Starring Johnny Huang Jinyu (黄景瑜) and Li Qin (李沁), Chinese military romance My Dear Guardian <爱上特种兵> has been airing for three weeks. While many were originally excited for the adaptation, it has unfortunately not been able to hit the right spot. Weak reception is apparent as reflected in the lack of ratings on Douban and discussions on social media. The majority of viewers had pointed out the problems of the lackluster plot, unrealistic scenes, and the rough illustration of supposedly intense and high-impact cases.
Military romance dramas have become a fast-growing genre since Korean series Descendants of the Sun popularized the pairing between a soldier and doctor. This year’s You Are My Hero <你是我的城池营垒> was a big hit in China. With comparisons being made between My Dear Guardian and the former two dramas, it certainly becomes a lot more difficult to make any breakthroughs especially when bars are set so high.
Unlike the sizzling romantic chemistry and uniquely developed characters in the other dramas, character designs and couple chemistry were reasons My Dear Guardian disappointed fans. The romantic scenes between Jingyu and Li Qin sometimes appeared awkward, as this is likely a result of the forced cohabitation and immature bickering tropes that My Dear Guardian relies on to draw the duo’s relationship closer. Given their outright childish exchanges and impulsive actions which are uncharacteristic of their professions, viewers are quickly reminded the military backdrop barely matters as romance still takes center stage.
The marketing buzz had focused on the action scenes, which are fairly well-received with the great mix of hard-core intensity and thrill. However, the portrayal of serious crimes such as terrorist attacks, assassinations, and drug trafficking are deemed flat and awkward with some imperfect details that require suspension of disbelief.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.