The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 60-63
Before we get to all the crap that the Empress does to Zhen Huan, let’s talk about the..happier stuff. First of all, I REALLY liked the way that LZH resolved the Jing Xi x Eunuch Su issue. Eunuch Su is actually a really sweet and earnest guy that makes you want to root for him. He is just lonely as a eunuch and simply wants someone to be by his side. I love the scene when the Emperor pardons Eunuch Su and he comes back to serve him. Eunuch Su thanks the Emperor from the bottom of his heart for letting him be happy with Jing Xi. As for Jing Xi, initially she was using Eunuch Su, and I think (not sure if I’m remembering this wrong) there is also a part when Eunuch Su acknowledges that he knew of her intentions from the get-go. But I think she too needs someone to be with and she is no longer just using Eunuch Su. Anyways I think Jing Xi x Eunuch Su are one of the only couples that gets a happy ending so………..O______O
Zhen Huan is also promoted to the rank of Gui Fei, so now she is officially the #2 power in the harem. However that is pretty much in name-only since literally EVERYONE knows that she’s the real ruler, not the Empress. KEKEKEKE. Even the Empress knows that she is on a sinking ship because she is losing power fast and her two minions–Ling Rong & Promise Qi–are not of much help either. Seriously the Empress should’ve done better recruiting for her entourage because clearly her followers don’t do nothing.
^poor Huan Bi 🙁 And beautiful pics of Ling Rong’s ice skating!
Ling Rong has a beautiful ice skating scene that really gives her a chance to shine. Even though Ling Rong no longer has any redemptive quality in my book (you will see why in episode 64) I couldn’t help but admire her in this scene. She is doing her best to attract the emperor’s attention even without her strongest weapon–her voice. Obviously this scene must’ve used a stunt double, but there are difficult parts where Tao Xin Ran (Ling Rong’s actress) has to get the direction of her red cloth going in just the right way.
While we’re on the topic of 17th, OMGGGGGGGG. WHAT IS HE THINKING!?!?!?!? I get that he misses Zhen Huan and will love her for the rest of his life and all, but he is just putting her in more danger every time he gets near her! Whenever 17th talks with Zhen Huan, I’m all, GO AWAY 17TH!!! LEAVE HER ALONEEE!! He is digging his own grave and endangering Zhen Huan while he’s at it. (<<true fact, just watch in the later episodes) Why in the world does he think it’s safe to talk to her OUTSIDE where anyone could be listening in!?!? (*COUGH* Ning Gui Ren!) Why in the world does he go out of his way to address her in front of EVERYBODY??? Doesn’t he think, HMMM maybe this will compromise Zhen Huan’s composure and she MIGHT give away a tell-tale clue in her facial expression? Or, GEE, several SMART and vicious people are out to get Zhen Huan and will stop at nothing to bring her down? DID HE THINK ABOUT THAT?
My most favorite scene in these few episodes is definitely the one with Jing Fei & Zhen Huan! Zhen Huan and Jing Fei have a very candid talk about the Jing Xi issue. Jing Fei REALLY shone in this scene, I love all the dialogue and the way Jing Fei expresses her feelings of loneliness and hope to Zhen Huan. She tears up and tells Zhen Huan that she is favored by the emperor and cannot understand the feelings of being an older unfavored concubine. Only her adopted daughter gave her back the joy in her life that she once lacked. AND!!!!!!!! I love the part when Zhen Huan offers her hand to Jing Fei and entrusts her daughter into her care. :'((((( Such a moving moment.
Oh time for the serious stuff. Promise Qi accuses Zhen Huan of cheating with…………DR. WEN!?!?!!?!?!? My first reaction is: LOLOLOLOLOL SHE TOTALLY GOT IT WRONG! My second reaction is: OMG POOR DR. WEN. I think that Dr. Wen is one of the most pitiful *GUY* characters in this drama, he is always used by Zhen Huan and here he is, implicated heavily because of her own cheating with 17th. Also you will see later on that he just gets more and more miserable as time goes on. (for clarification, I don’t think Dr. Wen is the most pitiful character of the whole drama. But in terms of the guy characters, I sympathize for him a lot, probably because I like him way more than 17th or the emperor.)
Anyways long story short, Promise Qi’s case against Zhen Huan slowly crumbles away as all of her so-called “witnesses” are found to be unreliable. So…….Promise Qi = OUT. The thing that really disappointed me is that she didn’t rat out the empress! I mean, she knows she’s gonna die anyways, so she might as well take down the empress too right?? Or maybe she hopes that the empress will at least spare her family in return for her silent sacrifice?
The other real biggie in this scene is when they do a “blood test” to test the legitimacy of Zhen Huan’s baby boy. Apparently they believed that the blood of the child & parent will mix. The Empress rigs up the test so that the blood of Dr. Wen and the baby mix. The most saddening part is when the emperor immediately accuses Zhen Huan of being unfaithful to him. I love the look on Zhen Huan’s face as she tears up and slowly shakes her head in response. Even though technically she did cheat on the emperor, I feel like that one expression on her face was real. She was probably still channeling all of her disappointment in the emperor, with that one moment. Almost like reliving that feeling of what it’s like to be distrusted by the emperor. Later on she is clearly turning on the water works to get the emperor on her side, but I feel like this moment was genuine.
The most AWESOME moment is when the Empress orders the guards to punish Zhen Huan & Dr. Wen, and then Zhen Huan yells right back, “WHO DARES???” OMG WHAT AN EPIC MOMENT!!!!!!!!!!! Anyways the emperor knows that the empress is at fault for rigging the test. I think it’s really funny whenever the empress pulls the “remember my sister?” crap on the emperor for like the 100th time. Sorry empress but that’s not gonna cut it anymore. I don’t like the way the emperor handled this whole issue but props to him for saying that Empress Chun Yuan wouldn’t even want the empress as her sister.
Last but not least, I had to include Ning Gui Ren! She is so awesome, I wish she had more screentime in the drama. T______T She is more interesting than the other minor characters because she does things that no other concubine would dare to do. Instead of creating elaborate schemes, she’s just like screw it, I’m gonna take out a knife and threaten Zhen Huan! Or, I’m gonna train all of my wild cats to attack Zhen Huan! Also her interactions with the emperor are really fun to watch. Like when the entire harem is in the middle of hearing the case against Zhen Huan, Ning Gui Ren just stands up and goes “oh emperor, I’m gonna go now.” Him: “Ok.” Or when she walks straight over to the emperor’s side without kneeling in front of him to greet him formally. Hehehehe.
I know it is kinda weird that I cut off this review at episode 63 even though the situation does continue on into episode 64. My reason is that I don’t want to talk about Mei Zhuang’s fate just yet. T____T
Anyways I started using a new collage maker, let me know what you think of the new collage format!