Mainland Chinese historical drama The Song of Glory <锦绣南歌> initially drew high expectations and excitement when it’s air date was confirmed. Starring Joy of Life <庆余年> actress Li Qin (李沁) and The Bad Kids <隐秘的角落> actor Qin Hao (秦昊), the drama was considered a potential hit as the main leads are well-seasoned actors who received positive feedback from audiences. Yet, viewers are turning their heads after watching a few episodes due to poor writing, a weak and cliche plot, and a lack of story development dragging down the unflawed performances of the leads.
Viewers’ expectations of the drama subconsciously heightened after Qin Hao, who is riding his second wave of popularity, previously asserted in a live stream that he “will not film bad dramas because of money.”
However, it appears that he has chosen a bad apple this time, as viewers expressed that his acting is wasted in such a poor drama. They pointed out that the great casting cannot even save its bad plot.
The Song of Glory is a sister drama of The Princess of Weiyoung <锦绣未央>, which stars couple Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) and Luo Jin (罗晋). Both dramas follow the story of a smart heroine who gets entangled in political chaos, evil female jealousy, and an unexpected romantic twist of fate while seeking revenge. Just as in The Princess of Weiyoung, The Song of Glory heroine Shen Li Ge (played by Li Qin) assumes the identity of a daughter from a noble family and relies on her courage and wits to outsmart those who seek for her demise.
Set in the Liu Song Dynasty (420-479), the action-packed and politically-driven storyline with an intensifying romance interwoven in between is commonly found in many past historical dramas such as The Legend of Lu Zhen <陆贞传奇> and Untouchable Lovers <凤囚凰>. On top of the same old cliche storyline, The Song of Glory‘s plot involves a mix of the Northern and Southern Song Dynasties like other dramas. The history during this period is less well-known to the public, and there are many confusing aspects, so viewers believe the scriptwriter and producer are hoping to use this to their advantage and create even more nonsensical scenes.
Hard to Connect with the Heroine
Although viewers are glad that the heroine does not follow the same character development as many other dramas in which they go from naive and silly to mature as they face hardships, they still had great trouble in empathizing with her. While the audience praised Li Qin for her great performance, they blamed the scriptwriters for the superficial character design. They complained that the character’s background and motives were not persuasive enough for them to fully emphasize with her character. For example, the first episode revealed that Li Ge’s good friend A Nu willingly sacrificed her life to save Li Ge. Li Qin’s crying scene was emotionally heartbreaking, but there was no narrative logic as to why A Nu made her decision.
Lack of Story Development
The consensus was that the series failed to show the process of how the outcomes are achieved. The characters can feel sadness, pain, and hatred that motivates them to act on something, but there is no logical reasoning behind these emotions to support viewers’ understanding.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.