JoAnne: Oh right, I wasn't thinking about HIS visits when I said she had that to look forward to, last post.
Eleanor: Okay, yes, this episode made me miserable. *wants to stab Xiajiang with a thousand forks*
Because Yujin doesn't just have a bright smile, it seems.
Yay! I love that Su has helped heal this little family. *sniffs*
Question: Are those top knot cages entirely a fashion thing, or do they convey any sort of information beyond wealth or sense of style?
Joyce, Joyce, moonlil, moonlil??? Can you tell us please? :D
Good people. I approve of this collaboration.
The more we get to know Marquis Yan, the more I adore him.
All that time meditating produces a very clear mind.
Hahahaha. Mei Chang Su. This is what happens when you get really smart diplomats to help you out.
Yeah, nobody's gonna buy that. Maybe Yu or the Crown Prince would, for a while. But that's only because they cannot fathom any other reason for doing anything.
Well, we know that Marquis Yan isn't going to rat him out.
These gifs are making me smile. The whole time I'm reading your sceptical take, I'm watching him shake his head with a very clear 'you think that story works on me?' face.
He's like: Okay, okay, I'll take your line, but I'm sure not going to believe you.
I hate that I feel a little bad for him. This show is good at making the villains people you can have a tiny bit of feeling for.
I like that it does that. It's good to have the bad guys be at least a little human.
The very first Cone Head.
Never trust a 'no matter what' promise, anyway. They're MADE to be broken.
Xiajiang is chillingly scary.
Oh yeah, we need XiaDong to stick around. I actually have plans for her and Meng, now that our Seal has departed the capitol.
Man, Tong Lu, you are worrying me! Also, Hu Ge, he looks so beautiful here in his sickliness.
So this makes sense, maybe we don't need to worry. They'll realize he's suddenly involved with a woman and investigate her and it won't add up, or they'll watch her and see her meet with Banruo. And then use her to flip the game around! Right?
Oh I hope so! I really do!
I've decided that strange hair choices are a good marker of a person's worth. Or rather, lack thereof.
She's totally going to fall for him too though, isn't she? And get caught by her own trap. Well maybe not, she's super smart.
Well, given Jing's inability to recognize his own cousin, I think there's a good argument to be made (true or not) that he doesn't know this guy, either.
Yeah, but Su was totally physically transformed. Wei Zhen probably looks the same. Crap. This is not good. Not good at all. Ah! Xiajiang, couldn't you just stay away and not make things so hard!
Like he'll listen.
Su, please get better. Please.
Oh, see - he really didn't know. So the thing he has against Jing isn't knowledge, it's more a potential future tripping point.
Crap. Ugh! Xiajiang is so smart! Well, this does make for more interesting storytelling.
While some are seriously ill, others like the Emperor are too full of themselves to sleep. He dreams of the Grand Empress Dowager all the time, maybe because her anniversary is coming up and he has to go guard the tomb for a few days. Consort Jing is there with him (Again? I don't like him near her at all) and it seems he knows about the hard time she's getting from the Empress. He offers to help if she cannot bear it any longer.
Oooh, let's take the Empress down a peg or two. Although... I mean, I know it's custom, I know it was accepted, but I can't help thinking it's natural for her to be jealous and sensitive even if she wasn't already a conniver.
Poor Consort Jing. She has to tolerate this horrid man.
She was the one Yan loved? That the Emperor stole, right?
I go through fits of anger at the Emperor and tearing up at the tragedy of all of this.
Like that's gonna happen. Is it? Gonna happen? It won't, right?
Oh crap. Xiajiang is totally smart enough to create a rift, isn't he?! Oh no. Oh no. Oh no.
CommentsI hate these people!!!! Xiajiang the most, the cunning old wolf is just too damn dangerous! I was relieved when he just laughed at Banruo for worrying so much about this "Divine Talent" (it's good if he does not take him seriously), but I'm not at all happy with this new plan. Leave our bromance alone!!!
The Sunshine Brothers are already apart, I can't have Gloom and Doom split up, too.
Xiajiang. He is sooooooooooo good at being evil. But evil in this chillingly, logical, smooth way.
It seems quite clear that Xiajiang does not like Prince Yu one bit. The way he always eyes him just speaks of his disdain for him. But of course, Prince Jing is a danger to him, because he is too good, which makes siding with Prince Yu a good option. What is Xiajiang's exact relationship with Banruo though? If he knows her Shifu, does he also know of her mission?
But would he allow her to operate if he knew that? He's supposed to keep things straight. Oooh, maybe he welcomes it, thinking he can put her down and make himself look good. Like the fireman who sets fires so he can be a hero, you know?
There's got to be more to it than that. Xiajiang strikes me as someone who wants power. And lots of it. And he's not going to stop until he gets it.