Mo Lian Cheng met Qu Xiao Tan once again. At this time, however, Qu Xiao Tan has not met Mo Lian Cheng yet and does not know about her future destiny. Mo Lian Cheng has retained all of the memories and suffers alone from Qu Xiao Tan's failure to know him. He silently loves Qu Xiao Tan, and it becomes his goal to make her fall in love with him once again. With challenges in his way...
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Enjoyable, but not as fun as the originalI loved the first season of The Eternal Love for its humor, romance and just the right amount of cheese. I also enjoyed the second season even if it’s not quite up to the joyous fun of the first.
What’s improved since season one:
** Better costumes - Clearly there’s a bigger budget with more elegant costumes and improved wigs.. I do miss 14th Prince’s colorful costumes from season one. (RIP yellow furry shoulder pads.)
** Better sets - They are missing the cool elegance of the first season interior sets, but they expanded all the outdoor locations with some truly breathtaking locations
** More court intrigue - If this is more your thing, the plot focuses more on what’s happening at court and less on the romance
** Some really cool plot twists
**Xiao Tan doesn’t scream nearly as often (she was really shrill at the start of the first season)
Good stuff they kept since season one:
** The chemistry between the two main leads is as strong as ever
** A lot of the great songs from season one are back again
What didn’t work as well as season one:
** A lot of the relationship building for the main leads was taken for granted (which the characters actually admit). The fun of the first season was to see these characters go from hate to love and well, it’s short-changed and brushed over. Big romantic kisses come out of nowhere. This season is definitely less about the romance which is what I loved about the first season.
** A lot of the great supporting cast is back, but their characters don’t get any development. They are there for specific plot points, and the characterization is short-changed. If you didn’t watch season one, you wouldn’t care about their characters from just watching this season. Sad really and I would guess the actors feel that way as well. I really hope this gets fixed for season 3.
** Lots of plot holes. It’s a complicated story so these things happen with time travel and parallel worlds, but there are lots of them.
Overall, it’s worth watching, but just lower your expectations just a bit. I’m still really looking forward to season three!
Compared to the first season, I actually really enjoyed this story line a lot more (and from start to finish). Even with the time traveling and multiple versions of characters and whatnot, it still made sense to me in the long run and overall had more fluidity than the first season did. I think after the cult success of the first season, and the hesitance for people to watch second seasons, it was overall good and worth it.
At first, I was thinking it would spend more time in the modern world, which would have been nice, but honestly I prefer historical dramas anyways, so I didn't have an issue with it traveling back to Dong Yue. Minus a few scenes throughout the episodes (the fridge falling out of nowhere and crushing the car as an example). things flowed well and made logical (using the term loosely) sense.
I think the use of the additional actor as the "other" 8th prince made the drama a lot better because they didn't have to use as much CGI and it was less for Xing Zhao Lin to have to deal with. He also brought different elements to the story which I enjoyed.
The romance was full on from the first minute, which is what I was expecting. I appreciated that this go around, as crazy as he was, that the eldest prince wholeheartedly loved Tan'er and never gave up on her. I actually sympathized more with him this time around because he actually fought to be with her from the beginning.
I also wasn't a huge fan of the "mystical land" plot line towards the end of the first season, so even though it was mentioned throughout this season, it didn't interrupt the story line like it did in the first season.
I think by this season, all of the actors had more experience on hand. I also like that they were able to bring back all of the same actors from the first season, so there weren't any weird changes throughout and having to explain who this new actor was that was supposed to be the same character.
The leads were still super cute and I think have good chemistry with each other. Xing Zhao Lin, even though he had some help not having to act as both 8th princes the whole time, was really good with keeping the two princes distinct from one another. There were a few times that you weren't sure which prince it was, but that was more of small writing issues IMO.
Liang Jie was a bit less spunky this time around. Maybe it was a writing thing, or just because she didn't have to act like Tan'er and Xiao Tan, so she didn't exaggerate the differences as much, but overall I think she was still good.
Luckily The Eternal Love 1+2 aren't super long dramas (27 and 30 eps, around 35 mins each), so it's a quick watch. It's also a very cutesy and comedic romance drama with a bit of standard imperial court drama, so overall it's easy to throw in when you need something light and cute to watch. Overall would probably watch it again.