AHHH OMG! I think I’m being more than addicted to this show, I’m TOTALLY CRAZY FOR IT! This show is freaking AMAZING! I haven’t enjoyed a series this much since Xuan Yuan Sword! Oh God, I am so crazy about it, particularly the story and characters are really starting to make me super curious and crazy about them. I think we’re really getting into the story now. I AM JUST SO HYPER!
Great news, I also learned many more names too, like Yue Buqun is the Master, Yue Lingshan is his daughter, Little Junior.
In the beginning, Linghu Chong’s Master Yue Buqun wanted him to go to to Qingcheng Sect to apologize because he offended two of the disciples in the previous episode when they came face to face with Dongfang Bubai, and despite putting up a semi fight about not going, he ended up going anyway. Poor Little Junior was so bored in the mountains that she needed a friend, and Linghu Chong, being the intelligent, yet hilarious person he is – totally said, he’d bring her lots of friends. At that point, I thought he was going to make some ghosts up or something.
He ended up bringing this lantern that display a lot of lights to her. I love how she pouts in cuteness when she’s unhappy and such little things gets her totally excited. She really is like a little girl, so adorable! I find characters like that really sweet, because I can imagine myself being like this when I was younger. She just wants to play and have fun! I do really love how Linghu Chong really cares for her. I can’t tell quite yet if he treats her as a sister or love, but right now, it just feels like innocent love, such CUTENESS!!!!
Linghu Chong sets off and with his Senior (or Junior?), but the dude from the Sect was all like, “Sorry – We’re not there! Please wait!” (Closes the door on him). HOW DAREZ THEM?! I BET THEY DELIBERATELY shut us out here! That was Linghu Chong’s thoughts, and I totally agree. The more I watch him, the more he’s reminding me of Hu Ge’s characters, and the more I think about it, I admire how well of an actor Wallace Huo is. Honestly this is the first role I’ve seen him so carefree and funny, and he does such an amazing job! I keep trying to picture Linghu Chong meeting Changqing, and think how the outcome would be.
Just look at that adooooooooooooooooorable yawn!
The more I watch him, the more he totally reminds me of Xiao Yu’er from Legendary Siblings, particularly the 2000 version – he’s so carefree, he loves to teach evil people a lesson in the most hilarious way, yet he’s extremely righteous.
Anyway, he finds himself a giant swan (I almost thought they were condors for a moment) and rides across to look at what those Qingcheng Sect people were up to, and we saw the Master of the sect teaching or lecturing his son about how he wasn’t mastering the called Bixie Swordplay Manual properly. WOOOW, this is it! (At first, I thought it was just a technique, but after reading much about it, turns out this is a manual!)
This part is very story focused and can get confusing for those who don’t know Chinese as much, like me. So, I did some digging up of information and will explain some moments of the story -
The Bixie Swordplay Manual was a family heirloom of the Lin family, who runs the Fuwei Escort Agency in Fuzhou. This part was a big vague in my memmory, but the Lin family and Qingcheng Sect Leaders apparently had this martial art battle, which resulted in the Qingcheng Sect losing, he died early so they think perhaps he held grudges against losing. Now, the Master is training his son and others in Qingcheng Sect Lin’s Bixie Swordplay, to deal with the Lin’s. Okay, and the Lin’s are suppose to be a very righteous family, whose father had already retired. The son is now on a boat going somewhere, and Qingcheng Sect is planning on wiping the Lin family out.
There’s probably more in the history of this but this is all I could remember.
After Linghu Chong learned this, he was like: ASSHOLES! Let’s see how I teach you a lesson! So he pokes the bee nest and all of them crazy bugs went flying all over the place. As I expected, Linghu Chong himself got caught by Qingcheng Sect’s master, which he at first said he was a passerby, then one of the disciples recognized him.
