Panda Impressions #19: Faceoff & As Flowers Fade and Fly Across the Sky

So many dramas this December and so little time but the variety of choices affords us viewers the luxury to be choosy. Aside from Tribes and Empires which is a big must-watch, is there anything else you recommend?   

Faceoff

First Impressions Faceoff

Tan Song Yun’s main protagonist seems so much like her character in The Fox’s Summer, often bullied but still full of spunk. Aside from insignificant side characters who are there to take the hate, each of the main characters seem genuinely nice. The brothers played by Zhang Dan Feng and Ying Hao Ming have a close relationship and younger bro is winning me over with his sunny personality. Even the second female lead is cool but probably only until she bears her claws. The same goes for the brothers as the story is supposed to be about the two of them fighting each other in business. So far, it’s all fluff, and I kind of don’t want the ensuing drama.

As Flowers Fade and Fly Across the Sky

As Flowers Fade and Fly Across the Sky First Impressions

Speaking of drama, this one brings out all the historical drama tropes you'll ever need. There’s the family that falls to ruin under the hands of corrupt official, the brave do-gooder hero who will stop at nothing to protect his loved one and a literal face off when the female lead switches faces with the second lead. Yep, the plot’s a little on the outrageous side and the visuals are what you'd expect in your run-of-the-mill costume drama, which I wouldn't have minded in normal circumstances but not this month.

As Flowers Fade and Fly Across the Sky First Impressions
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