Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

Here we are at the second major arc in the story. Everyone makes a decision in these episodes, decisions that have deadly consequences. Decisions that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Besides the innocent civilians, nobody else is innocent, everybody has blood on their hands. And I have come to understand Yan Xun’s central role in the story; what happened because of him and due to him, sets the trajectories for the rest of the characters and story.

He’s the stimulus, kicking all the sleeping characters to fight for their faith. I suddenly feel enlightened about the novel as a whole.

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  1. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    I really enjoy reading your recaps, not like a robot just reporting the scenes.

    Excellent analysis by the way, I have always felt like Yan xun is the main male character since everything revolved around him and he undoubtedly has the most compelling character arc.

    Love reading your objective comments since it’s not about the shipping wars I see dominating every where else, every one wants more of otp and I really don’t see them as one at all. Its so one-sided. With yan xun, its the half assed story telling failing a good potential pair as well.

    Romance is really weak here. Not a good drama for shippy hearts.

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I also mainly stop commenting in other parts mainly because they all are into the so called OTP and the romance that i don’t see it yet they do,well and mainly because i’m on the Yan Xun board so it’s hard to find a place among all the rightous people who support everyting that the perfect Yuewen Yue does and hateon everything Xun and Chu Qiao do that leave a distastful taste as a viewer…I still consider Chu Qiao and the very subtle signs(as i don’t consider the romance a main story in this show)that she loves Yan Xun and while she will end up with Yue later on she did and does love Yan Xun over the years(the big sign of her being sad hearing the news of his fake wedding)…

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      Everywhere on youtube and weibo many comments have been criticising Yan Xun for what he did and most were wanting more of the Chu Qiao and Yuwen Yue. Sadly as a supporter of Yan Xun I can’t help but to feel sad for this boy when all he did was merely seek revenge for his family. Yes innocent lives were lost, but what could he have done? In a rebellion/war, it can’t be avoided and 0 casualty is impossible. And how about the innocent lives of the Yan Bei people and Yan Xun family… the lives of the slaves? How could people have forgotten the tragic scene of the heads of his family being displayed.

      Honestly I agree with the romance part, about how it isn’t developed properly at all and is so faint in this drama. Chu Qiao doesn’t seem to have those romantic thoughts towards either Yuwen Yue or Yan Xun. And for me, it always feels awkward to see Chu Qiao and Yuwen Yue’s ‘romantic moments’ because their chemistry is nowhere to be seen.
      While for Yan Xun and Chu Qiao, their comrade moments are what I really want to see. And it always reminds me of how Yan Xun was in the past when I see his interactions with Chu Qiao, michevious and goofy.
      But obviously the scriptwriters doesn’t seem to know which direction they want to go. One moment they have this nice moment of Yan Xun and Chu Qiao, and then the next you will see Yuwen Yue and Chu Qiao. It is so frustrating as a viewer, like please know what you want.

      Right now I am just hanging onto Yan Xun’s road to revenge and rise to his throne, otherwise I would have dropped this drama right away.

      • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

        Agree with you, especially about the romance bit. I can’t really get onto the ‘XingYue’ ship because their romance feels so ‘manufactured’ and ‘superficial’ with all the coincidental trips, falls, ‘sleeping arm grabs’ etc. Whereas for ChuQiao and YanXun, regardless of whether they have a romantic relationship or not, I feel so much more comfortable watching them because their interactions felt more genuine, more natural.

        Besides, having followed the production since they started filming, it is pretty darn clear in the post-production, that the scriptwriters, the editors have tried watering down the ‘romantic aspects’ of ChuQiao and YanXun’s relationship in the drama. I remember seeing an image of the filming schedule on Weibo a while back that there was supposed to be a scene where YanXun kisses ChuQiao in an episode around the 30~ish mark – that has either been cut or they did not film it at all.

        • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

          When i saw that scene with the hurt Chu grabing Yuewen Yue in her sleep i took it more like her grabbing thinking is Xun as she is used seeing her with Yan Xun rather than a romantic moment,in her knowing and still feeling to touch Yuewen Yue…For me at least i read it as her thinking of Yan Xun as we saw it so many times how they are natural touching and she lets him and other little thinks she permits based on how she is while Yuewen Yue just has a one sided love on her like so many pointed to him…

      • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

        Damn,i also so want to see Yan Xun rule over the Northen region starting with Yanbei and make it prosper and a nation all would think twice to mess with and indeed pay back the Emperor for what he did to his Family,his people and the slaves…His arc is sooo amazing and rich that i’m fully on board and would have actually adored if they had the guts to just let Chu Qiao stay with him till the end,imagine this amazing due rulling over..I know the drama is based on the novel(they did made changes) but i would so wished they would be brave enough to go full on with it…Even in the novel like i so much heard,most of the story has Xun and Chu as center and lead and after in the ending switches to Yuewen Yue as the main(adding that he made him good in the drama to be liked,were in the original he was quite bad)…

        • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

          @Miky

          (Sorry, this part is just in reply to your post to mine above) I’ll be honest, even if it had been YanXun who was at the receiving end of the ‘sleeping arm grabs’ (or any of the other ‘romantic’ trips and falls’), I still would have disliked the scene. Maybe it’s just me, but I hate those coincidental, ‘unconscious’ type of ‘romantic’ moment where it seems obvious the writer is trying to force in a random OTP moment haha.

          Like (spoilers ahead), even though I felt really bittersweet about YanChu ship, I actually thought the XingYue couple were pretty cute towards the end of the novel, and I was completely fine with them together. The development felt more natural, and considering all the stuff that YanXun does afterwards, it is only natural for her to leave him (like, aarggh, I understood why he became so paranoid, and to some extent, I understood why he undertook some of his more atrocious actions, but it does not excuse him from some of the horrible stuff he does, and it still makes me so upset and so disappointed about his transformation). Plus, I loved their final scene in the novel (SPOILERS), where it was only after she had a loving family of her own, that ChuQiao truly understood YanXun, and she acknowledged had anyone murdered ZhugeYue (the YuwenYue equivalent in the novel) or her kids, she undertaken similar actions to YanXun, if not even worse actions. It was very bittersweet especially, but for me, it was the perfect ending, and I hope (but I really doubt) that the drama will end that way.

          It’s just that in the drama, it feels like the scriptwriters and directors are telling the audience “Oh look, here is the OTP – ship it!” and are really forcing some random ‘romantic’ moments down our throats. That is what is turning me off the XingYue ship at the moment. Sorry, I may have ranted too much haha

  2. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    This episodes were so amazingly chilling…Yan Xun in that majastic Yenbei rod/blue royal outfit is spectacular for me,he looks freaking glourious when he was riding his hourse with that red cape.Kudos to Shawn,for me he really is steelar in this drama..The moment Chu Qiao came back for the Xiuli Toops,she looked like the Goddess of War and even more with the amazing music…(so sad that they don’t release as well the BGM’s into a full V.A.).I also understand the deep grudge of Yan Xun for their past actions and it does take time to gain the trust again..I still think YueHuai had a way too easy death after all the bad things he did,even more after locking up that innocent kid letting him die there like that,that’s not something a human would do…He should have deserved that kind of death,slow and painful…I know in way too many places Chu Qiao and Yen Xun are hated and saying they are at fault for killing innocent lives but i fully understood Yen Xun’s rebellion and why Chu Qiao stood by his side and became Wei’s enemy…I’m in the very minority that think Yuewen Yue is a hypocrite(aong hating Chu Qiao mainly because she stood by Yan Xun and not Yuewen Yue in general)…He talks about peace and all but he always closes his eyes when it’s not his intrest and like u guys mentioned he never mentioned the innocent lives of Yenbei along most of his ways,i deep down understand why Yan Xun was so hurt even f he did all his best to keep him alive,actions are important but so are words and how u convey them…If one is to be blamed that is the Emperior and his cruel actions that led to this domino effect.I felt sad Yuen Song was still naive and blind tinking that his Dad was in the right,u would think being the Prince and being surronded by so many people will learn and not be so damn blind..Also u can’t add our current mentality(like a so many times read) to those times,those were hard times,live or die…

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I am totally with you Miky in disliking Yuwen Yue (most of all because he takes Chu Qiao from Yan Xun, besides other reasons). It’s rare to find someone like you among the audience from all the comments I’ve seen. It so annoys me to see all these people sticking up for Yuwen Yue, who I don’t see what the big deal is about. And Peach: I so agreed with you, there. Great words, thanks!

