JoAnne: Neat dovetail of personal and professional there, Ming Tai... but another step down the road of corrupting your soul.
dewaanifordrama: I have about a million things to say about the ethics of this, but at the end of the day, I just don't know. Good people have done terrible things and have then gone on to live worthy and good lives. What are the ethics of fighting for freedom and justice, and when is too much, too much?
Do not like. Yes, I know Yu Man Li is trouble. That's the thing about love. I don't care. Besides, if this is what Ming Tai is attracted to... he's less like Yu Man Li than I thought.
Continues making #TeamYuManLi banners to distribute. The flirty banter is pretty funny: I was in a leftist student group. Haha. Oh Ming Tai. You're aborable.
I couldn't help but giggle.
Hahahahahahaha. Ming Lou is sooooooo good at the theatrics of playing his part. I love it!
He's doing such a good job of faking, too.
He is truly a treasure to behold.
The longer this scene went on, the farther open my mouth got. He is a BASTARD... I love him.
He IS a cobra!!! Charming, beguiling, beautiful, and DEADLY!!!
I know she's a crazy bitch but damn. This is hard to see, really.
You almost feel sorry for her. But he's soooooo mesmerizing.
Oh, my God. Ming LOU, you are stunningly cruel. Suddenly, Airplane Wang looks like a nice guy.
I actually feel sorry for Man Chun. They're actually both cruel and crazy enough to be perfect for each other in another life.
Gee, no word on whether your team(s) got out alive, Ming Lou. Remember? One is your brother? (I still love you. I just won't piss you off any time soon.)
Maybe, just a thought, he checked the list of names for one Obo Whatshisname, too?
I was also thinking that, that he was checking the list for Ming Tai's alias as well. Seriously though, my respect for Jin Dong as an actor just increases with each episode.
We hates her, that stranger woman. We hates her so much.
When I found out from our Chinese friend on Twitter, Karen, that the Chinese fans also preferred Man Li, there was this moment of human solidarity I felt. I was like, yeah! We love Man Li! Funny the things that bring human connection.
I like Airplane Wang. I can't help it. He does cruel things but only to make people strong enough for what they need to do. If you think about it, he's a better man than my Ming Lou.
I also miss Airplane Wang. I think everyone in this business ends up a bit twisted. It's the nature of the job.
Speaking of which, when can he meet him? Ming Tai wants to know. Lin is like: "Dude, no". Cobra will decide when it's time to meet him and then, maybe, they will meet. Anyway, there are two people that Wasp wants targeted by Ming Tai, both in Division 76 .... Wang Man Chun and Liang Zhong Chun. They are "the real enemy". Well, it seems our golden boy already knew that, because he already has "a big gift" he wants to give to Man Chun.
Well, because he knows her from his own personal life. I guess from this, we are to assume that he's been thinking about it - and intends to use his newly gained position to take care of some personal business.
I was like, um, no way is Cobra going to meet you buddy. He knows full well how that will blow up in his face. Though I do kind of want Ming Lou, Ah Cheng, and Ming Tai to go and do spy stuff together. Like a boy's night out. They have such a fun dynamic.
Because Ming Tai belongs to the 'Better to ask for forgiveness than permission' school of thought?
I LOVE how they told Ming Tai like a million times: YOU HAVE TO GET PERMISSION FIRST! Hahahahahahaha. They know him well.
Liang is mostly comic relief, it's true.
And we need it. The drama has enough darkness and sadness. Oh Ah Cheng. He's so hot right now.
And I stare at the gif and can't finish commenting...that jawline...that face...those lips...those hands...
Another way to screw with Man Chun... I cannot wait for this reveal, it will be insane.
Man Chun is going to go on a killing rampage and it will be a bloodbath.
And he had the nerve to stand there in that parlor and laugh at Ming Jing's threats and ask why they couldn't all be friends again? No wonder she went ballistic.
Crap. Okay, now I TOTALLY get why Ming Jing was so angry. Wow. Ming Tai lost his mother and father all because of the Wang's stupid plotting. Wow. And Wang Kai, can you please stop looking so damn gorgeous. Okay, wait, no please, be gorgeous.
I don't think I hate Wasp for it. His initial decision was made without any knowledge of the Ming connection, and he genuinely worked hard to prepare Ming Tai to survive in this world even after he knew about it. That he takes some pleasure in screwing with Ming Lou a little bit, I don't begrudge him. Initially, I assumed that if there was bad blood between Ming Lou and Airplane Wang, it was Wang's fault. Now, I'm not so sure.
It does seem a bit cold though to kidnap Ming Lou's baby brother and train him to be an assassin. Though of course I'm sure there will be backstory to that later. (And Kakashi, I want to hug you for all these gorgeous Ah Cheng screencaps).
Yeah. We'll see how long that lasts.
They are so proud that baby bro is all grown up and planning spy missions. It's actually really cute to see them enjoy that a bit. And I LOVE and ADORE this friendship. I've heard that there is tonnes of fan fiction with the these two. Haha.
