JoAnne: I'm not going to complain. I loved this episode. It brought back a lot of memories for me and felt very real, so keep on bringing it, Disguiser team!
dewaanifordrama: LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this episode. And that is the screenshot I was hoping you would choose to start the post Kakashi. You read my mind! You are amazing!
It says something about Wang that I just assume he did this and that it's a test.
Ooh. I didn't think of that, but now that you mention it, I can totally see it!
See? He knew that Ming Tai would be following him.
Ack! Not good at all! Hu Ge looks fabulous though in that coat with the scarf.
He needs to stop believing that money solves all problems, and fast.
Um, Ming Tai, do you really think he's not going to tell Wang? Come on kiddo.
But they still got the awards and rewards, so he must have thought they did okay despite the bribe.
Yeah. I wonder sometimes if Ming Tai has received enough "these are the rules in the military" training.
It's an important lesson they need to learn early. Just because they're working 'alone' doesn't mean they're working alone.
Obedience is paramount in the military and I completely understand why Wang is so angry. (Hu Ge was so handsome in this scene)
Every thing they do puts everyone at risk, whether they're on the scene or not. Once again, he has valued Yu Man Li above everyone else - and there's a part of me that understands that, but also a part of me that knows that he needs to be harder than that or he risks everyone. It's why Wang can do terrible things to them even though he likes them - because there's more at stake than JUST them.
It is of great credit to Liu Yi Jun's acting that as insanely off the rails he gets, he is still so logical and clear and he makes complete sense. As much as I feel for the compassion Ming Tai has, and I find it admirable, he needs to learn that he's part of a bigger picture. He's chosen to stay and he has to understand all the risks and not just compulsively follow his heart, however much we love him for it.
It seems harsh... but at what point do you stop giving chances? Do they let it go until he DOES get someone killed? What if nothing happens right now, but six months from now someone puts two and two together and their entire operation is uncovered and people are killed then? What if they can't trace it back to him? It's still his fault.
This scene. Forget a cardio-vascular workout, this is a frickin' IronMan training session judging from my heart rate increase. Even just thinking about this scene again gets me tense and nervous!
This puzzled me a little, their choices. Wouldn't you think that Ming Tai, with his compassionate and protective nature, would have opted for the front line? Rather than have Yu Man Li endure horrible conditions for weeks or months and then probably die anyway? In the end, I decided that he chose the way he did because there was a chance she could live.
I think that was it, to give her a chance to live. Even though I knew that there's no way Ming Tai could die this early in the drama, there was a moment where I actually believed that he was going to die. Seriously, just looking at that gif and my heart rate increases.
He is, but I bet it was effective. You can't fake that kind of situation - a person has to go through it for real. In survival training, when they drop you off in the wilderness, they don't stash rations for you in case you get hungry, or extra clothes for the cold. When the 'enemy' captures you, they really do hit you and subject you to mind games. Even if some tiny part of your brain still manages to hang on to the fact that you're probably not going to get killed...a big part of your brain is occupied with maintaining control even in pain and fear and exhaustion, and there are going to be times you forget that this isn't real, because it IS real, up to a point. Some people crumple under the pressure. They don't get to try again. (No, I didn't go to Survival School. I knew quite a few who did. Fewer who completed it.)
Can we just have world peace already? No more messing with anyone's heads please. Even though Wang is harsh and on the psychotic side, the man is effective. He's damn good at his job and you can tell that Ming Tai is now ready to take on the responsibility of being a spy.
See? It had to be a set up.
Yeah, there was too much coincidence for it to be anything other than a set up. Wang. He's brilliant. A little off the rails, but brilliant.
Friggin YES it was all Wang's doing ... AGAIN!
Because, I think, he was someone she had loved. Her strongest emotion was sadness and feeling betrayed, not hating him.
Geesh! This episode. I am so glad that Man Li figured out what she had to do. The trauma of her past is a terrible thing to bear and she will carry those scars her whole life, but she has to let go of her hate for her to have a chance of life. And that Ming Tai and her turn to each other and he gently holds her hands. This is a formidable partnership. There doesn't have to be any romance necessarily, these two are a team. I also had to pause after this scene. It was so intense.
