CCTV dramas have completely become the vane of the national people's drama chasing.
At the beginning of 2023, good dramas continue.
First, the phenomenal explosion of "Crazy" set off a national drama craze, and then "The Three-Body Problem" reopened the door to domestic science fiction dramas.
Subsequently, although "Our Day" was controversial, it continued the ratings popularity of period dramas and proved to the market that CCTV period dramas are still absolute ratings kings.
Behind the four words of "CCTV drama" becoming a quality mark of national dramas, there are always three obvious characteristics.
First, there is a solid script to support it.
"Crazy" as a sweeping drama, but has a very solid period drama narrative and underlying character shaping. "The Three-Body Problem" has Da Liu's original book as the foundation, and the script is also very loyal to the original, and it won at the beginning.
Second, pick the right actors to ensure that the interpretation meets the requirements of the script;
Under the standard of only looking at strength and not looking at traffic, the cast of CCTV dramas has always been reassuring.
For example, "Crazy" looks for Zhang Songwen, whose acting skills are much higher than fame, to play the male second, and "The Three-Body Problem" finds Yu Hewei and Chen Jin to play Da Shi and Ye Wenjie. "Our Day" invites Song Chunli, an old drama bone, to crush the formation.
Good dramas need fresh characters, and fresh characters are inseparable from excellent acting skills. The acting piece can be said to be clearly arranged.
Third, it has both the characteristics of the times and individual care.
"The World" is to see the big from the small and reflect the social changes of the past 50 years with the experience of the Zhou family. Different from ordinary satellite TV dramas or online dramas, it makes CCTV dramas more unique.
A drama of this quality can be called "unattainable", but it is the basic standard for CCTV dramas.
2023 will start with two 8.5, but it also leaves a problem for the Chinese drama market: they are all so popular, how should the next drama be connected?
Don't worry, CCTV will shoot.
After sweeping black dramas, science fiction dramas, and period dramas, industrial dramas are coming——
Tonight, CCTV set a set of prime time, "May You Ten Thousand Lights", formerly known as "Hardcore Era".
After only two episodes, the ratings directly broke 1.
It's not a flattering industrial theme, and the cast is not even on the line.
But the play has won many praises with its solid plot and the acting skills of the actors online.
"Comfortable" and "down-to-earth" are the words that appear the most in the comment section.
Chasing two episodes in a row, the full drama style rushed to the face, and as soon as it was broadcast, it had revealed the potential of the "drama king". This new drama is too "hardcore".
01, one episode reveals the potential of "drama king", the story is fast-paced, the angle is new, and it is hardcore enough
For a drama to be good-looking, it is important to have an attractive opening.
Especially for a drama such as "May You Ten Thousand Lights Lights" that tells the story of the mainland's "nuclear power" and takes the birth process of China's completely independent intellectual property rights of the third-generation nuclear power technology "Hualong No. 1" as the theme of creation, if the start seems dull, it is likely to rush customers.
But with the formation of Qin Chang's three musketeers, the series of challenges faced have not stopped, and these dramatic conflicts have also caught the audience's attention.
The story begins in the 80s of last century, when mainland nuclear power began to develop rapidly, and a new Qinchang nuclear power plant is under development.
Come up, it's full of age, it's the details.
Whether it is the young people who appear in the opening scene go to the countryside, or the young people who return to the back, they each find a way to arrange work.
It can be said that the red welcome slogan is still the simplicity of the initial construction site of the mainland nuclear power plant, and every shot and every detail can instantly bring people back to that era.
This moment set the tone of the whole drama.
It is also the first feeling that the series gives people: our nuclear power industry really started from a poor and white beginning.
And it's "dirt to slag".
None of the characters' faces are clean; And all this is almost real.
It was as if the shovel was pumped down, and you could really feel the dust on the concrete drifting across the screen.
In such a poor and white, three practical problems have surfaced.
The first one, foreign experts pick thorns.
The story begins in 1985, shortly after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, when the nuclear research institute was holding up banners to welcome the delegation led by Mr. Lehmann, a foreign nuclear power expert.
But on the one hand, he is full of confidence and heat, and on the other hand, he is full of suspicion and cold attitude.
