I may be late with this review on The Starry Love, but let me just share my thoughts with you guys. I’m not going to waste time beating around the bush, this is a good drama and I recommend it. Let’s talk about it a little bit.
Starts with Qingkui and Yetan’s marriage plot, the evil twin is set to be married off to the void walkers (kind of demons, but somehow different). The good twin is set to marry Immortal crown prince Shaodian Youqin, who is destined to sacrifice his life to seal Guixu that trapped chaos. Yetan has deep hatred against her father after being locked in a dark palace and I can’t blame her. Her father treats her like she’s a devil or something, but she never did any evil thing at the beginning. Yetan also came up with a plan to stop her sister from marrying Shaodian Youqin since he’s bound to die. She doesn’t want her sister to be a widow at a young age. She wanted to hire someone to kidnap Shaodian Youqin so that he can’t marry her twin sister.
Yetan didn’t expect to meet up with Shaodian Youqin himself and they had a funny first interaction. The switch between Yetan and Qingkui was well planned, it didn’t just have one party getting involved. A number of people wanted to mess with the wedding, which makes you wonder who’s going to succeed with their plan. Things took off the moment the two princesses realized they had to adjust to their situations. A lot of crazy stuff happened and it was also surprising to see Qingkui being naughty too.
Every realm has its own battles to handle, the void walkers had no crown prince. This causes a lot of plotting among the three princes, each with their own story. There’s a lot going on here. The heavenly realm storyline got broader and more interesting when Yetan went down to the mortal world. From Youqin fixing the Guixu problem to Yetan roaming the mortal world, I saw nothing but creativity. The base of the story might be cliche, but they tried to come up with something different. This helped a lot because we can always focus on the “bride switch” plot when the story can expand.
Best or bad father
The mortal world emperor and the immortal emperor have been grabbing my attention since the first episodes. Yetan’s father (mortal emperor), mistreats her and says harsh words to her. Yetan also has a grudge against him but never wants to see him suffer. The thing is, Yetan’s father and the immortal emperor give off “villain vibes”. At least I could read Yetan’s father most of the time, but it’s different with the immortal emperor. He’s always hiding his inner thoughts and remains neutral all the time. You also can’t trust whatever he’s saying because he’s got that “don’t trust me” look on his face.
Mortal World is always the hotspot
Did you notice that in Xianxian dramas, the story gets more interesting when they visit the mortal world? The action is always in the mortal world. Ever since they stopped showing the heavenly realm, I enjoyed the drama a lot more. The move to the mortal world allowed these characters to be in the spotlight. I wouldn’t have noticed Ziwu and Huisu if they stayed in the heavenly realm. Shaodian Youqin also got to shine as the main character of the story. He wasn’t trapped in this “heavenly prince” box, I would’ve been bored if he kept the same act until the end.
The music, guys you know that moment you rush to watch an episode just to hear the ost? Most of the time I only play the opening theme for five episodes so that I can get used to it. After five episodes I skip the opening and closing them, I only want to watch the drama. Starry Love has a good playlist that makes me play the opening and closing themes just to hear the songs. These songs bring joy, I’ll be listing my top OSTs for 2023 at the end of the year just like I did last year.
Another thing I should mention is the relationship between the people on Yetan’s side and those from Qingkui’s side. Although they’re from different realms with different laws and views on life, they managed to become friends. Their friendship is very deep, I liked the fact that they didn’t betray each other. A lot of writers break friendships up to create a new plot. There’s a lot to learn about their friendship. Take Youqin and Chaofeng, they fought before they became friends. No one even thought they will get along, but they saw the good in one another and settled their differences.
The Starry Love Ending
Now I have to complain, like seriously. I liked the plot twist at the end, very creative. Huisu wasn’t used properly, it was stupid of her to jump into Guixu instead of just throwing her there. I mean… she did nothing when they reached the base of Guixu. All that was needed was Huisu to use some magic to manipulate the chaos. Another thing is the last 10 minutes, I really can’t believe I wasted time on that part. I watched 39 episodes with excitement, only to get disappointed at the last minute. After watching episode 40, my mind was like “wtf is this!” I waited for a proper ending, only to get flowers hanging on a tree! What are we supposed to do with that, write our own ending? Should we guess that the flowers will revive as humans? This is a silly ending for a good drama.
Starry Love is a good drama, don’t let the haters say otherwise. It’s very interesting and comedic, most of the time. I love the fact that it’s less tragic compared to other dramas, this is for those who had dramas with heartbreaking scenes. The characters had good costumes, especially Chaofeng’s attire, it had something like a skeleton on the back. I would talk about romance and chemistry, but I didn’t focus much on that part. My main focus was the story itself and it impressed me. If you haven’t watched The Starry Love, make sure it’s on your list. Now that I’m done with this drama, time to watch Till The End Of The Moon.