Sound of the Desert (Da Mo Yao): Eps 14-22
As you all know, period c-dramas love angst and heartbreak…and yes, there is plenty of both in episodes 14-22 of Da Mo Yao. These episodes mark the transition into the more angsty part of the story now that the love triangle is in full swing. Don’t worry though, Da Mo Yao isn’t as intense and heartwrenching as some other period c-dramas, plus there are still plenty of cutesy shippy scenes to balance out the angst! 😉
Here’s a quick refresher on the major events in eps 14-22:
- Xin Yue confesses to Mo Xun two more times and is rejected both times.
- Xin Yue runs away to Da Mo.
- Wu Ji finds Xin Yue and ‘kidnaps’ her to stay with him at his battle camp. Long story short, Xin Yue disguises herself as a guy, fights in the army, sleeps with Wu Ji after getting drunk, and agrees to marry him. YUP. They are officially a couple now!
- Hu Wei Li (the leader of the Jie Tribe in Da Mo, Wu Ji’s rival, and Xin Yue’s past love) finds out that Xin Yue is alive!
- Mo Xun confesses to Xin Yue when she returns to Jian An City. Xin Yue doesn’t give him a response yet.
- Qin Xiang lures General Li Ji over to her side and declares Xin Yue/Wu Ji as her enemies. She competes with the Wan Family (includes the Empress, the princess, Wu Ji, Wu Ji’s uncle, etc.) to gain control of the throne.
“Because I care, so I have to let go…Xiao Yue, I can’t let you face the dangers, bear my family’s burden, and suffer with me, living a life where you can’t do what you wish. I alone am enough to take these on.”
Mo Xun can be described in one phrase: “the noble idiot”. He’s the classic case of ‘noble idiocy,’ a drama trope in which a character pushes away the people they love out of self-sacrifice. This usually happens when a character has a terminal illness and doesn’t want to put his their loved ones through the pain of seeing him dying. Noble idiots are tragic, pitiful and INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING characters. On one hand I understand that Mo Xun is a noble character and that he’s trying to do what’s best for Xin Yue. On the other hand, just because he has good intentions doesn’t mean that his actions have good effects. Whenever he goes off into noble idiot-mode I just want to bang my head on the wall. T_T” He’s not helping anyone by being self-sacrificial–instead he’s only making everyone more miserable. And whenever Mo Xun has his pitiful noble idiot scenes (i.e. staring off into space, dramatically playing his flute all alone while Xin Yue is having a cutesy moment with Wu Ji, etc.) I can’t help but think that he has doomed himself to his own misery. Whenever I feel bad that he’s always a step too late, I just think of how he has already passed up three chances to accept Xin Yue’s love. *facepalm* >_>
So, why does Mo Xun reject Xin Yue twice in a row?
1) Xin Yue will only suffer and be put into danger because of him. Mo Xun believes that he won’t be able to keep Xin Yue safe due to his difficult political position. He needs to make sure not to be too powerful so as not to raise the emperor’s suspicions. He also has divided loyalties between Nan Chao and Da Mo. I think this is an ok-ish reason because it’s true that it’d be hard for Xin Yue to have a stable future with Mo Xun. That’s definitely something Xin Yue would have to consider before she gets together with Mo Xun. However I don’t think it’s a good enough reason because ironically, Xin Yuealready dove headfirst into a dangerous political situation in the first place! She helped Qin Xiang, whose goal is to get revenge on the emperor, into the palace! And now she’s keeping Qin Xiang’s secret–basically being her accomplice in assassination. =_= Xin Yue has already gotten herself caught up in some dangerous doodoo, so I don’t think her getting involved with Mo Xun would make things worse.
I don’t think she would hesitate one moment to accept Mo Xun despite his political background because she already dove headfirst into it in the first place.
2) Mo Xun has a genetic illness which makes it hard for him to have children. This reason is more WTF to me because Mo Xun doesn’t clearly communicate about this with Xin Yue. He only asks her in a roundabout way and then misinterprets her answer to mean that he can’t ever make her happy. Later on when Mo Xun reveals his reasoning to Xin Yue, she goes ‘why didn’t you ask me?!?!’ Mo Xun: ‘I did! *serious face*’. ARGHHH. Asking whether Xin Yue wants kids and whether she’d be willing to not have kids with him are two different things, Mo Xun! Xin Yue never said that she had to have kids to be happy!! Heh, the look on Xin Yue’s face during this moment says it all–she’s all ‘THAT was the reason you rejected me and broke my heart thrice???”. *facepalm*
Here lies the problem with Mo Xun: he’s not giving Xin Yue a choice, instead he’s deciding for her. Mo Xun tries to act in Xin Yue’s best interests but he doesn’t even clearly know what her best interests are in the first place. I don’t doubt that these two love each other deeply…the problem is that they don’t understand each other very well. Mo Xun and Xin Yue are always reading between the lines to figure each other out and ultimately this results in some major misunderstandings. I don’t blame Xin Yue for being hesitant when Mo Xun finally confesses her..after all, she is still so hurt and disillusioned with him that it’ll take time for her to fully trust him again. I wonder whether Mo Xun will wait for Xin Yue as long as she waited for him, now that she’s no longer ready to accept him?
“This moment, I finally realize that bit by bit, unknowingly, he has adamantly engraved himself in my heart.”
