Lan Ling Wang: Eps 26-27 (Strategic Yu Wen Yong/Daniel Chan Watching)
All Yu Wen Yong/Daniel Chan fans, UNITE.
Ok, so in case you missed my previous LLW post about eps 15-21, I decided right then and there that I would not watch ALL episodes through ep46. Instead I am very STRATEGICALLY watching particular episodes that have a lot of Yu Wen Yong / Daniel Chan scenes. And just to clarify, I know a lot of people have watched all of Lan Lin Wang all the way through and have loved it to bits. I’m not trying to deflate your love of Lan Lin Wang here. But for me, I am only emotionally invested in one character, and that is Yu Wen Yong. I am rather exasperated with the rest of the characters, so I’m not gonna watch 20+ more episodes of them. Instead I’m going to focus on my favorite character since I still want to watch his major scenes. 😀
Yes, before we get to Yu Wen Yong, I have to talk about the dreaded villain Zheng Er first. Thank goodness for the flashbacks in ep26 so that I sorta got the gist of what went down and why LLW gets so upset at Zheng Er. Anyways at first ep26 starts out a bit amusing–LLW rejecting Zheng Er, finally realizing how crazily obsessed she is, and then continuing on to just ABANDON HER IN THE FOREST. Seriously LLW, what makes you think she’s not gonna come after you for revenge? *facepalm*
But then things take a VERY stark turn as Zheng Er is captured by some passersby and gets raped. Afterwards she attempts to commit suicide. Omg. I was not expecting that to happen at all. Usually there are not many rape scenes in c-dramas so it was a big surprise when it so explicitly happened in LLW. I also hate that this happened to Zheng Er because there are bound to be those very bitter viewers who abhor Zheng Er with a passion and go “well….she deserved it.” No. Just no. Zheng Er is one crazy villain but she does not deserve this.
Anyways, Zheng Er miraculously survives and is now determined to get revenge on both LLW and XW. I knew LLW’s abandoning Zheng Er in the forest would come back to haunt him.
Ok, now for YWY! OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. DANIEL CHAN REALLY OUTDID HIMSELF THIS TIME!!!!! Every single look that YWY has just oozes with his love for Xue Wu, his happiness at being by her side, and his heartache. There is something about eps26-27 that make me especially sad about YWY’s unrequited love…because he is so close to Xue Wu, always by her side, and yet he is also so far away from her heart. Poor YWY is the perfect 2nd lead and yet he doesn’t stand a chance against LLW. :(((((((( I don’t even need YWY and XW to get together (seriously, XW and LLW are meant to be together. They suit each other T_T ) but please, just let YWY be happy.
Some of my favorite moments in ep26? Well I absolutely love the moment when YWY dashes to XW’s rescue (although he doesn’t know if it’s really her) and then checks to confirm her identity. The moment when he lifts the veil and sees her face, I don’t even need to see her face, I already know that he’s found her.
Another favorite moment in ep26 is when YWY watches over XW as she is resting and recovering from her illness. The sun rises and he notices that XW is right in the path of the sunlight so he stands up to block the sun and give her shade. OMG, you have to see that smile of contentment that he cracks as though he is so happy to do this small gesture of
love kindness for XW. (bottom left pic)
Well, as I said before, I just want YWY to be happy. In ep27, he literally confesses to XW. He tells her that she is the first woman who has ever made him happy and that she’s the only one he wants to make happy. He will do anything to make her happy. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS MOMENT!!!! The thing that gets me about his confession is that I don’t think he is expecting her to love him back. He just wants her to come with him and be by his side; he already knows that she still has feelings for LLW. YWY looks so hopeful here. :'(
Well LLW comes charging in, screams “LET GO OF MAH WIFE!!!!!!!!” but I couldn’t take him seriously because he is wearing the most oddly fitting royal purple jacket. Let’s just say it did not look very becoming on him. I just burst out laughing when he made his grand entrance. AHAHA. Anyways, YWY proves yet again that he is willing to do anything for XW’s safety and happiness, CUTTING HIS ARM and remaining behind even though the baddie offered to spare his life. And yet, afterwards XW is all over LLW, concerned about his injuries…totally ignoring YWY. OMG. I have to say, BURNNNNNNNNN. UTTER REJECTION!!!!! My heart really hurt for YWY in this moment because he gives the saddest look ever. Daniel Chan really nailed this scene.
Well conveniently for XW, she doesn’t even have to reject him straight out because he already gets the message. At this point I felt quite frustrated with XW. I know she loves LLW and all, and I know she’s kinda oblivious and doesn’t intend to hurt YWY’s pride/heart…..but that doesn’t mean she always have to be mumbling his name in her sleep and clearly ignoring YWY when she has to ‘choose’ between attending to YWY or LLW’s wounds. Again, I don’t ship XW and YWY together anymore but come on, XW is only hurting YWY even more by dragging things out and leading him on.
I’m glad I watched eps 26-27 for YWY. Although I have skipped about 5 episodes in between, it doesn’t really feel like I missed all that much. Also even though it’s been a while since I last watched LLW, I still feel just as much for YWY as I did before. As you may have noticed, this post is quite biased because I’m a total fangirl of YWY. Come on YWY fans, UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next on my list for strategic YWY watching are:
- Eps 37-40
- Eps 41-42
Let me know if there are any other good YWY episodes I should watch! And I would also like to quote one of my commenters, fleetingpaper, because her comment was just so genius:
“Daniel Chan… Yuwen Yong… ugh… so many feelings, so so, just, I dunno. Just, dunno what words to use to describe Daniel Chan’s dedication and portrayal as Yuwen Yong. I watched some brief interviews and he really put thought into how a warlord/strong ruler should behave, the tone of speech, facial expression and even the postures.
One thing I wanna put out there is Daniel was consistent with his portrayal! What I mean is: In the beginning the series presented his personality as tough, strict, ruthless, calculating, rar rar, his appearance was death glares, stands upright and sits upright, sly grins etc rar rar, and throughout the series even until the end he stuck to it EVEN during/after the lovey-dovey romantic stuff. This is unlike many many many other characters in other series where the stone-cold/cruel characters start out strong then ends up folding into stereotypical “I’m in love, so now I must act soft like mush” – yick! They all end up losing their strong/violent/unrelenting/shit-me-off-and-I’ll-have-you-dead-in-a-millisecond factor. Even when Yuwen Yong showed his nice side, or his gentle side, it was very Yuwen Yong, if that makes sense? It’s as if, ok, so this is Yuwen Yong when he is serious and cruel etc, and this is simply how he is when he is nice, but he remains that strong/violent/unrelenting/shit-me-off-and-I’ll-have-you-dead-in-a-millisecond warrior. Although I don’t think Yuwen Yong is suppose to be as badass as that, I just took the longer version to say that he remained in character throughout lol… *deep breath* *dreamy sigh*
I also only watched it for Yuwen Yong. Daniel Chan was perfect for this role! I know you like Bubu Jingxin, and up until now it was my favourite ancient romance drama, but dah-yam! Daniel’s Yuweng Yong, dah-YAM! AND YUMMY! Seriously, he had much less screen time than the main lovebirds (Ariel and Feng Shao Feng), but DAH YAM! His presence was well worth all the fast-forwarding! I would watch it again, but Ariel’s constant rejection just makes me too sad to see him so sad lol, even when he puts on a “I’m sad, but this is the best I can do looking sad because I was born strong” – and that look wasn’t over emphasised so it was natural, again, unlike other actors who put on the tough sad look.”