Have you heard? Zu Yi Long will be playing Wu Xie in The Lost Tomb 3 (重启之极海听雷). Him playing another main character from my fav novels, holy guacamole! I do think he’ll do well in that role too, just as he did as Shen Wei in Guardian. But right now, I am loving Qin Hao’s Wu Xie in Tomb of the Sea (沙海). His appearance may not fit the Wu Xie I pictured but he has his mannerism to the T. So far, he is the only actor who is able to bring that character to life.
Wu Xie was never a bright eyed and bushy tailed, simple-minded tag along in the “Grave Robbers’ Chronicles” series, but neither was he shrewd like his 3rd uncle or murderous like the companies they keep. In LT, he was too clever, too curious, too softhearted for his own good. In ToS, he is 10+ years older and 10+ years wiser. While he is not as calculating as his 3rd uncle, he is not far off. He has numerous dangerous adventures under his belt and the experiences have taught him to observe more and weight his words. He may seem more intimidating but he is still the same old compassionate Wu Xie inside. He is always ready to lend a hand to help others even when he knows they will just turn around and slit his throat.
Honestly, I didn’t expect Tomb of the Sea to be as good as it is. The drama surprises me by how close it matches the author’s storytelling style, which reignites my hope for the next installments of the “Grave Robbers’ Chronicles” franchise.
The first episode hits the ground running with awesome visual effect. I know they can’t keep up the movie quality CGI for all 50 episodes, so I’m glad they are using it where it counts the most. I can feel Li Cu’s adrenaline pumping as he hopelessly tries to outrun a carnivorous snake tree (vine?) appearing in the middle of a desert.
However good their visual may be, it is their content that won me over. What ToS did better than its predecessors is humor. Not the frivolous haha funny. But the morbid black comedy funny. In one scene Wu Xie smiles at Li Cu as he explains to the insolent boy, “We’ll starve to death if we don’t find more food. If you don’t want to help, that’s fine. You can be one of our food reserve”. Yum, yum, Li Cu jerky, delicious!