The Glory of Tang Dynasty
Okay, so I’ve been in a crazy book slump recently and that extends all the way to a strange drama slump. Work’s been crazy crazy stressful and I’ve just not been in the mood for watching nor reading anything… Except for Chinese dramas. Scratch that, one specific drama to be exact. It’s the strangest kind of slump that I’ve ever been in, but well. Maybe my brain got rewired and decided that it was time for me to get in touch with my Chinese roots, again.
So where do I start… I found out about The Glory of Tang Dynasty through weibo and watched the trailer on youtube. (If you’re new to c-dramas, by trailer, I really mean a 15 to 30min sneak preview of the entire show) From the trailer alone, it looked pretty epic, costuming, cinematography, plot… And interestingly enough, there wasn’t an A-lister cast to back up the drama. You have experienced actors but the main cast generally comprised of good actors, who weren’t exactly popular, especially amongst the younger crowd. That plus the fact that the male lead is pretty much new to the scene (his first lead role!).
Fast forward to me picking up the show. After watching just 2 episodes, I was in, hook, line, sinker. Despite the lack of a well-known cast, they had quite a few things going for them (compelling plot, gorgeous outfits, cinematography) and in China, they’re kinda the black horse right now. Granted, views wise, they still lacking behind waaaay more popular shows like General and I (just ended) and the direct competitor, Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossom. But there’s a pretty strong following in their homeland and the male lead is enjoying an immense popularity surge, thanks to his decent acting and characterization. Definitely a win on that.
The drama is set in Tang Dynasty and was adapted from a novel – Legend of Zhen Zhu. The first 30 odd episodes has its fair share of romance (yay for otp moments!) and politics. The romance moved pretty quickly, and our otp had their fair share of cute and angst. Now that we’re 40 episodes in, the angst is taking over in full force and reaching an all time high.
And of course, there’s also the issue of me not having written any sort of recaps before, so
Buuuuut, if you’re not a fan of angst or sad endings, then stay far away from this drama.