  3. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Thank you so much for the recap Kappy. Although I understand mandarin, at times the conversation is lost to me. Shawn is awesome in his role. He totally portrayed his role turning from good to bad. Liying is awesome too. Actually, I like all their acting. I like that this drama is not some soappy romance. Although I do like Liying with nearly all the guys here but I like her “strong” character more.

  4. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Wonderful recap and analysis! I didn’t see it until you point it out that it is always Yan Xun that is moving things along. And I agree with you 100% that YX is not a character to root for but you are compel to watch lol YX is my main drive in watching this drama…funny that I started this drama because I want to watch ZLY causing a rebellion but her character just…

    I know a lot of people think YX “overdid” his revenge by getting so many innocent lives killed but I cant help but think that 3 years ago it is much more worst than this. We only get to see YX family getting killed but think about all those soldier who fought to keep the peace of Wei from invaders, what about that peaceful land where everyone is equal and in harmony. That place is NO longer exists because of incompetency of this ruler. One way or another someone whether it is Liang or some other people /class will start a war with this country and innocent lives will always be in the crossfire so at least YX have a reason. I am not saying he is right but it is necessary. Now we will have to see how he will react to the broken and most likely filled of corruption Yan Bei. He may become a ruthless and cruel ruler but that’s the choice he made the moment he decided to continue to live and seek revenge. We won’t convict him but he will have to live with his choices in the long run…

    Back to fan girl mode…AHHHH! I JUST really like YX character, never felt like analyzing a character to death like this 😂

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      Thank you for speaking up for Yan Xun! <3

      Yes, with a crazy emperor like Wei's, there would always be more wars and sacrifices. The way I see it, far better to remove the current one and seat someone like Yan Xun (if only he could be his old self), with A Chu as his queen.

  5. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Like everyone else here, I want to thank you for your amazing recaps and analysis. They are always so detailed and I often enjoy reading them more than actually watching the show itself.

    I agree that YanXun is the most compelling, most interesting character in the whole series. He reminds me of some of the great anti-heroes in anime that I used to love watching when I was younger. I also don’t condone what he did, but I understand why he acted the way he did (even though it makes me sad watching his transformation). He had a very loving family and all this was ripped away from him for no valid reason. Add the fact that had he not done anything, he would have been killed, so it’s natural for him to want to take revenge and wreck havoc in ChangAn to pay everyone back. I think had he not loved his family the way he did, the pain, the desire for revenge and his change would probably not have been as drastic.

    That said, even though I’m not really into their characters, I can sympathise with the Yuan siblings to some extent. I think deep down, they knew what their father did was wrong and what their father was planning to do, but it is so much easier to just overlook it, continue with life like nothing happened and pretend that nothing is wrong – the past is in the past. Their denial is like their defence mechanism. This can probably be said for the ‘younger generation’ of ChangAn nobility, including YuwenYue and WeiShuYe. It is not morally correct to do so, and their actions may be a bit extreme, but it is understandable. You just have to look at what is happening in the world today, and how different people in different parts of the world react to certain events, to see how prevalent this type of reaction is.

    I guess this one of the positives of the show. The way that many characters act is based on their upbringing, their backgrounds, their experiences, their ‘fates’. I remember both LiYing and Shawn mentioned in an interview that what is important about this drama, is that we understand the characters and why they acted the way they did based on their ‘fate’ (or something along those lines – not sure that was the exact wording). I think they are spot-on.

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I love your comment here and what you say about Yan Xun. “I think had he not loved his family the way he did, the pain, the desire for revenge and his change would probably not have been as drastic.” Especially this part. I haven’t heard anyone else say it. It is EXACTLY what I think. Also, what you say of the Yuan siblings is so right. I find the characters totally realistic and they are portrayed with depth.

  6. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    The pace is picking up!

    ZLY isn’t playing a character who is chasing after the man. Ahem…Zu Mountain and Chusen lol

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      And third drama of ZLY and bells lol

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I like it better as she is quite a “strong” women despite her petiteness. If she does run after them and they are not being a total jerk, then it would have been good. But script writers often made leading ladies soapy and “weak” ….grrrrr

      • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

        Yes! I want to see a relationship like The Legend of Lu Zhen, but with a happy ending.