Guo is going to work for him? Hmm.
Yeah, I'm sure Wang has another agenda with that too.
Too freaking cute, these two.
Ack! *dies of cuteness* every time I think I can't love Wang Kai anymore, then they do things like this. When he looks over at Ming Lou while telling Liang that he'll be skinned alive if Ming Lou finds out - and the smiles they interchange, dead. I tell you dead. Deadly-sexy-adorable spies these two.
He should, because affection for Ming Tai won't stop Wang from doing what he believes he has to do.
These two have such a fascinating dynamic. Like I want them to be friends but I also wish Ming Tai had never met Wang and gotten roped into this.
Look at those smiley faces. I love that feeling of closeness you have with someone after sharing a tough experience.
I felt really sad in this scene. I feel sorry for Wang and the haunted nights he must face. In another life things could have been so different.
Oh? Nothing about not letting personal emotion interfere with the mission?
Oh Wang, you bastard, I can't help but like you.
"Teacher!" Ming Tai calls after him, "can we still meet in the future?"
"Perhaps", Wang answers, not turning around, "but it might be a question who dies and who lives then".
"Then let's not meet again".
That got me.
Oof. Me too.
But when Wang has taken a few more steps, Ming Tai shouts: "Teacher! Farewell!" and salutes.
*holding back tears here* the watch scene has me even more convinced that he's his father. Or at least we have a parallel with Ming Tai having the watch from his mother, and now a watch from someone who in many ways is a father figure to him.
In Wang's room, next to Ming Tai's and Man Li's uniforms, there's the suit Ming Tai had made for him and a farewell letter. Wang seems sad for a moment ... then he sits down, and assigns Ming Tai to the "Death Project".
I sort of think the equivalent would be Suicide Squad.
My heart. Will we need therapy after finishing this drama?
Guo, Ming Tai and Man Li take residence in a photography studio, where Man Li goes gaga over the pretty wardrobe she has and Ming Tai totally enjoys being Guo's superior. Guo on the other hand ... well, he is clearly there to keep an eye on Ming Tai, but how does he feel about him? I'm not sure. The apartment they live in is paid by Wang ... or so Guo claims. But Ming Tai isn't fooled. Wang's salary isn't high enough for this, so somebody else must be behind it. Yup, and I can easily guess who.
Kakashi, we really were fools.
Ming Tai is too smart to be fooled and I think it's dangerous to keep him in the dark about his brother.Hirata Yasuyuki), from the Japanese High Intelligence Agency. He wants to discuss intel stuff - and for Lou to become "Japanese Empire's Eagle's claws". Hmm, nope, says Ming Lou - that's taking things a bit too far. Teng Tian explodes in anger and tells him his future depends on him, the military - and he will reconsider whether the current position is justified. Ah, but not so hasty, Ming Lou answers: there are other ways to cooperate very effectively...
He has never looked more handsome, my Ming Lou.
He is rather dashing indeed.
Let the spy-life begin! I'm excited. They will look so pretty! And a bit scared, because shit just got real and this world is a dangerous one indeed. How long before Ming Tai will run into people he knows in Shanghai? What kind of trouble will he get into?
Right? I'm wondering how he explains to his sister that he's no longer in Hong Kong. It's bound to come up. And if he's not in Hong Kong but in Shanghai, why isn't he living at home?
Spy games commence! This is just going to get even more intense.
I'm also a bit sad that we had to say farewell to Wang ... will we see him again? Most likely, but probably not for a while, and I will miss him! I'm absolutely in awe of Liu Yi Jun's performance in this. It's flawless. And him and Hu Ge played off each other so darn well ... so much emotion with so few words.
Yes, they were fantastic together. Liu Yi Jun was so VERY good at saying one thing with his mouth and another with his expression, in particular.
Liu Yi Jun was phenomenal. This production team has done an amazing job with casting. That can really make or break a production. I'm just so impressed.