This isn’t a total dumpster fire (yet) but it’s certainly the leading news story in the C-ent rags this week with the premiere of big budget period C-drama Love Like the Galaxy hitting like a sack of bricks. It’s predecessor drama A Dream of Splendor with Crystal Liu and Chen Xiao was a massive hit and even more impressive was the rave reviews from critics and the notoriously stingy with praise C-netizens. It was a rare drama that exceeded expectations and the good initial reviews added to the viewership. Love Like the Galaxy with Wu Lei and Zhao Lu Si dealt with pre-airing controversy with the costumes resembling Japanese kimono styles but after premiere it’s dealing with a different and more concrete complaints. The Douban reviews are primarily negative with 1 or 2 stars and the criticism is over how skinny male lead Wu Lei is to the point of being distracting and unattractive, like his facial bones are jutting out everywhere.
His acting is getting good review and both leads voice their own dialogue and Wu Lei being a graduate from acting academy is getting praise for voice modulation, enunciation, and vocal emotional delivery. But him looking like Skeletor is an unfortunate visual negative, makes me wish Wu Mommy fed him a milkshake and mantou diet before he went off to film. As for female lead Zhao Lu Su, the majority of the complaints are on her – her bad acting and her even worse own voice dialogue, she’s not formally acting trained and it shows as her line readings go from mumbling to lack of crisp tonal clarity. The drama was cut from 50 to 27 episodes so the scene transitions are abrupt and the first two episodes focused on the heroines family in a way that isn’t interesting to grab the viewer from the outset.