All the posts made before this post was a repost of my old Blogspot blog that I kept while anticipating (dreading?) and watching (suffering) New Huan Zhu Ge Ge, so they reflect the opinions made at the time of posting the blog. This doesn’t affect the understanding of the posts, as most of the later ones are opinions about the actual drama of NHZGG that I still hold to this moment. But the posts that were written before the drama aired, are reflection of my thoughts of the drama information available at that moment. My opinion may or may not have changed since. Either way, if the date of the post is important to understand the context it was written in, I have included it. Please take into account the date before wanting to kill me. Thank you.
You may ask, of course, why my reviews/rants about NHZGG focus so totally on Yong Qi and Xiao Yan Zi and don’t I think that Er Kang/Zi Wei are interesting/better, or Qing Er/Xiao Jian for that matter.
First, I really don’t…care about ER/ZW or QE/XJ so I really don’t care how their stories turn out in the remake. However, in a nutshell, I think ER/ZW out of the three is the only couple remotely likeable but I really don’t like Hai Lu’s look or her acting, and I don’t like the ER/ZW story in the first place, so I fast-fowarded ALL of their scenes. I literally know very little about what happened between them. As for QE/XJ, I really don’t like this Qing Er so I can’t watch her and Xiao Jian either.
Yong Qi/Xiao Yan Zi is my OTP, so while I knew this remake would be pretty disastrous, I did want to see how they would turn out. The result is like a train crash that I couldn’t look away from. Hence my rants.
It just makes me so sad that Qiong Yao managed to take the Yong Qi in Tian Shang Ren Jian, who was bad enough, but had redeemable moments, and yet turn him into someone that is a thousand times worst in this remake. One of my original commenters on my Blogspot said something to the effect of: “I can’t credit him as a human let alone a man.” This is exactly what I feel about this character in the remake. Just So. Much. Stupidity and Selfishness. It HURTS.
I watched the last two episodes while doing live commentary/chat with a couple of friends who are also HZGG fans and you don’t know how mad we all got, not just me, and in the end, when I look back at that conversation, it hurts my head to think that we were hurling all this abuse at someone who had the same name as a character who we all so loved. And that’s how I’m going to think of him, just SOME ONE ELSE because that is NOT Yong Qi. That is not the character I love. Yong Qi would never do any of that, ever. Seriously.
The truth is, aside from just Xiao Yan Zi and Yong Qi, I do have other problems with this remake, like the pointlessness of Banjiu and the stupidity of Zi Wei and the airheadness of Qing Er. Maybe I’ll explain some other day.