He intelligently pretended that the giant swan just took off with him and he didn’t meant to peek at them learning martial arts (which is a crime). He apologized, they accepted, all’s well – at least for now. One thing that always fascinates me is how they manage to speak with such politeness, even when I can tell they don’t actually agree inside. I can picture Linghu Chong cursing the old bastard in his mind, and I can picture the Master just thinking he’s this punk who likes to dig his nose into other people’s business who needs to be kicked (which he, um, does as Linghu Chong leaves)… But they manage to just say, “I’m sorry for offending” and “no problems at all, it was all a misunderstanding”.
OMFG this all takes a month! I almost thought it was like a day’s time, but I guess back then, it takes so long to go down the mountain.
To this point, the show has been nothing but intriguing, interesting, light hearted, entertaining, funny and enjoyable! Despite me finding some moments hard to understand, that’s got more to do with my Chinese understanding skills. I find this show very easy to follow and what I love most is just how fun it is, I just feel happy watching it, the characters are so bright and cheerful! The Smiling Proud Wanderer so fits the theme! I just hope it doesn’t get really sad because I love this so much!
After Linghu Chong goes back, he tells his master about this and they set him on a new mission, which I actually don’t know remember what it was. Something about bringing something to someone or some kind of celebration? HAHA, I kind of need to rewatch that part to remind myself. But, Little Junior ain’t happy that he’s gonna go for another long time, so she’s sitting on a branch, questioning how it feels to die. (She isn’t really trying to, this was all a test to see what he’d do!) When Linghu Chong just stepped on the branch to try and save her, I really loved that moment, such cuteness. Of course, they were about to go back but the branch breaks. Turns out Little Junior has her own plans, she uses an umbrella to help them down the cliff safely.
HEY THIS IS AMAZING, I always thought of using umbrellas as parachutes, but unfortunately I doubt they actually work the way in the shows. Damn! That would’ve been fun! I bet they had MAGICAL umbrellas, as opposed to regular, umbrellas. Speaking of umbrellas, they’d be perfect if they had holes in them. Anyway, back to the story as I’m going on a tangent now…
Little Junior wanted them to elope, and WOW this was a heartwarming moment. They find this little injured bird, and I have to say, watching her pick the little bird up and putting it in the nest again made me smile so much, moments like this truly makes me smile, and feel the warmest. I love people being nice to little animals like that. I love how kind hearted Little Junior is! (I’m not used to calling her name yet so I’ll be calling her Little Junior till they actually mention her name more, since I kind of don’t remember it as much as I would like to!)
I was really surprised to see how well Ning Zhongze, who Linghu Chong calls as “Shimu” which means, Master/Mother… Treats him! She is so kind to him, like he’s her son, perhaps even nicer than that, because sometimes I’ve seen mothers who are more strict on their kids. She seems to always understand Linghu Chong and (seriously I need to make up a nickname for him, please someone, suggest me one!) goes easy on him, even when he’s being mischievous!
Then, Linghu Chong really came up with a perfect plan to help Little Junior see why she shouldn’t elope with him, going against her parents’ wishes, by capturing the little bird from earlier. It made her realize that the parents would be worried for the bird. You can seriously see how she’s very understanding and kind from realizing this, she’s just a little girl at heart. She seem like she can get angry easily, but that’s all out of her cuteness, I just adore characters like her. I love how her relationship with Linghu Chong is so darn cute and INNOCENT!
Anyway, Linghu Chong sets off (or has he?) to that new journey which I forgot what it was about…
Now, we see a random boat which looks absolutely beautiful! It’s the Lin boat, because it has the word, “Lin” written on it. Inside it, there’s this young chap who looks very curious and he opens up this thing (haha, yeah great description, I know) and looked as if there was this mummified skeleton inside it, and immediately, all the mechanics started to rumble, trying to take his life. OMFG DID THIS PART REMIND ME OF QIN’S MOON SEASON TWO OR WHAT! OMFG!! WOOOOW the moment when the saws drove close to him was so freaking like in Qin’s Moon when they went to the forbidden grounds of the Mohist School and if they do anything wrong, they get sawed just like this! Lin Pingzhi is the name of the guy, I should seriously learn all the names so I stop calling everyone Lin Son or that Master or Dude with the Sword. He’s absolutely determined to find out what’s in that forbidden room, even if he dies by the saws one day.
