I liked this drama, but I can’t seem to fall in love with it. And I’m too busy to continue recapping it. There are good sites to watch the english subbed ones. Viki, for one, is a great site, google it. I do this with a heavy heart. But recent events have taught me that life is short. And I need to do everything to make sure that I feel that I’m doing something worthwhile. Schemes is a great drama, but it’s not rewatch-able for me. So thanks for staying w. me for the last few episodes. Have fun watching it on Viki! Or youtube it 🙂
I love smart heroines. They get it without kicking up a fuss and taking half of their lives to figure out what’s going on.
The episode opens with five girls going to the Kingdom of Dai, to be concubines to the King of Dai, Liu Heng. One of them is Du Yun Xi (who is now known as Dou Yi Fang). Xue Yuan, whose face no long looks sunburnt, is assigned as her maid. Yun Xi/Yi Fang reflects back and we learn that the Dowager Empress found Yi Fang too smart to kill. It would be a waste. Instead, she was going to the Kingdom of Dai to spy for the Dowager Empress. Liu Heng is the brother of the current emperor, and is a potential threat to the thrown, especially because he and his mother are smart. The Dowager makes sure that Yi Fang will do what she’s bid by keeping Shen Er in the palace. If anything goes wrong, Shen Er will die.
This is not a drama recap, it’s about real life drama.
So why traversing the web today, I came upon the name Jeremy Lin, the Knicks player who skyrocketed to fame from the last few games against Utah and New Jersey. I don’t watch much sports, and according to most of my friends, I couldn’t tell basketball from baseball even if a bat hit me in the face. They had to trick me into believing that we were going to do an anti-superbowl party to get me to come to a superbowl party.
How does a woman’s touch change a man’s public image? Ask Ella Chen. She made surly Jerry SMILE, and act like a six year old. Before down with love, I pretty much thought Jerry Yan was just another pretty face. Intensely private and really not on my radar of actors. After this slightly too sweet drama I began to develop feelings for the overgrown man-boy. But I digress.
This drama is like a hooker with a heart of gold. At times the acting is fake and overdone, but at the heart it’s vulnerable and warm. The kids helped, and there’s undeniable chemistry between the leads. Not to mention the second male lead looks like Adonis… if he ever shaved the little garden he grew on his chin. Still, off the radar hot.
Here’s Episodes 1 (I hate the first episodes, they are so introductory and BORING. It’s like meeting new people and having to be nice, and once you decide they’re actually worth it, the mask comes off)
In the last episode, the Prince of Dai and his mother are planning to steal the military symbol that could control all of Han’s troops. Only the Dowager and Lu Bu has access to the design and no one else. But the Prince of Dai has already sent in a spy, and along with his general, who went to the capital with gifts for the Empress, will get their hands on the military symbol. This of course, is my chance to introduce Mickey He’s character… Zhou Ya Fu, the Prince of Dai’s general. But we’ll get to him.
I think the dynamic between the emperor and Yun Xi is so sad. I can’t say that he’s a hottie but he isn’t ugly either. The actor manages to be appealing and unappealing at times. There are moments where I want to throw myself at him and then there are moments where his face goes blank and he looks as if he’s going to die.
Yun Xi and Xue Yuan goes back to the Little Empress’s palace. They see that per the dowager’ orders, the maids and eunuch are all being slaughtered. Yun Xi faints in shock. She realizes that she wasn’t able to protect Shen Er and cries bitterly. The Emperor comes for her secretly and comforts her. He explains that he owes her a favor, so he’ll do anything for her.
World of beauties isn’t doing much for me. For one thing, the quality of the video sucks and I really am not emotionally invested in the story. However, there is a beautifully shot and written story that might be competing with World of Beauties. Here is a short recap Continue reading “Secret History of Wu Ze Tian (Wu Mei Niang Mi Shi) Ep 1 Recap”
The Emperor clutches the handkerchief and laughs bitterly, telling the Dowager that it was he who told the dead concubine to sew him something. She didn’t know how, which is why the stitching on the handkerchief was so weird, not because she was a spy. The Dowager tells him that she needed to make sure that every possibility of treason was found, no matter the cost. It’s so sad that she is so suspicious of everyone and knows that one misstep, her power and her son’s power will be gone for good.
OH THANK HEAVEN
She’s not nice! she’s not nice! words cannot describe my joy at Mei Nian not being nice. I thought this drama was going to make her one of the disgustingly nice heroines… thank goodness that’s not happening. From a historical point, its a relief, because no woman ruler got to rule because she was a nice, passive person. Elizabeth the first killed her own cousin and I can point to other significant historical figures, but I’m sure everyone just wants to read about the drama.
