For a drama billed with a central pair in an angsty forbidden love, the budding romance has disappointed me. There was no build-up and we’re literally told, just like the heroine, how her heart feels. It’s not even the acting, because Wallace and Li Ying are perfectly cast for the characters, and while I poke fun at Zi Hua a lot (because I’m spoiled by the future), he hasn’t done anything that I dislike… yet. Not sure how it is written in the book but so far, I’m not buying the drama’s development: I-love-shifu-and-want-to-be-with-him-forever shenanigan.
Episode 17 Summary:
Let me catch you guys up to speed with the story. Epic battle at Sect Tai Bai. Sha Jie Jie’s identity is exposed and Qian Gu bites down her affection for him and refuses his only request – he wants the Flow of Light Harp. We don’t why he insists on obtaining it but I have a gut feeling it has to do with his already dead dead dead sister. Qian Gu won’t budge and if he wants to get it, he would have to kill her. Stuck in an impasse, Dong Fang thinks it’s fair for them to compete in 3 rounds of martial arts with one deity device as a trade. The winner gets one deity device from the loser.
The rounds so far (winner is bolded):
1) Mr. Veins vs Dong Fang.
2) Yun Yi (Bad twin) vs Yun Yin (Good Twin): A Draw
and the third round, Bai Zi Hua replaces Meng Xuan Lang in battle with Sha Qiao Mo.
To sum up the fight:
Second half of the epic
cute fight at Tai Bai between the good sects and Seven Murder Faction.
Oh Sha Jie Jie, in your next life, don’t be a farmer okay? After a portion of his hair is cut off by Zi Hua, he decides to play another game – pushing the huge cauldron between the two of them. In the end, he loses and leaves in a huff. Qian Gu and her fellow sect friends rush down the steps and surround their Sect Leader with hugs and claps, while Zi Hua accepts their jubilant congratulations with an awkward smile. Aww. Zi Hua looks so cute in this scene.
Dong Fang takes an injured Qian Gu back to her quarters and on the way there they see Yun Yin looking dejected on the side. When asked about the results of his battle with Yun Yi, he states that his corrupted brother committed suicide rather than come back to Mount Shu with him. She tries to console him but he asks to be left alone.
Back in her resting quarters, Dong Fang adorably lectures Qian Gu for always putting her life in danger and berates himself for not stopping her from the very beginning. She thanks him for always being there and when she really looks back, she has done nothing for him. He tries to lift up her spirits by saying that she saved him when he was hit by a horse carriage WAYYYY back. Lol. Nice try dude. He’s an important friend to her and she’s willing to risk her life for him. Hearing the confession, Dong Fang looks a tad startled and worried. He asks, in carefully chosen words, “If one day, you find out that I’m like Sha Qian Mo, that I’m a bad person, would you still be my friend?”
Qian Gu smiles and says in a casual tone that if he’s a bad person, she won’t be his friend anymore. “So don’t become a bad person, okay?” NOPE. The ship has sailed, sister.
Once he’s outside her room, Dong Fang’s face twists in agony. “If you knew the truth, will you really not forgive me?”
And the list of Qian Gu’s enemies continues to grow with the poison lady in purple (Bo Ru Hua) swearing that she will avenge for the humiliation she endured today at Tai Bai. She sees Dong Fang releasing a messenger bird in a distance and quirks up a smile, trying to poison him with a flying dart but he dodges in time. She considers it’s his bad luck to meet her here but with a few quick moves, Dong Fang traps her inside a small enclosure made of wooden sticks. Since she likes to use poison so much, he lets her try the real thing by flinging a few drops of his own potion at her face and body.
As he walks away, he listens to her agonizing scream with a smirk. *chills*
Well, the list just got shorter, again. 😛
Meanwhile, Zi Hua heals Qian Gu of her wounds and openly compliments her for doing a good job at defending the sect and her fellow sect members. Hearing that, she literally drops onto the bed and giggles with her hands and feet in the air before he even steps outside the room. He pauses and gives the smallest of all smiles.
The next day, at the main hall of Tai Bai Sect, a dinner party is held by the Sect Leader to thank his friends for lending a hand and defending Tai Bai yesterday.