As you all already know by now, I’m still loving the Wu Ji x Xin Yue ship. And now that the love triangle is finally shifting in Wu Ji’s favor, these episodes are like a shipper’s heaven, ahaha. Xin Yue finally gives Wu Ji a chance and even agrees to become his fiancee. It’s quite a fast-moving relationship; I think they might be progressing this quickly because they’ve already been good friends for a few years. So it’s not like they’re starting from scratch. Then again, I admit that I was shocked when Xin Yue first accepted Wu Ji’s proposal. There are some subtle hints along the way that Xin Yue is aware of Wu Ji’s feelings, but not many signs that she’s actually warming up to him. Usually her developing feelings are revealed through her narration, not in the scenes leading up to their relationship. Apparently Xin Yue realizes her romantic feelings for Wu Ji after the engagement, so maybe that’s why she didn’t show that she was falling for him beforehand?
Currently Xin Yue and Wu Ji are in the honeymoon phase with lots of cute shippy scenes together. As we all know, there are no easy happily-ever-after endings in period c-dramas. And Tong Hua loves plenty of angst, tragedy and hardships! So unfortunately, Wu Ji and Xin Yue still have a lot of obstacles to their relationship. Wu Ji can’t get permission to marry Xin Yue as his wife due to their status differences. Xin Yue has some unresolved issues from her past, such as her old love Hu Wei Li (leader of the Jie Tribe and rival of Wu Ji) from Da Mo who still has feelings for her. And of course, I’m sure that Qin Xiang will continue being a thorn in Xin Yue’s side for the rest of the drama. There’s no way Qin Xiang is going to accept Xin Yue’s relationship with Wu Ji. =_=
Wu Ji is often portrayed as a perfect prince charming, the kind of guy who will do anything to protect the heroine and make her happy. He is seen as an invincible, undefeated general oozing with self-confidence and charm. AND BTW–HE CAN COOK! *wink wink* However, beneath Wu Ji’s boundless confidence and powerful status, he is actually very limited by his own status. He wants to marry Xin Yue, but is it realistic? Can he really defy his family’s disapproval of their marriage and choose against his responsibility towards his family? Considering how devoted Wu Ji is to his family and how hard he’s worked to prove himself, I doubt that he would be able to cut off his family ties. Mo Xun can throw away everything to be with Xin Yue, whereas realistically Wu Ji cannot. Wu Ji still has his family and work responsibilities that are in conflict with his love for Xin Yue. And although I have sorta brought into Wu Ji’s prince charming persona, I acknowledge he’s not without his flaws. For instance, when he kidnaps Xin Yue from Da Mo, the drama makes it seem like he’s being really swoonworthy and romantic. I would be lying if I said I didn’t squee during that scene. When I looked back on it though, I felt that there is something wrong about him forcibly removing Xin Yue from where she wanted to be. He does this out of anger and wanting to prevent Xin Yue from running off forever into Da Mo, but still, he is forcible acting against her will. I also think that Wu Ji can be over-protective at times, which clashes with Xin Yue’s independent personality. Xin Yue is fully capable of protecting herself!
By the way…am I the only one that sees a resemblance between Wu Ji and Hu Wei Li? These two are so similar to each other!!! They’re both accomplished generals, are honorable, super skilled at fighting, etc. O_O
I don’t have much to say about Xin Yue except for these few points..since it feels like her character doesn’t have as much character development as Wu Ji/Mo Xun in these episodes:
- Good on her for trying to get over Mo Xun. She already waited for three years, and after the third rejection, she finally decides that enough is enough.
- Obviously she’s not over Mo Xun. She has feelings for both Mo Xun and Wu Ji..who knows which one she loves more? Does she love them both equally? I think she would still give her everything for both men regardless of who she loves more romantically, since they’re both very close to her. We’ll only know how she truly feels once she chooses between Mo Xun & Wu Ji in the upcoming episodes!
- Xin Yue is both fierce and soft. For instance, the scene where she guards Wu Ji by threatening to shoot Hu Wei Li. She’s fierce in that she is willing to go to this extent to protect Wu Ji. At the same time, she’s still hesitant to shoot Hu Wei Li despite her built up resentment and bitterness towards him.
^Really like Mao Yun Zhu’s outfit!
Lastly, the outfits. You can’t go without talking about the outfits in period c-dramas, right? 😛 Well, one thing I realized while watching these episodes is that the problem with the styling is that ALL of the other female characters are styled better than Xin Yue does. Everyone from Hong Gu to Mao Yun Zhu has more flattering color combinations, accessories and hairstyles. It’s not that Xin Yue’s outfits totally suck–it’s more like, they could be so much better. I think the stylist are trying to use bold colors such as cobalt blue, red, etc. to reflect Xin Yue’s personality. They are also trying to show how Xin Yue is more of a practical person and isn’t caught up with her appearance by giving her minimal accessories and modest outfits. BUT this doesn’t explain why her outfits aren’t as good as they could be!! T_T I am happy that Xin Yue gets to have a new outfit when she’s in Da Mo though! It looks so much better on her than her other outfits in Nan Chao!
At this point in the drama, it’s clear that Da Mo Yao has the same general story format as Bu Bu Jing Xin. Both stories have an ordinary heroine who is caught up in palace politics due to her romantic involvement with a couple important men. In Bu Bu Jing Xin, Ruo Xi was close to 8th prince and 4th prince, (as well as other princes) which led to her involvement with the struggle for the throne. She also switched from her first love interest (8th) to the second one (4th). Likewise, in Da Mo Yao, Xin Yue is the romantic interest of Wu Ji and Mo Xun and switches from Mo Xun to Wu Ji. Plus Xin Yue will inevitably be at the center of the struggle for the throne within the upcoming episodes. I think most of the plot is pretty predictable; the thing that I’m really wondering though, is whether or not Xin Yue will have a happy ending. In BBJX it *SPOILER SPOILER* ends with a sad tragic ending. Will it end the same way in Da Mo Yao?
Translation Credit: mJ01991
Note: I am watching the uncut version of Da Mo Yao.