The Battle of ChangSha Watch Along ep16

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To Xue JunShan, life is like his chess playing, gather his boys, pop an addictive stimulating betel nut like it is harmless chewing gum, have some mindless fun, take it as easy as can be but never not on the alert of planning and thinking all the next steps in the life he has a clarity of designing for himself and his family.  Most of the time XJS wins, having faith with his bff: luck, if it does not go his way, shamelessly badgers and smiles and fights for another chance… let luck strikes again on top of spinning his shrewdest mind harder.

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The Battle of ChangSha Watch Along ep14

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What a breathtaking episode.  Perfectly written, directed, acted, geniuses at work.   I am in tears for all the obvious reasons on top of this really is so good I am crying ‘Iamnotworthy’ tears.  The theme of the episode should be FATE, in an understated tasteful old plague of red sandalwood, craftily, artfully splattered with tears and blood and heart.

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The Battle of ChangSha Watch Along ep13

Grandpapa Hu with his offsprings at the resting place he has been tending for decades, burying all his kins, regrets, laments, generations before him and generations after him dying too young.    He presides on the same ground where his roots have long been planted, steering them this is where they belong, we remember our family dearly and they live on in our memories, never truly departed.   A similar conversation must have happened in his youth, a dogma he is living by and expects generations to pass on.  Life propagates on lives before.

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The Battle of ChangSha Watch Along ep11

 photo 1103-55-20_zps79bbef97.jpgI thought I could enjoy the childish XM scenes more in rewatch…but not really.  I was wishing CCTV would tighten the storyline of him and JF.   Still the episode offers OTP fluff, and Mookie is my boy, scene stealing and cracking me up.  Most importantly for progression of plot: hatching of the Bromance between cold nonchalant prince Gu and the bubbly busybody BiL which is GOLD!   If we are watching this episode on its own as an entity, their meetcute is very typical construct in shoujo: another Itakiss OTP if we insert a super slick Kotoko in BiL’s place.
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The Battle of Changsha Watch Along ep10

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This is one of my top3 favorite BoC episodes. YangZi is absolutely excellent enslaving my emotions inasmuch i could have ESP as her twin, feeling her exact debilitating heartache, crying tears in sync, eyerolling nonstop at BiL being insufferably hilarious.  So is Ren ChingWei, our newly crowned netizen’s favorite national BiL at weibo.  This is the episode I cried hard and giggled harder.  I grabbed close to 500 caps and tried picking and choosing and have given up. Major picspam.

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