Sect Leader Fei Yan personally thanks Bai Zi Hua and Hua Qian Gu, and then Dong Fang joins the thanking club as well, not paying attention to Zi Hua shooting daggers out of his eyes. LOL. Across from them, a very upset Man Tian pokes at an innocent orange, dismayed that the attention is never on her. Her father advises her not to keep certain things in her heart for a long time and promises to bring her to the top one day.
Knowing his limitations, Sect Leader Fei Yan willingly relinquished the task of protecting Fantasy Dream Bell, one of the ten deity devices, to Bai Zi Hua. This exchange doesn’t sit well with the other Sect Leaders and one-by-one they verbally voice their opposition in the nicest way possible. Oh shut up, if you guys were so good, why don’t I see ya’ll faces when Sha Jie Jie was around? Tskk Tskk. These Sect Leaders are a bunch of selfish cowards.
They say drinks make you braver and Qing Shui uses liquid courage to confess one last time to Meng Xuan Lang. He’s grateful for her feelings and tries to reject her again nicely, but Qing Shui doesn’t care that he likes Qian Gu because she believes that one day he’ll find out how good she is and start liking her. Oh girl… He admits that she’s a good girl and has always treated her like a little sister. He also knows that Qian Gu doesn’t like him and he’s willing to wait for her. Qing Shui sniffs back her tears and says, “Brother Meng, you don’t have to force yourself. I know that one must be insistent in their pursuits. You can wait for Qian Gu because I’ll continue to wait for you too!!” Well, I guess we got that cleared up.
Turns out Qing Shui isn’t the only one drinking because we see Yun Yin, wrecked up in guilt for indirectly causing his twin’s death. Zi Hua passes by to console him and he quickly hides a glowing injury on his arm. You’re the bad twin!! Where’s my upright Yun Yin!!
Well, it’s time for Man Tian to stir up some troubles too and she crosses to the other side to drink three cups with Qian Gu. After the first cup, Shuo Feng, who has been watching them silently, offers to drink for Qian Gu and Man Tian moves the cup out of his reach. After the third cup, Qian Gu wobbles into a chair with Qing Shui and Shuo Feng watching over her.
When all the Sect Leaders marvel at Zi Xun’s talent in providing fragrances, drunk Qian Gu casually lists out the ingredients to the one that is pervading the main hall. This is an act of rudeness and Man Tian calls her out, but drunk Qian Gu has the guts of a thousand people as she challenges anyone to test her ability in identifying the ingredients. Feathers ruffled, Zi Xun accepts the challenge when Qian Gu is pulled to the center stage by Man Tian and competes with Zi Xun.
The smile on Zi Xun fades as Qian Gu correctly lists down all the ingredients. OMG. I’M SO EMBARRASSED FOR HER RIGHT NOW. DRUNK QIAN GU is NOT CUTE. AT ALL.
Zi Xun ups her game with another scent and even dances in the air for performance points. Not backing down, Qian Gu returns the favor with a dance as well. SOMEONE STOP THIS DRUNK GIRL. I’M EMBARRASSED.
The last scent triggers sad sentiments for people with pain and everyone looks on the verge of tears, except for Zi Hua, because dude has no emotions. Once again, Qian Gu correctly guesses the components but missing one key ingredient. And at this point, I just want to tell Zi Xun to accept the drunk girl as her successor. Scratching her head, Qian Gu gets the last one: Zi Xun’s tears on a day with full moon. Her face spells devastation. Why you gotta go and make things personal for?!
When it’s Qian Gu’s turn to pose the question, Zi Xun misses two ingredients: Qian Gu’s body scent and Shifu’s pillow fragrance. The importance of this WHOLE sequence is letting Zi Xun know that Qian Gu has fallen in love with her Shifu because one of the scents she tested was a love fragrance. As if Qian Gu can hear Zi Xun’s thoughts, she widens her eyes in shock. “You have fallen in love with your teacher. It’s outrageous and unforgivable. OUTRAGEOUS AND UNFORGIVABLE.”
