I think there are a lot of folks around here who covet his service, too. I'm still not one of them, but I am warming up to him.
Lin Shu. Both in and out of the drama, Hu Ge definitely commands my respect. I love how at this point in the drama, his weakness and fragility serve as an excellent mask for the intelligence and strength behind his drive to fulfill his plan.
Care to repeat that, Mr. Eunuch? What's that? No? Guess you don't have the balls to say it to his face, huh? No offense, of course.
Prince Jing looks so sad there! I just want o hug him. I detest people who beat children. Ugh.
Nihuang is protective of Prince Jing too, she tells him to be careful seeing how he is not high in favor and there are many that want to do him harm.
I knew I liked that girl.
This trio of people here. I heart them.
Prince Jing suddenly becomes aware of Mr. Su, who bows politely and is introduced by Nihuang as Su Zhe. But why does Prince Jing have such an interest in this boy? He claims it's because he looked pitiful and because his mother, who could read, became a servant due to an unfortunate circumstance (Suuuuuure). Mei Changsu offers to teach the boy not only to read, but also to understand - but Prince Jing tells him that servant slaves are neither allowed to leave the palace, nor do they have any right to an education. And these particularly lowly servants can only ever do anything if the Emperor allows.
Are you thinking birth secrets?
Su Zhe wins like a million points for being nice to the boy. Make that a bazillion. I guess a perk of being seen as in the pugilist world is that he looks for merit where there is without regard for social status.
There's an interesting thing going here in addition that I should probably add. Jing does not recognize or know Su, which surprises him, seeing how he is on the palace ground (Jing himself needs special permission to enter many parts of the palace, as we know). Su says that it's not overly surprising, since he is only a commoner. But Jing does not buy this "only a commoner". He has definitely noticed this Mr. Su now.
I mean, why wouldn't he? It's no trouble to him if there's one less servant in the palace, right?
Prince Jing's actions belie that he cares a lot more about what happens to that young servant boy than he can or wants to say. What secret is he hiding?
Ooooh...check that man out. No, really, the one next to the Prince down there. Nice! although his mustache is very weird.
I find Mu Qing rather handsome.
Love it. Love every bit of it. Mei Changsu's calm faith in Fei Liu, the mere fact of Fei Liu's amazing fifteen-year-old existence, the way the scene is filmed, with such strong lines and visual perspective, the wirework, all of it.
This drama. ❤❤❤❤❤❤ Can I hug the director of cinematography? The head of choreography? The director? The set builders? And Fei Liu. One of my all time favourite drama characters. Adorable and awesome.
HE'S A GOOD BOY. No wait, that was a different drama. But yay! Meng is a good guy! I'm soooo happy! I need to go see what this guy looks like in real life.*short pause* Okay, but I think I like him better this way.
MENG ZHI!!!!!!!!! I love how he fusses over Mei Changsu so much. I just love the whole band of awesome Mei Changsu has around him. I totally get why they're loyal to him, but he also just attracts awesome people to his side.
Awwwww. Hey, wait. Why couldn't she marry the leader of the Jiangzuo Alliance? I mean, yes, we know why she can't... but she doesn't. The Emperor doesn't.
I don't think royalty are allowed to marry commoners... or at least that's what I assume is the reason other than all the other stuff.
Yes. There is a lot of that "commonor"-"high born" thing in this episode, maybe to make that point absolutely clear.
What exactly is wrong with Mei Changsu?
Su Zhe! Take care of your health!
They're so cute with their buddyness and their cheery dispositions.
I love how super adorable they are and at the same time they're actually super badass martial arts experts.
It looks like a jewelry store threw up on her head.
I hope she empales herself on her headdress.
Oopsy Daisy, whatcha gonna do now, Mr. Emperor? Can this guy be all Hagrid to Mei Changsu's Harry, please?
Haha. Emperor's plan is totally going to backfire on him! Ha. That's what he gets for not trusting Nihuang. Though I don't want Nihuang to get saddled with someone she doesn't like either. This is all going to work out, right?
Why would the wives of two families be in the same room giving birth? (I don't remember who Zhuo is and I'm trying to distract myself for a minute to see if I remember, before I give up and go look.)
There was a dangerous illness making its rounds in the Imperial City, so they were sent to a remote mountain together. In a very stormy night, they both went into labor at the exact same time.
I guess this is the Chinese solution to the King Solomon's problem of a baby and two mothers? Have we met daddy Zhuo yet in the drama? I can't remember. (Yes we have, super briefly in episode 1) His cute son was the one who escaped the armada of ships in the first episode though, so I know we've met him.
The feast seems a bit boring, so Yu proposes some merry fighting in the hall. Su shuts the Crown Prince, who wanted to sabotage his brother's plan, up with a tiny shake of his head. Hahahaaaa, love how he is able to manipulate him. Jingrui quickly volunteers to take on the Bear Man. He even gets to use a sword! (which I find very unfair) And yet, he does not win ... I'd actually say he is weaker. Oh no! Will Nihuang have to marry that brute?
I bet he turns out to be an awesome guy. Oh! Any chance Lang Ya knew about this contest and that this guy is a plant?
Maybe he's a really nice teddy bear and not a mean grizzly?
They air two episodes back to back normally in China, right? This clearly is a build-up episode and leaves us wondering - how will Mei Changsu get Nihuang out of this situation? I like that she is now aware of him as somebody who helped her in the past (probably wondering why he would have done that) and I absolutely love that she is such a smart, capable woman, who senses that this guy is much more than he wants to seem. I also like that the two younglings are so blissfully ignorant - they simply don't get anything, neither the careless Yujin, nor the much more earnest Jingrui. And finally, little prince Mu? Ahahaha, priceless how he just threw an arm around Su's shoulder as if they were the best friends in the world!
I think you'll understand me when I say this feels like a book. So full of little things and side trips, in a way that movies never can be.
Yup, they aired two episodes a night for 27 days. I think that we're getting such a beautifully intricate plot because the novel's author is also the screenplay writer. Thumbs up for this idea. I love that Meng Zhi is on team awesome and that Nihuang is certainly leaning that way. Yay! I can't wait for more awesome to come!