Usually Introductions come first, but that sort of organization requires a less busy version of me. So please enjoy Shan’s Introduction to his “Go Princess Go” Reviews! ~STH
Scott and the team at Exiern have never stopped working hard to return the schedule to more than one new page a week from the moment it had to be reduced to what it is now. In the interim, there’s always the lookout for other things worth recommending to make up for the unavoidably reduced output until it can get back to three pages a fortnight.
So, who am I then? In the same way that Scott ascended from the readership to ultimately own and run the whole show, I’ve started following in his footsteps from the comments section to … help do stuff …like this. Well, I suppose we all have to start somewhere and I have to say, I’m very happy to start here.
So after the last two recommendations of webcomics Puck (www.puckcomics.com) and Spying With Lana (www.spyingwithlana.com), here’s something a bit different, at least in terms of format and yet also in some ways more familiar to the readership with the highly popular Web TV series out of China, “Go Princess Go” (title in English, over 2.4 billion total views at least, apparently).
Probably the last thing even a supremely confident playboy ever expects or wants is to be confronted by three furious ex-girlfriends at a pool party when he’s contemplating how to put the moves on the boss’ girlfriend.
However, after he falls into said pool and hits his head, all of those problems pale into insignificance when he seemingly wakes up several hundred years in the past … in the body of the official wife of the Crown Prince and most likely next emperor. You probably might have guessed by now why I’m drawing your attention to this one.
Watch our playboy turned potential future empress as he quickly realizes he has to navigate the complicated system of court politics, palace intrigue and shifting allegiances in order to have any chance of surviving, never mind returning home. As any job training goes, it’s a very steep learning curve and if there’s any audience that would be familiar with a princess having trouble with their expected role, it would be the one for Exiern.
Comedy, drama, fantasy, romance, tragedy, action movie, political thriller and so much more. If you like Exiern, I feel safe in thinking there’s at least a chance you might like this one too.
Now, you’re quite welcome to watch the whole show as quickly as possible (in fact, that approach is recommended – I think it’s incredibly addictive) but every Thursday from now on, one episode a week will be covered. For those who want to join the scenic route, please do participate in the comments section. In fact, why not do both and come comment on each episode regardless of when you saw it?
Also, since it’s the closest we’re going to get to seeing Exiern on TV or film as well for the immediate future (though never say never), if the opportunity presents itself and feels appropriate, how events relate to something in Exiern will be brought up as well. After all, chances seemed good that being set in another royal court where nothing is ever quite as it seems means there could be some things in common and this show doesn’t disappoint in that department either, both in the parallels and how well it does it.
So, on with our new feature. We hope to see you here each week, or at least as often as possible if you’re able to join us.
Please enjoy this new weekly review series from Exiern reader Shan. ~STH
Episode 1: “You’d think the most you could lose for making a pass at the boss’s girlfriend is your job, wouldn’t you?”
OK, before embarking on this weekly blog covering the Chinese Web TV Series “Go Princess Go”, just a few links to things if you want to have a quick look at what you’re getting yourself into before just diving straight in (unlike our hero and look what happened to him).
Admittedly, this one may not make things very clear even if you speak and read Mandarin Chinese.
Congratulations to the makers of this trailer for the series that somehow makes it seem even more strange than it actually is. Still, this trailer is definitely worth seeing, despite its seeming incomprehensibility, just for those guys with the feathers though.
Hats off to this fan made trailer by Bree Chan, by the way (nb: where it says “turn to” probably should be “turn into”). This one might actually make things a bit clearer than the official one.
She also wrote excellent episode summaries which will be linked to every week as well. Well worth reading to clarify what’s been going on each episode and fill in any missed details, as what they lacked in budget they really made up for in a richly plotted story. With Chinese royal court politics involved, complexity is a given, hence recaps are a great help.
OK, on with the show.
We get thrown right into the thick of the action as three women speed towards their target, the man who wronged them all. One in a sports car, one on a motorbike and the other of the three down the modern freeways of China … on a horse. It’s less than a minute into a 35-part series and I’m already sold. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Friend of Exiern, Lana is a sexy superspy with everything it takes to be the next James Bond, but alas, not everyone can work for MI-6. Lana is employed instead by a dubious secret agency (so secret that no one even knows its name) and finds herself taking on one ridiculous and boneheaded mission after another. Risking her life and dignity to save the free world from things that it probably doesn’t need saved from, Lana always answers the often garbled call of duty! And so we may all rest easier knowing that wherever silly and sexy spy antics are needed, Lana will be there!
You can read Spying With Lana‘s first adventure here: http://spyingwithlana.com/comic/mxcover/
Best WebComics! has a little feature about Exiern, and today posted an interview. Go check it out if you want to see how I shoehorned a reference to ALF into one of my responses.