I still feel shivery. I mean, I just now watched it, but it's been at least 10 minutes and I have lingering tension.
For reals. I really think that there were moments while watching that I forgot to breathe.
We love to hate smart ones. Keep giving us the opportunity, Dramas!
Yes! Smart bad guys are always good for watching, but not always good for my heart rate.
Hahahahahahahahahaha I had to laugh at the Empress' face when she learned that Consort Jing never said a word.
Muahahahahahahahahahaha! That will teach her to mess with Consort Jing. She is so boss.
Her face. Man, she was furious - I loved it. The other face I was very interested in was the Eunuch's, above. Several times we see him listening, processing. He inserts himself when necessary and it's never in ways that hurt our guys - in fact, only ever helps them, but by helping the Emperor to be his better self - but is he on our side? Or is he simply watching out for the Emperor?
Whomever the Eunuch is cheering for, he seems to be a rather shrewd and wily man, and if he's helping our guys, then I like him. But Consort Jing. She is awesome. She is just so clever and all things awesome. I just have no words really for how much I like her.
I liked how they blocked them off with the carts.
I'm so worried. Do they have enough people? Is this going to work? Is someone going to die? Eep!
My immediate reaction is 'How could they send a boy off to this!' and then I remember who the boy is.
I swear, if someone hurts Fei Liu, there will be hell to pay.
Part of me still really thinks he does but he's pretending for some reason. I just expect everything to be subterfuge.
Nah, I think they really did keep him in the dark on this one I think. Though I'm not so sure it was really ever a good idea. Oh Mr. Grumpy Pants Fei Liu is so adorable XD
Loss of blood is not good.
One of the alliance chiefs, I'm guessing. I don't remember where he fits in but I'm sure I'll find out.
He is the captured Wei Zheng's father-in-law!
Yup, and I bet he's none to happy that his son-in-law was captured.
Xiaqiu is just about to turn in for the day when Prince Jing's general Lie approaches, in the armor of the City Guards, asking for some intel on what just happened. Xiaqiu tells him everything: including the identity of the prisoner. Uh-oh.
So Ji Sub's cameo. He's advertising his new fashion label's Spring line.
LOL he really does looks like So Ji Sub. Quite handsome.
Yes, I'm sure it has nothing to do with your guilty conscience.
I think this is also a really clever move by Consort Jing to bring the case a little more into the open. She obviously wants honour restored to the Lin family and the Chiyan soldiers so that wrongs can be at least somewhat righted. I also think that if the peeps had just consulted Su, that maybe things would have worked out a little better. They needed his input.
He did make an interesting point - it's not like there'll be a trial. This man was convicted 13 years ago. In effect they captured a prisoner, not a criminal.
Argh! Xiajiang and his nasty plans to hurt Prince Jing and capture anyone trying to solve the Chiyan case.
At Banruo's, 4th Sister asks her to please let Tonglu go, who, so she thinks, is no longer useful. Guess again, beauty: Banruo wants to hold onto Tonglu so that 4th Sister won't leave her so easily. Wait... does that mean 4th Sister has feelings for our dear vegetable seller? For realz?
Well of course, he's a decent man. It had to go this way.
Oh crap! Well, we did see that one coming.
Right around here I got confused if maybe they meant old guy Mr. Su or if they meant Mei Changsu. I need a nap, I think.
Please tell me that someone is finally going to clue Su Zhe in to what's going on. Everything is unravelling!
Fei Liu is playing next to Mei Changsu's bedside and feels guilty when Su opens his eyes. Sleep! He must sleep! (It's like the kid who asks in the morning: "Are you still sleeping?"). Mei Changsu asks where the others are and hears that they are "discussing things". With an "old grandfather". Well, it takes Mei Changsu 2 seconds to find out who that old grandfather is ... and that he came alone. Alarmed, he orders Fei Liu to fetch Li Gang and Zhen Ping.
Back to work!
I liked it - it gave you a real sense of all these things happening at once.
Ah! So nerve-wracking! I'm so tense with wondering how this will unfold.
At the Su Residence, Mei Changsu thanks his trusted men for "taking care of things". Man, what a mess!! Oh, that's a gracious thing to say and he was indeed very ill, but he is also very angry. And worried, I guess, because he orders everyone to lay low. He starts ordering them to leave and do that too, but they beg him on their knees to let them stay. Nobody will recognize them, they assure him, they were only lowly sergeants back then and much altered in appearance (et tu?). Sighing, he gives them permission to stay - he has no choice, really, because there is nobody who could take their place.
If some soldier miraculously appears who happens to recognize them, I'll start to suspect K-financing.
Isn't it kind of a relief that we don't have some of those K-tropes running around? I really think that they should have consulted him though I know why they didn't. I am worried about his health, but now I'm worried about a million other things that might go wrong. I need some heart medicine.
It's not looking good, though.
Jingyan definitely has anger issues. Damn it Yu! Why do you have to use them against him!?
Okay THAT was smart. Dammit.
Oh man. Oh man. Oh man. This is NOT going to be good.
Big eyes acting, but effective enough. You could feel him shaking with the effort to hold back, even if you couldn't see him actually shaking.
Wang Kai has said in a few interviews that he did a lot of acting with just his eyes for this drama. He's doing a really good job though of holding back. Go Jingyan! Go! Please don't take this out on Su! Please!
Meng! How clever of you!
Keep it together Jingyan. Keep it together.
Oh, my. Another hoisting by one's own petard kind of situation.
Jingyan looks like he is about to cry. I am too. T____T
Usually that just means the real fall out comes in a little bit, though...but I do think it won't end up the nuclear wasteland it could have been, thanks in large part to my Meng!
Meng did well. I am so worried though. This seems like it's all going according to horrid Yu's plan.
Prince Jing goes straight to his mother and is served duck broth, but clearly, his heart is heavy and he admits that something really urgent has come up, which forces him to leave again quickly. He does not want to tell her details since he does not want to burden her ... which prompts our little maid to say he really should stay longer with his mother who went through such hardship in his absence! And out comes the secret that Consort Jing wanted to keep from her son. Great. Just great!
Oh come on. If she wanted to keep it a secret surely she'd have instructed all her retainers to remain mum. This was weak.
Oh, I bet she did. I don't trust this maid one little bit. She is very sneaksy.
CommentsAlmost everything that could go wrong went wrong for our good guys in this episode, damn! If only Mei Changsu had woken up earlier! First, they messed up the rescue (well, of COURSE, Xiaqiu was waiting for that ambush, because he's intelligent). Second, Lie Zhanying wasn't able to speak to Su in time and then wasn't able to speak to Jing in time and now, the cards are on the table and the Emperor knows that his new favorite son thinks that the Chiyan army case stinks to the high heavens.
Oh man, I wanted to smack Prince Yu and Xiajiang so badly. SO BADLY. I hope they have it coming.
They definitely have it coming. We should bring it, though. That would feel so good.
They make me so angry those two! Especially Xiajiang. Argh! I really hope that Su can fix this soon!
Xiajiang is the worst. He is a murderer for his own personal profit, pretending he is "neutral" and all that. I find him much, much worse than Prince Yu, whom I do feel pangs of sympathy for. He is warped, yes, and has no proper moral compass, but there are moments where it seems he could have been a good guy, if only somebody had guided him like Prince Qi guided Prince Jing.