Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 1
I wasn’t really expecting much from Bu Bu Jing Xin, thinking it’d be just another Jade Palace Lock Heart. BUT IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I’m going to mention a lot of differences between JPLH and BBJX, not to be hating on JPLH (because I DID get quite addicted to that too), but to point out how amazing and compelling BBJX is. Not to say that you shouldn’t try JPLH, as it simply depends on what you enjoy in a drama.
In Jade Palace Lock Heart, I got addicted for the first 30 or so episodes, until Qing Chuan annoyed me so much that I had to quit. But in Bu Bu Jing Xin, not only do I love Liu Shi Shi, but I also like her more pragmatic sensibility. Bu Bu Jing Xin is less whimsical and…actually a bit more practical. In JPLH, Qing Chuan falls through a hole in the woods and ends up time-travelling. In BBJX, Ruo Xi (played by LSS) is hit by a car and gets shocked by high voltage wires. When she wakes up, she’s in the body of a princess in the Qing Dynasty. She concludes that perhaps the electric shock somehow made her brainwaves (I interpret it more to be, her soul got switched into a different body) travel through time and end up in a different body. OMG, IT ACTUALLY KINDA MAKES SENSE.
And so, the body-switching/inhabiting makes this all make more sense: Ruo Xi doesn’t have to go from a lowly servant to a desirable maiden. She doesn’t suddenly appear and entice all the princes like Qing Chuan did. She’s ALREADY a princess with status. So, no more ridiculous job-changes like in JPLH. I am seriously convinced that they made her switch servant jobs just to give her a costume change.
Aside from those differences, BBJX is also stunningly filmed. Every single shot is SO FLAWLESS, and no matter how many times they show Liu Shi Shi, they always have interesting angles that really compliment her face structure. Also, the high collars suit her quite well. Moreover, I’m watching in HD, and the colors/detail are SO VIVID. It seriously looks real, not just like a fairy tale where you know for sure it’s fake. Watching BBJX, I was like, PLEASE, BEAM ME THERE! The camera angles also nicely compliment the beautiful architecture, scenery, and plants. Really, all the elements compliment each other so well.
^LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THAT IS!!!
So, Ruo Xi is at the palace of 8th bro. At first she doesn’t believe she’s in the past, but she quickly realizes that this is reality. She finds out that she (or, the real princess) fell down the stairs and got a head injury. OOOO, it makes more sense now! So, even though she’s disoriented, has a different personality, questions everything, the maid thinks she’s simply lost her memory. VERY VERY CONVENIENT.
No more searching for a mysterious TREE like in JPLH. Ruo Xi puts two and two together, and concludes that to get back to the present, she must fall down from the stairs again. But she decides not to when her maid begs her not to.
My theory about this time-travelling is that right at the same moment, the princess falling down the stairs, and Ruo Xi’s accident somehow coincided, (although that doesn’t exactly make sense since…it’s the past and the present…BUT if time were fluid, this could be possible) the electric shock made Ruo Xi’s soul travel and inhabited the princess’s body. Possibly, if this hadn’t happened, the princess would be dead. And, quite possibly, Ruo Xi’s real body in the present is in a coma or in critical condition or something. Very interesting. Whereas I didn’t even attempt to explain the tree thing in JPLH.
IT’S 8TH PRINCE!!
Ruo Xi’s other genius plan? Get run over by a horse. That’ll get you back to the present. I admire her guts, but she made the wrong decision to stand in front of 4th bro and 13th bro’s horses. Because they are gentlemanly, chivalrous PRINCES who are able to stop their horses from trampling over her. 13th bro immediately gets off his horse to help Ruo Xi…
AND OMG. 13TH BRO FOR THE WIN.
4th bro has this strong, composed air about him. He may not seem as openly concerned as 13th bro, but he is quite observant and wise. He knows that Ruo Xi purposely tried to get run over, and he warns her not to try it again. D’AWW.
….And then there’s 10th bro. I think this picture pretty much sums it up. He is hilarious. He stares at Ruo Xi while he’s eating. She smirks at him, and surprises him completely. But then she downs a lot of rice..and starts choking on her food, and he smirks AT HER. I rather love these two.
So far we don’t know much about the princes, but there are such subtle hints about each one even in the first episode. 8th bro longing after Ruo Xi’s sister. 4th bro being the wise, firm prince. 13th being chivalrous and rather good-natured. 1oth bro just being adorably funny and interested in becoming friends with Ruo Xi. I love them all already. However, I believe there’s angst ahead.
BBJX is worth watching for the beautiful cinematography, the different take on JPLH, and the wonderful actors. I’m glad China came out with a solid drama worthy of praise.