Wow, when I first see him, I immediately thought: Yang Kang. The two still have big differences but just seeing him get angry at the beginning and being called Xiao Gong ye, which I think translates to something like Little Master totally me of how Yang Kang was called LITTLE PRINCE, which was too freaking adorable. I think there are still big differences, but it’s just nice to make a connection like that when I’m watching a show!
Little Junior is somehow in the river spying on the Lin’s. It seems like Mt Hua Sect is pretty concerned about the Lin’s getting wiped out by Qingcheng Sect. She gets caught so had to pretend she knew no martial arts. I gotta say, I love the way she was jokingly mad at him for making her lose her pearls. When I saw him carry her on his back, I have a feeling there’s gonna be some kind of love story between the two! There, is this guy with a long beard that’s disguised as her father, the tea-stand owner, though I don’t think he’s the real father cos that guy looks nothing like Buqun.
One o the problems whenever I watch a new series is, I can’t freaking tell the difference between the characters! ARGH this is gonna drive me to my early grave. I keep getting the Qingcheng Sect Master and Mt Hua people, and Lin people mixed up.
Damn, those guys from the Qingcheng Sect came to destroy the tea stand and started to beat the crap out of Lin Pingzhi because he was angry that they were just bullying (as he thought) the weak, since Little Junior and her father were pretending to be civilians with no martial art skills. A big battle starts and whoa, those Qingcheng Sect people even know how to bend water, as it looks! Lin is getting the crap beaten out of him, and the episode ends. WHAT? NOW? NO WAY!!! DAMMIT ending at a cliffhanger is always such brilliant smartly evilz because it makes me so hooked/crazy!
Looks like this story is going to be very complex, with many different sects and characters all with small arts. Wow, this is seriously reminding me of the epicness of Legend of the Condor Heroes!
Recap of Episode 4
Holy Freaking God, so many things happened in this episode, I don’t even know where to begin! Seriously, so many things. So many thoughts, questions and OMG, I am completely addicted!
Firstly, remember at the end of the last episode, the Qingcheng Sect son came with a disciple to knock over the tea stand and give Lingshan a hard time (the guy playing her father was actually her SENIOR! HOLY CRAP did he look different with a mustache! I could not believe it) and Pingzhi started to fight with Qingcheng Sect? Well, he accidentally stabs the SON! (Though, I can’t believe he just died like that!) This is a terrible mistake, and reminds me of when they stabbed the Prime Minister’s son in Mischievous Princess and this was when the real hatred begins!
(Lingshan and her SENIOR – Yeah, that bearded old man is her SENIOR! I was STOKED!)
Something I really love is their focus on the characters, showing Pingzhi’s good and righteous side, to the point where we actually really sympathize and care about him. I know while I was watching, I already did not want him to die!
Anyway, after this, I think you’d be able to guess what happened without me even revealing it. Now Qingcheng Sect’s Master (whose son just died) is surely going to come back for revenge, and possibly wipe the entire Lin family out. The attack begins much earlier than I thought, because Pingzhi arrives back to the boat and already at that time, two men on the boat already mysteriously died. WHOA this part made feel a chill down my spine, the way it’s done reminds me a lot of that mysterious feeling in Young Justice Bao, which totally makes me want to see what happens next.
At the same time, Lin father and mother (who both seem like very nice people who finally gets a chance to retire from the world) tells Pingzhi all about the secret, which was the Bixie Swordplay Manual, which was what his family guarded. But, things turn for the worst when more men mysteriously die on the boat. HOLY CRAP! Qingcheng Sect’s attack has gone full scale! They weren’t kidding when they said they’d be back for revenge. Now, everyone on the boat has mysteriously died. The way they died probably gave me more goosebumps than anything, they were still standing in their position, but when you move them, they don’t respond, and they fall over. This is just like how people died in Young Justice Bao!