  7. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Yuwen Yue loyalty lies on Wei people not on Emperor and I feel so damn good about it. PA Episode 42 explain it. First and last post. Reply as you want. Not Yuwen Yue fan.

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I was glad hearing him say at least that but i can’t say i feel him 100% true as if he trully felt that he would had the guts to do something to abolish the slavery or he doesn’t consider slaves Wei people or people at all,or it was a lot easier to close his eyes and use the easy road…

  8. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    I agree with most of you. They tried to make Yu Wen Yue a likable hero and they did successfully with that. Many fans are now rooting for him and the OTP moments. They just blame Yan Xun and Chu Qiao for the war. They even said Yan Xun has many other options but he chose to be like this. I don’t know if they like Yu Wen Yue too much that they are biased/ turned a blind eye or not. Yu Wen Yue has his share in contributing to this war too. As I see, Yan Xun has no other options, his only options are either wait for his death or strike for his life.
    I know this drama is not about romance, so I watch it without having too much expectations on it. If there’s moments with the OTP, that’s a bonus. I mostly watch it for the characters, too see how each character grows. I can say I understand most of the characters and their choices.
    I like Yu Wen Yue, but he is no ANGEL either even though the writer tried to make him one.

  9. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    The romance is nonexistent in here, so I don’t understand either where the shipping comes from in regards to the OTP. The OTP literally has no development together.

    Shawn is the only one keeping my interest at the moment. He’s solid before and after the life changing event.

    Lin Gengxin has never been a strong actor in my opinion and he continues to carry that stoic constipated face that makes his character even less appealing for me.

  10. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    BTW, just curious to know if anyone know how many billions of viewing for PA right at the current moment? Has it surpassed Chusen?

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      About 30 billions up to now. It surpassed Chusen and ranks #2 in the list of all dramas released this year.

  11. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Whew! Where do I start? I skipped several episodes prior to ep 37, because I wasn’t compelled enough to watch them. I missed the introduction to Xiao Che too, but I think I watched enough of his arc, some of the funny lines are there from ep 37 (in YouTube w/ Eng sub).

    Can I add that I agree with Kappy, that Yan Xun seems to be the character that drives the whole story, at least for the drama. His family’s massacre marks the change in the tone of the drama, with him being gloomy and maturing, Chu Qiao distancing herself from Yuwen Yue and joining him, and Yuwen Yue trying to distance himself from the palace. Then the second change is marked by Yan Xun’s rebel, him turning dark, and Chu Qiao now probably will distance herself from Yan Xun and becomes more independent.

    While some may find these episodes draggy, I once again find them very crucial for moving the plot, and viewers get the opportunity to see the fabulous acting by the cast. I enjoy Yan Xun and Yuwen Yue’s conversation, as the actors (and their dubbers, LOL) deliver. Li Qin is killing it when Yuan Chun pleads with the King first, and then with Yan Xun later, and my heart breaks for her.

    The Yuan siblings’ shock show that these royals live in their bubbles all the time. Even after Jiu You Tai, and they on separate occasions call his father a traitor, they can’t fathom Yan Xun’s resentment towards them. I see this as an entitlement, no matter how nice they are. Their mother has been trying to wake them up and inject a dose of noir reality into their heads, but for an inexplicable reason these kids just never get it. Or maybe it’s simply too late.

    Now, onto Yan Xun. I understand how he becomes dark, and this is a dog eats dog world. After he declares his rebellion, he has to be all out or he will get killed. While I do think that he could, for instance, simply run away, I understand why he chooses to openly declare his rebellion. He can’t kill the king right away because he’s not strong enough yet. But by declaring his rebellion with such fanfare, he makes a statement for the world to see, thereby returning the honor to his family. At the same time, he might inspire AND get support from elsewhere, not only from Da Liang, but also perhaps other warlords. Is it nice? Nope, but it’s realistic and pragmatic.

