Imperial Consort’s wilful daughter, Princess Zhaohua, is faced with the challenge to capture the heart of Mongolian prince Prince Chaoyong after he declines their marriage. As she finds a way to the prince’s heart, Imperial guard Fuk’anggan and Princess Siwan plots against the duo for their personal vendettas.
Episodes: 6 | Release: 2019
With only 1 season and 6 episodes, averaging between 37-45 minutes each, you will be able to finish the drama in one sitting. I have not completed the original Yanxi Palace drama, but I have watched a couple. I must say this sequel does not live up to the original’s standards, however does a great job in executing the character’s development and plot, although rushed. If you’re new to the Yanxi Palace world, you can evidently see the gorgeous effort on the costumes, hair, makeup and behaviours of this period show. There were a number of beautiful shots, if saved would make a pretty desktop saver haha.
I found the main actress, Princess Zhaohua, quite bratty and loud at the start. There is a reason to this, not because she could be possibly spoilt. Princess Zhaohua’s personality and behaviours serve a larger purpose towards the end of the drama. Princess Siwan, who is a lower-ranked princess, plays Princess Zhaohua’s sly and competitive arch-enemy. The two main leads plays, a Mongolian Prince and an Imperial Guard, who played their parts marvellously. I enjoyed the rivalry, although some rivalry scenes between the princesses seemed a bit off and didn’t have an impactful result. Although Princess Siwan lied a lot, I felt a bit sympathetic towards her at the start, just because it paled in comparison to Princess Zhaohua’s behaviours. The romance build up was a miss for me, I found it too slow, lacked build-up and quite confusing. Maybe if there were more episodes, the romance plot would have blossomed better. The ending for me was interesting, a bit weird in the sense that it seemed very unrealistic. Although, the ending did clear up any misunderstandings and I tied the whole drama perfectly.
If you’re a fan of Yanxi Palace, I know you won’t give this drama a miss. You’ll be blessed with the same two actors, who played Emperor Qianlong and Wei Yingluo, who were still perfectly enjoyable in this sequel. This drama stands perfectly on its own, you don’t need to watch the original to understand the sequel. Less about politics and more on love, self-love, family, betrayal, jealousy and rivalry.