From the details of dramatized family daily life to the emotional struggle of characters growing up and the emotions of family and country, Love Like the Galaxy contains many highlights worth watching.
The ancient legendary cdrama Love Like the Galaxy was launched on July 5, adapted from the novel work "Xing Han Can Lan, Xing Shen Zhi Zai (星汉灿烂, 幸甚至哉)" by novel author Guan Xin Ze Luan, starring Wu Lei, Zhao Lusi, Guo Tao and Zeng Li in the lead roles. In addition to being broadcast exclusively on Tencent Video, the series is also available on Viu, YouTube, Viki, and iTalk, which cover multiple regions. In the future, the series will also be broadcast on AsiaN in Korea and mainstream TV in Japan.
Love Like the Galaxy portrays the ancient family group, with a huge and complicated family construction that holds up the vast and long story. The drama tells the story of Ling Bu Yi, who is burdened with a blood feud, and Cheng Shao Shang, who has lacked love since childhood, growing up together through life and death together.
The drama in the structure of the narrative, to grow the main male and female to drive the audience to the same frequency empathy, such as Ling Bu Yi, Cheng Shao Shang's stubborn independent, both by the deep influence of the family of origin, in the face of injustice, can adhere to the bottom line, this warmth and positive energy will be further developed with the growth of the characters.
Acting Cast of Love Like the Galaxy
Guan Xin Ze Luan's previous work, The Story of Ming Lan, was adapted into a drama that reaped great success. The two dramas share similarities in structure and narrative, while Love Like the Galaxy revolves around the lives of six families.
I. Cheng Family
The old lady of the Cheng family (played by Xu Di) has three sons.
The eldest son, Cheng Shi (played by Guo Tao), was awarded the title of Marquis of Ling. Cheng Shi married his second wife Xiao Yuan Yi (played by Zeng Li),
who had followed him to battle. Cheng Shao Shang (played by Zhao Lu Si) is Cheng Shi's daughter, and he also has two sons, Cheng Shao Gong and Cheng Song.
Cheng Cheng, the second son of the Cheng family, married Ge Shi and had a daughter, Cheng Yang (played by Xu Jiao).
Cheng Zhi, the third son of the Cheng family, has talent and good looks. He was married to Sang Shun Hua (played by Peng Yang), a gentle wife.
II. The Royal Family
Emperor Wen (played by Bao Jian Feng), is the new emperor who has just ascended the throne. Wise, resourceful, and benevolent.
Empress Xuan, was kind and gentle. The mother of the prince and the fifth princess.
Consort Yue, who is a childhood friend of Emperor Wen and his beloved. Mother of the third prince, the second princess and the third princess.
III. Ling Family
Ling Bu Yi (played by Wu Lei), the young general, the new emperor's righteous son. As well as, Ling Bu Yi's father Ling Yi (played by Sha Bao Liang), mother Huo Jun Hua, stepmother Chun Yu Shi.
IV. Yuan Family
Yuan Shen, the second fiance of Cheng Shao Shang.
V. Lou family
The second wife of the Lou family has two sons, Lou Ben, married to Wang Yanji. Lou Yao, who originally had a marriage contract with Cheng Shao Shang, later married He Zhao Jun.
VI. Wan family
The old lady of the Wan family had a son, Wan Songbai, and a granddaughter, Wan Qi Qi.
The huge and complicated family construction and character relationships support the foundation of Love Like the Galaxy story. But in the drama, not only the main character, other characters have their own shining points.
As Cheng family, royal family, Lou family as the representative of the major families, from the daily coexistence can be seen, the characters in between or alone, or three or two companions, suggest the emotional relationship in the drama, revealing the ancient family group, each character is growing, each character has a direct impact on the heart, multiple groups of character building, outlining a variety of life-style.
Episode Highlights of Love Like the Galaxy
Love Like the Galaxy starts from a light comedy narrative to the values of family, country, and the world, it tries to let the audience immerse themselves in the traditional aesthetics, traditional values, and traditional culture in a rather ancient style scroll.
The first stage of the drama starts with "family life", by showing the daily life of Cheng Shao Shang's family, the characters' personalities are drawn and their past history is clarified. The overall tone is witty, and the pace is crisp.
Cheng Shao Shang and his parents had been separated for more than ten years due to the war, then Cheng Shi and Xiao Yuan Yi led the army to triumph and build and maintain the family relationship again.
During this period, the case of Ling Bu Yi's arrest of Uncle Dong triggers a dispute over whether the Cheng family should "exterminate their relatives in a righteous manner", and they fight each other's wits and courage. Cheng Shao Shang and his grandmother pretend to be sick to get the family's attention, while Cheng Shi has already seen through it, and the plot of acting with his mother gives the audience a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Love Like the Galaxy also introduces the story's main characters and background through the narration of the family routine. For example, in the argument between Xiao Yuan Yi and Ge Shi, the reason for the separation of Cheng Shao Shang's family is retraced, and the helplessness of Cheng Shi and Xiao Yuan Yi in sacrificing their "small family" for the big country during the war period is told, which clarifies the growth of the characters in the drama and paves the way for the story to advance.
On the whole, the drama has shown three highlights so far.