As soon as the foreign experts arrived at the ground, they were splashed with mud by the potholed construction site,
What's more, as soon as the foreign expert approached, he saw a worker pouring concrete with water, and after calling the stop, the worker told him that this was the experience left over from the period of two bombs and one star, and the concrete that was poured yesterday, who is poured today, the concrete is connected.
But foreign experts said "no" loudly, saying that nuclear bombs and nuclear power are two concepts, one is one-time use and the other is related to service life, which will leave cracks between concrete.
After speaking, the expert's face turned green, and he announced on the spot: I propose to stop work immediately.
As soon as these words came out, it was the turn of our experts' faces to turn green.
Second, persuade foreign specialists.
Foreign experts called the halt, because they were worried that the Chinese workers' skills would not be up to par, but also worried about the difficulty of transporting materials over long distances, and the negative impact of the Chernobyl accident, so they drove away after stopping the Qinchang nuclear power plant.
This upset Lin Tiancheng, a buyer of the nuclear power plant, and Ye Jiaming, a fitter, and the two poured bitter water on each other, but soon calculated again. "This piece is going to be in ruins."
"Can you drive?"
"Catch up, give it a shot?"
Foreign experts questioned whether the mainland could successfully build its own nuclear power plant, so they hurriedly called a halt, as long as he was given confidence and proof, the door of the nuclear power plant was not completely closed.
In this way, Ye Jiaming, a data officer of the Nuclear Research Institute, Lin Tiancheng, a buyer, and Meng Zhiyuan, a welding engineer, took the abacus and got into a small truck and chased foreign experts all the way out of the direction of the nuclear power plant.
Fortunately, the mountain road was rough, and the other party's car did not go far.
Lin Tiancheng, played by Hai Yitian, is also a ruthless person, and he doesn't say a word: don't go over.
The driver came to the front of the other passenger car on the trail, made a sharp turn, and stopped the car.
Next, it was Guo Xiaodong's turn to play the data clerk Ye Jiaming appeared, as the saying goes, "the data clerk is not terrible, I am afraid that the data clerk has culture", this data clerk is not simple, his father is the first generation of nuclear power people in China, and he starts from the grassroots level to become the second generation of nuclear power people.
In the face of foreign experts, Ye Jiaming first exported all English, showed the facts and reasoned, and persuaded the other party.
Foreign experts promised to advise the government to give the project more time to rectify.
But there is also a killer tool - the abacus.
Before leaving, Ye Jiaming specially returned to take an old abacus, and now the mystery can be solved: he handed the abacus to foreign experts and said his father's name, and on the abacus, his father's name was engraved.
Foreign experts burst into flames, saying that he could only Chinese two words, his father's name, and that he was his best friend in college.
When he heard that his old friend had died, he encouraged Ye Jiaming with a sad expression, saying that he had given him this abacus now, hoping that he could use it to change the world in 20 years.
It's done, it's done!
At the beginning of the series, it shows the reality of China's nuclear power industry construction starting in difficulties and the determination of nuclear power people to face difficulties.
The third is the "stuck neck" problem.
In 1996, the world's nuclear power developed rapidly, and the Qinchang nuclear power plant also faced new problems and challenges in its construction: as
In the construction practice, Yue Changshan of the Nuclear Research Institute and Ye Jiaming, deputy director of the Research Institute, deeply felt that the dependence of the nuclear power industry on imports must not be a long-term solution, and it may be "stuck in the neck" at any time.
But in a night meeting of the Qin Chang Three Musketeers, Lin Tiancheng, who often goes abroad to purchase nuclear power raw materials, believes that since the technology of foreign nuclear power plants is so mature, direct import of raw materials can build nuclear power plants on the mainland faster and better...
But just as Lin Tiancheng rushed to Hong Kong, China, to purchase raw materials from foreign countries, problems arose, and the raw materials were just at customs.
Lin Tiancheng said with a grudge: It's not that we buy things from them, how can we still be like grandchildren.
On the other end, Ye Jiaming's phone came directly: everyone was waiting for raw materials.
Lin Tiancheng said in one sentence: Give me five days, I will definitely think of a way.
