Rare, guys, rare to have a show that keeps up the pace nearly 30 episodes in. By the way, Lan Ling Wang is supposed to have 46 episodes in total, which means I will likely be writing another recap post in a few weeks. WHY SO ADDICTIVE, SHOW? Antagonist who we are supposed to hate, Gao Wei (the crown prince), is good at making us feel sympathetic to him. The actor who plays him is damn good.
- The only two times I have teared up: when Xue Yu and Lan Ling Wang broke up due to schemes and misunderstandings, and after Gao Wei realizes his fault for killing his father to obtain the throne. I was bawling whenever Gao Wei cries.
- Did anyone else see the connection with Legend of Lu Zhen? Lan Ling Wang is an extension of Legend of Lu Zhen in terms of history, because the Emperor of Qi in Lan Ling Wang is actually Gao Zhan! I don’t know why I didn’t make that connection until they did that flashback where Gao Zhan of Lan Ling Wang was called “Chang Guang Wang 长广王”.
- It is interesting how Yu Wen Yong (Zhou emperor) always comes to the rescue when Xue Wu is in grave danger, not just him, but Xue Wu’s friend Xiao Dong. Yu Wen Yong knows his place in Xue Wu’s heart, only as a friend, not a lover, but still does everything he can in his power to save her. When Xue Wu breaks up with Si Ye and she is sold in the black market as a prostitute. But then of course, Yu Wen Yong hears about this and he comes to buy her/save her. He injures himself climbing up a cliff to search for a magical ‘dancing grass’ for Xue Wu to cure her. This is the second time he’s come to rescue Xue Wu, even though the Zhou and Qi are technically enemy kingdoms.
- Zheng Er is the most antagonist character in the whole series – I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I mean, when she was enslaved and escapes, I knew she would eventually pose a threat to Xue Wu and Si Ye. But oh, she is awful. You haven’t seen the worst of her yet.
- I love that Xue Wu gets jealous when Zheng Er interacts with Si Ye (which is part of Zheng Er’s schemes to separate the lovebirds). But that’s what humans do right? We get jealous. I am so sick of those naive protagonists who are martyrs and blind to any sort of scheming.
- In between episodes 24-26 (I may be off with the episodes), it does start to get a bit draggy, with unnecessary fillers. I try to avoid the stuff about the palace.
I love this series! There’s heartwrenching moments like Xue Wu and her granny, but more so, surprisingly hilarious ones. Ariel Lin brings out the multidimensional parts of her character; Xue Wu is clever, sweet to kids, compassionate, clumsy, and all round lovable. 7 reasons to see this show:
1. characters are refreshing and I love Ariel’s engaging portrayal of Xue Wu
2. even though Feng Shao Feng isn’t my ideal ‘China’s most beautiful general’, he’s good at expressing emotions via his eyes, which his other contenders can work on
3. clocking in at about 40 minutes per episode, and it keeps you on your toes: ugh. what happens neeeextttttt?!
4. there’s a TON of funny and endearing moments, details of the story and the funny antics between Ariel and FSF that sells this show
5. even the enemy generals and emperors are adorable, well, after they are menacing. My favorite supporting characters (antagonists): Yu Wen Sidekick, Yu Wen Hu, Qi crown prince, Zhou general…. the list goes on.
6. Zhou emperor (played by Daniel Chan) is a total sweetie when he’s with Xue Wu and his daughter
7. The gorgeous cinematography and pacing! One rare period drama that does not get boring or draggy (yet).
For me, I thought King of Lan Ling did start off a bit typical and eventless, but the first 2 episodes did set up the series pretty well. I remember skipping over all the Zhou palace scenes but somehow all the characters (plus the side characters) eventually became very interesting and I haven’t skipped an episode since!
A prophecy foretold that victory goes to the one who has the priestess’ blessing. Yang Xue Wu, the last priestess of her clan, unwittingly embroiled in a war between Northern Qi and Northern Zhou. Although she foresees the tragic fate of Lan Ling Wang, the general of Northern Qi, she nonetheless falls in love with him and helps him win the war against Yuwen Yong, the king of Northern Zhou. But can destiny be altered?
Lan Ling Wang thoughts on Episode 1-15 (THIS POST)
Lan Ling Wang thoughts on Episode 16-30
Lan Ling want thoughts on Episode 31-46 END