Lan Ling Wang: Eps 37-40 (Strategic Yu Wen Yong/Daniel Chan Watching)
So, continuing onward with my strategic Yu Wen Yong/Daniel Chan watching, I watched episodes 37-40 all in one day. There are lots of great YWY scenes but also a lot of intense scenes. Brace yourselves! 😛
Look at this happy family! Xue Wu comes to her senses and finally realizes that Yu Wen Yong is the one for her. She leaves Lan Ling Wang, kicks Zheng Er’s butt, and moves to the Zhou Empire to live happily ever after with Yu Wen Yong & his adopted daughter. Together, he and Xue Wu bring peace and happiness to the whole empire!
………..just kidding. This will never ever happen. Seriously though, I stumbled upon the glorious LLW forum over at spcnet which is FULL of loyal YWY fans (WOOT WOOT) and I even saw someone write up a fan fiction for YWY, complete with screencaps and all. Hey, I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO’S THOUGHT OF THE OTHER POSSIBLE ENDINGS FOR YWY..
First I have to talk about the outfits because they always amuse me. Zheng Er is now sporting a new hairstyle and pretty earrings but omg, what have they done to her outfit. It’s like the designer tried to put as much gold, metallics, lace, and patterns on it as possible. And I seriously think there are SHOULDER PADS in her dress. T__T” Another costume fail–YWY usually has decent outfits…but this time, he wore this really ugly bedazzled metallic robe. (pic above) You can’t see it in this screencap, but the full length view of the robe was not good looking at all. As for Xue Wu, she has a few outfit changes. All I can say is, at least they are better than some of her previous outfits. T___T” I always get the feeling that the designer was trying to make the period outfits with a modern flair but these neon colors, metallic patterns, and the giant bulky jewelery are just not working.
^bottom left pic: Oh crap, I bet YWY’s empress will turn into Zheng Er #2 and get all jealous of XW. NOOOOO!!!!!!! NOT AGAIN!!!!!
So, I skipped episodes 28-36. When I started out with ep37, I was all what the heck, LLW is dead already? It’s only ep37, he can’t die this early! Well turns out Zheng Er has effectively screwed over everyone’s minds by faking LLW’s death and holding him captive in an underground dungeon while nursing him back to health. ERM……..the sad part is that I can’t really say I’m surprised. T___T” Seriously, it feels like the writer has been trying to pack in every freaking plot twist available with all of these misunderstandings, faked deaths, and near-deaths.
Yes, these episodes are quite cruel…not because of all the angst and sorrow and heartbreak (although there are a lot of sad scenes)…but because it’s all for nothing!!!!! LLW isn’t even dead!! XW is mourning his death and believes she has been left on her own to raise their child!! OMG!! Also, YWY finally believes that he can be happy with XW and protect her…….but we all know how that goes……
There is this one part in the beginning ep37 when I totally LOL’d……Zheng Er says that ‘Xue Wu isn’t stupid..she just loves LLW’. Me: AHAHAHA, ARE YOU SURE??? I don’t know if XW is half-smart and half-dumb or what. She has so many moments when she is suddenly super smart and wise and then other times I’m left wondering ‘what in the world is she doing?’. Anyways I’ve become utterly convinced that XW doesn’t deserve YWY. (so instead YWY can be with US. 😉 ) Yeah yeah, she makes YWY happy, she acknowledges he is her life-saver, and she values him as a good friend but……..we all know that 1) She is half-obliviously-half-knowingly leading him on and 2) Once she finds out LLW is alive, she will leave behind YWY in the dust AGAIN.
So, YWY saves XW for the nth time, orders his doctors to save her and her baby’s lives, and takes her in as his concubine to protect her from Zheng Er’s assassins. Yeah. I felt like this was almost a replay of what happened with 14th & Ruo Xi in BBJX–in both cases, 14th & YWY have unrequited love for the heroine and get married in name only to protect them. Of course, we all know XW will never ever develop any romantic feelings whatsoever for YWY so this is quite the bittersweet and cruel story arc. :'( I love seeing YWY and XW together but I know it won’t last.
What I love about YWY in these episodes is that he is not trying to be some opportunist who swoops in when XW is at her worst. He’s not trying to replace LLW, in fact he is doing what is necessary to protect XW’s life. YWY tries to maintain a respectful distance from XW by honoring their ‘marriage in name only’ but at the same time, you can just see that he is still harboring some small hope that maybe one day, XW will be willing to be his true wife. They’re not quite friends, not quite lovers…YWY knows they are in limbo and he finds himself stuck in the middle. Could he ever hope for something more from XW, or is this all just a fleeing time of happiness? It all just feels so bittersweet.
So YWY and XW are STRANDED IN THE RAIN, XW is tending YWY’s wound, and YWY clasps her hand and asks if he really has no chance with her. He says he’d rather not be emperor if being emperor would prevent him from being able to protect XW. Of course, XW’s answer is NADA which she conveys by silently removing her hand from his grasp. ARGHHHHHHHHHHH. I’m not saying I wish XW would fall for YWY (especially when she is still mourning LLW’s death) but does she really have zero feelings towards him whatsoever? What is the point of there being a 2nd lead that never has a chance at all with the heroine?
^Such a magical scene!
The other major event in these episodes would be Xiao Dong’s death. It was really sad when Xiao Dong was shielding XW from the arrows and it’s in that moment that I realized that XW was not just taking Xiao Dong’s loyalty for granted. Sometimes it feels like XW does not appreciate just how much others are sacrificing for her, but here we clearly see that she loves Xiao Dong very dearly. The main thing that ruins the scene though..is when Xiao Dong is still physically able to carry a giant log after he has just been shot multiple times in the back. Pretty sure that wasn’t possible.
I’m not looking forward to the episode when XW finds out LLW is still alive because we will just go through a whole new story arc where everything gets reversed once again. But I am curious to see what LLW will do when he finds out XW is YWY’s concubine in name. Also I’m scared to see what YWY’s empress will do now that she is getting jealous of XW. T__T
So, the upcoming episodes on my to-watch list are:
Here’s a BTS clip featuring Daniel Chan as YWY. It is fun hearing his accent and also seeing some short glimpses of the BTS. I definitely recommend you watch the moment at 3:30 in which Daniel Chan WINKS. Oh, my heart!