How to do it? Let's not talk about it.
It can only be said that from the dilemma in the early stage of nuclear power construction on the mainland to various neck problems, each of them touches the most real side of nuclear power construction.
And the opening rhythm of the story is bright, the contradictions and conflicts are gripping, it is difficult not to let the audience pay attention to the direction of the plot.
Following the daily life of Qin Chang's three musketeers, the audience also saw the difficulties and breakthroughs in the early stage of the construction of the mainland nuclear industry.
And the suspense of the story is also buried: in the face of one development barrier after another, how did nuclear power people embark on a process from active introduction, absorption and digestion to self-centered and Sino-foreign cooperation through internal "struggle"? On the road of independent design and construction, how can they shoulder the important responsibilities that the nuclear power industry must shoulder? What kind of difficulties did you encounter?
Opening with questions and laying the foundation for the entire drama with a super fast story rhythm is the confidence of "May You Ten Thousand Lights", and of course, it is also an important part of ensuring its excellent quality.
And the story behind is just beginning. Inside and out, the series is heavily armed and serves the "real".
In order to make the audience feel that they are standing with the characters in the play.
The more difficult the start, the more it shows the necessity of independent research and development of nuclear power projects; The more difficult it is to break through, the more valuable it is to highlight the work of nuclear power.
02, the acting content is online, and 3 acting skills have been outstanding in 2 episodes
The director of "May You Ten Thousand Lights" is Zhang Hanbing, and the military dramas "King of Land War" and "Trumpeter in Position" are all from him. As Kang Honglei's apprentice, Zhang Hanbing also inherited Kang Honglei's hardcore directing style.
As the main theme drama, vivid and three-dimensional characters are the foundation of the entire drama. The actors of the play are Zheng Yecheng, Liu Ruilin, Li Randi, Guo Xiaodong, Hai Yitian, Wang Daqi, Yang Tongshu, Xing Minshan, seemingly not gorgeous enough, in fact, it is most in line with CCTV's accurate casting strategy: do not choose expensive, only choose the right one.
Under the pressure of a group of powerful actors, the starlight of the whole drama is not comparable to the traffic drama, but the acting content is quite high.
Just take three examples that appeared in the first two episodes.
The first is Guo Xiaodong's emotion.
Guo Xiaodong, who has been nominated for the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Rooster Award, has performed brilliantly in "Nuan", "My Father Jiao Yulu" and "Tuina", but has always been a neglected powerhouse.
He played the "Ye Jiaming" in the play, his father is the first generation of nuclear industry personnel, China's first atomic bomb research meritorious figure, Ye Jiaming started from the grassroots data clerk, planning to grow step by step into the second generation of nuclear industry personnel, plain low-key, restrained, opening a construction site debate, full of scientific research work sweeping monk look.
But the situation did not allow him to keep a low profile, and it was he who turned the tide and saved the entire nuclear power project at the crucial moment when the nuclear power plant was rejected by foreign experts.
Guo Xiaodong's performance is solid, stable, and has a sense of precipitation of the years.
From his performance, you can clearly feel the confidence and care of a scientific researcher who controls the overall situation and is in his chest.
After Guo Xiaodong appeared, there were two smiles on his face, which made Ye Jiaming's character image completely stand.
The first time, it was to find a buyer played by Hai Yitian to report the problem, he was smiling, not impatient, and he did not fight or know each other.
Can be politely ridiculed by the other party: life is short, don't do what you can't do. The momentary embarrassment and helplessness on his face and the unpaid ambition immediately moved the audience.
The second time, it was a hurry all the way, and finally caught up with the car of the foreign expert, but a sharp brake also shocked the foreign expert, in the face of the angry foreign expert, Ye Jiaming was not impatient, not frightened, but smiled, calmly took out the abacus, and said his reasons.
And when he told his father's story, the sincerity in his eyes reached people's hearts, and people couldn't help but be moved by these eyes.
Only really strong people are calm and breezy when facing problems, and they will not be overwhelmed, and even the foreign experts on the opposite side secretly admire it.
