I am a little behind on Jade Palace Lock Heart
(OK, a lot behind) due to my obsessive Yang Warriors/Three Kingdoms binge, but I plan to remedy it directly. I just want to save up a number of eps to binge on and am tempted to wait for withs2 high-quality raws to watch them with.
But JPLH is not the only game in town this year when it comes to time-travelling ladies hooking up with Kang Xi's kids. The other contender is the artsy, serious Bu Bu Jiang Xin
(well, as artsy and serious as you can get when you are based on an internet novel), starring Mousie's girlcrush Liu Shi Shi as the heroine, Nicky Wu as Fourth Prince (later emperor) and Kevin Cheng as Eighth Prince.
See English-subbed trailer below (thanks to cha_maeri
for the heads-up):
If you are, like me, watching and obsessing over JPLH, you have to throw out any JPLH-inspired ideas before approaching BBJX. Despite the similar set-up (lady timetraveller ends up in last years of Kang Xi's reign and gets into a love triangle with Four and Eight), the two stories are vastly different in tone and character interactions. For one, it's not Eight but Four who is the heroine's OTP in this one (though from what I've read he's no bunch of sunshine in this either), but for another this one is supposed to be tragic and grim. It will undoubtedly be more historically accurate in feel (insofar as anything time-travel related can be historical) than JPLH, which is basically a period Hana Yori Dango. I happen to adore Hanadan to bits and love period dramas, so a period Hanadan is about as close to a perfect drama as I can get. But I know Hanadan isn't everyone's cup of tea and this may be more your thing. It is, however, likely not a drama for me.
It all looks very pretty but I don't know - I am spoiled for the novel's plot and it really doesn't seem like my thing. Plus, on a shallow note, Nicky Wu is the male lead and I agree with cha_maeri
, he is a good-looking guy normally but he simply cannot carry off the Qing hairstyle the way Feng Shao Feng in JPLH or even his costar Keven Cheng in this one do (well, as much as anyone can, that is).
But we'll see. You know I can't stay away from period cdramas even if they lack Hu Ge, Huang Xiaoming or Peter Ho, so I'll likely check this one out.
And one last comment - ladies, if you must time-travel, please please travel to the Qin or Han times, or even Tang or Song. Go to the Warring States era or the 1920s or most any other time period. I don't care, anywhere but the Qing. The hairstyles are so much better!