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Kumaxell
8 people found this review helpful
Oct 19, 2018
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Overall 9.0
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Rewatch Value 9.0
The plot is simple enough: A cheeky smart guy from the city and a pair of unworldly siblings from the rural village help a team of government researchers be a step ahead of bad people who would stop at nothing to steal the national treasure.

The chemistry between Zhang Baoqing and Cai Gua is awesome. I love how Cai Gua manages to show her awe for Baoqing’s scientific knowledge or her attraction for his chivalry while being incredibly annoyed by his sense of superiority. Every time I saw that look on her face, I was like, “I give you permission to smack him down with your longbow.” Good thing Baoqing redeems himself in the second half of the drama. He stops being a condescending big city jerk as he learns to respect her and her hunting skills after their many adventures together where they have to save each other’s life. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside to see him being protective of her. Puppy love is the best.

But the most enjoyable part of the drama is watching the research team (with the assistance of Baoqing, Cai Gua, and Er Bi Zi) separate facts from fiction regarding a legend of a gold mine guarding demon. The drama captivated my attention as the team overcomes village taboos, deadly creature attacks, bad guy sabotage to get to the bottom of the legend. The stunningly beautiful snow covered landscape only make their adventures all the more mystical.

Things to watch for: Solid performance from the young cast. Beautiful cinematography. Villagers’ winter outfits. Family love. Satisfying conclusion to their adventure, until a sudden twist at the end leaving you desperately begging for a 2nd season.

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Novy Meliana Laksanawati
8 people found this review helpful
Oct 4, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5
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This year really have tons of worth Chinese dramas appeared, Guardian, Ashes of Love etc and this one of them.
You aspect that the acting not worth because of their years in acting business? NO
Their acting are superb, like how Wang Junkai potray the haunty Zhang Baoqing, Vicky Cheng the villager girl and Ye Xiao Wei as Yang Ye the super boring guy but responsible team leader.

The costume sure awesome, they really did make such a good detail like the fur mantels, boots etc. Seriously they even recreate the set and the fashion as it really did in that year. ~claps and salute Plots, you will be shock when you watch more episode since they ravel more and more background stories of their characters and how its effected the plot. I suggested you to stock the tissues since you will need it. The music so good none of them are out the place and grab situation and story happened, the ending such a cliffhanger.

I really need the second season since their collage friend have been shot with some of weird liquid and search materials are gone and what happened when Baoqing fell just being said that was a bad dream. hmmm
I prefer this than Tomb of The Sea since the way of the plot being direct in ToTS were absolutely mess in my opinion.

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greenwatch08
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Jan 6, 2019
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
I found this gem unexpectly and didnt have much expectation but Im really satisfied by its overall production, acting, and storytelling. Super straightforward & a fun. The sense of adventure with a hint of mystery & twists makes the show engaging. I love the themes about friendship and family love, which is prominent throughout the series. The cinematography is great with its appealing music score to enhance/elevate the show. Although there is a huge use of cgi, its granted with this kind of a story but its never too offputting. The fight/action sequence is choreographed with so much fun and hilarity. The worldbuilding/fictional setting is great. The costumes are nice and sets the tone of the 1980's. The writing, characterization & storytelling really impressed me, specifically its handle on female characters. There's alot of showing instead of just spewing out heavy exposition. With 40 episodes, nothing ever feels wasted or dragged out. There's this continuity and constant flow from arc to arc, and by the end of the show, there's a cliffhanger that leaves me wanting more.

The juxstaposition between the two leads is great. Bao Qing is a snarky/quickwitted and carefree city boy while Caigua is an independent and intuitive rural gal from a village of eagle hunters The main characters are very animated/lively, in a suprisingly charming way.

Caigua is such a beautifully/well-writen female character/heroine with depth and personality. She's resilient, independent,
compassionate, and stubborn. I love that she is given alot of agency as a character with her own story arc, that isnt tied to/associated with the male lead, about wanting to be a hunter and breaking the mold from a patriarchal society. She's tough as a nail with great hunting skills and fares well in combat. WenQi did an excellent job portraying a multifaceted character with her microexpression & sheer presence. She emotes well with her eyes.