Episode 18 Summary:
Standing in a daze, Qian Gu mentally replays Zi Xun’s words in her head until a tap on her shoulder by Zi Hua breaks her out of the trance. She excuses herself and goes outside to ponder on a rock up high. Does she really like Shifu? She doesn’t know but when she thinks about him, she smiles sweetly. Xuan Lang passes by and tries to get her down from the dangerous heights, but she mistakes him for Shifu and confesses her feelings. *facepalms*
Silly Xuan Lang thinks that she’s found the courage to confess to HIM and inches closer to kiss her forehead…and is stopped by Bai Zi Hua, standing next to a GREEN bush to peek at them. LOL. Geddit? GREEN BUSH? LOL.
He takes her back and lays her down onto the bed while she mumbles about him forgiving her foolish words and he’s confused about her fragmented sentences. Good thing he doesn’t try to pry because she falls asleep in a few seconds.
Outside her room, he meets another one of her boyfriend potential man in Dong Fang and he’s here to bid goodbye since he’ll be returning to Shu State with Xuan Lang tomorrow. Zi Hua denies entrance and if he has important words to tell her, he can tell him. Ha.
Elsewhere, Man Tian wanders to a secluded area and finds herself bounced back from an invisible barrier and hovered in mid air above the mountains. Zi Xun makes her appearance and prepares to kill her for indirectly causing her humiliation at the celebration. Seeing Man Tian’s clamped lips, she allows the girl to say her last words. Man Tian: “I hate Hua Qian Gu! I hate her to death!!” Really? Your last words? What a poor life.
Hearing the hateful words for a common enemy, Zi Xun lets Man Tian go, liking her gumption and forwardness. She tasks the young one with one mission: keep an eye on Qian Gu and uncover her weakness. Oh great, after one mole is killed off, the mole handler becomes the mole now.
After sleeping for three days and three nights (damn, what kind of alcohol did she take? and where can I buy a bottle here?), Qian Gu wakes up from the throbbing headache, just to find them, meaning she and shifu, sailing on a ship. She proceeds to tell him about her three dreams; the first dream, she was a rock surrounded by beautiful flowers and birds but she wanted to fly, in her second dream, she became a bird and wanted to fly higher. In her third dream, she became the sun, high and almighty in the sky and yet the loneliness of it all makes her feel heartbroken and regretful.
Looking on the bright side, she concludes that being alone in the sky may not be a bad thing after all, she could give warmth to every living thing and see interesting events from afar. Her understanding of the dream: as long as you’re true to yourself, you can find happiness. Zi Hua tells her to remember the heart of the little rock despite how strong and powerful she becomes in the future.
Looking at Shifu’s back, she thinks in her head, “Shifu, I don’t want anything else. I just want to be a little rock by your side forever.” What a magnificent plan, your parents will be proud.
Returning to her room in better spirits, she reads Dong Fang’s handwritten letter, reminding her to be careful because her cocky Shifu has countless of enemies. LOL. Love how he jabs at Zi Hua at every chance. hehe.
At the Shu State kingdom, Xuan Lang busies himself with gathering the best herbs and food to strengthen Qian Gu, but his loyal General Lie has urgent matters at hand. While he was away, the two ministers became in-laws. He doesn’t care about stamping royal reports, watching the treacherous ministers, and orders general Lie to hand everything to Dong Fang or his older brother.
The ship has arrived safely and Qian Gu, along with her Shifu, descends. To make sure that the students are still free from worldly desires, they are forced to walk in the Three Life Pool again. Naturally, most of them the fail, except for Shuo Feng, and Qian Gu is able to hide any grimace of pain from her face.
However, Zi Xun has caught her lie and immediately goes to Zi Hua to snitch on his disciple harboring a forbidden love towards him. Enraged that she could spout such nonsense, he warns her to stop spreading rumors or else he wouldn’t give face to their years of friendship.
Sitting in her room with a pair of swollen feet, Qian Gu has a headache and scrambles her brain cells to figure out a plan to hide the truth from her Shifu. Tang Bao rushes inside and bellows about overhearing Zi Xun’s conversation with Zi Hua. To help her mother cover up the injury, she goes to Shi Yi and pretends that she has fallen into the Three Pool Life on a playful excursion. He gives up the medicine easily and then wonders who she likes… “Could it be me?” Oh, you silly doodle bug.
