[TV Commentary] “The Journey of Flower” Episodes 4 to 6
The Journey Of Flower <花千骨>
Also known as : Hua Qiangu
2015 Mainland Chinese drama
Language : Mandarin
Number of episodes: 50
Cast: Wallace Huo, Zhao Liying, Andy Zhang, Jiang Xin
HQG – Hua Qiangu
BZH – Bai Zihua
SQM – Sha Qianmo
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BZH is really trying hard to kick her out, finding reasons and yet reasons within reasons is telling him she must stay. It is like he doesn’t do anything, but does make life rather difficult for her because by default life is difficult for her. I find so many similarities with other books like her smell attracts beasts and all (like Percy Jackson), going through such tests for survival (Hunger Games) and now being in position of power she never asked for but was entrusted on her but will give BZH the perfect reason to kick her out thus saving himself by distancing himself from her (like any Jin Yong heroes except Jin Yong heroes may have difficult start in life, they do go through hardships with a bit flair and a whole lotta luck, unlike poor HQG). And yet he likes her; she is genuine, she has no wants nor needs like others, she is a sincere person and so how can an uprighteous person like BZH ever be part of the bully culture to kick her out who represents innocence even if she is a demon within? Poor girl though.
By the way I still feel the whole on set aesthetic of this series is too OTT for me. Even fairy land must be grounded in some reality. And I feel the seats for the 3 leaders of the sect is looking rather uncomfortable for the actors. They look sloppy sitting on those wooden or whatever seat.
So far so good. In far so far getting better that it is believable that BZH an other worldly man who knows a lot finds himself asking questions about this girl who is innocence personified who doesn’t know much. Very interesting.
Oh dear so many versions. Hunan version lar, uncut version lar, some combined 2 episodes lar, some got fast fast 1 extra episode lar, some labeled as this series but is something else lar. Right now I am following the uncut version, whatever that means.
Oh I so love this series right now. Handsome men, pretty girls, all acting rather good, I am beginning to find the worm cute. I know the story will go tragic but not too soon. It has the hallmarks of inconsistency, so happy so lucky so bad luck so tragic, in that order. Bai Zhihua is a harsh immortal, Hua Qiangu is a girl who never gives up, no matter the shit thrown at her. I already pity her. The world will go against her and I am sure we will all wonder why? Why bully this poor girl? Well this series you can divide between 2 men;
Handsome men – all loves HQG
Ugly men – all hates her
There! Shall say no more until I watch episode 7 but I really love how she held onto BZH from falling from the sword, a bit too long as if she is taking advantage of him and does pointedly asked “You’re stabilised now, please let go” or something like that.
Not to say some scenes aren’t silly, like the kung fu which so far to me is not distinctive or beautifully filmed, the graphics is just very bad and the I think 5 immortals flying to fight whilst posing reminds me of Big Hero 6 sorta poses. What saves these episodes from being ridiculous is the acting and the story. Everything else is not doing it any favors.
This commentary is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com and was originally posted at www.point2e.com.