From the calmness of urgently looking for a car to chase people, to the calmness of facing foreign experts, to the emotion of telling the story of the abacus, and finally completing the task and being transferred to the research institute, Guo Xiaodong performed the image of a second-generation nuclear industry expert who turned the tide at a critical moment, and he was also a low-key sweeping monk, and the power of the role gushed out.
The second is the nagging of the sea day.
Lin Tiancheng's little strength really made Hai Yitian hold it.
In the first two months of this year alone, he appeared in the hit dramas "Despite the Wind", "Nine Bends of Love" and "When I Was a Boy".
The director loves to use him, because in his image is also good and evil, good at playing bad guys, but bad guys are also very happy, playing good guys, good guys are a little evil.
This time, Hai Yitian played a real positive role.
Compared with many relatively thin frontal characters, Lin Tiancheng, a buyer, is too distinctive, full and three-dimensional as soon as he appears.
Compared with Ye Jiaming's calmness, Lin Tiancheng's big mouth did not stop at all.
The character's body is even a little "tsundere".
Faced with Ye Jiaming's opinion, he twitched the corners of his mouth slightly, and responded politely, but he was full of ridicule.
In the scene of chasing foreign experts, he gave a death order to Meng Zhiyuan, a welding engineer who was driving: Don't go over.
But really don't go over, he immediately looked aggrieved: Oh, it's too fierce! Very ordinary play, Hai Yitian's arrogant look is too funny.
Of course, Hai Yitian's interpretation of the character is not only this side.
In the scene where nuclear industry materials are stuck at customs, he also plays the role of nagging the strong attributes under the exterior.
Say five days to solve the problem, you must solve the problem, the role is not a soft meal.
And in the scene where he was embarrassed by foreign businessmen, he was at a loss,
to the anger, a sentence "it's okay to bend the waist occasionally, but it's hard to straighten up again",
Immediately performed the bloody nature in the bones of the character.
The third, the glasses of Minshan.
This male god of martial arts dramas in the hearts of middle-aged audiences has played Bai Yunrui, the son of Bai Yutang in "The Hero with White Eyebrows", Fu Hongxue in "The Horse Whistling West Wind", Li Jing in "You Dragon and Phoenix", and Jian Chen in "Wind and Cloud".
Now that he is old, he has successfully transformed into an acting school, and he has performed well in "Merit" and "Octagonal Pavilion Mysterious Fog", especially his role as Ding Huanlie's hideous facial expression, which is unforgettable.
This time, he played Yue Changshan, a nuclear power expert who came out of the first generation of "two bombs and one satellite", and personally participated in the research and development of the first nuclear power generated by the mainland's first nuclear submarine test reactor. The answer: a pair of glasses.
On the day of the inspection of foreign experts, in the face of Lin Tiancheng, who came to him to press the formation on the spot, he first looked calm and did not raise his head.
Lin Tiancheng repeatedly insisted that the opinions of foreign experts were important, and the leader named him to go, so he took off his eyes and said: Foreign experts' opinions are important, but since the construction of the nuclear power plant, which foreign expert has believed us?
In a word, there is that feeling of four or two pounds, and at a glance, it is a steady, rigorous, down-to-earth and hard-working expert.
Although the first two episodes are still telling the story of the 8090s, the main characters such as Zheng Yecheng and the third generation of nuclear played by Li Randi have not yet appeared,
But you can already see the steady play of the acting school.
The character shaping of the main theme drama is easy to fall into the trap of the main theme being too "great and bright".
The brilliance of this play lies in the fact that it captures the most real side of these nuclear industry players.
Even if you do extraordinary things, you rely on ordinary bodies.
All the low-key acting skills, but the acting skills are hardcore, and the hardcore temperament of "Send You Ten Thousand Lights" will not come out.
03. How do industrial dramas enter the lights of ten thousand homes? This play has a hardcore start
Finally, back to the theme of the show itself -
Perhaps in the impression of most audiences, industrial dramas are linked to the "main theme" and "Wei Guangzheng". There is also a label, which is unpopular.
Indeed, in domestic dramas, major industrial themes have always been scarce.
Although in 2020, Hunan Satellite TV broadcast "The Best Times", which tells the development of China's high-speed rail.
