Meng Fei Comes Across

I haven’t watched a drama of Jiro’s in years–although I do stalk him on Facebook. One of the reasons is because I still have a lot on my to-watch list. But this one got me hooked from the start and a rare palace drama that I actually enjoyed. I think it was because it was a comedy and that they mocked the other palace dramas so I got a kick out of that. I felt all the cast did very well and the comedy wasn’t too over. Sure, they were over-dramatic at times but like I said, it was mocking palace dramas so it fitted. I loved that they did one episode per random story. At times, it extended but wasn’t dragging. There were also major story arches like they were trying to find the lead and/or masterminds behind the assassins at various times. But they added enough intrigue to the cases.

Jiro and Gina were so cute together as the king and Consort Meng (萌妃). Consort Meng’s good sisters at the palace were equally likable in their own way. I liked Consort Yan (言妃) for her innovative side and her sharp mind. Yes, she was sure gossipy,  but that had its advantages since it drawn out a certain suspicious character at one point. Not to mention, it wasn’t like she gossiped about important matters regarding them. What irked me about Consort Yan was the story where she was tricked by that one girl into investing in chicken and all. It was so out of character for her. Yes, I got it that the other girl was cunning and manipulative, but I swear Consort Yan was one of the reasonable ones, regardless of how she wouldn’t pass up a chance to make money. She also witnessed how the other girl tricked Qu Wan Wan (曲碗碗) that one time also. How could she fall for it? Yet it didn’t last too long so I just let it go eventually and call it plot hole. Anyway, Consort Xiao (骁贵人) was quite cool. She used to be a general and later entered the palace because her father’s passing and the king wanted to look after her, but they weren’t romantically involved. They were actually childhood friends so he felt the need to look after her. In fact, it was mentioned that the king was fine in letting her go if her beloved returned yet it turned out quite tragic with her story. I thought it was like how Consort Meng’s brother’s story was–like eventually it would be a happy ending. The story with Bu Yue (步约) and Chen Yuan Xi (陈鸢喜) was quite nerve-racking since I thought she died for real. Yet that was a misunderstanding and they eventually got married after some more obstacles. I thought it would be the same for Consort Xiao since it seemed hectic and all, but I thought it would be another misunderstanding. Luckily, Consort Xiao had the other three to accompany her and help her get through it. Lastly, Wan Wan was actually quite cute and innocent. And I swear she wasn’t fat. It was just that the others were so skinny so she looked fat comparing to them. I also thought she would end up with the royal cook’s son. I suspected it would happen when she went outside of the palace to help look for him yet returned with many delicacies for herself instead of bringing him back. I thought they were cute when they fight. Because this wasn’t a traditional palace drama so I thought it would have been fun to watch it turning out that way, considering how the king didn’t like her in that way so he could let her go. When I looked up more information for the drama, I realized the person whom portrayed Wan Wan sang the main theme. Han Jiu Nuo sure have a sweet voice so it made the song really lively and suitable for the song. The ending theme was also quite cute and worked for the drama.

There were many hilarious scenes also. What got me going for a while was how they introduced the four little dragons of the palace, because the royal cook said that he was Wu Qi Long (吳奇隆), lol. Oh yeah, they also used English at various times and even incorporate some of the modern trends into different scenes. Like how they were using microphone, which was actually created by sticking a cucumber through an orange.

What else? The story with the king’s sister and the royal medic was also totally random but cute in its own way. The series actually wrapped up with their story and then added in a very cute and romantic scene with the king and Consort Meng. It was somewhat hilarious though, considering how the eunuchs arranged so that the flowers were falling down on them so nicely. It was hilarious yet was suitable to wrap up the drama. What tugged at my heart was how I seem to want even more episodes. There were ups and downs at times and there were some stories I didn’t care for, but overall, I loved it. It was refreshing in a way because it seemed to be a parody to all of those palace dramas they did year after year after year. So I would recommend it for comedy fans. I would definitely recommend it for Jiro and Gina fans. They were hilarious and I haven’t watched Jiro in a comedy for a while now so I felt it was a good fit.

*All images were captured by DTLCT.

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Top 50 Actresses of 2017

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Translation:

1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

2. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

3. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

6. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

7. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

8. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

9. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

10. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

11. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

13. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

14. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

15. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

16. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

17. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

18. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

19. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm

20. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

21. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

22. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

23. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

24. Jennifer Shu Chang / Thư Sướng

25. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt

26. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn

27. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

28. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

29. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

30. Regina Wan / Vạn Tây

31. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết

32. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

33. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

34. Jacqueline Li / Lý Tiểu Lộ

35. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

36. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng

37. Zheng He Hui Zi / Trịnh Hợp Huệ Tử

38. Sun Yi / Tôn Di

39. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

40. Lolita Wang / Vương Hiểu Thần

41. Adi Kan / Khám Thanh Tử

42. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

43. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

44. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

45. Bridgette Qiao Xin / Kiều Hân

46. Maggie Huang / Huỳnh Mộng Doanh

47. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

48. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

49. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

50. Janice Wu Qian / Ngô Thiến

Top 50 Actresses of 2016

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Translation:

1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

2. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

3. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

6. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

7. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

8. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

9. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

10. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

11. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

12. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

13. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

14. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

16. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

17. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

18. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

19. Ada Liu Yan / Liễu Nham

20. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

21. Yoona

22. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

23. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

24. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

25. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

26. Jia Qing / Giả Thanh

27. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

28. Zhang Xin Yi / Trương Hâm Nghệ

29. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

30. Erica Song Hye Kyo / Tống Huệ Kiều

31. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

32. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

33. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

34. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

35. Alina Zhang Meng / Trương Manh

36. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

37. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh

38. Sebrina Chen Yao / Trần Dao

39. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

40. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

41. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

42. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

43. Xie Na / Tạ Na

44. Michelle Chen / Trần Nghiên Hy

45. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

46. Park Shin Hye

47. Song Jia / Tống Giai

48. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

49. Krystal Jung

50. Angel Wang Ou / Vương Âu

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