The Eternal Love 双世宠妃

19 Sep

So I ended up dropping Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur after ep8 cos as delicious as Jespipat was as Wayu, I found it hard to believe that Rin could fall in love with him so easily when she barely knew the guy. I re-watched a few old lakorns instead and wonder if it’s a sign that I’ve been watching lakorns for too long when I think they don’t make lakorns like they used to. lol

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After starting and stopping on a few new dramas, I finally found one which I couldn’t stop watching. The Eternal Love 双世宠妃 – not to be confused with Eternal Love aka Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花, gawd cdramas need less repetitive English titles – is a low budget web drama with a very Mary Sue-ish plot and starring new faces. Doesn’t sound like much but it all came together to form a very addicting show … kinda like opening a giant bag of potato chips, once you start you can’t stop. If you’ve watched Go, Princess Go! 太子妃升职记, The Eternal Love is pretty much in the same vein. While both are about time travel, they each have their own unique spin on it. GPG had a guy who ended up in the body of a crown prince’s consort after travelling through time, while in TEL, a modern lady travels back in time and wakes up as Qu Tan Er in ancient China but the original consciousness of the body she now inhibits is still present, so we have 2 souls sharing the same body! This set up is not spelt out upfront and since I didn’t read the synopsis before starting the drama, I got a bit confused initially but it was easy enough to pick up after one ep. Zhang Tian Ai wowed me at first sight in GPG (she was so perfect as Zhang Peng Peng I feel her performance alone warrants watching GPG) but I was mildly irritated by Liang Jie in the first few episodes especially when she’s playing Xiao Tan who’s from the modern era. It’s surely not easy playing 2 different characters in the same drama and maybe that’s why she plays up the differences by making Xiao Tan very brash but it feels a bit forced? That said, I got used to how the characters were presented after a while and thanks to the love story developing at lightning speed, I was soon swooning over the oh-so-sweet main couple and was ready to ignore everything else. There were so many real kisses omg! and save for a short misunderstanding, the OTP’s love was unwavering. After the head banging experience watching Yu Wen Yue and Chu Qiao in Princess Agents ALMOST GETTING THERE BUT NEVERRRR FOR 58 EPISODES, this was such a joy to watch. TEL’s male lead Mo Lian Cheng is played by Xing Zhao Lin who also acted as Yue Qi in PA and it was hilarious reading the many comments asking ‘Yue Qi’  to go teach his master Yu Wen Yue some moves on how to get the girl.  

Don’t go into TEL expecting some cinematic masterpiece. The plot is a hodgepodge of time travel/palace drama/fantasy, production can be rough around the edges (there was a scene where Xiao Tan whispers to her maid and that was supposed to be inaudible for the audience but if you turn the volume up you can hear Liang Jie say ‘this is the last scene’) and they are clearly working on a limited budget. But TEL never pretends to be more than what it is, which is easy entertainment while you have your dinner (下饭剧). It’s a drama presented with heart and self awareness, and that’s a winning formula.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “The Eternal Love 双世宠妃”

  1. humbledaisy1 September 21, 2017 at 2:26 AM #

    I read somewhere that the director of EL is a former action/stunt coordinator and that they had a very short time to film in so – I thought it was pretty brave and funny for what it was!

    • J September 21, 2017 at 10:46 PM #

      yes, it’s funny how a director with such background gave us the super sweet scenes in this drama! erm, I guess it’s a different kind of action? XD I didn’t know they were filming on a tight schedule but maybe that’s why they didn’t delve much into the previous lives of Lian Cheng / Qu Xiang Tan in the last 4 epi. Really hoping there’s a season 2 for this since the novel is still ongoing.

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