AHHH I can’t believe it, Lin father was played by the father in Romance in the Rain, as well Bai Yunfei’s father in Mischievous Princess. It’s always nice to see a familiar face! I swear it’s been like, 10 years since I saw him. Why does he look like he hasn’t aged a single day? I swear he looks even younger than his Romance in the Rain days!!!
Meanwhile, the Senior of Mt Hua Sect is spying on them (at first, I thought he may have killed them, but then again, I wasn’t sure who he was because I can’t really tell the difference between a lot of the characters yet), but he goes back to tell his Junior, Lingshan – who is set on saving Pingzhi. See, Lingshan is such a great character, she’s just so righteous!
Lin family realizes it was time to escape, so they set some bombs to blow up the boat and dive away. Though, they were easily caught when they used a random woman and put a mask on her, pretending she was the Lin wife, which lured Pingzhi to make an appearance. Wow, what a poisonous, evil way, to pretend that you’ve got the wife hostage, where it was really a random woman, and then whipping her, then setting a trap to kill her. I am really happy that the wife wasn’t captured though, as the wife being captured to lure out the others are a common theme going on, and this is awesome they didn’t use the wife as bait. I always love seeing when the males and females get caught together, instead of the female being taken hostage.
Anyway, now that the Lin family are all caught, it was fully up to Little Junior Lingshan and her Senior to save them. They pretend to be magicians in a cave when Qingcheng Sect made their way in. They were like, “I”m gonna do a magic trick by putting him into this box and make him disappear!” Haha, I can’t believe the Qingcheng Sect men agreed to it. Now, they’ve escaped and are running for their lives. Too bad that they planted some kind of thousand miles perfume to track them. (I was expecting dogs like in Return of the Pearl Princess, haha!)
At the end, Lingshan split up with Pingzhi to lure the men away, and just as she was about to face all those bad guys, her father shows up! PHEW! Oh man, what a relief. I was getting SOOO NERVOUS! The father says for them to go back, and join Linghu Chong on that celebration thingo that I have no idea what it’s about, while he searches for Pingzhi and looks for
(Love the interactions between Lingshan and Pingzhi)
You know what I love? This all started out on Mt. Hua’s point of view, that it was Little Junior following her senior to check out what’s going on with the Lin’s and suddenly, the Lin story has become so involved that we literally (at least I do) am crazy to know what happened to them as now that we’ve seen the Lin family and how good they are, we care about them and not wish them harm. Though I do have a feeling both the father and mother are going to doe. I love that these characters are complex in a way that when you started the series, you’d probably expect Dongfang Bubai to be the main villain, or that Moon Sun cult, but now, you see multiple sides to her/him too, and there’s a whole new perspective with the Bixie Manual and the fight between Qingcheng Sect and Lin family.
Oh, and before I forget, I should explain that Qingcheng Sect’s former master was called Changqing Zi (Haha, Changqing!!!) and lost to the Lin family because of the manual, and apparently, he was like really angry about it and died early cos he got so pissed that he lost.
Also, I find it so interesting that Dongfang Bubai is thinking about love and questioning about why Yu’niang died and betrayed her for that man. Poor Dongfang, she look so puzzled, like there was something in life she wasn’t understanding. At the same time, I can see her having a love story with Linghu Chong, though I have no idea how that would turn out. Because of her questions, I simply can’t see her as evil, I just really want to see more of this character.
Anyway, news says that Liu Zhengfeng of the Mount Heng Sect is going to wash his hands with a golden bowl, which means he’s going to retreat from the Jianghu! But he’s meeting Elder Qu (who I have no idea who he is) and those two have some deep bond of friendship and often secretly meets up to play flute and zither. From what Dongfang Bubai said, those two are in opposite positions who wouldn’t normally friends. There’s some kind of collaboration going on between them! I think this has Dongfang so interested that she’s going to join in the fun to see what it’s all about.
