Wu Xie (Zhu Yi Long), Pang Zi (Chen Ming Hao) and Zhang Qiling (Huang Jun Jie) have hung up their hats to end a ten-year promise. After trading their adventures for a normal life, a text from Wu Sansheng drives them to embark on a mysterious journey for the sake of family and friendship.
Alright, I’ll be honest. I started this one for Zhu Yi Long, and I’m glad I did. Reunion: The Sound of the Providence, or The Lost Tomb Reboot, is a fun and engaging show, one which manages to keep being interesting even when it drags.
A Fascinating Universe
I’m a newcomer to the universe of The Lost Tomb series. Going in, I had no idea what to expect, although twitter had given me some expectations regarding zombie-like creatures. (For those of you who hate zombies like me, rest assured that they’re only remotely similar, so you should be fine.) But I knew nothing regarding the rules of the universe that the Iron Triangle evolve in.
Which might be why this entire setting ended up being so fascinating to me. There are so many characters whose background and abilities I don’t know, which only made me want to explore more. Even better, since I don’t know the rules, then I can’t tell what’s possible or impossible, which opens a whole realm of possibilities to me.
As a result, this was a very fun experience, because there were just so many things that could happen, so many secrets to find out and mysteries to unveil.
Zhu Yi Long and His “Bromances”
As previously mentioned, I started this show because of Zhu Yi Long, whose performance in Guardian will forever be with me. In Reunion: The Sound of the Providence, the man shows that he has both talent and skill: his character is completely different from Shen Wei, and his facial microexpressions are the best. I especially loved that petty smirk of his, and his minute disbelieving ticks.
Another thing that roped me into trying the show was Wu Xie’s “bromance” with Huang Jun Jie’s character, Zhang Qiling. As opposed to his role in the light-hearted romcom Dr. Cutie, Huang Jun Jie delivers a stellar performance as a quiet, deadly black-clad one-man army… One who starts making eyes at Wu Xie about…oh, 30 seconds into their first scene together.
An Engaging Concept
I’m not a fan of either Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, so the tomb-raiding act really isn’t my cup of tea. But the plot really managed to keep me interested, except early in the second part of the show, where it got a bit slow. Now that I’m done with it, however, I think it was because we were transitioning to a completely different setting with a lot of new rules to it, so it was excusable.
Plus, I held on without much difficulty, and things started picking up again quickly after that. While I missed Zhang Qiling and certainly didn’t care about Wang Pang Zi’s forced romance with a stupid woman, I loved watching Wu Xie unleash the full extent of his smarts and pettiness. I just grinned from ear to ear as he had them all running around like headless chickens, seriously, it was glorious.
Last, but not least, I’m a terrible person, and I love to see my characters suffer. Consequently, Reunion: The Sound of the Providence was perfect for me: there’s just… so much Wu Xie whump.
All in All…
Although it was a bit hard to follow what was going on sometimes, I believe most of that was due to the heavy censorship the show had to undergo. From what I understand, it was pretty much butchered in places, which is such a pity. Still, it was a very enjoyable experience. The CGI was excellent, the acting was good, and the background music was so beautiful (they better make a CD, or I’m rioting!).
I can’t wait for season 2. From what I understand, it shouldn’t be too long (fingers crossed!).
Title: Reunion: The Sound of the Providence / The Lost Tomb Reboot
Starring: Zhu Yi Long, Huang Jun Jie, Chen Ming Hao
Aired: 07/15/2020 au 08/13/2020
Number of episodes: 32
Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Suspense
My Grade: ★★★★☆
Where to Watch: IQIYI