Liao Zhai 2: Ying Ning

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For being just six episodes, this was like a never-ending story. Not that I didn’t like the chemistry between June and Zhao Yi. I found them really entertaining to watch–whether they were the bickering couple–or the cute one. Yet what made the story lacking was its repetitive formula with how Ying Ning just never learned. I did understand that she was kind and not scheming unlike various characters in here. But it was the trouble with her downfall. She created just too many opportunities for others to hurt her. I guess what made her a fairy was her kind heart and forgiving nature, etc BUT I just can’t stand it anymore. The formula was repetitive. Though Zi Fu was very intelligent in his own right, he was trapped within a group of people who were too wishy-washy. He was the only determined one yet others think he was cruel. I had to agree with him regarding some people’s deserved fate regardless of how cruel it seemed to be. They were the ones who acted out that way, so why should they be pitied? They did bring it upon themselves.

Just when I was clapping them on regarding how Zi Fu pretended to lose his memory again to expose his brother and step-mother, the others had to interfere AND create an opportunity for future troubles. It was just too repetitive and frustrating. That was the thing with trying to keep it lenient just because of family relations. It was just another excuse and like an immune spot SO the other party could hurt you even more.

What made it even more frustrating while watching was seeing the character Ji Lan stirring stuff up but kept being forgiven for what she’d done. IF Zi Fu had known, he wouldn’t be as lenient. But Ying Ning–like I said before–created the opportunity for her or something. Ji Lan was just so despicable, thinking that she was so good. Zi Fu never liked her regardless of whether Ying Ning appeared or not. It was a stupid excuse like any sore loser out there would make up regarding those situations, saying how “If so and so didn’t exist, I would have a chance.” Oh really? You had your chance ages ago AND nothing was moving either. She was just plain pathetic, to say the least. Why didn’t she just admit she was just plain jealous? She had to give all the stupid reasons and saying how Ying Ning did not deserve those things. Ridiculous!

Gordon Liu’s appearance was random all right. Not too random in the context of the plot. But still a bit random. He had to take on a badass role again. Oh well…

Aside from all those things, I thought Zhao Yi was really good in acting since he managed to convince while he was the clever and stern Zi Fu as well as the innocent and simple-minded A Fu when he lost his memory. June did a great job also, trying to exude her innocent side at first and then her serious manners later on as the story progressed. Though I said liked the chemistry between June and Zhao Yi, I must say that my favorite character must be the Lightning God portrayed by Zhou Hao. He was so strict and fierce at times but he was the only one who truly cared for Ying Ning and wanted to protect her from getting hurt, from getting punished, etc. He was like an older brother figure to her.

The ending? It was satisfying all right since it made up for everything that was ever so frustrating in the first place. Interesting how they made it so that it was fast YET satisfying. Kudos to Gu Ren (the old servant) and the Lightning God for wrapping it up so nicely! And the touching parting moment from Ying Ning and A Fu. Let’s just say that it had a good beginning and ending–for the most part.

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