I have only watched the first episode as that’s the only episode that was subbed so far on YouTube. And as the first episode of the drama, it actually helped the story move on quickly. So many things happened, and the story picks up quickly. Let’s just say I’m surprised by how fast things went the way it did in this episode…
BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Why did I start watching this?
For both Ni Ni and Chang Chen! Both are great at acting and it’s also Chang Cheng’s first foray into C-dramaland.
Ling Xi is joyfully reading a book about the God of War, Jiu Chen, and his last battle against the Demon Lord. As she finishes reading, she falls asleep and ends up having a dream about Jiu Chen. Once she wakes up and runs to her father to tell him that she’s having the dream again. Her father, Le Bo, is a doctor and has just finished concocting a pill for High God Liu Yun. He brushes her off and tells her to find Cheng Yan to deliver the pill. But instead of finding Cheng Yan, Ling Xi decides to deliver the pill herself and rushes off to the Heavenly Palace, a place she’s never been to.
When she arrives, she is refused entry. But she is able to sneak in when the guards are distracted. She meets Si Ming and Yun Feng and listens to them as they tell her that the God of Lightening is about to be coronated. However, before she can watch it, she escapes because the guards from earlier have caught up to her.
As Ling Xi escapes, she accidentally ends up in Chang Sheng Sea. There she sees a mysterious figure frozen in ice (Jiu Chen). She grabs onto the object that the figure is holding onto and accidentally melts the ice. Her actions cause Jiu Chen to awaken from his slumber….
And that’s a wrap!
Ling Xi (灵汐), Ni Ni
A bird spirit who has spent her entire life living in isolation. She is free-spirited and carefree and yearns to explore the outside word.
Jiu Chen (九宸), Chang Chen
The God of War. After fighting against the Demon Lord, he was frozen in ice for 50,000 years. He was awoken because of Ling Xi. He wields the Kunlun Sword and is highly revered by the other gods to be the strongest warrior in the Heavenly Realm.
Yun Feng (青瑶), Li Jia Ming
Jiu Chen’s junior brother. Similar to Ling Xi, he is also a carefree minded person who is playful and likes to gossip.
Qing Yao (云风), Zhang Zhi Xi
The eldest student of Le Bo. She is Ling Xi’s senior sister and Cheng Yan’s older sister. She is reserved and quiet, but talented.
Jing Xiu (景休), Li Dong Xue
A mountain spirit who is cold and meticulous.
As I was watched this drama, I couldn’t help but continue to think about Eternal Love. There are many things about Love and Destiny that are really similar, if not the same, in Eternal Love. First, let’s start with the setting. Both dramas take place in the Immortal Realm (or Heavenly Realm). And while there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever, what the production team didn’t really try to do was differentiate the setting between the two dramas. Pretty much like, if you didn’t know, you’d think that both dramas are from the same world or part of the same story, when it is truly not related at all.
Another thing that I felt the production team didn’t do well at was the styling of Ling Xi and Jiu Chen. They both are literally the rip off of Bai Qian and Ye Hua in Eternal Love down to the studs. The only difference is the actor and actress portraying them. Like, if you look at Ling Xi, it’s pretty much Bai Qian’s clothing and hairstyle, but with Ni Ni and not Yang Mi.
And this is where I felt disappointed with this drama. It fails to be original in its styling and really is trying to reap off the popularity of Eternal Love. If the drama were to feature younger and up and coming actors and actresses as its leads, I can understand why it’d be easier to do that. However, Ni Ni and Chang Chen are no strangers to acting nor are they less popular than Yang Mi and Mark Chao. Both are successful and have worked on larger productions before. And to have them be put in this kind of production really feels like an insult to them, at least that’s what I think.
Anyway, now I’m going to talk about what I did like about the drama. First, I like the main characters. Although the I find the pairing of Ni Ni and Chang Chen to be a bit awkward, but I’m not opposed to it. Ni Ni’s youthful appearance makes her look very young, which is the perfect fit for Ling Xi. But Chang Chen is the exact opposite. He looks much older than Ni Ni. He definitely doesn’t have the ethereal beauty that many young C-actors have nowadays, and his face makes him look grumpy. But he’s supposed to be the God of War, someone who’s older, mature, and has fought in many battles. And I think Chang Chen fits this description. As of now, I’m still not really into Ni Ni’s character because how annoying she can be at times. But I know that as the drama gets going, she matures and is supposed to grow up. But I do like Jiu Chen. He does remind me of Dong Hua Di Jun from Eternal Love though.
I do find the story to be quite well developed. The plot is probably one of the very distinguishing things that makes it different from Eternal Love. And it’s what’s helping me getting through the drama. I like that it is centered around Ling Xi and showcases more about her personal growth. As of now, nothing has really happened yet because we’re still getting to know her and Jiu Chen. But I think as they start to fall in love, she’ll start to become more mature. And this is the part that I’m interested in seeing. As she is the one who’s supposed to be the key to awakening the Demon Lord, I can definitely foresee her undergoing tons and tons of torture from the Heavenly Realm and her romance with Jiu Chen. Hopefully, it’s a happy ending and not something tragic. I am also interested in the side characters, too. I think the actress portraying Qing Yao, Ling Xi’s senior sister, is very beautiful. She hasn’t had much screen time yet, but I think she’s supposed to have a romance with Yun Feng, Jiu Chen junior brother.
Overall, the drama hasn’t really stood out to me yet. I’m still trying to get into it as I continue to watch it. For those who’ve watched it, please share your own comments below!