Where Dreams Begin (梦中的那片海) reunites Xiao Zhan and Li Qin for the fifth time! I did not know they have collaborated that many times. Lol. The synopsis is pretty vague at the moment, focusing on the struggles of a group of young people as they chase their dreams in 1970s Beijing.
Poor drama, the team is pretty self-aware on weibo, even listing the number of days Tears In Heaven has been shelved (1086 days). The drama is adapted from stepmother Fei Wo Si Cun‘s novel Variety Flowers At Seaside (剧海上繁花). The synopsis I wrote in 2017… Lol: Reporter Du Xiao Su (Li Qin) meets and falls in love with doctor Shao Zhen Rong (Zhang Yun Long), but his mother is passionately against their love. During his medical trip to the mountains, our doctor dies in a mudslide. To forget the pain of his death, our heroine works and works until exhaustion sends her to the hospital. All her suffering is witnessed by Lei Yu Zheng (Shawn Dou) and he silently helps her from the side, which provokes the wrath of our resident second female lead (Wang Rui Zi), who makes our heroine’s life at work harder. More scheming happens to make Yu Zheng’s company fall and with the support of Xiao Su, he makes a comeback and their misunderstanding is eventually cleared up.
Adapted from the novel written by Zhe Zhi Ma Yi, so it’s not a remake of hit Korean TV series, Descendants of the Sun.
Qiyi describes the story:
A romantic army story that tells about how Liang Mu Ze, the most promising major in the G Zone Special Forces, and a foreign medical corps doctor, Xia Chu, met in the line of duty, developed an understanding for each other, fell in love, overcame a terrorist kidnapping, thwarted a criminal syndicate bent on stealing military secrets, and finally wiping out the criminal forces, thus fulfilling their duty as soldiers and protecting their loved ones.
After three-ish years, The Wolf (狼殿下) has suddenly decided to air, VIP members get the full series! The story takes place at the end of the Tang Dynasty, when Zhu Wen usurps the throne and establishes the Later Liang Dynasty, and he’s known as Emperor Taizu. Our female lead is daughter of an official and as a child, she befriends a young boy who lives in the mountain. One day when he saves a wolf, he accidentally falls over the cliff and is rescued by Zhu Wen. The authoritative figure adopts him as a godson. 10 years later, he saves the female lead per chance and finds her courage and intelligence resonant, and she likes that while he’s in a position of power, he still has humility and kindness. She encourages him to fight for justice and he begins that journey by helping the people, stopping throne fights, etc. Even when they have conflicts, they will face those frankly. As they overcome obstacles and fight for justice, politics get darker and the path ahead becomes harder to trudge.
I did not expect that in my lifetime there would be a global pandemic happening. It is – still is, very tough. Working in a major hospital, I was very fortunate to have a job through Covid but there were definitely some selfish moments where I just wanted to stay home and stay away from the hospital, where protocols and procedures keep changing every single day as we learned more things about the virus. Colleagues falling sick and hospital dispatching some of us to different areas, sometimes unrelated to our job; some smaller hospitals were sending my co-workers to work at the morgue. >.<”
I don’t know what to expect from these dramas but maybe all we need is a little thing called hope to keep us moving forward. Having this blog and some of you guys to chat with has always been the anchor of my sanity. So thank-you for that! Stay healthy, stay informed, stay connected, and stay calm! We are in this together.
At long last the weekend is here again. Whilst weekends are not the most exciting, especially with the situation going on in the world, I hope these pretty pictures can be that short escape from reality. Remember to stay safe.