A simple pulse test and Zi Hua dictates that Qian Gu has indeed fallen in love. He tries to let her down easy with nice words like, “You are young, so the inability to block out distractions is normal…but you must get rid of these desires and not hide them.” Caught in the act, she kneels and asks for forgiveness and I can’t believe the next words that come out of her mouth! “I’ve fallen for Dong Fang.” He’s taken aback by her answer since he’s so used to being the main character of every shouju romance. Lol. Not blaming her libido at work, he gives her a light punishment.
Qian Gu goes back to her room and relays the news to Tang Bao and the latter laughs out loud, hoping that she could love her daddy instead. But Qian Gu is determined to study hard and get rid of emotional entanglements. She thinks that by avoiding her Shifu, she won’t feel the drives of her desires.
Except the person experiencing the loneliness in the Hall of Emotionless is now our Shifu. I admit, it’s sad seeing Zi Hua in a huge room by himself with a table of food after Qian Gu nicely says she won’t cook dinner.
And because we all know that the state of Shu is right next door to Chang Liu (lol), Dong Fang drops by to visit Qian Gu on his business trip. He senses a disturbance in the group of students and when he turns around, the suspect reveals her face to be the Pavilion Master’s assistant and she’s here to secretly help Man Tian get even with Qian Gu. First clue? Hua Qian Gu’s Test of Life Stone.
Episode 19 Summary:
Man Tian informs Zi Xun of the clue and she tries to steal the stone by hypnotizing one of the students and asking for the stone in the name of Mo Yan. Except Zi Hua smells her monkey business and tells her that the stone is under his care and protection, if she continues this behavior, he will cut off relations with her and kick her out of Chang Liu. Go Shifu! Kick her out!
Out of the ten deity devices, the Flaming Crystal and the Sympathy Life Sword are still missing and Zi Hua plans to descend Chang Liu in a few days to search for the powerful sword. Meanwhile, Zi Xun sneaks into the Hall of Emotionless and notices the enchantment spell he used to protect his home, which naturally raises her suspicion levels for Hua Qian Gu’s Test of Life stone.
She uses half of her power to break off the enchantment. Zi Hua feels the intrusion and hurries back to the Hall of Emotionless, in time to witness her holding the stone. She gasps in horror and thinks that he has gone crazy for accepting his fated calamity as his student. He snatches the stone back and tells her to mind her own business. She reminds him of teacher’s will, “Kill without mercy,” but Zi Hua believes that he can change that. Hearing that Qian Gu’s safety is just as important to him, Zi Xun decides to end his pitiful student’s life on her own. He tries to convince her that fate cannot be avoided and killing Qian Gu won’t finish all the fated entanglements.
His words fly in one ear and out the other, and by night time, Zi Xun has located Qian Gu having dinner in the garden with Dong Fang and Tang Bao. Before she even appears in person, Zi Xun throws a powerful force towards them and Dong Fang, always the protector of Qian Gu, throws himself forward to take the hit. The force so strong, it knocks everyone back ten feet. He passes out and fortunately, Zi Hua shows up to suppress Zi Xun. He tries to heal Dong Fang with his power but the injured only stirs awake for a few seconds before slumping into Qian Gu’s arms again.
Outside, Zi Hua professes that Dong Fang’s injury is serious because Zi Xun used her specialty move and a huge chunk of her power to deliver the fatal blow. For the next 49 hours, Dong Fang’s life is sustained by his power but after the limited time passes, no one will be able to save him. He walks away to talk in private with the ever-so-stubborn Zi Xun, and she admits she did wrong by harming an innocent man but she would rather he hates her than let Qian Gu harm him. Zi Hua: “Don’t you understand? No one wants to harm me. And no one can harm me. Hua Qian Gu is my disciple, and no matter what, I won’t forsake her.” HOHOHO. I will write down those words and secure them in a rock for use later. XD
When Zi Hua threatens to cut off all ties with her if she continues her killing quest, lines of shock form on Zi Xun’s forehead, her eyes glitter with tears. She promises she can spare Qian Gu’s life but she won’t forgive her. LOL. Right. We need your forgiveness.
