Guardian 镇魂 Part 2

This article is a rambling of a novel fan. If you have not read the novel, please don’t let my criticism turn you against the drama Guardian.

Guardian Zhen Hun Zhao Yunlan Daqing

I really want to know how almighty-CC determines what can and cannot be broadcast, because some of the adjustments the show did to the original stories made no sense. I understand they changed the name of the sundial from “Transmigration Dial” to “Longevity Dial” because of the religious connotation. But changing a man-eating monster to a shadow man? Or splitting characters and rearranging order of events? Why?

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Guardian 镇魂 Part 1

This article is a rambling of a novel fan. If you have not read the novel, please don’t let my criticism turn you against the drama Guardian (镇魂), which in and of itself is a decent police procedural drama about a specialized (and not-so-secret) unit dealing with unexplained, mind-bending cases. It has all the elements of a scifi fantasy show: Bromance, actions, and special effects.

Guardian Zhen Hun Bai Yu Zhu Yi Long Shen Wei Zhao Yunlan

While I have no issue with watching a scifi fantasy show, the soul of Guardian is really their supernatural roots: The Gods, the demons, the ghosts, the changelings, and the clueless human beings who were caught in the supernatural assaults. Unfortunately, Chinese censorship commands that ANY show set after the forming of the Republic (1949-present) must not depict, express or disseminate antiquated superstitious beliefs, which is essentially the meat of the Guardian stories. To skirt around the ban, the show switched out all the supernatural elements for scientific explanations: Gods? Aliens residing above ground. Demons? Aliens residing underground. Changelings? Native species with alien genes. Ghosts? Residual energy. The fire of a God? The collision of a comet. Reincarnation? I’m still waiting for them to explain that one. But from the show next door, Moonlight and Valentine (结爱), it’s probably reorganization of energy particles.

Guardian Zhen Hun Shen Wei
Sure. That explains everything.

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My Dear Boy 我的男孩

My Dear Boy (我的男孩) is less of a drama about romance and more of a drama about growing pains. And nothing hurts more than love loss.

Given Luo Xiaofei and An Qinghui’s age and socioeconomic status difference, you would think this is a drama about a cougar seducing a young, naive boy with her worldly charm (which the show not-so-subtly suggested more than once). But no. It’ll be asking too much of our boy to have instant attraction to a cynical, old, drunkard who picked on his insecurity the first time they met. At the time, Xiaofei had drank one too many glasses of red wine waiting for her no-good lover to not show up yet again. She was beyond pissed. She needed a dumpster to deposit her emotional garbage from the last 5 years. Qinghui was situated perfectly as the young guy next table who she believed would benefit from her years of “I can’t believe I got stood up” experience. “Your girl is never coming. She only accepted your invite because she didn’t want you to cause a scene when you asked her out.” (Mean, no?) Anywho, Qinghui experienced first hand Xiaofei in all her wretched glory, which I would re-watch for it’s awesome hilarity. From there, their friendship developed. And it was their odd friendship that kept me coming back for more.
My Dear Boy Wo De Nan Hai Ruby Lin Derek Chang

Or maybe it’s their words of wisdom?

Episode 1: Never call an older woman “aunt.” Always call her “big sister.” (This is especially true in Mandarin-speaking communities. Between Xiaofei-ahyi [Auntie Xiaofei] and Xiaofei-jie [Big sister Xiaofei], always use “jie,” unless she is related to you by blood or marriage.)
My Dear Boy

Episode 2: Your first kiss was long gone. When you were a baby, your parents had already kissed those lips a million times over.
My Dear Boy

Episode 3: Doesn’t matter if it’s love confession or wedding proposal, when it is public, the joyful reaction is always fake. The game changer is during private moments like this.
My Dear Boy

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