The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 41-44
So, I have seen the “major scenes” of these episodes before, and although I knew they were sad somehow they didn’t quite register with me. I think I was in denial or something. But for some reason, when I rewatched them, I just lost it. Every freaking thing that happened, I was tearing up and crying. Omg. There are some parts that are slow, like the scenes about the emperor & his political ministers, but overall a lot of crap goes down in these episodes. Definitely tons of must-watch scenes.
“You are the only one that’s still following me, even though I’ve brought trouble to you.”
Omg. Hua Fei, Hua Fei. COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Out of these few episodes, I have to say that the main highlight is Hua Fei. Perhaps Hua Fei is defeated and hopeless, but I also feel that she’s even more fearless than before because she’s seen it all. She doesn’t care about what’s to come because she thinks the worst has already happened. She’s bracing herself for the worst, so it’s almost like she has nothing to fear anymore. It’s also really sad when she realizes that the only one who remained loyal to her is her trusty servant, Song Zhi, who she used to treat badly.
Unfortunately for Hua Fei, pretty much no one else can save her..and no one wants to save her. It’s rather ironic that Zhen Huan & Mei Zhuang are so hurt over Hua Fei’s wrongdoings that they are willing to resort to revenge. Also, the other concubines who never dared to speak out against Hua Fei are actually the ones that help secure Hua Fei’s fate. It is almost weird to see even the Empress finally getting the upper hand in the harem, THAT is how messed up things were when Hua Fei was the leader. O_O
“He said he only loved me in the world. But there are a lot of women in the palace. He’s staying here today, and tomorrow he stays over there. What I can do is wait. I wait for him until dawn, but he never came.”
Anyways, on to the most awesome and tragic scene ever in episode 42. I have to say that this scene is freaking genius. The spotlight is all on Hua Fei, and Jiang Xin’s acting is SPOT ON. It’s so heartbreaking when Hua Fei starts to tear up as she demands a command from the emperor, because then she will willingly obey. All she wants is for the emperor to remember her, but the freaking emperor doesn’t even care enough to hear about her suicide order. :'( I also love the part when she tells Zhen Huan about the good old days, when she used to be the emperor’s favorite Second Wife. There is a change in Zhen Huan’s expression, almost as though she realizes that there is so much that she doesn’t know about the emperor’s past, and that there really was a time when the emperor was happy without her. And that there was a time when Hua Fei never had to share the emperor with other women, which is why she is so jealous of Zhen Huan.
“His Majesty hated me this much?”
But the real clincher of the scene is when Zhen Huan reveals that the emperor actually caused Hua Fei’s miscarriage and infertility with the Huan Yi perfume. It is like every single word punches Hua Fei straight in the gut. You can just see her mind shutting down as she crumbles in her disbelief. She’s pretty much realizing that the person she loves and trusts the most, is actually the one who never loved her and was willing to kill her baby. I don’t even know how to describe it, but let’s just say that Hua Fei’s entire UNIVERSE is crumbling down. Jiang Xin is also genius in her acting because the last thing Hua Fei does is laugh crazily since she can’t handle the pain. :'(((((((((( In the end, Hua Fei commits suicide. What a tragic ending 🙁 I really wanted her to go and spite the emperor or something, but of course even then she still loves him too much to do so.
Things feel really empty after Hua Fei’s passing. The harem is just not the same without her. BUT NOW THE EMPRESS IS IN THE PLAYING FIELD. OMG. The freaking empress pulls a fast one on Zhen Huan by making her accidentally wear the late empress’ dress. But the problem is that Zhen Huan isn’t to fault! The freaking EMPEROR is gullible enough to think that Zhen Huan is actually Empress Chun Yuan’s ghost or something! And then he flips out when he finds out it’s Zhen Huan, and tells her to go REFLECT ON HER MISTAKE. *FACE PALM* He places her under HOUSE ARREST and doesn’t even budge when she finds out she’s pregnant. Childish much, emperor?
“Huan Huan? In his majesty’s heart, I’m just a replacement for Empress Chun Yuan.”
Zhen Huan was scared that she would have the same fate as Hua Fei, who was just an unloved and forgotten pawn of the emperor’s. Turns out her fears are answered, and it’s strikingly similar to Hua Fei’s situation. She knows now that the emperor only used her as a replacement for the person he actually loves the most–Empress Chun Yuan. All this time, she thought the emperor truly loved her for who she was, but now she knows he only loves her for who she looks like. In other words, all the feelings that she thought were genuine were actually not even directed towards her. It’s heartbreaking to see her crumble so easily, all because of the emperor’s heart.
OMG. THE EMPRESS AND LING RONG ARE SUCH OPPORTUNISTS. I was totally caught off guard!!!!!! I knew the Empress would be a threat later on (because of spoilers) but if I had been watching with no background knowledge, then I probably wouldn’t suspect her. Turns out she is like a hidden tigress in disguise. In a way she is scarier than Hua Fei because she knows when to strike, and when to lay low. She also has all the resources and power to pull things off. Even though she isn’t really loved by the emperor, she is still the empress no matter what and she undoubtedly has some sort of influence over him.
OH, AND LING RONG DOESN’T DO NOTHING. Not that I was expecting her to. But the real kicker is that she even suggests that Zhen Huan should have a miscarriage. OMG. The really pathetic thing is that Ling Rong is pretty much the Empress’ minion that doesn’t do anything. She wants to act like she’s all powerful and smart because she’s on the empress’ side, but really, the empress views her as a pawn.
“I don’t know who will be my enemy after Nian Shi Lan is dead.”
It’s rather ironic that Mei Zhuang & Zhen Huan aren’t even happy after Hua Fei’s demise. More like, they don’t even know what to do with this because they are so used to having Hua Fei around. Also, both of them are quickly brought back to reality when Zhen Huan falls from the emperor’s favor. Unfortunately Mei Zhuang tries to help Zhen Huan, but she has no influence over the emperor so she can only watch by the sidelines.
On a final note…….the emperor and the Empress Dowager kill off Cao Pin. (promoted to a Pin) Literally. Cao Pin is cruel and calculating, but it turns out that the emperor/empress dowager are even moreso. Cao Pin was really the character I was going to fall back on after Hua Fei’s death, because we all know she has the capability to be Zhen Huan’s opponent. And yet she’s easily killed off by the emperor. Darn it.
These few episodes were brilliant. Hua Fei’s final scene and Zhen Huan’s scenes after she realizes the emperor’s true intentions are gold. Even in her final moments, I’d say that Hua Fei was really shining and pitiful, and definitely a character to remember. I will miss Hua Fei, but am curious to see more of the empress’ dark side.