JoAnne: I feel like we're really in it, now. He's setting things in motion - some paths toward retribution are direct, but others? Not so much. He rubs his fingers together here, and you fall down dead over there. You know who might be on to him a little bit, though, is Ning. Dammit.
dewaanifordrama, Prince Jing's Noble Consort: That mind of his is quite something. We can all be glad that none of us has done anything for Mei Changsu to plot against us. Perhaps we can rub our hands together in glee as we watch the bad guys get their comeuppance.
Heyyyy...what's the deal with that old eunuch, anyway?
Those two. They are like petulant five year olds. It's a miracle that the kingdom has made it thus far with these two going on. And yeah, the eunuch, what is up with him? The secrets he must know.
Well, that, but also that he suggested exactly what Su wanted to have happen.
Why would she hate him? Did he look at her all judge-y? Reject her offer of strategize and chill?
Ah, no... she thinks he's a traitor cause he still likes the traitors from back then (remember, she hates Su's dad because she thinks he's to blame for her husband's death)
It's completely understandable from her point of view to hate her husband's supposed killers. Even though we know who MCS is, it is lovely to see Prince Jing starting a budding, though hesitant friendship with his BFF. It's like even though he is suspicious, he can't help but like Mei Changsu.
Disregard. I read Xiadong but thought Banruo. I'm fully aware of Xiadong's background.
Maybe Fei Liu can fight the beast.
Haha. Only Fei Liu would be cheered up by having to fight an army. Haha. And Prince Jing, he looks soooooooo good!!!! Ah!!! I just read an article where it mentioned that Wang Kai said they took all sorts of lessons in appropriate etiquette and you can see it in everyone's stances, greetings, and posture. It just looks so good!
That's a goddamn dumbass move, Qimeng.
Yeah, Qimeng. That was super dumb. Look at cute Fei Liu though! So cute!
He deserves it, the moron.
Seriously. I do not like that he got Jingyan reprimanded. Though Wang Kai does make a gorgeous pouty/sad/disappointed face. It's that gorgeous jawline.
That one guy - the head of the group, I forget his name - he looked pissed. I figured he'd be glad not to have to do anything, but it appears that he's irritated to have been overlooked.
Hahahahahahahaha. Serves the idiot ministers right!!! Look at that beautiful etiquette there in that greeting! And the colours! And Prince Jing!!! So pretty this drama is!!!
I liked that, too. But to clarify - this guy's sister was one of the extra-entertaining girls from Lan Mansion?
Oh, is that the connection? I'm not sure, but I think you might be right. That would make sense and would explain how Su knows about it.
I like the whimsy, very much. It feels a lot like he's knocking pawns off a chess board. Dream drama: Liar Game, The Beginning. Produced by this team.
I still need to watch Liar Game. Lee Sang Swoon + awesome. Mei Chang Su. You are just so cool. His nonchalance with which he plays out such dramatic events - LOVE it!!!
I just assumed it was perfume...
Still creepy though. Makes me cringe just thinking about it.
So what did the other guy do, then?
Take his favorite playthings away!
I kind of like that Su is allowing other people to get their revenge in his plan. I know he's using them, but they are also using them. It's quite efficient actually. And can I just take a minute to talk about how absolutely GORGEOUS the costumes in this drama are. Wow! Just wow!
No, the OTHER guy. Mei Chang Su wants Minister He out of the way. He does this by allowing Gong Yu/Creepy Twins to set up a situation where THEY get revenge on He's son, which then creates the situation whereby He can be discredited/removed from power. However, there's the guy that got killed, too. What did he or his father do?
I'm not sure. I couldn't figure out if he was collateral damage or not...
The twins were a little creepy, admit it.
I think for me I also felt the reality of Su's revenge come into play. Some people are going to get hurt, or in this case killed in the crossfire. Not that justice wouldn't be served, but it's a very cutthroat sort of thing. Not that revenge is particularly kind.
I find little more enraging than the attitude like this - as if the fact that it's his son makes his life more valuable than the life of the person he murdered. 'Spare MY pain/embarrassment; never mind about the hurt we've caused.'
Yeah. Not much sympathy from me either. Prince Yu though, wow, he looks amazing in that robe!!!
He has the best clothes. His brother the Crown Prince is positively dowdy in comparison.
How very Su Zhe-like, on the surface. Wanna bet there's a twist coming that these two self-satisfied fools haven't thought of?
You'd think that the Magistrate would realize that with the job comes responsibility? Even if he gets to pass things along, I did think it was funny that he was like: man, I actually have to work in this job!
What about JING, daddy?
Seriously. Jing is AWESOME!!! It's about damn time he gets some recognition. And no, I am not biased! Well, okay, maybe a leeeetle.
Prince Yu follows instruction from Mei Changsu very well.
Hahahahahaha. I love Jingyan so much!!! He is so forthright. He's like a breath of fresh air in the very stale and corrupt air of the palace. Here's a man who can't be bought. Love it! Ooh! look at that shot! The cinematographer and director have diagonally cut the frame and placed the characters in colours matching the backgrounds. Prince Jing is grounded in solid, more earthy tones, firm, unyielding and as steady as the stone he is standing on. Prince Yu is bedecked in the rich reds and gold of the court, weighed down with seeking for riches and greater power in the court. Ah! So brilliant!
You know, though: it's a matter of degrees. Jing is doing/allowing to happen the very thing that he despises, in order to gain the crown. The difference (that his maneuvering exposes corruption and brings justice to wrong-doers) does not really erase the fact that it IS maneuvering, it IS plotting, it IS manipulating people for a particular goal. Yu also thinks he does what he does because he must, and that he is a better man for the job than his brother. I'm not saying Yu and Jing are the same, exactly. I'm saying it's not really either/or. 'Right' in this case is on a sliding scale, and it would not be that hard for Jing to end up like Yu.
Yes, I agree. He's going to have to make sure that he doesn't. And seriously, look at that shot!
Steal some of his clothes when you go, Jing. Your brother dresses more royally than even the Emperor!
I will admit that I thought of the story "The Emperor's New Clothes" and giggled a bit. Not because I was thinking that it really doesn't matter what Prince Jing wears, well, because you know, he looks good in anything, probably even nothing. Jo, I have been hanging out too much with you.
If this means we all pretend he's not naked, I'm all for it.
Ah, but it was so clear he was angling to get them there.This should be good.
Su looks so gorgeous here! And I don't like the Sunshine boys without sunshine. Sad.
See? I wonder what's coming next.
Nice! Well played.
CommentsOnce again, we are left to wonder what Mei Changsu plans and what is just pure luck in his plan. sometimes, luck just appears like luck - but in fact, it's based on knowing people really, really well, nudging them into directions, planting thoughts into their heads they then think are their own. It is clear that the Minister of Personnel is a goner. As long as Su can work from the shadows, nothing will be able to stop him.
He's a geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenius plotter.
Hehehehehe. Well he has had thirteen years to plan this. His plans had better be excellent!