So, first of all. I'm saying all of this based on my own opinions and perspectives, so please don't hate me.
I started out this drama without any proper expectation because first of all, I didn't know anyone on that cast list beside Yuning and Lusi, Alen Fang and Reba, but I wouldn't even gonna call myself a fan of any of them because I barely watched any of their shows properly. Except for Lusi, where I only watched half of TROTAR, oh My Emperor! and untouchable lovers (so you can see I only watched her old stuff when she first started) as Yuning, I knew him from Douyin, but I never watched his acting or anything and only knew him as "the guy that sing". For Reba, of course, Ten Miles but that was the only drama I watched, lastly, Alen Fang was from the love of hypnosis. Anyway, the only reason why I had to explain myself first because people tend to mistaken that I'm purposely disliking the drama? but I don't?
From my perspective, at the very beginning around 1-25? I was very frustrated at Changge because she does thing recklessly and without forethought, as you can see from the beginning, she likes to jump into hole, knowing it was dangerous but she didn't have an instinct to guard herself, so she was caught multiple times (make sense, i don't blame her cause this is still the beginning). Moving to when they had to face Ashile Sun, when the couple she was with (I actually forgot but they died to scarified for the attack, oh this was after A'Dou died btw) so at this point, I actually praise her because despite of everything, she was able to understand that, so many lives have lost and at this point, she doesn't have anyone on her side, so she have to surrender herself until she find a way out. Perfect, but the only thing that bother me was Reba's emotional scene, I felt like even during A'Dou's dying scene, I wasn't able to feel the 'pain' that was supposed to be delivered to me, but I was willing to overlooked it. Then afterward, we have the whole Ashile Sun trying to save her and she declined (i think at this point we all know Ashile Sun like her but she haven't been able to reply to his feeling because she's so occupied with so many problems). The one main thing, i didn't like is that the drama is trying really hard to prove that she is a smart character, but they're making it look she was has to be smart physically rather than mentally, which kind of throws me off cause being strong doesn't = strong female lead (I mean as in she throws herself out to fight and stuff).
If we have to talk about emotional scene, I actually poured my tears out at the scene of Xiao Wu, despite he was only being shown for like 3 minutes per episodes but for some reason, the scene of him begging for rice and dying at the gate really gets to me. (I actually started to hate this show because they keep killing character that I was starting to like )
As this point, i'm up to episode 33-35? My attention span for the main lead is literally 15% because i know they gonna drag this relationship thing for a while (and we're already half way through the drama) so my literal focused is on Haoyan (even though everyone is saying it but i really do think, Haoyan stand out a lot in this drama). I can see the deep affection he have for Leyan. When he found her, after being missing for so long, you can see the urge of him wanting to hug her, because she's her bawling over a kid, but as someone with a "low" status compared to her, you can see the complications that they both have, plus Leyan is still into Shuyu.
**The end, ShuYu need to move on or move out, he's like giving Leyan wrong signal by caring for her but at the same time, smirking at Hao Du, on top of that, caring for CHANGGE?? Like dude....what do you want?
Once again, my opinion and I don't hate the show.