Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

With this production hell bent on not loving Yan Xun, I just have to shoulder that responsibility and love him more. To that end, I’m really confused why some fans are confused about the ultimate ship. I think my synopsis is really clear with Yue-Qiao as the ending game. But knowing that doesn’t mean that our heroine can’t love more than one man! She should! Can’t she experience love with different people and finally settle down with the ONE? Spoilers at this point won’t even help much because with all the changes made to Yue’s character, intentions have been altered and we just have to follow the drama as it presents the story to us. Enjoy the ride, enjoy not knowing what’s gonna happen. What’s fun when you know everything beforehand? (Trust me, it’s not fun… )

Thanks Candora for helping me with episode 12 recap. I’m so drained.

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  1. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    Agree about your comment Kappy! My thoughts exactly.

    It’s so contradicting how the scriptwriters are trying to portray Xing Er as a woman who can hold her own, yet they come up with such damsel in distress moments.

    The production team didn’t do the cast and story justice, which is such a great pity… All the colourful colours reminded me so much of the set in Zu Mountain, which I really didn’t like. The set they chose for this drama made it hard for me to link it to that era, sometimes I would wonder are they even in 古代 while watching. And like you said, this is supposedly a ‘darker’ drama theme yet everything screams *idol drama*. And the story so far isn’t helping much either.

    I know it is still only the beginning of the drama but I can’t help but feel really disappointed because of what I saw in the trailer. I actually half gave up on this drama already by skipping while I watch, which is so so sad because I love ZLY and I was so excited for this drama. Oh well.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      It’s pretty inconsistent in writing and isn’t helped much by directing either. I’m so sad, Peach. T______T

      But I miss Li Ying onscreen so much and she does have chemistry with the boys so I will soldier through it!

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        T_T I am sad about this too, and it’s hard to find people who understand that feeling of sadness of being unable to enjoy a drama that you are looking forward to so much! Glad to have someone who understands! *hugs* And I am also pushing through for ZLY! Lets do this! 🙂

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      I tried several times throughout a few episodes, tried not to be distracted by the colorful set but I still find the colors a bit bothersome. Many sets for this drama look like they are all built indoor inside a huge studio. The caves, waterfalls, buildings, etc. all look a bit too fake. Similar to 3l3w (I really disliked 3l3w’s golden lotus and its water pond). I’m guessing they film PA in huge indoor studios as much as possible these days to avoid climate, lighting fluctuations. So they can film at all hours? I forgot to look, but I’m guessing PA actors don’t puff out warm breaths as much as the actors who filmed in Heng Dian Studio.
      I also find Yuwen Yue’s rooms too cluttered and cramped. Some of the other living quarters look cramped too. Like Kappy, I’m also unhappy about a few other aspects of PA.

  2. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    I think because I like Yuwen Yue way more than Yan Xun, I don’t mind the obvious push for XingYue. I thought he could tell it was rat poison because he was trained to avoid poisons. I think he picked up on the scent. Just like XingEr knew it was rat poison just from a glance probably due to his training.
    On her not being able to fight as well, they explained that she doesn’t have full control over her abilities due to the accident, that is why he is retraining her. I confess I love all the extra training since like you said it just serves for otp moments. But I am anticipating her recovering some of her skills.
    I agree that the color is too bright for the theme. Also, ZLY has too many outfits. I wonder if that was Hunan’s fault? I always feel like Hunan messes with dramas too much, so I am extra glad that ZLY’s next drama won’t be sold to Hunan. But the post-production is the real issue.

    Overall, I really like the drama. It wasn’t what I expected from the trailers since they gave me a Nirvana vibe, but I really like what I got so far. I am so into this XingYue ship.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      The editing needs work, they should have focused more on his nose in that rat poison scene. And if Yue can smell it from the table over, surely Huai, who is trained in similar backgrounds, should show some kind of recognition too. But nothing from him, everything boils down to Yue again.

      I understand the accident sealing away her power, but I’m referring to her physical moves. She wasn’t trained for a day, she was trained since she was a kid and her muscle memory should retain those combat moves in battles with Yue but somehow she’s like an amateur. But of course, another reason for OTP skinship moments.

      I can’t blame everything on Hunan since they have no power in the uncut version/without their logo. The production just took the idol-route with the colors and brightness. Like you, I expected a better production… T__T

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        About muscle memory.. If you lose your memory, even though you have a so called muscle memory, you’ll need to relearn how to do it. It is more about the brain needing to relearn than the muscles knowing or not knowing what to do. And that might be why she is quick to get a hang of things. Now I don’t know if that is what they are going for in this drama.

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          This is tricky because I have first hand experience with an uncle who is no longer with us in this world. He got in a bad fight and had memory loss too. He remembered everything (daily activities, routines, driving a truck without re-learning, just give him the keys) except for the faces of his loved ones. A true tragedy.

          Which is why the writing in here could have explained CQ’s situation better.

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          I agree Kappy, they should some how made it more clear how her memory lose affects her martial arts.

