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.
Ep31 is a good episode. With no embarrassing acting to distract me, I watched the entire episode without fast forwarding even once. Which makes me wonder why Guardian-the-drama (DG) couldn’t be like this for every episode?
I’ve been complaining about how bad DG was but I missed the mark by couple inches. One viewer actually hit the nail on the head. DG sucked because it failed the logic test. It discarded Guardian-the-novel (NG) worldview without replacing it with something equally comprehensive to explain the characters’ motivation and why they did what they did. DG might seem logical at bird’s-eye view, it failed spectacularly at street level. And the detail is what makes and breaks a web drama.
The Stake of Mountain and River segment has the most logic offenders (which explains why I didn’t like those episodes). One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing a heart-shape love sign in a period drama. First of all, the heart-shape sign didn’t become common practice until after 1910. So I’m pretty sure a secluded Asian tribe in the 1700s, such as Hanga, would not have seen or chosen the heart-shape to display their love. Eye rolling in progress.
Then there is Sang Zan’s speech impediment. In the flash back, he spoke fluent Chinese. After he got out of the rock, he stuttered like a stroke patient. What happened to him? NG has the logic. Back in the days, Sang Zan and Wang Zheng spoke Hanga (the language). After they parted ways, Wang Zheng left for the outside world and was immersed in the Chinese language for the next couple hundred years. Sang Zan, on the other hand, was stuck in the rock and never heard of Chinese, never mind speaking it. He had to learn the language like a foreigner, stuttering over each word and getting the tone wrong.
And what’s up with the “Guo Changcheng electrocuting Chief Zhao” incident? NG, again, has the logic. Changcheng is a scaredy cat. Every little thing makes him jump. He also suffers from low self-esteem with debilitating social anxiety. He gets panic attacks just from looking people in the eyes. Prior to the incident, he was already shaking like a leaf after Zhao Yunlan berated him for buying a cheap sex doll to house Wang Zheng (the spirit) for their trip. He didn’t get his equilibrium back before they entered a dark, menacing cave. Group dynamic dictated Yunlan walk the front to scout for dangers, Chu Shuzi cover the back, and him, the useless new guy, walk in between them. Since everyone had their weapons out, it made sense that Changcheng’s stun gun would be pointed toward the front with his eyesight falling naturally on Yunlan’s back. It was a tense situation for everyone, doubly so for him. His racing mind imagined all kinds of monsters and critters crawling in the darkness. Once his overactive imagination reached its terrifying peak, the supercharged stun gun shot out an electrical beam, toward the front, at Yunlan. See? A perfectly logical explanation for electrocuting one’s boss.
Since it’s rare to see a good episode (or segment), I’m devoting this post to what I like in DG.
Possible spoilers ahead, read at your own risk.