Bao Qing is such a fun/expressive male character with alot of personality. He's snarky, quick-witted, carefree and smart. He also comes off as ignorant and condescending at times, but Caigua always knows to how put him in his place with her witty remarks and fist. He is loyal/caring when protecting his friends and love ones. Karry Wang acted well in his part, with his natural youth/playfulness and energy. There's this earnest yet a sense of tenacity in his eyes. He has a clear/concise speech in the way he delivers his line.

Bao Qing and Caigua's chemistry
and friendship is my favorite aspect of the show, a truly dynamic pair that shows onscreen naturally, showcasing a blend of teamwork and communication. Not only is their friendship established early on, the relationship between the two gives room for both characters to learn, teach, and grow from eachother throughout the show. I love their interactions and exchange in dialogues. Its fun, witty, and even sometimes, comical and endearing. One of my favorite dialogue exchanged from Baoqing to Caigua is about freewill and never giving up that goes along the lines of, "Rules are set. People are not. You only have one life. Why should you give in?" With this, Caigua ingrains and implements it through her actions. Bao Qing grows to adapt & learn the ways of the Eagles Village and admires & respects Caigua. They both are active agents & well-fleshed out individuals throughout the story.

Baoqing and Caigua's constant reassurance and understanding/support for eachother is touching and sweet. I like how their relationship develops from being complete strangers to a profound companionship, as both becomes enamoured in admiration of eachother's presence by the end of the show. Although nothing is ever romantic, the feelings Baoqing and Caigua have for eachother is definitely there, which is prevalent in their actions rather than spoken words. Their newfound feelings for eachother never detracts the plot from moving foward.

The distinction between Baoqing and Caigua's 1st interaction from the first episode compared to their last interaction in the last episode
perfectly illustrates the development
/progression in their relationship & perception of eachother. They both leave a significant impact on eachother's life. I felt sentimental seeing these two at the end of the journey. The potential for their relationship to go beyond friendship and grow into something more can further be explored if E&Y S2 ever happens. Because both are young characters, a second season will allow for more character growth/development.

The other main characters in the show are also likable. Caigua's brother Er Bizi, unlike her, has a love for food and doesnt want to be a hunter. Hongguo is an aspiring geologist whom is helpful and sweet. Yang Ye is a leader of a geological research team whose a bit stoic, intelligent and responsible. They are all well developed and dont feel like throwaways, which can be said about the antagonists. I like the set of antagonists that appears in the show. They are all distinctive and crucial to the overall plot in its course/run. This keeps the tension up and challenges the main characters through their journey together as they form unlikely friendship, uncover truths behind the mystery of the hidden gold kingdom, and discover revelations about themselves.

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batmandark
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May 27, 2019
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
What a nice Journey, its certainly is one of the great drama I watched so for, Nice story plot without any boring Episodes all episodes has it's own values and meaning, The Casting was best, male lead,female leads ,antagonists all was well placed, Martial Arts in the drama was all all good but can be made little fluent but it certainly was stunning to watch Especially Cai Gua's Character was stunning the actress really did a great job, unlike some dramas where Male lead if smarter the he would be weaker in action but here it is totally different. Unexpected twist at the ending , Hoping for season 2.

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c2roxy
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Apr 12, 2019
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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Eagles and Youngster is a Chinese drama adapted from a novel that has a simple uncomplicated but good plot. It is about a group made up of a young city guy, a pair of siblings from a rural hunting village and a team of young government researchers who go on a journey to stop bad people from stealing national treasure. The cast is young (and makes me feel old) but good. The chemistry between Zhang Baoqing and Cai Gua is adorable. The soundtrack is also good and fits the drama. Even though the drama was predictable and at some parts you kind of had to turn off your brain, it was still a pretty good adventure drama. If you were looking for an interesting PG level adventure drama where you didn't have to do much thinking, I would recommend you watch this drama. If you were looking for a romantic drama with lots of skinship, unfortunately you won't find it here. I hope this drama has a second season or something to conclude the ending because the last episode of this drama did end with a cliffhanger.

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