Well guys. We have waited 100 years for this ultimate episode. Here it is for you to rave and rant. More of the latter on my end.
The Legend of Chusen Episode 55 RECAP:
Finally, the battle between the good sects and evil sects comes to a showdown. The divider is clear. Ghost King demands for the Zhu Xian Sword to be handed over. Only then will he spare the lives of the kiddies. Yea, he’s asking the most stubborn man of the Sect, Bu Yi. First mistake.
Massive fight breaks out! Bu Yi takes on Ghost King single-handedly while the others do their own thing. This scene must be difficult to filmed with small battles everywhere.
Bi Yao arrives and scours the scene for her man. When she tries to get to Xiao Fan, Xue Qi intervenes and they fight.
Lol. Xiao Fan’s face when his match stick is grabbed head-on! XD Ghost King is like, try waving it around me nao!
Xiao Fan is injured, signaling the appearance of Sect Leader. He aims thousand of swords at Ghost King’s barrier.
LIKE A BOSS!
Bi Yao looks worried. I’m glad you noticed your father….sometimes.
Sect leader defeats Ghost King and Qing Long rushes him away. Now it’s just Sect Leader facing Xiao Fan.
Sect Leader grows evil for that minute, he thinks that Xiao Fan with two types of powers in his body + the powerful demonic match stick = great threat of the future. He can’t let the tiger return to the mountain… He then activates some sort of power from the sword to immobilize everyone in that whole arena, each with a few swords coming at them (and them stopping the swords at bay.)
Xiao Fan lies on the ground like he’s at the beach in Hawaii.
Then he realizes it’s not a beach and Sect Leader wants to kill him. “What did I do wrong?!” Too late, buddy. Should’ve taken Bi Yao’s offer to run away!
While everyone else is immobilized by the sword’s power, Bi Yao screams and breaks away from it, flying towards danger with her own magnetic love field. Pretty awesome.
She activates the power (Love Curse) from the Bell and chants some poetry! Lol. The last line is the most important: “Because of love, death is not regretful.”
Sect Leader Hmpppps his power and the sword breaks through the enchanted Bell and Bi Yao’s Broken-hearted bracelet, piercing right through her tiny frame, lighting up the surrounding. Beautiful shots.
Performing ballet while she’s at it. XD
And she falls…
Xiao Fan’s shocked.
She mumbles the last words, “Xiao Fan…” And closes her eyes…
Xiao Fan finally shows some emotions in his eyes.
The immediate aftermath is him sitting at Ghost King’s residence, recalling his memories with Bi Yao. WHAT? You guys cheated me of the whole thing! I expected more from this scene. The reaction shots of those closest to Bi Yao. You guys stole that from me. Unforgivable.
Qing Long approaches the seemingly dead man, “Zhang Xiao Fan. Zhang Xiao Fan! I know you need time to recuperate but time does not wait for you. There are things you must do now.”
Xiao Fan: “Forcing me to come here…is to kill me?” Qing Long: “If killing you can bring her back, I would’ve done so myself. But things have reached this stage, talking is meaningless. Everything that happened is not what you nor I wanted. Xiao Fan: “Let me see her one more time.” Qing Long tells him Ghost King wants to talk to him first.
Ghost King explains that bringing him back here is to prevent him from being killed by Qing Yun people. “Bi Yao’s determination to protect you has preceded my expectations.” He finally understands her wishes. Xiao Fan: “You really think so? If you care about her, you shouldn’t have brought her to Qing Yun.” Ghost King: “Believe it or not, it’s your choice. These past years, I’ve always wanted to glorify Ghost King’s sect, but I’m definitely not the type without feeling, forsaking his wife and kid.” If he knew today would happen, he wouldn’t let Xiao Fan go when they kidnapped him. Xiao Fan replies that it’s too late to regret.
Ghost King: “Do you regret it?” Xiao Fan shakes his head (what?!!): “I don’t know.” After seeing the future in that well, he keeps wishing they wouldn’t go to Qing Yun. And even if they came, he thought she would remain down the mountains. “And even if she came up the mountains, you would protect her.” You really think that silly girl would stay out of the fight? She was right in calling you an idiot!
Ghost King calls it destiny, impossible to change. “Why can’t you be the one to die?” Lol. He doesn’t know what Bi Yao has done wrong to deserve this fate. Xiao Fan admits it’s his fault. He just didn’t expect…. Ghost King finishes his sentence, “You didn’t expect?! Didn’t expect your respectable Sect Leader to aim the Zhu Xian Sword at YOU? Didn’t expect that the Evil Sects that come out of your mouth to be the ones to protect you? You see it now? The thing you guys call as the evil sects??!”
Right now, Ghost King only wants to save Bi Yao. He’s heard of the magical stone in Kong San mountains that saved Xiao Fan’s life before. It’s a hope they are willing to believe. He’s too injured to help Xiao Fan and reveals that there is still a part of Bi Yao’s soul detained in the Bell. Oh…..However, the sword energy still runs in her body and within a few days, her body might not even survive it. To preserve her body for seven days (to make it back to Yudu), they will use one technique from the Heaven book. Which requires a deep love and some familial blood.
Xiao Fan visits Bi Yao in her perfect make-up and beautiful costume. “Bi Yao, do you know why no matter many times you approached me with one last request but I can’t do it? Because I know every time I reject your offer, you can always come up with other solutions to live well. Only then can we see other again.” He knows she will chase him to depths of ocean to get her request. And every time they split up, he felt extremely sad. “Because every time I can feel your importance growing in my life, how precious it is.” He reflects and doesn’t understand why he didn’t accept her request to leave this war with her.
