So this drama has finally come to an end. Overall, I give this drama an 8 out of 10. It was really captivating from the beginning and had a really strong story in the middle, but it did start dragging towards the end. I liked how there was a happy ending. It was surprising, considering this is a Chinese period drama. Most of them don’t end happily, at least the ones I have watched.
However, there are a few plot holes and loose endings that I wish was touched on.
One of them being Yuan Zhan’s rule of Great Wei. They set it up as if Yuan Zhan will be a great emperor, but we don’t get a chance to see the result of his ruling. There are also scenes which don’t really make sense. He forces his side consort to leave the palace. I didn’t really understand why until I read the Soompi forum. Apparently, he was poisoned and would have died soon. I found this type of ending for his character sad and unfair. He just wanted to live away from all the political drama and enjoy music, yet his circumstances forced him to act in ways he didn’t want to. If he became emperor, at least let him rule the nation for a couple years before killing him off.
Princess Dou Xia’s ending was also sad and a little disappointing. I feel like her character could have done more. Even if she didn’t get the man, it would have been nice to see her be the ruler of her nation and find someone who truly cared for her. In some ways, she’s similar to Yuan Zhan. She wasn’t able to win the heart of the person she loved, but she was a great leader for her nation.
Getting to the main romance of the drama: I absolutely loved the main romance plot of Lost Love in Times. Two characters who sacrifice everything for each other, but they aren’t so completely engrossed with each other that they neglect the people and things they care for as well. I think Yuan Ling is the first male lead that I can remember who treats the female lead with respect from beginning to end. Yeah, there were a few bumps along the way, but overall, Yuan Ling was a great person towards Qing Chen. That’s rare in Chinese and Korean dramas.
Another thing that is great about this drama is the treatment of female characters. They are all so strong and independent. They act as they see fit without worrying about what the men are going to say or think. Qing Chen takes her own actions; she comes up with her own strategies to help the man she loves, and she doesn’t take bullshit from him. Same with Ming Yan and the 12th prince. It was refreshing to see the women on an equal footing with the men. Elder Tao Yao was able to lead the Mages in Elder Xi Xie’s absence. The loss of her love didn’t stop her from doing what was needed. Consort Lian took the initiative to take revenge, and she didn’t rely on others to do the dirty work for her. This is amazing to see in a drama.
I would definitely recommend this drama. The story is interesting. The romance is amazing, and the characters are well written. The CGI effects aren’t too bad either. 😊
I wish I could read the novel of which this drama was based off. I’m sure it includes more details that couldn’t be brought to life on-screen. That’s just how things are. I’d rather a movie/drama be different from a book and be good than to stick exactly to the book and be bad, because it couldn’t correctly portray some things. Maybe one day the book will be translated so I can enjoy it, or I learn enough Mandarin to be able to read it.