    While I’m utterly disappointed that he abandons the Xiuli troop, I don’t think he merely hold them responsible for the destruction of the Yan household and the killing of the Yanbei people. My theory is, he doesn’t trust them, fears that they may cross him again next time. Once a traitor, always a traitor. Does he become paranoid? Yes of course he does. If you are put under house arrest for 3 years, you only receive information about the situation outside not from your own experience but from the 3rd party, and your every move is monitored by a lot of people, you tend to be paranoid and extra careful.

    I must confess that I’m starting to lose my sympathy to Yan Xun because of his actions. Although to me they are pretty logic (see above), he doesn’t show any remorse either. Also, by abandoning his henchmen, it will be extremely difficult for him the get genuine loyalty in reverse.

    This said, I dislike how the drama fails to show us Chu Qiao’s intelligence. She was portrayed as a genius in the beginning, with photographic memory. As the show progresses, apart from once or twice discussing some military planning, all you see is her fainting, getting saved by Yuwen Yue or Yan Xun (and once by Zhong Yu), we don’t see her brain being utilized (sorry if I sound rude). Instead we see the Da Liang princess scheming or Zhong Yu plotting strategies. I can’t believe that after all that she goes through, she remains her naive self, barely changed. Really, show?

    Now regarding Yuwen Yue… sigh. Sure, he distances himself from the royal affairs, reduces his involvement with the central government after the massacre. But he remains on his high horse when it comes to Yan Xun and Chu Qiao, having the nerve to lecture him about the potential civilian casualties while he didn’t say a thing about the Yanbei people. Kappy also rightly reminds us that in the earlier episodes he never tried to stop the slave hunting practices. Maybe because to many people in his rank, including him, slaves are not considered human? Sure, he protected Yan Xun when he was imprisoned against the assassins. But I don’t recall any condolences about the Yanbeis. (If he does, please don’t hesitate to remind me). Agree, he’s a poster boy for hypocrisy. With capital H.

    These are very good episodes. Sadly, they also make me dislike almost everyone on the show. I’m touched by He Xiao’s bravery, though, and of course Chu Qiao is the clear winner here.

  12. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    This is one of the few dramas where I’d be happy if the female lead ended up with either male lead. There are pros and cons for both. I know everyone is mad at Yuwen Yue for not doing something more, but I get why he made the choices he did. Initially training Chu Qiao was his grandfather’s idea and he’s always been the obedient grandson and she was nothing more than a tool for him to sharpen. He knew his life was already planned and had said before that he had no choice of how his life would be or what woman he could have so even when he started having feelings for Chu Qiao, he could only just do what he could in secret to protect her. But given the politics in Wei and within his family and the lack of supporters he had as Concubine Wei pointed out, he was limited in what he could do. Defying the Emperor outright would have put his grandfather in jeopardy as well. But glad to see now he’s finally told off his grandfather and is taking a risk for Chu Qiao.

    Yan Xun’s story has been amazing and Shawn Dou is phenomenal and I want to see more of his work. I was totally shipping them after the fight with Yuwen Huai. And I loved how he introduced himself to the tribal leaders. Just awesome. But didn’t like him trapping the Xiuli Army to die and lying about it to Chu Qiao. Plus it was not very smart because he is going to need all the troops he can get to battle Wei so it also felt like he was cutting his nose to spite his face and that he’s going to let revenge get in the way of being smart about the eventual war that is coming. And hearing some spoilers from the book already, I’m understanding why Chu Qiao would eventually be at odds with Yan Xun.

    What I really like about this series is that overall the characters are not so straightforward as it is with most dramas where it’s so clear cut at the beginning who the girl is supposed to end up with because they make the 2nd lead so flawed and the 1st lead almost perfect. They’re all flawed here and I love the arcs each character has taken. (Though could they stop with adding in so many extra incidental characters who mostly seem to be there to move one small part of the plot forward by doing something that probably could have been done by one of the existing cast.) Going to be sad when it’s over, but I’m hoping they do resolve it all and don’t cliffhanger it for a season 2.

