Just started watching this drama and I am happy to say it was above my expectations. Didn’t expect much from it due to the lack of posts about it in the blogosphere, I assume many were not interested or it wasn’t that good and so people didn’t review it, but I was really pleasantly surprised.
It wasn’t as idol drama-ish as many other ancient series that I have watched. I went into this drama not even knowing that Ming Dao was actually the main actor of this drama. I knew he acted in it but I did not know that he was the main actor and I am glad he is because of my attraction to him ever since 2005’s classic idol drama, The Prince who Turns into a Frog.
Also, going into the drama, I thought that Empress Wu would be the main villain but she is totally not. In fact, she truly is a good empress. Her undying love for the emperor is what is saddening as the emperor, in my view, does not actually love her but is only making use of her as she is very bright and smart and can handle political affairs really well.
I’m only at episode 15 of this drama for now and will update more as it comes along. What I can say is that I am not really attached to the OTPs and relationships in this drama. To me, this drama is more of a drama that shows the fights and struggles in the palace than highlighting the romantically intertwined relationships that the main characters have (which makes it somewhat less idol drama-ish).