  3. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    I’m more on YanXun’s side as of now just because of how pure his feelings are for XingEr. No matter what YWY does, theres still the underlying fact that he’s still using her.

    Spoilers:

    Of course, on that basis, my ship will slowly switch as YanXun begins to turn dark and YWY begins to see XingEr more and more as his equal. But I just can’t help how goodlookig Shawn is. I CAN’T.

  4. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    The only thing that keeps me watching is YWY-XE ship. Honestly, I hate the cinematographer with passion. So many bad angles and bad frames, the lighting and colors hurt my eyes. The stylists also not consistent. Choreography were weird. Director is inconsistent too. I don’t even like the OST 😂

    XE is powerful but bcoz of memory loss/injury her inner power is sealed. I think her tattoo is related to her power. When she drowns, her tattoo slowly vanished n she lost her power after that. If her power comes back her tattoo will reappear. So at the moment she is pretty much a damsel.

    YWY is highly trained in the art of war n espionage. He trained XE according to what he was trained. Hands/weapons combat, sharp wits, good senses (sight and smell so far), observations, poker face, poisons etc. Those were the reason he knows a lot/can predict something. They use Zhuge Liang as a pattern for YWY. If XE gets all her power back, in the term of combat XE maybe better than YWY but other areas its not guaranteed yet.

    I started this drama without knowing much of the casts except ZLY. I only watched LGX in XuanYuan Sword 🙄. First time in my life saw Shawn 😎. I like him a lot but I can’t see how XE can falls for him based upon the drama so far. XE obviously loves YWY at the moment and vice versa(to say it bluntly). I really wish they can do more for YX I like a drama with equally powerful male leads that make viewers difficult to ship.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      What I’m referring is her muscle memory – things like chewing, riding a bike, etc. Her power is sealed since the tattoo disappears but they are making her like an amateur in some scenes, which is pretty inconsistent. She is not below Yuwen Yue at all, she’s a leader of an organization in her own right.

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        I think its depend upon the opponents, Kappy. With Jin Zhu n YWH’underlings she gained upper hand. While with YWY, Afterlife Camp peoples n the 2 Da Liang girls whom are top spies won’t easy for her to win. Not too mention there were 2 girls n a group of men from Afterlife Camp againts her alone in 2 different occasions.

        From what I understand from watching Wuxia since young, inner power is the most important part in kungfu skill(honestly I don’t even know what is inner power). So even though you are good at the moves but no inner power than it is useless( a curious case of Guo Jing in Condor Hero) its stupid really…I know I am with you in this but that what they made us believe in Wuxia dramas plus some exaggerated situations.

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          Lol. I know what inner power is, I’m an original TVB wuxia fan since the 90s too. What I meant is its pretty inconsistent in displaying her combat skills. One can have extraordinary inner power and be useless without knowing the right moves and generating those power into the moves. Chu Qiao should retain her muscle memory – key part I’m talking about. It’s like one moment she’s awesome with Jin Zhu, the next she isn’t. With Yue, they are not even fighting using inner power, only physical “dancing.” I dislike moments when they throw a weapon towards her way and we get a wide eye-shot and nothing else from Chu Qiao, just waiting to be
          “rescued” once again. It’s silly!

          The writing in this drama leaves me with a headache!

  5. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    I understand the concept of ‘first love doesnt mean last love’ thing. But the drama came first with YWY had lots of scenes with XE. I ended up shipping this two. Plus i’ve read that YX will ‘just’ use XE’s love and loyalty for his revenge sooo… How come i dont ship XE with YWY who seems to love her genuinely since the beginning of the story? (Well, i havent read the novel yet)

    But then, after ep 13/14, my heart aches for YX. I then understand why he turns bad and dark. Everything happens for a reason tho. In kdrama, The Heirs, i shipped the female lead with second male lead (playing by Kim Woobin). Thus, probably, i’ll ship YX and XE in the middle of drama, cuz it seems like he needs her. I dunno if the production team will bias to YWY or ruin YX’s character to be more devilish and heartless but i just wish that until the end, he still loves her with all his heart like he did in the past.

    Aigooo… Im so into this drama. I like it when we have a place to share our thought about this drama. Im glad that many people love and like the character.
    Shawn is really handsome. Im not so into the male lead’s handsomeness haha. Too cute for me.
    ZLY is really pretty. She reminds me of Park Boyoung. But ZLY is more badass hehe

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      Actually my heart aches so much for YX during the scene in the trailer when he is bloody and screaming for his mother in front of her corpse 😭 And some part of me feels glad knowing he will have XE during that difficult time 😞

      I am boarding on YWY-XE ship not bcoz of first love thingy 🙄 But I can feel how deeply YWY loves her, all of the training that he gave her in the name of becoming a spy are also to prepare her as his partner/wife/concubine bcoz as a man of his position his love ones will be in constant dangers (also his mom’s tragedy). Even though XE is now a “spy” 🙄 He still ordered his personal bodyguard to follow her around. Plus there were plenty of small things/attentions that he gave her. His ice wall is crumbling so much bcoz of XE to the point of bringing danger to both of them.