Ghost King arrives and they begin performing the technique, which requires a peaceful state of mind for 6 hours.
You Ji reprimands herself for not protecting Bi Yao. Qing Long tells her to stop that, no one could’ve stopped the power delivered by Zhu Xian Sword. She turns to him and yells at him for not listening to her in the beginning. They should’ve stopped Bi Yao from interacting with Xiao Fan. Ha. I love how she’s the clear-headed one while Qing Long is about love. Lol.
Wild Dog interrupts them and warns of two frenemies-turned-foes.
Oh It’s these two. Blood-bug dude and Cang Song, showing off his new evil white lights. They want to kill Ghost King and take over his sect. I thought they would kill Qing Long but I’m glad Ghost King arrive in time to save him!! (But really, do we need this scene? Useless. I would rather check on other important folks.)
Finally at Qing Yun…. Sect Leader recuperates in seclusion. Bu Yi tells the kids that with the sect leaders injured, they need to step up their game and take charge of protecting Qing Yun. Shu Shu has already returned to Yudu to guard the city and seek out info about the evil sect. Jing Yu asks about Xiao Fan’s whereabouts but no one knows. Xue Qi raises her opinion. She thinks they should be proactive and attack the last bits of them? Gurl, you crazy too!
Jing Yu follows up her thought with Xiao Fan’s plan from before. Let the evil sects fight among themselves. Bu Yi is impressed with their strategies (Really, old man?!) Senior brother wants to become a spy again and pry out more info. Jing Yu volunteers to help too and Bu Yi asks Xue Qi to meet up with Shu Shu in Yudu.
Wow. This whole scene…. I felt the coldness.
Qin Wu Yan (you handsome thing) reminds Ghost King not to let other sects know of his injuries. Ghost King asks what plans he has and Wu Yan says he will side with Ghost King no matter what. “It’s just my Shifu…” Ghost King promises to help him find the antidote to free him from his Shifu.
Ping Er and You Ji enter. Ping Er is released by Mr. Ghost and promises to help Ghost King. Of course, he doesn’t believe her after she released Jing Yu last episode but You Ji speaks up for her behalf. After the ladies know that Xiao Fan and Wild Dog have left for Yudu, they are concerned he might get killed. Wu Yan volunteers to help Xiao Fan. He says he does want to see Bi Yao live well. “This sentiment is no different from that of Zhang Xiao Fan’s.”
The last few minutes of episode 55 is Xiao Fan visiting the beautiful piece of land he went before with Bi Yao. He sees her smiling at him. “Bi Yao, wait for me. I will definitely return.” She nods at his promise.
—- END —-
Kap: What an episode. What a letdown. After Bi Yao’s sacrifice, I felt strangely detached to the whole drama. She is a friend not only to Xiao Fan but her sacrifice seems only to affect him. We are cheated of what the others feel about the whole ideal. The immediate aftermath was never shown. Shu Shu, Jing Yu, Qing Long, Wu Yan etc. Nothing? Are you freakin kidding me?! When the Qing Yun kids were planning to attack the Evil Sect, I just wanted to off all of them. How heartless and cold they were. Especially Lin Jing Yu!
What I Dislike:
– Too many characters, less development for each core member
– The overall plot was everywhere, I had a hard time remembering their purpose for each mission
– Weak chemistry between the Xiao Fan and Bi Yao. Yes, they went through many, many (and maybe too many) life-and-death situations but there wasn’t cooking time for them to realize the meaning of each sacrifice. With Xiao Fan, it’s a normal thing for him to jump in front of death to save any of his friends. This equals to the lack of distinction when it came to his ladylove. I didn’t feel XF-BY’s love until the rainy night and he took her hand.
– Li Yi Feng gave a very impassive performance for me. He was very detached throughout. The emotional punch was not there when he talked to corpse Bi Yao.
– Bi Yao’s micro-focused attitude on Xiao Fan. I wanted her to relax and think about something else. It was no struggle for her to say, “I can leave my dad and be with you!” (Truth be told, Ghost King’s sect is heaven on Earth! Those flowers! That bridge!)
– Qing Yun men. When they keep saying Qing Yun is home but they got treated like crap and still refused to leave. “Because it is where I grew up. My home.” I wish one would break out of the mold and make a home for themselves with dignity. *major side eye*
What I Like:
+ Bi Yao and her support system – Qing Long, You Ji, Daddy. How glad was I that her daddy was different from Nicky in Zu Legend? I love Qing Long and his brotherly conversations with her. Can’t wait for Qing Long’s transformation into Guo Jing. Heh.
+ The last few episodes where everyone questioned what is evil and what is good. Unlike Hua Qian Gu, I didn’t hate Qing Yun Sect leaders. They were sometimes annoying but I didn’t get murderous. Lol.
+ Bu Yi plundering down the bridge and breaking it like King Kong!
+ Qin Wu Yan: I’m so sad I won’t get to see him arguing with Bi Yao again. I still don’t know whether he likes Bi Yao for real or was just testing her. One thing is for sure, he craves the unconditional love Bi Yao has for Xiao Fan and wants something like that in life. The little gathering he had before they left revealed a lot about this lonely man who was always deserted and used. He came out of that environment knowing how to use people instead and never fully trusting. At least Mao Zi Jun said he has more screen time in Season 2. Those of you still watching, smile!
I’m too tired to go on…. Your turn.