In 2022, "Boiling Life" jointly broadcast by Beijing Satellite TV and Jiangsu Satellite TV filmed the story of China's first generation of "Autobots".
But the highest reputation is CCTV's industrial drama "Song of the Mountains" last year.
The reason why the play can be popular is that it completely subverts many of the audience's cognition of industrial dramas.
There is no praise of merit, no empty slogans.
Instead, it takes the magnificence of the times as the background, and the personal joys, sorrows and sorrows as the foreground.
Expressing the fate of "people" under the "background of big industry".
As the mainland's first major industrial theme of nuclear power theme, "Lights of Ten Thousand Homes" from the choice of theme to the structural story, character setting, image portrayal, the biggest feature, is also back to people, although some conceptual terms such as "light water reactor" "graphite reactor" and so on may make some audiences feel alienated, but the impression of people is the most intuitive and real.
After watching two episodes, I felt very clear about two highlights.
The first is the simplicity and grounding of the series.
The feeling that the series brings to the audience is, of course, not only the legend of the story itself, wonderful.
It is also because the creative team is full of sincerity and respect, and shoots steadily.
This drama does not blindly shoot the highlight moments of the characters, but strives to restore the most authentic appearance in the early days of nuclear power engineering research and development.
Let each character be full of temperature and human feelings, presenting a three-dimensional and vivid image.
In order to be able to get closer to the characters, the crew also carried out a full range of restoration, such as the built-in scenery of the 909 base, the birthplace of nuclear power in China.
More than ten main scenes were also reproduced in 1:1, including the main control room of the first onshore model reactor, nuclear power compound, nuclear power office building, nuclear power family building, point zero, hospital, library, auditorium, etc., striving to highly restore the R&D and living environment of the older generation of nuclear industry personnel.
And these details give the series real power, although the story is fictional, but everything about the Qinchang nuclear power plant is very real.
Nowadays, only such truth can capture the hearts of the audience and allow the audience to truly enter the play.
The second is the localization of the main theme.
Although it is an industrial drama, the texture of the opening scene of "May You Ten Thousand Lights" is very similar to period dramas such as "The World", both of which are extremely meticulous in restoring the Tao, depicting the real life of the 80s nuclear power plant sentient beings.
Registration at the door of Lin Tiancheng when he entered the unit, from the arrangement and leadership arrangement of welcoming foreign experts back then, all the details can withstand scrutiny and stand the test.
Therefore, the audience can always have a sense of intimacy when watching the drama. Although "soil", it is not a pejorative term.
It's native soil, it's realism.
The series tells the story of generations of nuclear industry people facing various "stuck necks" in Western countries, overcoming many difficulties, and finally realizing the dream of a powerful country that "China has its own world-class nuclear power plant".
My hometown and my land are the key to the establishment of the story.
On the basis of realism, the play did not forget to embellish poetry.
The most barren opening also has the most magnificent imagination.
In fact, industrial dramas are usually not very popular with young audiences, and it is difficult to shoot new ideas.
But this drama breaks the stereotype and replaces the routine with a sense of truth, allowing the audience to feel the ups and downs of the fate of the characters in the roller coaster-like chasing drama, and the hardcore of nuclear power project construction.
Especially the opening paragraph, two generations of nuclear power people, an allusion to an abacus.
The magnificence and breadth of the life and death of the country that benefits the people directly hits the hearts of the people.
It brings additional touches beyond the plot.
To understand this journey of China's nuclear power is to understand our past.
In this sense, the greatest achievement of "Promise You Ten Thousand Lights" is:
With its high-level production, it can attract more young people to watch.
It allows us to see the lights of today's homes and understand that today's life is not easy to come by.
It can be seen that behind each meritorious achievement, the characters have experienced different difficulties and dangers and pains.
For the sake of the country, for the people, for the work of their lives, they gave up too much.
But it is precisely because of this regret that this drama does not seem suspended at all, but is particularly real and touching.
This is the best way to present the Chinese nuclear industry story.
And outside the story, it is our current moment, the lights of ten thousand homes outside the house.
Or that sentence: you can always believe in the level of CCTV.