• Hello all, Let me just throw in my 2 cents and attempt to analyze why the rating isn't reflecting the good script, costume and acting in Succession War. Even the name is good. For one I like ditroc (I lo analyze first) because it was so stupid it was entertaining, like crazy duhhh stupid and sorry but I like that. As I was saying with my bro, it's like a comedy that wasn't meant to be one. Everything was so wrong, the over the top costumes, and hand maiden and people barging in and out not yet announced left right and centre. Oh and how late Edwin Shiu was in one scene to save the emporer's wife it was funny, I told my bro "must have been on a coffe/smoke break". He wasn't punished and even praised when she was stabbed, apparently to a bone, I had a rofl moment. Overall I stuck with this series until the bitter end be well it was so bad it entertained us. As for S.W, even with the good plot (somewhat reflective of history), good acting and praise the lord finally a good script I couldn't stay in tune after ep. 16, I was enjoying France vs. Croatia. This series is so sad. And someone mentioned ambiguous, yup right on! I wasn't familiar with the history so I googled it, and Heshen is as corrupted as they come. But it showed through flashback why he became this way. My bro had a theory, Heshen could very well be an illegitimate son and Q.long favoured him, so in his mind he was a king or a kings equal and the saying One mountain cannot hold 2 tigers. But I wonder if he really was that greedy did anyone wiki? 30banks and 70 pawn shops, holy hell. TBH I find Ruco Chan's acting cunning, calculative and well human. If you win you are/stay King if you lose you are treacherous. But NO it's hard to feel anything but hate towards a man who would kill his own father for the throne, yes you're under his thumb but really? Broke my heart that his father was willing to die knowing he was poisoned. So as someone mentioned I think the director/writer interpretation may have been favouring Heshen as anti Hero so I think it's fair Ruco's portrayal is fair and not leaning to one side. You can tell his character is cunning, calculating and greedy but he was not cold, but rather human. And when his brother died in his arms, that was the moment I felt for this person, he can fail the world but he wouldn't/couldn't face l his brother. In the end, his end was due to revengence, with his wealth and connection he could have leave. For that I salute that character. Lastly, you're gotta be in the mood for that, too heavy. I will finish it when I am in the mood for a good drama as for DITROC I was always in the mood for comedy/ to be entertained and it did not disappoint, well done, 36point well deserve. I laughed, so they laughed all the way to the bank.
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