Not having watched the previous 1978 version of this drama, nor read the novel, after the first 5 episodes, I had really high hopes. The main male lead, Yi Feng (played by Ren Yanqi), is powerful, humorous and smart. Yet the character began to degrade with the increase in the importance of the female lead, Sun Min’s (played by Wi Youshi) story.
Considering the drama/novel is titled The Lost Swordship, and it is evident the male character is the main, one would think that there would be more emphasis on the development of his sword skills and journeys in the jianghu than the displayed emphasis on her life story and ultimate rise to power through nothing but sheer bloodline.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!