Dong Bo Xue Ying, also known as the Snow Eagle Lord, is a young man who was born in a land known as Snow Eagle Territory. His father came from humble origins to eventually buy Snow Eagle Territory. He rose to become a noble, and married a woman who had fled her own aristocratic family. As Dong Bo Xue Ying grows older, he begins to realize that the peace he knew as a young man is on the verge of shattering. His parents are arrested and he resolves to free them. To make matters worse, demonic powers are amassing their forces in preparation for an assault on the Xia clan. Dong Bo Xue Ying understands that a hero must rise to defeat the demons – and that that hero must be him! But he cannot defeat these monstrous forces on his own. So he decides to join forces with Yu Jing Qui, also a formidable young warrior, and a member of the elite Changfeng Academy. The band includes the young teleportation specialist Pu Yang Bo. Together, they pool their magical powers, incredible martial arts skills, and formidable wits. Will this be enough to defeat the demon hoard – or will evil engulf the realm? (Source: Viki) ~~ Adapted from the web novel "Xue Ying Ling Zhu" (雪鹰领主) by Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi (我吃西红柿). Edit Translation
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Smart Demons + Stupid Humans = Extraordinary MessWatched this to see Xu Kai act but just like in a previous series of his; his and everyone else's acting was great but the story itself was a hot mess. Wish he or whomever chooses for him, chose better. The only reason this even got a 6.5 and not lower was because of the literally only 3 pros. Otherwise, it was like the mighty morphin power rangers and mortal kombat took LSD and spit this out.
Pros: Leads chemistry, the actors hard work which included great fight scenes, and costumes (except for the Halloween store costume lion for Uncle Tang), and good OSTs. No other pros.
Cons: Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for smart antagonists but not when the protagonists are so ridiculously idiotic. Just about everyone was led by the nose by the demons the ENTIRE show. Even when our ML told them otherwise, the Elders still chose to believe evil people. The amount of times the good guys failed to understand something very simple made you want to run your face into the wall. The entire series made a ton of no sense because the bad guys were running the show while the good guys were just walking around like zombies and talking in circles.
Did just about everyone really deserve to die; KYY's death in the last episode was pointless and meaningless. Some really did die as heroes but what made much of it senseless is that if they put two and two together sooner and made it 4 instead of 7, they could have made things happen sooner and survived. It made me feel like whoever the writer was, had no clue how to write a novel or one that's understandable or cohesive. Ji Rong staying alive and even her death at the hands of probably the show’s stupidest character, made me feel like I lost brain cells. DXY warned his brother and the two elders something was fishy about her from nearly the beginning and yet both uncles died because of her.
The sets and CGI looked very cheap. The words chucked up on the screen each time a new magic trick was used was eye roll worthy. Welcome to the 90s and not in a good way! Situ Hong's ruthlessness was completely ignored and his death and that of the weird random cultivator that at first clung to XY was completely pathetic. Both were sucked dry for big bad demon God that most of the time sounded like an alien cat that sucked in a helium balloon. We were all expecting a fight between him and XY but yeah, why bother?
Demon Ao Lan turned himself into a psychedelic Venus flytrap to try and kill XY in the last episode and it had me laughing. Little Shop of Horrors that was filmed in the 1970s had better CGI than this mess. I shed a tear for Shifu sacrificing himself at the end as out of all the guardians, he was the only one that infiltrated the demon clan and didn't do too poorly. Yes, happy ending for leads and the maybe 3 other living people but what did I watch for 40 episodes?
Would I recommend? No way. Even if you are a fan of the leads or anyone else, please find something else. Leads chemistry is not enough to hold this thing together.
Legendary tale against demons. Fresh. Thrilling.It's as much of a "coup de coeur" as I expected. To start with, the music (both modern and traditional, just like the drama itself), the costumes, the special effects and the fights, the landscapes and settings (the snowy territories especially, what a pleasure), the demons, my dream has literally come true in a drama. I also love the concept which is very video game-like. It felt like watching an anime too, no wonder it's based on a donghua/web novel.
Speaking of the special effects, I was expecting anything but this, especially in view of the criticisms of this aspect? It looks even better than in the trailer. It's quality and I've clearly seen less than that, forced criticism as usual... The fights were also superbly filmed and choreographed. Obviously, this isn't a drama with huge production value either, but I was fascinated most of the time. Xu Kai is way too cool and his mastery of the spear is impeccable, I can't even imagine how much he had to train.
