JoAnne: I want him to manipulate some situation where she has to cut off those two hanks of hair she leaves hanging down.
Eleanor: Even though Su is VERY smart and well-prepared, there seems to be so much that seems uncertain. But I guess that's part of the charm because he already seems to have accounted for it, or has he?
Awww, I love Meng. He's capable, just very straightforward in his thinking. He wouldn't look dumb if he weren't standing next to these guys, really. I like him and his solid, good, loyal ways.
I totally think Meng Zhi is there to help the audience catch up in case we missed all the bajillion plot details going on. haha.
Puts him right in the crosshairs with his brothers, doesn't it?
Yup. Maybe it's also really starting to hit him that he's now in the big leagues. Gulp.
Now THAT'S the reward that Jing wants! He wouldn't even have dared to ask.
Jingyan smiles and all is right with the world. I don't even need anything else.
I will not rest until I understand why she only has half the eyebrows she should have.
Surely they have something better to do than to fight amongst themselves? Like there has to be a better way of helping their respective sons get the crown prince title without all the meanness. Though I guess not.
Stirring up shit just because? No desire to gain anything in particular? Just... feeling evil. Okay.
It's a rather nasty form of revenge - chaos. I guess they realize they can't get their people back on the throne, so they'll just leave the kingdom in chaos so another power can destroy them?
Hmmm. I suppose it's good for the story for Mei Changsu to suffer a set back but it's not good for our hearts!
Seriously. This drama needs to come with a health warning: those with heart conditions or high blood pressure, don't marathon this show. Take in small does.
Oh come on.
Haha. It makes sense. Plus it's a useful plot device.
They exchange news about Little Prince Mu (who is kept in the Capital according to Su's wishes) and Xiadong (who is unusually quiet). Su says he wants her to have a little confrontation with Xiajiang, to see how the other Xias at the Bureau will react.
We need to know which side they'll choose!
Poor Xiadong! Though she's plenty tough, so we don't need to worry about her too much perhaps.
Ohh, Yu. If you only knew...
It is so humourous watching him being so clueless. Is Meng going to run into Prince Jing in the passage? Ooh! That will be interesting to have to explain.
He's your BROTHER. Why shouldn't he be?
Yeah, but he's like the seventh prince. Prince Yu doesn't want any more competent competition.
Favorite men's costumes. These and the more armor-y ones.
*swoon* I think I might need some help to stand up again.
Ooh! I knew this was going to happen! Dun dun dun!
I spent a lot of time here thinking about what would happen if, say, Yu were visiting and Meng hadn't been there, and Jing just knocked on the wall. Have they planned what to do about that kind of thing at all? And I'm sorry, but okay, so Jing doesn't think about why Yu shouldn't see Meng there - but no one gave a thought to how Meng would view JING showing up in a secret passage to Su?
Ah, but remember? Meng "discovered" the secret passage in Jing's palace. So he "knows" of the special connection between Jing and Su.
So at least MCS had allowed for that part to be accounted for. Oh the adorabubbleness of that awkward gif. Hee hee.
Jing hasn't picked up on soooooooooo many clues, though.
Poor Jingyan. Water buffalo can be a tad dense sometimes. Don't worry hubby, we still love you.
Because it is reasonable. He uses people's blind spots very effectively.
It's a little scary sometimes how brilliant he is.
Yay finally some Banruo story!
Ooh! Sneaksy Su. Pretend you're suspicious of Prince Jing. Haha. Oh Prince Yu, you are being played for a fool!
Banruo is quite vehemently anti-quiet life. It may be impossible to restore their lost kingdom, but at the very least, they can shake the hated Jinling enemy and take revenge. Oh, and interesting ... so the case of this lost kingdom and the Princess' Mingling is closely interlinked with the Chiyan army massacre! The Chiyan army was the one who destroyed the Hua tribe and the Princess helped to turn Prince Qi and his father against each other?
Ohhh, I didn't pick up on that first time around.
Dun dun dun. The plot thickens!
After "wasting" hours upon hours on Yu, the Prince finally leaves - and Mr. Su suddenly remembers Brother Meng in the underground passage (haha). Quite energetically, he goes down into the tunnel himself and calls for Commander General Meng (thankfully, he does not call him brother)... and stops short when he sees Prince Jing sitting there too. It only takes him seconds to adjust to the new situation though and he invites both of them up into his house.
Shall we have some tea?