  13. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    Before I comment on the recent episodes, I want to say that I was the one who complains about the XingYue couple in the beginning episodes and was fully on board with the XunQiao couple up until a few episodes ago that I jumped ship over to XingYue. And I will probably stay on this ship till the very end. Previously, I said I jumped ship because I wasn’t happy with Yan Xun not really being able to protect Chu Qiao and feels like he is making excuses for his love. However I was proven very wrong in the episodes after that. Yan Xun and Yuwen Yue have their own ways of protecting Chu Qiao and I can no longer really compare the two guys and how much their love worth to Chu Qiao. It really just come down to how Chu Qiao feels towards each of them and even though she shows very little affection outwardly, it is very clear on who she really “loves”. I feel like in this war that is going on between the two army of shippers and their bashing of each other main guy, most of the them just stick to their side and don’t really see the whole picture for what it is.
    There are those who are on XingYue ship and hate on Yan Xun because he becomes ruthless and evil (I was partly guilty of doing the same thing), you gotta understand where the boy is coming from and that his whole purpose in life now is revenge. He had always love Chu Qiao and probably always will but when he have to choose between his ambition and her, he ultimately try his best to satisfy both but always end up on the wrong foot.
    Then there are those that are on XunQiao ship that hated Yuwen Yue because they think he is a hypocrite or say that they have no chemistry. You guys clearly have use the fast foward and skip button way too much. I would agree with you in the first 20 episodes about them not having much chemistry and the OTP moments was very ‘forced”. However, if you truly watch these recent episodes and still say that you don’t see the chemistry, you probably skipped over them because their chemistry is overflowing. Even in the moments where she was mean to him or talking against him, you can definitely see the underlining expression that she have towards him. She would say “I hate you” but still let him hug her or put a bandage on her hand while comparing to someone else like Xiao Che, she would have sent him flying across the galaxy. As for the hypocrite part, I have started reading the actual novel (just started so my analysis might not be accurate), and I have realized the drama had tone ALOT of things down especially Yuwen Yue and Chu Qiao character. Someone once mention, Yuwen Yue character in the novel is pretty much a psychopath in the beginning (or was it throughout most of the novel). In the drama, they try to make him likable and they succeeded but it also make some of his action seems hypocritical. You gotta remember just like the Yuan siblings, Yuwen Yue grows up in high nobility and this was how he was raised. He grows up with having slaves as a normal thing. He watch as his cousins and other rich kid do cruel and stupid stuff like it’s not a bad thing. To him all this was a “normal” way of life. He might feel that it’s not right but it doesn’t mean he knows what to do with it, especially he himself is technically slaving away for his grandpa and the so call eye of god. So at times he chose to ignore it. People call him a hypocrite but he is not a saint in the first place. He is the devil himself until he met Chu Qiao. Observing her ideal and trying to protect her, that is when he starts to realize everything that is truly wrong with him and the world around him. That is when he slowly try to change it but there is a limit to what he can do for now and he honestly probably doesn’t know how to. It’s easy to want change but difficult to make it happen.

    Chu Qiao loves both men and there is nothing wrong with that. She loves them at different times along her journey and her ultimate decision really lies on how their ideal relates and differ. She was by Yan Xun side for the whole 3 years and I think really love him because she relates to his tragedy and pain. To her they were the same kind of people. But when Yan Xun gradually change, and she can no longer “relates” to him because his ambition differs from her, she left. Just like how in the beginning, she always see Yuwen Yue as someone “different” from her , she was always hesitant to be on his side until after Yan Xun rebellion. When Yuwen Yue finally starting to change and his goal starts to be similar to hers, she slowly comes back to him because now they have become the “same” type of person.

    Honestly, in the end, Chu Qiao only loves herself.

    • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

      I think you’re being unfair to some viewers. Seeing chemistry is also subjective. Just because a viewer doesn’t feel the chemistry, doesn’t mean they use the fast forward button. What about the recappers who watch the episodes twice, three times? They don’t have the luxury of the fast forward button.

      First 20 something episodes is an understatement, I would go as far as saying first 35 episodes where the forced slips and falls happen like candy-producing mills. As Yue have brought it up himself, Chu Qiao herself still feels like a subordinate to Yue (her mentality), hence she can’t refuse him bandaging her wounds and etc. Can’t really compare what Yue can do to what Xiao Che could do, the dude has like 20 mins worth of screen time? And she doesn’t take him seriously.

