Lost Love in Times could have been another Scarlet Heart or the next Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. I was looking forward to it for the longest time, which is why it's all the more disappointing when such a highly-anticipated show falls short, and it's not even for the lack of a plot since so much happened, way too much. The preview hints at something big that's going to wipe the slate clean and at this point, maybe it's just what it needs. 

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Quick Summary (Episode 1 - 4)

Two worlds collide when palace conflict find its way into the secluded valleys of Li Jing Tian, and it begins when the 4th Prince ( William Chan) is framed for treason by his own father and brothers 'cept for the 11th Prince, his trusty sidekick, who remains faithfully by his side. Feng Qing Chen (Cecilia Liu) stumbles upon an injured 4th Prince and saves him (and here I am drawing parallels to Wonder Woman). Instead of an Amazonian warrior, Feng Qing Chen is a witch whose mandate is to protect the imperial family and its people.

First Impressions Lost Love in Times

Alas, things can never be so simple because the witch elders (Han Dong and Han Xue) speak of an ominous prophecy. Feng Qing Chen and the 4th Prince represent the yin and yang and their meeting can only spell disaster and worse, death for one of them. The romance forges ahead anyway as the two get close in a matter of days and engage to be married despite everyone's objections.

First Impressions Lost Love in Times

We find out that the 4th Prince is not the King's real son but the former King's son whose throne the current King usurped (which explains a lot). The 4th Prince stayed quiet in spite of being privy to the truth yet the King ultimately forces his hand to make a play for the throne.

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Too much too soon

So the 4th Prince succeeds rather easily in becoming the New King of Wei. It feels like we just sped through an entire drama's worth of material in the span of a few episodes because the political war ended as quickly as it started and to say that it feels rushed is an understatement. While there were losses like the death of Han Dong's character, nothing really sinks in long enough to make any meaningful connection. I, for one, can't tell you why the couple is so madly in love, we're just supposed to believe that they are.

I was all ready to drop the show until I realized that what we just saw was not even the actual story. The heroine will be creating an alternate reality that's going to open up a whole new ballgame, one that negates the events that have passed, and I really hope for the show's sake that they get it right this time around. The 7th Prince (Xu Hai Qiao) is probably the only character that didn't feel as one dimensional as the rest, and I'm curious enough to want to find out how he'll turn out in the altered timeline.

First Impressions Lost Love in Times

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The attack of the bad hair

Last but not the least, I don't think I'll ever get over the towering hairstyles that I just can't unsee. That aside, Lost Love in Times does share the same aesthetic as Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms considering that it has the same crew and it is evident in the flowy costumes down to the studded armors. I can't say that I love it nowhere nearly as much, but some shots are really pretty... if only it were enough.

First Impressions Lost Love in Times


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Lost Love in Times - 醉玲珑

Starring Cecilia Liu and William Chan

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