Lan Ling Wang: Eps 45-46 (Finale) / Strategic Yu Wen Yong/Daniel Chan Watching
So I totally powered through these two episodes, skipping through as fast as I could to find all the Yu Wen Yong scenes. I was just all, COME ON I JUST WANT TO BE DONE WITH THIS DRAMA ALREADY!!!!!! The only reason I watched these final episodes was to find out more about YWY’s ending..and ironically I already knew he would die since I saw a very spoilery MV. (DARN IT!) So I am not too sad about YWY’s death since I had already prepared myself for it. So basically what happens in YWY’s ending: YWY conquers the Zhou Kingdom (<did I get the kingdoms mixed up, can’t remember O_O), finds out Xue Wu died, cries, and then dies 2 years later of his illness. THE END.
Is it just me or does it feel like the ending was hastily put together and very rushed? We had 46 episodes to develop the story and build up the momentum for at least an average and well-paced ending but…no..it was rushed and they just had to do the most half-baked flash-forward ever. Literally, we went forward 2 years and saw YWY alive for oh…I don’t know….20 SECONDS!?!?!?!? COME ON!!!!!!! I think YWY could’ve at least had a more conclusive ending; we got to see the outcome of his political life but not his personal life. His death was sudden but at least they could’ve given us some scenes before his death to show if he found fulfillment in his life or whether he ever got over XW’s death.
Probably the only scene that gives us some hint about YWY’s state of mind is when he wins over the Zhou Kingdom but finds out that XW died. It is so sad when he is standing in front of his new throne, the symbol of his new reign and yet he is thinking about all of his good memories with XW. He stands there tearing up WHILE SMILING and then breaks down crying in front of his throne. :'( That moment we see that YWY has gained what he has worked so hard for, but also lost the one person he wanted in his life.
As for the rest of the main characters, their endings are just full of ‘what the heck is happening’ moments. T_T” First of all XW attempts to threaten Zheng Er by holding a sword to her neck. Ummm yeah Xue Wu I’m pretty sure Zheng Er and all of us know that you would not hurt a fly, what in the world are you doing holding a sword?!?! *facepalm* Also I think it says a lot that Zheng Er is the one who totally steals the scene here–YES, the one who is the crazily-jealous-antagonist actually outdoes XW & LLW put together with her stage presence. What the heck? AND THEN it gets even worse–the drama attempts an overly dramatic tragic ending with Zheng Er & Gao Wei dying together, XW dying in LLW’s arms, LLW crying NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, etc. etc.
Frankly I’m not surprised about the ‘tragic’ ending since usually c-dramas tend to have these kinds of endings. But it also feels like there is no purpose to this ending at all and that the drama was just trying to milk as many tears out of the audience as possible. For instance Xue Wu’s death feels like it was just thrown in as an attempt to make the ending even sadder. There were a lot of people who felt that the ending was super tragic and sad, commenting about how many buckets of tears they shed over XW’s death, etc. etc. but really, I felt like Xue Wu’s death was unnecessary and also lacked the emotional impact that it should’ve had. Then again I have no attachment to XW’s character which may be why I didn’t find her ending to be very moving.
Obviously by now you should know that I am a total YWY & Daniel Chan fan. Really without his character I probably would’ve dropped this drama like a hot potato in maybe..the first 10 episodes. I really like how Daniel Chan gave this character his all, every nuance of YWY’s character is so wonderfully portrayed and Daniel has such great stage presence! I think YWY will go down in history as one of the best second leads AND also one of my worst cases of second lead syndrome, HAHA. I’m really happy that I discovered Daniel Chan through this drama because he is now one of my new favorite HK actors. 😛 HERE HAVE A YWY MV..and get this–this song is sung by Daniel Chan himself!! 😀
Sudden Heart by Daniel Chan
But unfortunately not even a great character like YWY cannot save an entire drama. I’m not trying to burst anyone’s bubble, if you think LLW was a great drama then I am happy that you had a very different experience of the drama than I did. But there are still glaring problems with the writing, the costumes, the acting and the overall flow of the drama. LLW started out great and I was totally optimistic about it in the first few episodes but then it just quickly deflated into a long-winded story with little substance. My expectations continually lowered throughout the drama until I just threw my hands up in the air and decided to only watch the YWY episodes. LLW tried so hard to be a dramatic sweeping tale of the star-crossed lovers and the two empires…but something fell flat for me. I just could not get invested in the main OTP of Xue Wu and Lan Ling Wang; FSF basically had one expression on his face throughout the whole drama while Xue Wu was the typical Mary Sue character. Together they just were not that compelling and it was not worth dragging their love issues ON AND ON AND ON with the meddlesome Zheng Er, XW wondering whether they are fated or not, etc. etc. Don’t get me wrong, Ariel as Xue Wu does shine in some scenes but I still feel like her role did not challenge her enough nor did it show her full potential.
I’d say that the drama as a whole is very overrated but it is not surprising that it is a hit due to its star-studded cast of Feng Shao Feng, the favorite Ariel Lin, Daniel Chan (although I don’t think he was the main draw for most fans; most people were here for Ariel) and of course additional eyecandy like George Hu. (I still do not understand why in the world they gave him a perm.) The thing that leaves me scratching my head though, is why so many people thought this drama was like the best thing ever when really it was only an average c-drama.
So what do I take away from Lan Ling Wang? I loved the soundtrack, loved the beginning episodes, and became a big fan of Yu Wen Yong & Daniel Chan. I leave you now with a couple great songs from the OST! 😉