Princess Wei Young wrapped up tonight, and I thought of writing a couple of things to remember this fun ride of a drama.
What I liked about the show is that it’s quite nicely paced – there is mostly something that happens every episode. Although in the second half there were a couple that faltered, I thought that the pace was rather good, and it was a satisfying drama. The show also managed to flesh out the characters, and there was never a really “bad” character in our main leads (not Chi Yun Nan). We could understand the thoughts and motivations of each character, even though we disagreed with how they carried it out. In particular, it was quite surprising to see how much Tuoba Yu regretted the death of the Emperor, and how Chang Le was conflicted by the plight of Tuoba Jun, although she didn’t do anything to help him.
I found the actors winning in their roles, and all of them were quite good. (Although Chang Xi did make me cringe in the last episodes.) I personally don’t think that Vanness Wu suits period dramas, but I think I kinda grew more used to it haha. I thought Chang Le was portrayed quite well too, starting from a very obnoxious, spoiled noble girl to a more nuanced and layered character.
Another thing I’ll like to address is the death of Tuoba Jun. The show could have pulled a miracle that somehow saved Tuoba Jun, but I liked how it remained realistic, as it has done most of the time. There wasn’t much angst in this show either, which is something that I appreciated. The lead couple stood true to each other, and there were no annoying mechanisms that purposely pulled them away – even the misunderstanding over the death of TBJ’s mother was quite quickly resolved. I think the death of Tuoba Jun showed the nature of inevitability, and it also reminded us that although the lead couple were best together, Wei Young remains a strong woman on her own. We can understand why Tuoba Jun would save her, and she knows that she now carries the weight of their love and their commitment to doing good.
Overall, I did enjoy this show, and do leave your comments below as well!