First Impressions: The Taoism Grandmaster

The Taoism Grandmaster First Impressions
There are shows that are so good you can't stop raving about, and there are shows that you watch for guilty pleasure. The Taoism Grandmaster 玄门大师 feels more like the latter to me, but not any less enjoyable.

The Taoism Grandmaster First Impressions
Synopsis: It is a drama that ventures into familiar territory of heroes saving the world. Thousands of years ago, the wolf tribe was expelled from the human world. Their eventual return has long been prophesied along with one hero who will stand as the Taoism Grandmaster to defend against the baddies. 

The Taoism Grandmaster First Impressions
First Impressions: The search begins with 49 aspiring grandmasters portrayed by an entirely newbie cast. That would normally be a red flag for me, but not when it's a show that knows how to play to its strengths, and there seems to be strength in numbers. The teachers and students could have been part of any regular school with new transfers, the popular kids, the rich kids and the bullies, and even as they embody a big fat cliche, they are surprisingly loveable.   

The Taoism Grandmaster First Impressions
Compared to polished dramas that take themselves too seriously, this one feels right at home with color-coded costumes and silly dialogues like, 'May the dao be with you." While it may have subpar production value, it does a serviceable job delivering fantasy and action filled with magic, weapons and elements that feel like an actual game.  

The Taoism Grandmaster First Impressions
With the cast being so large, I honestly can't identify all the characters by name, but the cheesy bits about friendship and camaraderie drew me in - even the bad eggs are not so bad after all. Having marathoned ten episodes, it's actually kind of cool. 



9 comments:

  1. I've been watching (well, fast forwarding) without subs, and it just looked interesting. The amount of fights makes me think that this drama does not only rely on romance (which is a good thing, if that's true. It means that it actually has a story).

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  2. This drama is from the producer/writer of the famous ATV drama "My Date with a Vampire". The supernatural/fantasy mythology is interesting and is the main focus of the story. The romance is secondary so far.

    I currently have second female lead syndrome even though I think it's a lost cause. She's adorable and a great match for the main guy. Unfortunately he only has eyes for the female lead (who is just so frustrating with her actions).

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    1. wow no wonder i like this a lot. I loved that show. I also like ZI Liu Li and don't care much for the main girl who would slap the guy around during the beginning episodes. But yea, at least romance takes a backseat.

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  3. wonder why this drama stop at episode 24?
    i can't find episode 25 at any site

    is there something wrong with the producer?

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    1. It's still on air. 25 onwards comes out tomorrow.
      http://www.chinesedrama.info/2015/12/drama-taoism-grandmaster.html

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    2. Ahh,
      i see
      Thanks a lot,
      it really help me :)

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  4. good start, unsatisfying late GG

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  5. With the exception of the ending,I really liked this drama.

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