OMG the next part is sooo freaking classic! There was a little junior carving on a statue, who fell and was caught by this dude called Tian Boguang (OMG I knew they’d get the 9th Prince from Bu Bu Jing Xin to play a bad guy again – Only this time, he’s not really evil but he’s bad in such a crazy and hilarious way that he may as well be a comedic character!) who’s this “I’m gonna marry all the hot girls I can collect” kind of person. He forced her into marriage, and luckily was seen by Linghu Chong. Ah, so that’s where he was going, to Mount Heng Sect. It must have to do with the golden bowl retreating Jianghu thing! Linghu Chong came up with the most brilliant plan to save her, that was to pretend he was the bride. OMFG this was SOOOOOOOOOOO DAMN HILARIOUS I nearly died laughing, because this is the very first time I saw Wallace Huo as the BRIDE, marrying a DUDE! How freaking classic is this.
(Linghu Chong: Am I beautiful?)
Dongfang Bubai also rocks up at the same spot. I love how these people keep bumping into each other. Anyway, I was surprised that I don’t think Linghu Chong’s martial arts are that powerful yet because he nearly got beaten to the pulp by this Tian Boguang, who was just insane about his hot girl. At least, he had a conscience and admitted his mistake when he saw how determined Linghu Chong was on saving her, and he just backed away. I guess he really didn’t want to kill people. I think this guy doesn’t look “evil” if you know what I mean, more like, a crazy, greedy guy.
(The following is from the end of Episode 5, TV Version)
Yeah, they did all these different cuts and versions, and since I’m watching the TV version on youtube, I thought I may as well recap the end of Episode 5, which is only about 10 minutes more than where I left off.
Aw, it looks like Dongfang Bubai already has some kind of admiration towards Linghu Chong. I love the way she talks (a huge credit would go to her voice actress too), especially when she said, “Did you turn silly from all the beatings? I’m a man! Can’t you tell the difference between genders?!” That was said so beautifully! Then, I can’t believe it, but Dongfang actually CARRIED HIM on the back to see a doctor, who stitched up his wound and it was so sweet when Dongfang was getting pissed off at the doctor for using too much strength and she didn’t want to see him in pain. OMFG the tools he used look like those DENTISTRY TOOLS! I really can see already that Dongfang seems to have a big, soft spot, especially for handsome and honorable guys like Linghu Chong. Dongfang even sang a song (which sounded beautiful) for him to ease the pain. I really never thought she’d show this side of her. It makes me want to know what happens to her in the end! (Someone who’s reading this, spoil me – Does she die?)
I FOUND OUT A BIIIG SECRET! I think Linghu Chong loves his Little Junior. THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL for once it’s him who loves the junior and not the junior who loves him and have an unrequited love. It just feels so fresh to see this!
The next moment was classic. Linghu Chong’s secret weapon to ease pain: WINE! Ahh, I see the hint of Li Gexiao in there, and Jing Ke (Qin’s Moon) too! Both LOVE and can’t live without wine. Oh boy, they’re all so similar in that way. Anyway, he has this amazing method of drinking wine without buying it, stealing OR ROBBING! You must be thinking: HOW ON EARTH? Here’s the ingenious plan. Get on the roof, get rid of those tile (I can’t believe you can go through the roof by just removing a couple of tiles back then! It must be so unsafe!) and get this super long bamboo and suck the wine from a distance. WOW I need to use this method to
rob enjoy my next lot of wine.
But unfortunately, some bad people came in wanting to pour water (to dilute the wine?) in those wine jugs, and while Linghu Chong was pretending to be the Wine Immortal (ROFL!!), they quickly caught them and was about to shoot the arrows. OH CRAP!!!!!!! (Episode ends)
I have to say, watching those light hearted moments like Linghu Chong drinking wine is just so amazing, makes me remember why I love shows like this, with great morals, complex characters, comedy, beautiful costumes and simply fun and relaxing to watch.
Screenshots from the Episodes:
Doesn’t this look like dentist equipment?