Qian Gu tends to Dong Fang and begs him to wake up and tell her a way to save him. Zi Hua enters, followed a few steps behind by Zi Xun, who’s here to rectify her wrongdoing. However, as hard as she pushes, she can’t push the negative energy out of Dong Fang’s body. An idea comes to Zi Hua’s mind and he gravely adds, “That means only Sha Qian Mo can cure him since Zi Xun’s root is from the Seven Murder Faction.”
Without a second option, Zi Xun meets Sha Qian Mo in his lair and he laughs about her offer: “If you help me today, one day, I will return the favor.” He doesn’t need her help and when she glares at him, he straightens and his face turns solemn. “What? Are you trying to use your beauty on me? Do you think… I’m more beautiful, or you?” LOL. Oh Jie Jie, go ask a mirror!
On the sideline, Chun Qiu comes in for an attack, believing that once he captures the pretty lady, Bai Zi Hua would have no choice but hand over the two deity devices. With her power not up to standard, she falters backwards and is subjected to Sha Jie Jie’s skin routine lecture. XD Sha Qian Mo pokes at her soft skin, disclosing her sleepless nights being reflected on her dry skin.
The news of Zi Xun’s capture reaches Zi Hua and he arrives at the Seven Murder Faction Hall as a VIP guest. Sha Jie Jie asks, “What a rare guest! How does this place compare to your lifeless Hall of Emotionless?” No answer. When Sha Jie Jie keeps joking around, Zi Hua levels him a glare and our Jie Jie pretends to shrivel back in fear. “Are you mad? I get scared easily.” He motions to Sha Chun Qiu to release Zi Xun. LOL. Oh Jie Jie, I miss you on my screen so much!!
He then circles around Zi Hua, taking in his earthly beauty. Zi Hua: “What are you looking at?” Jie Jie: “I haven’t seen you in so long, so what if I look at you a bit more?” ROFL. He continues to tease Zi Hua by bringing out a fake Zi Xun, which doesn’t fool Zi Hua’s observant eyes.
But in my head, this scene plays out like this…
Play time is over and Jie Jie declares his offer: bring him the Flow of Light Harp in exchange for two lives. Not a bad deal at all but one that has senior brother Mo Yan sputtering in rage at the audacious request.
At a loss, Qian Gu musters up the courage to face her Jie Jie again and he, likewise, looks ashamed. “I thought you’ll never look at my face again.” She tells him to put down his hate and he’ll always be the Jie Jie she once knew. He doesn’t directly reply and adds that the Flow of Light Harp has special meaning to him. He only needs to borrow it for a few days. Sensing the sincerity in his voice, Qian Gu promises to beg her Shifu. Nope, Zi Hua ain’t giving up the harp to no one. Now that she has no choice left, Qian Gu and Tang Bao are going to steal the harp!
And we get this silly scene below (why are they so cute?):
It’s obvious he lets them steal the harp but the two are so dense to figure out Shifu’s intention. Sigh… And here I thought this would be a good scene to show our heroine’s character development, that she somewhat understands her Shifu…
Sha Jie Jie works his magic and it will take some time before Dong Fang wakes up. He leaves with the harp and as suspected earlier, he wants to play a song for his dead sister. But his peaceful emotions soon become a rowdy display of guilt and anger as the memory of her death pricks at his conscience. The sounds emit from the harp cause much suffering to his underlings and Qian Gu searches for his whereabouts.
She finds him without much difficulty and he reveals the story behind his desire to obtain the harp. His sister once said that if she could play the Flow of Light Harp, she could die without regrets. She went to Chang Liu and met eldest disciple Zhu Ran, who subsequently manipulated her feelings and used her to get his deity devices. When she thought that Jie Jie valued the devices over her, she killed herself.
Jie Jie’s sadness makes Qian Gu step up her game and she plays a song in his sister’s place. As the soft sounds pervade the dark halls, Liu Xia’s spirit rises from the ice bed and advises her brother to let go of his quest in gathering the deity devices and let himself be happy. “There’s no meaning in being first in the world if you constantly live in exhaustion and hatred.”