The story isn't original, yet it's pure pleasure (and I've never seen that in a drama, so it's even cooler), it's always dynamic and I've never been bored. It's typically the kind of story I used to enjoy when I was younger, and frankly, it's refreshing. Some people thought it was cringe-worthy while it's just epic, too bad for them lol.
The drama delicately alternates between sweet moments, drama, action,... The story develops very well and is very captivating to my taste. As you can imagine, the theme of evil demons versus good humans and the hero becoming all-powerful is far from complex. Nevertheless, I'm glad that the drama provided a modicum of nuance, particularly in relation to a character who made me cry at the end when I thought I'd lost all empathy.
The characters are awesome. From the humble and hardworking hero Xueying, the beautiful and lovely Jingqiu, the cute Youyue, the very funny Yangbo (the actor Bai Shu sang the ending song! he's incredible I swear), the naive lil bro Qingshi, the edgy villain Ao Lan and the demon lord, the fluffy Tong San (I wanted to go in the screen and touch him sjsksjs how I wish there was a plush version of him), the brave Qiubai, the elderly,... I wish I could include two more characters here but I can't mention them without giving any spoiler.
Snow Eagle Lord has solid writing, directing and acting. You can feel that they were passionate about it. It just depends on you because in the end the drama has a style that won't necessarily appeal to everyone (both in the realisation and in the storyline) but can still appeal to many I think. It's obviously not a masterpiece (at the same time, it wasn't meant to be), it's not likely to leave a deep impression on you or anything, but I had a great time and it was a lot of fun. I'll have you know that I used to think I hated historicals (even with fantasy) although the ones I tried were very well known and appreciated, so I particularly recommend it to people like me, we never know!
- When I meant it is not a masterpiece, I meant that overall it is not a drama high in emotions with amazing relationships and character development. It is pretty simple in every aspect. Still a great and fun drama because it did what it was supposed to do perfectly. I cry easily, but most of the time I only had tears in my eyes. Towards the end, I did shed some tears though.
- When did spitting blood become so aesthetically pleasing?
I write this review because it is deserved and especially because there isn't any that really talks about it as it is, appreciating it for what it is and highlighting what's good about it, how, why and for who. Snow Eagle Lord is obviously aimed to a more young than mature audience. Then again, if you can't enjoy it, too bad for you, that's all there is to say.
Needless to say that I don't agree with what's being said in the negative reviews that you can find here, which is why I also took the complaints into account in my review. About the "stupid humans vs smart demons" thing, I don't agree at all because they are actually very brave. Both them and the demons were clever, the demons struggled too. I guess they are here only to complain because without those struggles, it would result in a dull and unengaging experience. It's a good thing that it's a real battle, not to mention those people must have forgotten the difference in mentality between humans and demons, which was very clearly shown in the drama. Demons didn't have the same emotions as humans. They played with their feelings but surprisingly humans did better than I thought because of what people said here. Don't expect all the human characters to be super smart super good and super strong and to always do the right thing, there are all kinds of people in the story. It took the demons enough time already to prepare everything, I would have had no fun otherwise. This is fiction and it was not meant to be an intelligent masterpiece for a mature audience either...
To the people who claim the romance is bad: Tension is not the only form of chemistry, romance doesn't have to be intense. Sometimes romance is a sweet & subtle thing that can be built upon, leave my babies alone.
If everything about Snow Eagle Lord gets you hooked from the first episodes just like me, and not only Xu Kai, you will have a lot of fun and be able to enjoy the ride. Besides, we never really see him less as some people states here, maybe for a few little parts but it wasn't for no reason. He is, however, the character we see the most, and certainly the most important. Yes, there are many characters. Unfortunately those people are forcing themselves to watch it for him and are not into the drama, so that's just another nonsensical statement.
Snow Eagle Lord, albeit underrated is now my first hit from this genre and I loved everything about it. I couldn't just sit down and watch it get so much hate. Thank you for reading me! I'm glad if my review helped and I'm even happier if it helps you finding your new gem.
P.S: A message to those relying on douban's ratings. Cnetizens are able to lower a drama's rating to a 1/10 by creating thousands of bots for the most ridiculous reasons ever, and trust me, they are horrible. Even MDL is much better in comparison.
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