and ambition. Even so all of the characters – except the male lead, sometimes – display all kinds of very man emotions all the fourth dimension – like distrust and suspicion, jealousy, and a lot of importance is placed on the times when the disciples have to compete agains each other. They have to practice their all-time to win, because at that place can only exist one winner of class. I fail to understand how it is possible to fight for the spot every bit the sect leader’due south disciple without having whatever feelings almost information technology. Also, it is against the dominion to fall in love, just some people pause the dominion with no consequences.
The writing is definitely lacking, information technology does a terrible task at explaining the details and fifty-fifty the greater lines that would make the context – the setting, the basics of this fantasy earth – come up to life. We know that there are some “demons” and some “immortals” and some “humans”. And there is some dandy, nighttime danger that is threathening the existence of the whole world. How and why I accept no thought, but the “deity devices” that are spread out among the various sects (what is the purpose of these sects and what are they doing there?) tin go on things in cheque. Of course, the bad guys are trying to steal these devices. All of this is sketchy at all-time. It seems similar someone wanted to write a teacher/student story in a fantasy earth, but didn’t have enough imagination, and decided to roughly copy the manual of “Fantasy Story 1A”. In that location they are “cultivating”, which in some way or another means that they acquire magic skills that generally consist of being able to wing on the border of a sword, push button people abroad with a wink of calorie-free or create a shield around them, and make all those wuxia moves. The good guys live in gold halls, the bad guys live in dark, cavern-like places, and their soldiers seem to be retired orchs who are sometimes very, very useless fighters. I actually hated how ho-hum and pointless the whole fantasy setting was. There is not fifty-fifty any existent feeling of Good 5/south Evil.
I liked, no, I adored many of the “bad guys” in this drama. I don’t often fall for the characters that belong to or plow to “the dark side”, but if it’southward done the correct mode, there is something about it that appeals to me. I liked Sha Quian Mo, aka Sha Jie Jie, from the start. I similar the way he’s so powerful and has almost complete command over his subordinates – he has quite a flake of that awesome neat ability that makes some people kind of hot – and notwithstanding he’south so emotional and soft on the inside. Or at least a role of his inside… He was my favourite and with a better story, he could take been a wonderful character! Purple Fairy, too, is a character who is strong and proud and elegant, sharp and powerful. Besides bad this is more often than not ruined by her foolishness, her obsession with love that makes her kind of stupid, and weak. Notwithstanding, I always adored her and stayed a little bit on her side even when she did bad things. (As for the bad guys, Ni Human Tian was one I did not like at all. She was simply a spoiled brat who was mean for no reason. No fun at all.) Dongfang was also an interesting grapheme and one that I liked more and more, once I got past the first few abrasive episodes. I also liked some of the supporting characters. (Yes, I’thou saying that I like the supporting characters more than the main couple, merely… I notice that to exist pretty okay. It’due south as well bad the supposedly great romance didn’t sweep me off my anxiety this time, only looking at the rating and the other reviews, I guess that’s simply me…)
Information technology reverses good and bad, in a way. The people in the gilded and pastel coloured castle are the expert guys, but often they are colder and more cruel than the villains. Well, this is at least true about some of them. There are some lovable cliché good guys (pocket-size characters who are sweet and give the leads support in the right moments) and some cliché bad guys whom you love to hate. Because of this “reversal” in the characters attitudes and actions (or should I say that some characters are really rather multi-layered) it is lamentable that the setting is notwithstanding then platitude. I dislike how they utilise colours so stereotypically, peculiarly knowing that some c-dramas can be really beautiful. (I’ve heard that this is really pretty good for its genre, only seeing as this is my kickoff Chinese fantasy drama I can’t compare it. It does have a few pretty sceneries but nothing special, in my opinion.)
This drama is like a big bowl of processed. Not premium quality, stuff, just sweet and colourful. Too much, but it kind of looks adept. Even though you know it when you lot bite into it, that at that place’s really non indicate in eating it, you merely can’t resist information technology. You just take some other piece. And another, and another, until you’re full and had enough. You shouldn’t have started eating to begin with. But another day, you come back for more!
That’due south what this drama was like for me. I dislike a lot of things about it. I wouldn’t recommend it for the romance – equally much equally I have a soft spot for teacher/student relationships, this couple did not motility me. Even though I accept to admit there were a few sweetness moments, overall I find this romance utterly unromantic with no chemistry to speak of. Bai Zi Hua is a very stupid human being whose decisions don’t make sense a lot if the fourth dimension.
Well, there’s 1 thing about it – this drama, I found it agreeable! I was disappointed at first, because I had expected something grand and cute and exquisite (well, who can blame me, the 2nd c-drama I e’er watched was Nirvana in Fire and information technology kind of set the bar and made me have unreasonable expectations). I establish this to be ridicilously silly. It really is. Simply once I accepted the silliness, embraced the comedy (although I’m not sure if all the things that made me express joy were meant to be funny) and tried to ignore the stupidness of a lot of the plot, The Journey of Flower speedily became my guilty pleasure. If I hadn’t had that feeling about it, I would have dropped it after four or five episodes… but I did watch the whole thing and didn’t skip anything except a few figthing scenes in the last one-half of the drama.
This night I also watched a few of the cut scenes on YouTube. They are… interesting, merely including them (the ones I watched) would not have made the drama better in my opinion, only more frustrating.
Read More than
Was this review helpful to you?