He tells Qian Gu to take the harp away and she returns to Chang Liu to make up for her bold move in the presence of Mo Yan, Shifu, and Xiao Mo.
Episode 20 Summary:
I just hate this dude (Mo Yan) so much. What’s the big deal if everything has returned to Chang Liu? It’s a good thing Xiao Mo is around to speak some sense into his tofu-filled head. Qian Gu expects and insists punishment, but Shifu repeatedly tells her to leave for the time being.
She checks up on Dong Fang and his eyes flutter open. Expelling days of relief, Qian Gu smiles jubilantly down at him. He struggles to sit up and earnestly asks her to leave Chang Liu with him and they can wander anywhere she wants to go; Chang Liu is not the place for her, with everyone waiting with bated breath and preying on her. Oh, stop trying Dong Fang, this girl is not going to listen. Let her enjoy the short days of happiness before hell descends.
The next few days go accordingly to the song “Is the Night” by Mao Fang Yuan with Qian Gu trying her best to avoid direct eye contact with Shifu and Shifu takes in her strange behavior with a confused expression.
Having had enough of her silent treatment, he asks her to make the Peach Blossom Soup that he likes and judging from the new taste, he wonders what’s weighing on her mind. Being vague about her heart matters, she dilvuges that she can’t make out the answer to her problem. He tells her to let nature run it course because only natural events have peace within them. The more one focuses on it, the more confusing it becomes. She then decides to put down the heavy burden of running away and cherish the moments she has with her teacher.
Deciding that his naive disciple needs to experience more of the world to gain insights and open up her vision, he comes to the conclusion that a trip down the mountain will do just that. Secondly, he needs to find the Sympathy Sword too. Qian Gu also wants to visit Mount Shu and hands the sect leader position back to Yun Yin.
During their brief trip on a wooden plank, Qian Gu finds relief near Shifu’s icy body.
Our young emperor’s swordplay has improved greatly and he’s able to put a sword next to his trusted general’s neck. He finds it meaningless that he keeps winning and when Qing Shui attacks them wearing a mask, he recognizes Chang Liu’s swordplay and unmasks her. She smiles brightly at him and he urges her to return before someone finds out and punishes her.
Shifu and Qian Gu encounter an unconscious man on the ground and after palpitating his pulse, Zi Hua deduces the snake species immediately. Qian Gu wants to use magic to lure out the snake but Shifu tells her they can’t use magic and must use the mortal way to provide aid. The man awakens and thanks the two for their help. When he says he lives in Lotus Flower Village, Qian Gu’s stomach churn at the name of her home.
Standing before her wrecked house, great sadness evelopes Qian Gu, and Shifu thinks they should clean up the place for it be habitable. Shifu gets to work, tinkering with various tools and objects around the house. Qian Gu watches him from a distance, a sense of familiarity swarms through her.
At the Shu State, Qing Shui volunteers to become Xuan Lang’s maid, waiting on him in his sleep and wishing to wash his face in the morning. This girl, I don’t know what to say to her anymore. It’s getting creepy now that she has access to the King’s bedroom and the authority to tell everyone to stay away.
When dinner is ready, Shifu pokes a bun with his chopstick and offers it to Qian Gu, who stares dumbfoundedly at him, and seeing Brother Mo’s face instead. She confesses to Shifu that she can’t remember Brother Mo’s face and often confuses it with Shifu’s.
Back at the palace, Xuan Lang’s older brother has brought home a rare pearl and wants to hold a celebration to thank the neighboring country and assuring the officials and people that a harmonious royal family means a peaceful country.
While Qian Gu buries the wooden sword and memories of Brother Mo, Zi Hua steps forward and reveals his identity as Brother Mo to Qian Gu. His eyes drop to ground level in remorse as he discloses his decision to let Qian Gu’s father die instead of using magic to save him. She stares up at him in disbelief and he proves his words by taking her arm and moving to the swordplay he taught Qian Gu a long time ago.
Zi Hua: “That’s right, I’m Mo Bing.”
Tears well up in her eyes and she runs into the house. Exasperated with the timing of the declaration when she’s ready to let go of Mo Bing, she cries out, “Why? Why did you tell me now?!”