Ming Tai is at another tailor shop, where gorgeous little Man Li gets a new outfit. Ming Tai is boooooored. And nags about her showing her legs. Well, she's not jumping off any trains with this, she snaps back. Hm, is little missy still pissy? Seems so!! She wants to know why he held that other woman. Obviously because she was hurt, Ming Tai says, but Man Li says that's not important, important is how he LOOKED at her. And she thinks they'll get together sooner or later. Oh ... he really likes to hear that, doesn't he?! She means he will join the Communist party, she adds, and maybe she means it as an insult. When he has walked away to pay, she stops smiling and sighs. Silly girl. He ain't the one for you.
Nooooo, don't say it. I'm ignoring it.
Man Li, we love you. Silly Ming Tai.
Here, watch me imitate Dewaani: Look at that FACE! His hands...
I laughed so much I had to pause commenting. Sassy-cute Ah Cheng! I love it!
Here it is, here's the thing. Dammit.
Argh. Don't hurt Ah Cheng!
Poor Guo. He's just this big, slow-ish guy - probably not really slow, but in comparison to Ming Tai he seems that way - and I feel like he's going to get used and abused a lot in this.
Haha. Oh Ming Tai. I love that even though this is a spy mission, he still has this rich boy swagger that he likes to bring out. Poor Guo indeed.
The steak made me giggle. I wonder - would a fork be as hard to get the hang of as chopsticks are for a Westerner? It seems easier, but then again, I'm not really the right person to say, I guess.
Poor poor Guo. That was also some bare bones steak that. I guess wartime and all.
What the hell? Why couldn't he have been included in the planning of this? Or not really the planning, maybe, but at least have been INFORMED with more notice than 3 minutes?
I'm pretty sure because Ming Tai is a BASTARD if he wants to be one. Probably because he was brought up by Ming Lou.
Poor, poor Guo. I am sounding like a broken record. Man Li though, that minx. I LOVE her! That little lip pucker. If I were a man: *dead*.
That was pretty freaking cool. They should be a COUPLE. Forget the girl on the train! Love Psycho Kitten, Ming Tai!
*Watches gif for hours* Also, I love that Jo calls her Psycho Kitten because it's puurrrfect!!!
He's certainly changed from the guy who got the shakes in the hotel room, hasn't he.
Deadly. Handsome. Deadly handsome.
She is absolutely feral, isn't she?
I know she has emotions because she seems to love Ming Lou, but boy, I do wonder a bit if she's a sociopath.
So Ming Tai carries out the revenge, and Ming Lou positions himself to enjoy the aftermath. I'm starting to think he and Man Chun are made for each other.
Yes, yes, I think they are.
CommentsOh boy. Ming Lou, I did not know you were THAT calculating. What's the deal here, he is playing her 100%? Or does he have some feelings left? We do not (yet) know when they started their dalliance back in the day, but if father Ming has been dead these twenty years, then it is likely it was afterwards. And that means he never cared for her at all, probably? Maybe a person with that many identities ceases to exist as a person altogether ... maybe nothing about him is real anymore. I am not sure he has a limit. And that is very scary.
I think he is probably the worst person out of everyone we have met so far, Kakashi. I think I no longer love Ming Lou, although I do love the actor even more than ever.
Oh Ming Lou. Yeah. He is dangerous. Really dangerous.
We are getting backstory for Ah Cheng and I am looking forward to that a lot, because I cannot quite shake that feeling of unease I've been having since the beginning. Yes, he clearly very much likes the Ming family, but how much does he know about Ming Lou?! And does he have a limit? He is the foster son of the Ming's former housekeeper (that, JoAnne, explains why he is treated differently than Ming Tai), but is he happy? He does not seem overly happy. He seems ready to explode, as you guys pointed out not too long ago.
Yep, ticking time bomb, about to go off. I hope it doesn't go too badly. I do like Ah Cheng. And here's the thing: he was the adopted son of the housekeeper. When they took him in, there was nothing saying they couldn't treat him just as well as they treated Ming Tai, once they took HIM in. They profess fondness, but the reality is they do view him as a servant, and by choice. They didn't have to take him in, but once they did - they didn't have to treat him like a service dog, either.
Yeah, I do not see this going well. We what a tightly coiled spring of anger and violence he was when he beat the cop up who arrested Ming Jing. He's lethal and if his anger is directed at anyone, I doubt they would survive.
As for Ming Tai ..... oh my poor boy. He now kills without blinking, and that shows how far he has come in such a short time. It's still not right. The little sunshine should indeed not be in this. But of course, he is only going to be drawn in even deeper. Man Li may be very jealous, but she also said something that seems like a foreboding... that woman that Min Tai seems to find very fascinating, she is trouble for him. Unless he becomes a Communist.
We haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaates her. So much. Go away, Train Woman! Go away!
Man, that women is going to mess things up even more. Argh!
As for him falling in love with another woman than Man Li: guys, I told you so back then! Well, at that point, I had already seen this episode, and I knew that Ming Tai telling Wang that he did not love Man Li was the truth. He does not and he never did. She is his life and death partner and he would go to hell and back for her, but romance? It's as far from his mind as forks are from Guo's.
I don't CARE. I want Man Li to have something she wants, for a change.
Me too! I am in denial! Man Li! We love you!
It's not that I don't like her.... I do, I do very much! But I think she would be very bad for Ming Tai. And you cannot be a spy couple who is in love. Everybody knows that, it's basically spy 101.
Fine *pouts*, I'm still going to be making some more #TeamManLi banners #denial ;P