The first highlight is the setting, picture, lighting, and other aspects of the ancient style and charm. The artifacts and line settings of Love Like the Galaxy create the atmosphere of a house with a strong ancient charm. Cheng's house is majestic and unique; the interior is well-decorated and rich in ancient style. The scenery also pays attention to the details of control, some of the bamboo slips are written by hand, and the Cheng family's new home door has peach charms hanging on it.
The plot also incorporates traditional folklore elements. When the Cheng family moved to a new home, Mrs. Cheng lit a fire pit at the entrance to pray for blessings, followed by a traditional dance, leading the audience to appreciate the house compound, creating a sense of immersion while adding the texture of ancient secular life.
The night tour of the Cheng family's lantern festival is a beautiful scene, with countless Kongming lanterns lighting up the night sky and lanterns lighting up the ancient lanes of the long streets, of an ancient lantern festival.
In the use of lighting and props, Love Like the Galaxy also be the details to the extreme. It is common to use the intensity of lighting to map the emotions of the characters, such as cold natural light on the face to bring out the characters' gloomy inner scenes.
The lamps, tables, couch and other props create a strong atmosphere of family life, the carefully placed tables, food and tea plates have strong traces of traditional culture, and reinforces the realism of the story.
The second highlight is the "ritual" culture in the drama, which not only restores the state of ancient society, but also shows the traditional aesthetics and rituals of speech.
For example, the rituals of meeting and greeting are often used in ancient China to express respect. In terms of family customs, the rituals of filial piety and fraternal duty are also observed, as traditional culture emphasizes brotherhood and brotherhood, and the order of elders and children, fully expressing the desire for family harmony in the drama.
In terms of lines, the drama also tries its best to restore the state of ancient society, showing the rhetorical culture of the period, and the lively and majestic rhetoric perfectly fits the family line and the court line in the drama.
In addition, Love Like the Galaxy refers to the marriage system of the Qin and Han dynasties, from the royal family down to the folk, women's marriage and marriage are relatively free, which also provides a wide space for the story and the growth of the characters.
Starting from the traditional "ritual" culture, Love Like the Galaxy preserves the traditional cultural essence and provides the environment and motivation for the overall narrative.
The third highlight is the actors' wonderful acting skills and the shots' freshness and simplicity. The actors in the drama do not have exaggerated makeup and excessive filters. The main characters Ling Bu Yi and Cheng Shao Shang's rival scenes are impressive, the two first dialogue, the lantern meeting to rescue and other plot twists and turns moving.
Several senior actors' interpretations add to the drama. Xu Di, as Mrs. Cheng, has a complex and multi-faceted personality, on the one hand caring for her family and loving her son, and on the other hand being eccentric and greedy for money, but she is not annoying, instead she portrays a lovely and joyful woman.
Guo Tao's Cheng Shi is loyal and patriotic in the court, brave and warlike, but he always obeys his wife and children at home, so the contrast creates a sense of comedy. Xu Di and Guo Tao's rivalry is also full of laughs, interpreting the wonderful family comedy. The combination of actors of different ages adds to the watchability of Love Like the Galaxy.
Is Love Like the Galaxy worth watching?
In addition to the three highlights of the plot, rich characters, soothing pacing, full of details and other features and advantages, Love Like the Galaxy is a costume cdrama worth watching with the human emotions connecting the ancient and modern times and the value of family and country, injecting realistic concerns.
Love Like the Galaxy starts from the smallest details to show the female lead's family situation and the characters' fate, which is in line with the expression of the individual emotional situations in today's time. It is different from the previous family-themed costume dramas and is highly differentiated by its light-hearted style, breaking the viewers' inherent impression of costume family dramas and interpreting a new image style for them.
Love Like the Galaxy wisely retains the focus on the conflict of family, and the plot of loving, protecting, and promoting the family runs throughout, thus exploring topics of realistic significance such as family education, intergenerational conflict, the rise and fall of the family, and the love of licking the calf.
The characters in the drama treat family relations, also led the modern audience to think about family relations, such as the Cheng family's noisy and complex appearance, there is also a warm side, Xiao Yuan Yi behind the strict education is deep love and guilt for Cheng Shao Shang, but also the traditional Chinese family's desire for their children to become successful expectations, because of this, it led to the common conflicts between the two generations, which also allows the audience to find a sense of familiarity in the drama. The importance of blood kinship, the way of education, and the intimate daily life of parents, all reflect the wisdom of traditional culture, forming a portrait of "ancient social family".
Love Like the Galaxy also begins with another narrative line of Ling's revenge, presenting the family sentiments of the people. The relentless Ling Bu Doub is a highly decorated man, but the shadow of his childhood experience always follows him. As he pursues the theft of armaments, he discovers some traces of the past. He vows to catch the culprit to cleanse the country and the nation.
Under the intertwined roots, Ling's narrative threads entwine blood relatives' revenge with the fate of the family and the nation, illustrating the sense of family and nation where the fate of the individual, the family and the nation are one.
Love Like the Galaxy is a rich experience for the audience to immerse themselves in the ancient world, not only close to reality, but also combining the ancient and modern, showing the attitude of ancient advancing with the times and unlocking a new way to open of ancient costume dramas.
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