This is going to be a huge
recap review. I went home after work one day, and really didn’t want to watch Chronicles of Life anymore, and decided to get started on the Imperial Doctress. Before I knew it, it was 4am and I’m like… aw fuck.
Anyways, it says a lot. I really like this drama. I finally understand why I love OTP action in some dramas, and why sometimes I think it’s so lame I just roll my eyes.
This drama is so good, and I wish I actually had more time to do the recap but I’m just so busy, and I haven’t even finished Chronicles of Life/Legend of Mi Yue anyways. But I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this drama, and so here I go, just making a review post about the past 17 episodes, no recapping.
I only love OTP action when the producers make us fall in love with the female lead too. Like in this drama, I’m up to Episode 17, and I am totally in love with Liu Shi Shi our female lead. Her character is written so beautifully. Her character, Yun Xian, is really well-written and likable. Yun Xian is believably kind (not a Mary Sue), intelligent, ambitious, and beautiful. You relate to her, admire her, and understand her. I think it’s because she’s well-written and Liu Shi Shi is just such a great actress, that it makes you really like her. So, when two of our male leads fight over her and swoon over her, you get it, and you swoon over her too, and you really want her to be with the best most handsome guy in the drama.
THAT BEING SAID. I have never found Wallace Huo to be so GOOD LOOKING until now. I watched the first 10 episodes of Hua Qian Gu and I didn’t really find him that attractive. I think it’s because he’s too pretty or too handsome that it seems like that he’s not real or something. Now that I’m more used to the prettiness of his face, I think he’s so handsome that it’s unreal. Like… damn he’s even better than Hawick, and almost on Louis Koo level. Definitely a fan after this drama. He is really good looking in this drama, and his features are so perfect, it’s crazy. He’s like an anime character.
OUR SECOND MALE LEAD DOE. JFC I hate him so much. I mean he is so damn unattractive in every way, I don’t know how some netizens are rooting for him to win. He is so boring and he’s proven to be so terrible to Yun Xian, trying to ruin her dreams of becoming a doctor.
He looks like the Hong Kong comedian Wong Cho Lam,
But he’s not funny, clever, or have the same charm. HOW DID HE GET CASTED AND CAN HE PLEASE LEAVE THIS DRAMA HEREON?
**SPOILERS HERE ON**
Our drama will always starts with a ‘don’t try this at home’ because you know there’s always that one fucker that will try it at home, fail, and sue.
Backstory: Qi Yu is the only male brother of the current Emperor, and he was asked by the Empress Doager to come back to the capital in order to usurp the throne, because the current Emperor Qi Zhen wasn’t listening to the Empress Dowager, and the Empress Dowager did not fully give up power. Princess An He is the niece of the Empress Dowager, and wants to marry Qi Yu to become Empress.
In this messed up dystopian world, women have to wear things over their faces, and aren’t allowed to talk directly to men, or their ‘purity’ is ruined or something. I think it’s really silly and I really don’t know if it was that bad back then or if they’re exaggerating. But anyways, Yun Xian is always subjected to a lot of scrutiny for ‘touching’ men to heal them, which really blows, because I guess they’d rather have people die than to have her save them.
Thos beautiful eyes doe.
Qi Zhen’s love for Yun Xian is believable. He’s almost obsessed about her, and I get it. I mean, if I was a dude, I would fall for her too – she’s pretty, but it’s a girl next door pretty. I love that we have a female lead that has her own passion (aka medicine) and has her own thoughts and ideas/morals instead of just the boring female leads that we see all the time that always put their family/honor/love first, which is kinda annoying after a while.
Sometimes Yun Xian’s ‘AHA’ moments after hearing symptoms and these lame-shots of red blood cells remind me of House. If House was in the Ming Dynasty… and fell in love with two men… and was heavily oppressed because he was a woman.
Anyways I couldn’t help it and I went ahead and looked up all the trailers on Youtube about this drama as well as the history of Qi Zhen and Qi Yu because I couldn’t help it. I spoiled it for myself but it’s KILLING me right now.
From what I can tell from the trailer, and how the drama is going right now, Qi Zhen is madly in love with Yun Xian, but respects that she’s with Qi Yu right now. Yun Xian also turns down his love because she’s really close with the current Empress Qian, and she doesn’t want to make Empress Qian sad or jealous (BUT C’MON HE’S THE EMPEROR, LIKE, HE’S SUPPOSED TO HAVE MULTIPLE CONSORTS RIGHT??!!)
How history plays out is that Qi Zhen will get captured at one point after losing a battle, and the Empress Dowager takes advantage of this opportunity to put Qi Yu in power to settle the chaos (this hasn’t happened yet in the drama, but this happened in history). In the end, thank fucking god, Qi Zhen ends up taking back his power from Qi Yu, who ends up to be a total dick.
I can tell that Yun Xian falls in love with Qi Zhen during their time together (yes I derived that from the trailers, it’s just a talent that I have) but but but…
Apparently she marries Qi Yu?!!!?!! From what I can see in the drama, at least, and carries his child?!?!
Like, here I am, madly shipping these two together, and I really want them to be together, and I go watch this trailer about how Yun Xian ends with Qi Yu, and has his kid in the end??? So… Yun Xian and Qi Zhen have a platonic relationship forever?!!?!?!! I cannot accept this lor, I am so attached to these characters already, to think that she ends up with that dick-face non-funny Wong Cho Lam is absolutely infuriating.
This is my favourite scene from the past 17 episodes:
OK pretty much Qi Zhen had an argument with Empress Dowager on New Years Eve, and went out, bumped into Yun Xian, and after feeling such unrequited kindness and generosity from her that he looks with her with such loving puppy dog eyes. He’s lik a kid, and he was so elated to eat the food from Yun Xian.
This is such a pretty and romantic scene that you all must see it, I guarantee that you will automatically ship this couple together. I can’t really explain it, you’ll need to watch it, but I feel like you kinda get the idea from the screencaps.
They’re so perfect for each other that I’m going to be so mad at the end if they really don’t express their love for each other in any way at all… ARGH.
Anyways, this drama is really good so far, and I really recommend it. I like it so much and I wish I could actually recap it but I’m so damn busy lately that I just got no time recapping so many dramas. Let me know if you guys also feel the same way about the drama!!!