Shifu comtemplates his decision and the repercussions of it over a cliff. Zi Xun interrupts his peace with her sarcastic comment: “You and your disciple live here in the mountain area alone to gain experience. No wonder why your emotions run deep.” She scans the area and is gripped by the fact that Qian Gu was the same little girl back then. She smirks and wonders whether he’s told her the truth. Continuing to stare ahead, he ignores all her questions but one. “I’ve told her everything.” He then visits her dad’s burial ground, “I’ve told Little Bone everything. She’s grown up and has the right to know and decide whether she will forgive.” My respect for ya Shifu.
Our Qian Gu buries herself in the same spot as before, unable to move or speak. It’s not long before the doors swing open and Zi Xun steps in to provoke the vengence in Qian Gu. “Didn’t your Shifu tell you that I was the one who refused to save your dad?” Slowly, she straightens up and asks with a throb in her throat why people like her – people with the ability to save others refuse to save and instead watch others perish. Zi Xun replies, “Because your Shifu can’t lose his position as Sect Leader.” Ooohh. The answer burns all the logic in Qian Gu’s head and she runs away to an isolated place beside a tree to gather her thoughts.
And history repeats itself, the villagers locate her and trap the demon girl in their net. Cut to: Qian Gu being tied up on a stand while the villagers get ready to burn her alive. But her face betrays no emotions, no life of its own until the memory of that night comes flooding into her vision and she lets out a scream to break off the ropes. “I’m going to kill all of you and avenge for my father!” She picks up a man and ties him to the same stand, hovering a stick of fire in mid-air.
Zi Hua descends near the stand and says nothing. Watching from the second floor, Zi Xun urges her to kill them. Kill them all. Hesitation flickers in Qian Gu’s face and she recalls her dad’s dying words. “They are frightened. They don’t know what they’re doing.” The fire stick falls to the ground and her anger subsides. The man’s daughter rushes up the stairs and cries for her father. “Don’t harm my dad! Don’t harm my dad!!” The anger in Qian Gu now completely disappears, replaced by a calmness and understanding of the big picture.
She lifts up her legs and run. She runs through the forest, searching for her Shifu. When she arrives home, her Shifu stands there in his wholeness. Her face lights up. She calls out to him and runs into his arms. He’s surprised and she quietly tells him that Mo Bing is all but a memory of the past, and Shifu is now the most imiportant person to her. She never wants to be separated from him. Moreover, she believes that beside hate, there is love and happiness in this world. “Since I can forgive the people of Lotus Flower village, why can’t I forgive the teacher who holds the entire world in his heart?” Shifu smiles and strokes her hair. “Xiao Gu, you’ve grown up….”
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Kappy: That was quick. Almost too quick. I wanted more inner struggles… But Qian Gu is innately a good person. How else could you explain the years of torment, beating, and shunning of the villagers and yet she did not lift a finger to harm any of them? That last scene only confirmed that goodness is still there. Zi Hua believes her morals and hence did not say a word. With or without her Shifu, she wouldn’t kill the man whose daughter was staring straight at her, reflecting the anguish and helplessness she once felt. It will take a lot to change a person and it will take a lot of deaths and suffereing to flip that kindness of Qian Gu inside out. Can we look forward to that day? HECK TO THE YEA. I’m waiting for this MarySue-ish phase to vanish and for her to wreak havoc to the world!
I love tragic romances as much as the next fangirl but the whole sequence how Qian Gu found out she’s fallen for Shifu felt ridiculous and contrived to force the loveline. When the lead couple falls in love with each other, I want to feel their developing feelings and not being told she likes him. What’s the point if I have to be told? Moreover, at this point in the story, I simply don’t understand when her feelings develop for Shifu. There’s no differentiation among the men and they all do the same thing – protect and guide her. Therefore, I don’t understand how she could easily say she treats the other two guys like her brothers when she never had one to begin with! How does she know the different feelings of affection if she needed to be told? There has to be some form of confusion in her heart and yet her belief that she loves her Shifu and only her Shifu makes it unbelievable. And why I’m not on this love train.
Dong Fang does way more and even risks his life serveral times over the course of their friendship but she does not feeling anything for him? Only a brother? Really? REALLY?