The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 32-35
The tides turn yet again when Zhen Huan finally makes her comeback with the help of Mei Zhaung.
“You really can’t put down the child, still blaming me.”
I’m actually glad Zhen Huan had the miscarriage because otherwise she wouldn’t understand the implications of not being favored by the emperor. She needs to experience first hand so that she knows what’s at stake. But at the same time it’s really sad to see her so desolate over her baby’s miscarriage, and on top of that, she has to endure the humiliation of losing the emperor’s favor. It was pretty painful seeing her getting bullied by Fucha & the Pin of Regularity and not even resisting one bit. (the mother of 3rd prince)
Again, the emperor really annoys me because he purposely avoids Zhen Huan, as though he thinks she’ll just magically forget the whole incident eventually. He thinks everything will be hunky dory with just a simple “Let’s have another kid!” and “I’m not gonna see you until you stop moping!”. It’s moments like these that make me think the emperor really doesn’t make an effort to understand Zhen Huan’s feelings.
Interestingly enough, Mei Zhuang is the one that finally brings Zhen Huan out of her depression and back to her senses. I was a bit surprised because Mei Zhuang never really reentered the harem life or forgave the emperor, and yet she’s the one that tells Zhen Huan to get it together. I guess the difference between Mei Zhuang & Zhen Huan is that Mei Zhuang already secured herself a safe spot by the Empress Dowager, so she doesn’t need the emperor’s favor to survive. On the other hand, Zhen Huan depends on the emperor’s favor for her power.
Anyways I thought it was both funny and gorgeous when Zhen Huan stuffed butterflies under her cape so that they would all flutter around her. But the even funnier thing is that the emperor completely falls for it. Is he easy or what? And part of me thinks that if Zhen Huan hadn’t been the one to initiate their “reconciliation,” the emperor never would’ve come around..instead he’d just be waiting forever for her to come back while distracting himself with other concubines..
Ling Rong could be a more interesting character if only the actress portrayed her in a more compelling way. She’s supposed to be this sort of quiet yet deadly, timid yet cruel character that rises up from her lowly status and does anything to survive. Sounds awesome, but in reality, the character falls flat for me. She just does not have that kick-butt quality that Hua Fei & Precious Cao have. However I do feel kinda bad for her because despite all her hard work, she will never be able to steal the limelight from Zhen Huan.
I could not wait for Hua Fei to come back. The harem is just not the same without her in the game. And while I disliked her pride and impulsiveness before, now I’m kinda sad to see how much she has changed. She can no longer return to the old days of her glory & prestige…her future is pretty much ruined and everyone knows it. But the even sadder thing is that she doesn’t even care about her title anymore, she just wants the emperor’s love, which is the one thing she will never attain. *shakes fist at emperor*
I cheered when Precious Cao switched over to Zhen Huan’s side because Precious Cao + Zhen Huan TOGETHER = AWESOME. These two are so smart and calculating that it’s scary to see them paired together. Like I said in the comments on my last post, it would be awesome if Hua Fei & Zhen Huan teamed up, but obviously that’s never gonna happen. So Precious Cao & Zhen Huan together is the closest we’ll ever get to that!
A reader, Rose, posted this awesome comment on my previous LZH post. I just had to quote it:
“I’m very glad too that they made LZH into a drama, for me it’s such an empowering drama for the girls; You don’t have to be a tomboyish super swordmaster or kungfu master to be able to defend yourself or use sex to get what you want from a guy. I mean of course they have to be beautiful and of course they have to captivate the Emp but they don’t do that by just ripping their clothes off; they have to show their sincerity and impress him with remarkable talents, but they are also sipping from their tea, eating their snacks, reciting poems, playing some instruments, sewing complicated patterns, smiling to each other while they are plotting each others DOOM! If that’s not girl power, I don’t what is…I like the fact that our heroines do some bad stuff too, not out of necessity but out of revenge and it’s up to you to decide whether they’re justified or not ( even freaking Ling Rong has some awesome scenes which tbh, totally gained my respect) and omg the plot! There are so many storylines unfolding before us but somehow they all come together, gearing to something big ( I think) . All in all, LZH is an awesome drama ( and those settings, costumes and hairdo are amazing) and they have the subletly and nuances that BBJX didn’t have, but I still miss those sappy moments”