For those of you who don’t know the back story, Wu Ze Tian who was first known as Mei Niang, was a concubine to two emperors, father and son. Why is it that we never stray too far from these strang relationships (look at the emperor and his “empress” in Schemes of beauty and you’ll understand) I dunno. Anyways, Wu Ze Tian did actually have a daughter and the daughter did die. HOW the daughter died and why so mysteriously has always been a mystery, some say palace women jealous of Mei Niang did it. Some say that she did it herself. The truth is, as always in dramaland, irrelevant.
The last two months have been pure and utterly torturous. My apologies to those who read my posts and expected more. I will be more fastidious in the coming months. Okay. So we let off with Yun Xi being taken away by the dowager empress and we open the episode with Yun Xi kneeling outside the Empress’s palace.
1. Gong 2 (Gong 1 was time traveling boys over flowers meets old chinese royalty meets palace intrigue) I can’t wait for the stuff they would come up with in Gong 2
2. Mei Ren Tian Xia (World of a Beauty) The only female king in all of chinese history, she’s pretty badass as rulers go. And she comes with a crap load of baggage. Plus it’s got a lot of pretty clothes and men to look at, if the intrigue, death, violence, and bitchiness is not enough. It’s like the Jersey Shore of the Tang Dynasty
1. Skip Beat: Two very hot stars fighting for one girl. Of course this one will be highly addictive. Plus if you don’t find Choi Si Won hot, you have problems.
2. Coffee Prince Taipei (I may not love you). I don’t really have to explain this one. It’s coffee prince, in chinese. If you don’t know the plot, go watch the korean version first.
I wish Hu Ge acted in happier dramas. He’s one of my favorite actors but the man-boy doesn’t act in anything remotely happy. I feel like I have to take Xanax after I finish one of his dramas.
Forty episodes. Oh dear. This means that my writings skills better improve or else this thing will get as dry as a raisin. That being said, the quick synopsis is that this is the story of Dou Yun Xi, an empress of the Han Dynasty. This is the story (highly glorified and very beautifully shot version) of how she came to be the Empress and a very interesting retelling of history (some accurate, other parts laughably not)
So now that we know that Shen Er is a prostitute and she fell in love with a very handsome man (where we left off last time) we can continue. In the whorehouse, Shen Er dives off the balcony and the man follows they end up in the river below where he pledges his eternal love (pfffft. this isn’t pretty woman, it’s ancient China. And as much as I want this man to get with Shen Er, I know better than to listen to the words of a overly good looking guy)
Well, since I am descending into the depths of drama world, I might as well do it in style. The laws of supply and demand apply not to me. Because this is not a well known drama, but golly gee whiz of a kid, this is good. It’s different. And it doesn’t end with the heroine marrying a rich man and living happily ever after. It deals with class issues and it’s cute. Those are the good points.
So, Episode 1
We start with a dying woman telling a story on her deathbed. They flash back to the past, and a woman carrying a child in the rain runs up to a house. We meet the lady of the house, who is told that the child is her grandaughter, a product of her son and the other woman’s daughter. They woman leaves the child with the other grandma and leaves, crying to herself. She later goes home and tells her daughter that the little baby she had borne is dead. The daughter/mother of the child leaves the country, heartbroken and angry.
As she tells the story to her daughter, she also reveals that the child is still alive. The grandmother begs her daughter to find the child, and tell the child that the grandmother is sorry for what she did. The daughter cries as the grandmother takes her final breath. Later the daughter goes to find the child she lost all those years ago.
She goes to the home of her first husband, who she had the baby with and sees a girl waving an arm out the window of the buiding. She immediately recognizes her first husband and thinks that this is her long lost daughter. She overhears the girl’s name, Ting Ting and sees that Ting Ting is leaving her house. The lady tells her driver to follow the girl.
The driver, Yang Shun, finds that Ting Ting and her friend are at the employment office. He asks if they are there to find jobs, to which ting ting’s friend retorts, “We aren’t here to buy clothes” He hits himself for being an idiot and tries again. He asks if they want good jobs and offers jobs at where he works, which is the lady’s real estate office. The girls retort that they’ve been offered scams like this before and that they won’t fall for it again. At this, Yang Shun climbs over the table and tells them to do the research. He gives them his name card. The girls tell him that both of them have to be accepted, and that wherever on person goes, the other follows. Yang Shun’s face kinda says it all… it’s a WTF have I gotten myself into face.
I think I’ll stop here for the day.
This drama is good and bad at the same time, but best of all, it contains Zhang Tong. A man-boy who is not only a great actor, but is easy on the eyes. And while I do have a lot of asian actor crushes, this one is actually good at acting.