There, Prince Jing hands Su his book back. Double Handporn. (Yum!) Damn, this book thing clearly is relevant, I was right to feel uneasy... but first, they discuss the Capitol Patrol and his likely elevation to Noble Prince (Prince Jing is of course not aware of what it means to be granted the visiting privileges - and Mei Changsu needs to explain that the secretariat will certainly point out to the Emperor that its not a real favor to just grant the rights without the title).
That's not logical. He knows he can't visit freely, and he likely knows why. Maybe he hasn't thought it through yet, but I don't think it's possible for him to not know that he's been granted one of the privileges of a Noble Prince. (And a Noble Prince? As opposed to what? A Common Prince? Isn't a prince noble by definition?)
Those are fixed ranks! Like Noble Consort (which is more than just Consort) I think this just shows that Prince Jing still is not well versed in all things court - and he does not care about that stuff either.
I thought Jingyan was just confused as to why they had to make it official and both the secretariat about it (mostly because he doesn't really care about the ranks stuff). It could also just be a writing device to inform the viewers about the ranks. Plus, Prince Jing really hasn't spent much time at court and doesn't know the ins and outs very well. That and he's been neglected so it's possible no one educated him well about it.
Jing's whole face lights up, I love it.
This moment. Can we bottle up the happiness and keep its glow forever please?
Not my Meng!
Eeeep! What's going to happen?!
Okay, time for everyone to leave Mei Changsu's house. Ah, but wait! Prince Jing bends down to pick up the book. He wants to finish reading it, since it's so interesting. Can he borrow it for a few days? Y... yes, says Mei Changsu. But he seems quite worried about this.
It will be fine. Jing can't see things right in front of his face.
But they've practically been beating us over the head about the book all episode. I'm super worried.
CommentsSo many people to be careful of ... *sigh*. Mei Changsu taking on Banruo and her organization is of course necessary, because she and the effects of her actions are hard to control. She brings an element of chaos to the game that no strategist would want. In addition, we learned that she and her Sisterhood are connected to the Chiyan Army Massacre as well, so it is possible that the move against her serves a double purpose.
Banruo! *shakes fist at sky*
*sigh* Why does this have to be so hard?!
Banruo is an interesting character and I am glad that we finally got to find out more about her. Her shifu has been dead for a while, but she is still fighting on. Why? It is not directly explained, but through the interaction between her and "4th sister", we learn that the Princess was exceptionally intelligent and brilliant, a true leader. She gave many women a purpose (I think there were only women in her secret organization?). Her death must have been horrible for many of these women, but it seems that the ones able to reorganized their lives. Banruo has not - she lives for revenge. It seems to me that she has absolutely nothing else in her life and that makes her very dangerous. Far more dangerous than let's say Xie Yu, who at least still wished to live above all else. I'm not doubting Mei Changsu, of course, but I do hope he fully understands what drives her.
She's just out there wreaking havoc for the sake of havoc. She's Loki.
She did watch her entire nation get destroyed. I can understand her burning desire for revenge.
This actress gets the bestest roles, I like it!
Banruo's interaction with Prince Yu also got a different taste, didn't they ... she clearly seeks to sabotage him - or the kingdom, through him. That she is losing his trust is a great threat to her (and also the main reason why she needs to act quickly). Prince Yu does not suspect anything in that direction ... but he is smart enough to be aware of shifting power currents around him and react to them. That got him far, of course, but his biggest weakness is that he trusts certain people. Banruo as long as she was useful - and now Mei Changsu, who he is convinced is the one key player who will guarantee him the throne. Underestimating him is dangerous, though: he is a keen observer. And if he ever starts distrusting Mei Changsu ... we have a problem.
Poor guy - the TWO people in all the world he trusts to give him advice BOTH are using him for their own plots and neither means him well. It's funny in a really dark way.
It almost makes one feel sorry for him. Almost.
Once again, this episode offered a glimpse into a great mind: Mei Changsu has the ability to turn (almost) every situation into an advantage. When he talks to Jing and Meng, he even explicitly teaches us how to do it: You cannot bet on the choices of your opponents - but come up with solutions for whatever your opponent does. *writes everything down* This is exactly what a good leader should be able to do! React flexibly to each given situation and optimize it. Ha, but it is also quite clear that certain situations might simply not offer any good solutions for the master mind.
Well, nobody wins all the time.
Mei Chang Su is impressive. Scarily so.
That is why anything that seems NOT controlled by Mei Changsu makes me uneasy. The thing with the book was clearly NOT controlled. At this point in time, we do not know exactly what role the book will play in the future, but it is absolutely clear that it WILL play a role. Damn the book.
Never write anything down!
Well, they do say that the pen is mightier than the sword...so therefore rather dangerous, no?