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        Yes i shipped YWY and XE bcuz of his love for her. I admire YX’s love too, but i still choose YWY.

        I havent seen him in a thought of marrying her. Or did i miss something? I think, he’s still in denial of his own feeling. Of course, he’s not easy everytime he sees YX’s attention for XE. Some triggers to make him realize his own feeling haha.

        Btw, i really like the bromance. Will they kill each others? Oh nooo.. My heart aches even more…

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          You didn’t miss anything about him marrying her 😂. That’s only my own opinion as a shipper 😁

          I don’t think their social standing at the moment will allow him to marry her even though he loves her to death. She can only be a concubine. His personal bodyguard teasing him about that and he asked him to shut up 😂 and drank his tea to cover his embarrassment 😂

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          The shy YWY is really really adorable. When YX and XE together, i cant imagine how he feels about it. He surely hides his own feeling and stay cool but as a shipper, why my heart hurts just by imagining it? Lols. But i like YX too. Ah, i cant wait to go home and watch the next episodes. I think, i missed 4 latest episodes.

  6. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    Oh i simply ship YwY with XE because YwY has a poker face/ice face, and not smiling too much.

  7. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    Agree that Yan Xun needs more loving. I loved him so much in the book I didn’t realize I was on the wrong ship till it was too late. He was so sincere and steadfast that it broke my heart when he changed.

    As of now I have no idea where the story will take us. Seems that they are only covering 1 and a half of the book. I didn’t expect her to stay with YWY so long. But they are getting to the secret identity soon so I hope things change soon.

    Btw kappy I can help with 2epi if you are that swamped next week.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      OMG. YOU TOO? I shipped the wrong ship too in the novel. LOL. We have so much in common, Maymay. XD

      Everything is dragged out in the drama. The maids story and her staying this long with Yue to push the OTP. I don’t think fans would like it much if they had followed the novel. Lol. But the changes to Yue are so cute…. hahah Oh, dilemma.

  8. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    I love reading your recaps as they make me think over how I perceived things and how you did..I am really looking forward to the next ones..because there were scenes were I wasn´t sure if I interpreted them correctly.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      Thanks Almonda! But it’s also my own interpretation, so there’s no right or wrong, hence we discuss! =)

  9. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    Hello! Thank you for the awesome recaps!! Can someone correct me if I am wrong, I been so fixated on the romance that the story is like fuzzy to me lol! Also since the subs are moving so fast my brain can read that fast, and I am lazy to pause lol. Okay so… Yue and Huai are half brothers. Byt Yue has a better position then Huai because Huai mother is a concubine, while Yue’s mother is a noble? Yuwen Hao would be their father? How is their father? Sorry to ask so many questions.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      I don’t think they said Yuwen Hao is their father, at least not up to episode 12 in this recap. Lol. Also, he looks awfully young to be a father. XD

      A lot of things are still a secret in this drama.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      Yue has a better position because he is from the first branch of the family. Say in a family the eldest son(e.g.Yue) from the wife (Yue’s mum) of the eldest sibling(Yue’s dad) is in the best position. Followed by his subsequent younger brothers if any. If the concubine bears any kids they will be of lower status. Then you have the second branch which is second sibling (younger brother to Yue’s dad) and the same applies to his children of wife and concubine. Huai is from 3rd branch, hence son of Yue’s uncle. Worse is he is born of concubine therefore his position is not really good. It was explained previously that Yue is actually from the second branch…adopted into the first branch though. The adoption if done properly is valid especially in those days if the first branch has no apparent heir to inherit the family’s title (if any) and estates. More details on Yue mum not yet revealed though. Hope this helps.

      I hope this helps. In Li Ying’s next drama all this status hierarchy plays a role in determining their path in marriages…

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        Woa thank you so much for explaining the branch levels. I was wondering what that meant lol. Makes sense now! Thank you so much! @kappy right! I have to remember this is not a Yumama Series where all the old character looks young keke.

  10. 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

    Mucho thanks to Kap & Candora for the recaps! 🙂
    May I ask to be spoiled , plz? Questions for the book readers:
    1. At what point do you expect return of memory?
    2. Is the real person CQ (XE) an enemy or an ally to YWY? Or to YX? I keep watching with subs, reading recaps but still can’t figure it out even though they drops hints here and there.

    • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

      Oh Nell…Spoilers won’t help because they changed many details and now we have to follow the drama for what it is. Chu Qiao didn’t lose her memory in the novel….

      The real Chu Qiao follows her heart, she was just a time-traveler caught in a slave body. She follows and fights for her own ideals. Whoever has the same ideals is her ally and that changes throughout the novel, of course.

      Me am sad.

      • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

        Oh, sorry,Kappy, this is what happens when I ask without reading all the PA posts. Stupid real life, gets in the way of my drama watching 🙁
        I have to find this book and try it.

        • 32 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 9 – 12 Recap “Xing Er’s Pursuers.”

          No worries Nell. There are a lot of PA posts. T___T

          The book is long and you might not make it, with all the changes, kingdoms fights. I didn’t make it. Lol.

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