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.
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.
Change of scenery!
I 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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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.
I love WH’s acting in this scene. The character is still the usual stock, the cold prince, all the bit actors in the back are doing a collective wonderful job, and PD zoomed in on his face, focusing on the minute twitches, a quivering of his throat, his eyes blinking off a mist, his jaw tightened as they are pleading with him, many of them are poor boys from Changsha with a widowed old sick mother at home surviving on their army wages. They won’t make it out if the city is burned to the ground
This is not my favorite episode, but a lesser episode is still effective and essential in building up what’s to come. And a transitional episode of Battle of ChangSha is still terrific, serving wit, humor (yes in a war drama) and tension, leaving you with a lump in your throat, characters you want to hit, a freaky hot WH you must hit on, prompting a lot of silly giggles with his zapping chemistry with his love-hate antagonist, his neck-to-neck sparring partner in brilliant mindgames, XJS/BiL, who often is more charismatic than a WH in uniform being a shameless thug.
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