      To me, it isn’t until after the rebellion, that Yue and Chu Qiao scenes feel less manufactured because honestly in the novel, Yuwen Yue has nothing to do in those chapters, hence he’s not prominent, the drama adds mother subplots and stuff like that so Yue could at least have something to do. Lol. Now after the rebellion, Yue makes more appearance because he’s involved more in the novel at this point.

      Right, Yuwen Yue has been raised like a nobility, but take the hunting scene for example. Yuan Song who was also raised in a much higher pedigree, AT LEAST attempted to shoot some arrows to save the slaves. Yue did nothing but watched…watched, which is what didn’t sit well with many viewers, especially when he brought up Wei people but never ever brought up Yan Bei innocent civilians who died tragically three years ago. Hypocrisy rings so loud.

      Upbringing has a lot to do with the way these characters react and carry out their actions, but the drama has failed to make Yue a consistent character by watering him down and making him a loverboy. By making him a misunderstood hero from the get go, his character’s development isn’t as fully formed as in the novel, in my opinion. In the novel, he only changed after seeing that Chu Qiao would only accept him if he has ideals similar to hers. He can’t have her if he remains his ruthless, i-don’t-care-about-anyone-else-but-me self.

      I think the thing with shipping wars is Yue-Xiao fans refusing to acknowledge that Chu Qiao loves both men at different times of her life and is hellbent on saying she only has camaraderie feelings for Yan Xun, which is false, through and through. Yan Xun has a lot more moments with Chu Qiao and even a kiss that is removed/not filmed as well.

      Ultimately, I think the drama did a dis-service to Yuwen Yue. He could have been much more complex than this….

      • 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

        Have to agree. Actually as the series first started I didn’t like any of the guys after the whole human hunting grounds bit and was hoping she was going to eventually dispatch all of them. Who would continue to be friends with guys who want to participate in that kind of sport? Gradually as I realised what situation Yan Xun was in, then I understood, but Yuan Song and Yuwen Yue should at least have done more. It actually surprised me that YWY was supposed to end up with Chu Qiao as it totally felt more like a YX/CQ story with him just coming in to be a pain in the butt about everything. But as YX is changing, YWY has started growing on me.

  14. 31 thoughts on “Princess Agents: Episodes 38 – 41 Recap “Yan Xun’s Bloody Rebellion.”

    First off, thanks you Kappy for your insightful recaps and witting comments!
    For me, YX is the poor boy who lost his way . When his family were killed he lost good values along with them.He was the obedient boy who volunteered to go to Chang an to protect his family when he was maybe 8 or 9 years. Yan Xun had no parental guide,only servants and a young bodyguard, not even a fatherly figure in the form of an elderly butler.He suffered a lonely childhood and had to put on a sunny happy go lucky facade as he have to endure not being recognized as a Wei boy but a foreigner, a Yanbei boy.. Chang an was also not a good environment to grow up and depicted clearly that the world was unfair as class discrimination existed between noble class and slaves which were treated like objects to do what they pleased. (Yuan Song as the prince should have stopped the game if he asserted enough ,he closed 1 eye just him accusing YX of being a traitor later on , when YX rebelled.) YX was a foreigner and a hostage was only tolerated slightly better if he did not made waves.
    His heartrending , confused cry of “mother” at the execution ground was really “why”???!!! His family principles of kindness, compassion, obedience and loyalty did not protect them from being killed.He sacrificed his adolescent years for nothing.He would not protect them. His mother dying words, that the world is unfair and to survive. In prison there was CQ drumming into him to survive to get revenge , the betrayal of a best friend like YY who confirmed that his family was targeted by the emperor which he withold from YX and he did shot the arrow that foiled his escape, turned him from a good boy to a bad boy. When he got out of prison with a new hair style, it was symbolic of a screwed up personality.

    He came back from hell that was Chang an and to dominate with the sword of fear . Anything he will do is under-stable as his good values were killed off like his family , he had lost his radar.. He is the dark Prince from hell. YY and CQ as OTP will have the happy ending , just hoping that the writers do not killed YX.
    Lastly .the Xiuli Amy , was seen like collaborators and traitors to YX and Yanbei people just like Wu San Gui, who opened the gateway for Manchus to conquer China. Till today WSG name is still dust .

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