The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 14-17
Already the emotional intensity has gone up a few notches. Lots of changes take place as Hua Fei becomes more and more aggressive towards our threesome.
I HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING to post about episode 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AUGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Hua Fei & Precious Cao have been silently working behind the scenes to bring down Mei Zhuang. They finally decide to deal the last blow to Mei Zhuang by framing her with a fake pregnancy.
*Update* The prescription the doctor gave to Mei Zhuang was actually meant to stop her period to make her think she’s pregnant. I KNEW THE DOCTOR WAS SHADY! (ok I admit it I watched ahead..but..) Not only that, the other royal doctors that confirm that Mei Zhuang actually isn’t pregnant are in cahoots with Hua Fei as well. WE CAN’T EVEN TRUST THE DOCTORS IN THIS DRAMA.
I’m a huge Mei Zhuang fan so I’m really bitter about this whole ordeal. I thought this issue would be resolved quickly but NO. I have watched ahead and *sorta spoiler* Mei Zhuang takes FOREVER to make a comeback. Meaning we’re stuck with Zhen Huan & Ling Rong. Also the thing that pisses me off is the EMPEROR. So far I’ve been neutral towards him but NOW. BLEGH. I was mainly pissed off that he has no trust in Mei Zhuang whatsoever. There is a lot of “evidence” pointing towards her guilt but at the same time, the emperor immediately accepts it as the truth and talks about how disappointed he is that Mei Zhuang would stoop to such a level. I really think the emperor could’ve handled this situation in a much better way. Instead of instantly punishing Mei Zhuang and humiliating her in front of everyone, he could’ve thoroughly investigated it before making a decision.
I like the new Zhen Huan because she’s finally putting her game face on for reals. Without Mei Zhuang as the big sister/protector figure, Zhen Huan has to fend for herself..and for Ling Rong. It is freaking awesome when she gives Hua Fei the death glare (middle right pic) as though the two of them are on equal grounds. IT IS ON, HUA FEI!
Oh, and ANOTHER thing that annoys me about the emperor is that he refuses to see Zhen Huan even though she waits outside in the heat for him. ALL BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANNA BE REMINDED OF MEI ZHUANG. OMG, EMPEROR! Not thinking about it isn’t gonna make the problem go away. And then later on he waltzes into Zhen Huan’s palace and goes, “So..what was that urgent business you had with me?” Honestly I wanted Zhen Huan to ignore him but we all know she’s gotta keep the emperor on her side. Heheh.
On a side note, 17th Prince is SO CHARMING. You know he’s meant to be the “dashing, handsome prince” because of his voice. I THINK it’s dubbed (I’m not sure if Zhen Huan is dubbed because all of the voices sound authentic..) because it is the stereotypical Chinese voice for a dashing prince. AHAHA maybe I’m just reading into things too much. BUT YES, HE IS AWESOME AND HE WANTS TRUE LOVE JUST LIKE ZHEN HUAN. BUT I know these two will not end well so I wish he would just find his true love ASAP and live happily ever after.
I thought it was hilarious when Zhen Huan’s maid tells her that now she only has….Promise An to depend on. And then they both look over at Ling Rong, and you can see the wheels turning in their heads as they wonder how they can transform her into a successful concubine. AHAHA. Well apparently getting the emperor’s favor isn’t hard at all..Ling Rong instantly becomes the new favorite just by singing a song. Part of me thinks that the emperor only uses the concubines for entertainment…
Now maybe this is just me but I get annoyed when Ling Rong sings. I mean I love the voice & the song, but Tao Xin Ran (the actress for Ling Rong) DOES NOT ACT LIKE SHE’S SINGING AT ALL. It’s like she’s not even making an effort to show that she’s singing the words! I don’t mind the dubbing; it’s just that Tao Xin Ran could’ve been much more convincing.
I love Precious Cao’s character arc. Even though she’s on Hua Fei’s side, she’s not any safer than the other concubines. She chose this route for her own safety, but she has to be extremely careful to remain in Hua Fei’s good grace. As for the empress, so far she’s very gracious (i.e. when she pleads for Ling Rong’s father) but I AM WAITING for her to take off her mask and reveal her true self!
I’ve got to hand it to Hua Fei. She’s an awesome villain. If you’re not scared of Hua Fei, get this–she forced the princess of modesty (again, I’m not sure if that’s her name..it’s the one that’s sick) to eat poison. I’m glad that the Princess of Modesty has made her entrance with a bang because it’s bound to change up the scene a bit. Hua Fei must have a really bad history with her because she’s always visibly affected whenever she shows up.
^included these just to show how gorgeous this is.
Even though Mei Zhuang has been cruelly cast aside, LZH is still going strong!!!! I really did not want Mei Zhuang to get caught up in all this but it’s still a great plot twist that will let us see what Zhen Huan is really capable of.