The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 28-31
Episodes 29-31 are absolutely heartbreaking, both for Hua Fei & Zhen Huan. The tables turn once again as Hua Fei makes her most major blunder and Zhen Huan realizes how cruel the emperor is.
^middle left pic: who is the concubine in blue?? What rank is she?
I guess I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Hua Fei. At first I hate her guts because she’s so arrogant, but then I end up feeling bad for her when she doesn’t receive the rank she was aiming for. I’ve also become more and more convinced that Hua Fei is not just trying to keep the emperor to herself because of power over the harem/political issues with her bro. She may have other motives but I’d say the motive that is closest to her heart is her genuine love for the emperor. Hua Fei is flawed but at the same time she’s almost pitiful. She loves the emperor so much but his “favor” for her is fickle and untrustworthy.
On the other hand, I felt really bad for Jing Fei when Hua Fei humiliated her right in front of all the other concubines. OUCH. That’s one of the moments where I don’t like Hua Fei because she doesn’t even spare any thought for Jing Fei’s dignity. Maybe I could understand her smacking down an arrogant concubine, but Jing Fei is anything BUT that.
Now mind you, I already have a lot of favorite seeings in LZH..and there are also many more to come, but this is one that’s near the top of the list. I’m really at a loss of words when I try to think of how to describe it. It’s just that full of raw emotion, desperation, and sisterhood. It felt like I was watching a tragedy unfold before my very eyes and I couldn’t stop it.
“I’ll accompany you.”
Hua Fei punishes the pregnant Zhen Huan by having her kneel on the concrete and recite literature. To me, Mei Zhuang is also a heroine in this scene because she speaks up for Zhen Huan even though she has personally experienced Hua Fei’s wrath before. Even though she was ruined by Hua Fei, she’s still willing to risk it all to protect her best friend. I’m not quite sure why but I was really moved when Mei Zhuang knelt beside Zhen Huan and said “wo pei ni”.
^17th (sorta) saves the day!!!
Oh, and did I mention that Mei Zhuang gets beaten in place of Zhen Huan?? :'((( I know I sound like a total Mei Zhuang fan right now..BECAUSE I AM..but I was also quite touched by that part of the scene. I was also touched by the loyalty of Zhen Huan’s faithful servant Jing Xi, who tried to protect her mistress from Hua Fei’s eunuch.
And the most heartbreaking scene of all is the scene in ep30 when Zhen Huan finds out she had a miscarriage. I have got to give credit to Sun Li for her extraordinary acting. I don’t know how she does it..at first she has a blank look on her face as she tries to process what’s happening and then all of a sudden her eyes fill with tears. It’s such a perfect moment, every time I watch it I keep on tearing up. :'(
It’s even more heartbreaking when Zhen Huan asks why the emperor didn’t order Hua Fei to be executed for killing her baby. She asks why he gave her control of the harem when he left. And he replies asking if she blames him. Me: Uh, YES. The emperor keeps on referring back to his past relationship with Hua Fei as the reason for not punishing her to the max but in my opinion he’s just waiting for the opportune time to get rid of her once and for all. I’m also forever annoyed by the emperor’s attempt at comforting Zhen Huan by saying “we’ll have another one”. UH, DID YOU NOT JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO FUCHA AND ZHEN HUAN’S BABIES?
^top right pic: I liked Precious Cao’s hairstyle change!
Even though it’s satisfying seeing Hua Fei finally get what she deserves, I feel pretty bad for her. It’s sad seeing her so desperate to regain the emperor’s love because everyone knows the emperor will never love her the same way again. Also she has no idea that she’s been hating the wrong people for all the wrong reasons. She hates Zhen Huan for stealing her limelight, when in fact the freaking emperor is to blame. She also hates Duan Fei for the loss of her kid when THE EMPEROR is the one that gave her a bad perfume which makes her barren.
Zhen Huan is understandably depressed over her miscarriage, especially since it was a traumatic experience for her. Moreover she realizes that the emperor indirectly caused her miscarriage because of the bad perfume he gave to Hua Fei. OHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAP. So Hua Fei really didn’t mean to cause the miscarriage because she doesn’t know that her perfume weakened Zhen Huan. So I’d say that Hua Fei is partially responsible for the miscarriage because she didn’t listen to Zhen Huan’s pleas. But THE EMPEROR is also to blame!!!!!!!!
So I always have to have at least one Ling Rong rant per post now: When Ling Rong realizes that Zhen Huan will no longer be by the emperor’s side, she tells her maid that she wishes the next person in the emperor’s heart will be her. AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW!?!?!? SHE CAPTURES THE EMPEROR’S HEART JUST BY SINGING A SONG!!!!!!! I also hate the emperor’s guts for turning to Ling Rong as a temporary solution to a bigger problem. He wants to divert his attention to forget about Zhen Huan’s miscarriage, but this means that Zhen Huan will be looked down upon by the other consorts.
It’s nice seeing Ling Rong finally step up to the plate and put her game face on. Now if she’s unfavored by the emperor later on she can’t complain about it or blame Zhen Huan for it. She has the ability to gain the emperor’s favor, she’s proved it herself. So it’s up to her to see if she also has the ability to keep the emperor’s love for a long time. I also wonder if Zhen Huan/Mei Zhuang will ever catch on to Ling Rong’s schemes. (yes please spoil me. I know later on Zhen Huan gives Ling Rong the cold shoulder but I don’t know why? Did she find out Ling Rong’s true side?)
Anyways Zhen Huan’s miscarriage is heartbreaking and tragic, but at the same time it’s necessary for further character development for Zhen Huan. She needs this push to realize how cruel and uncaring the emperor can be.