The world was turned upside down and frozen over this week. What do we think of the explanation for Mom and Fan Xian’s knowledge of that other world? Is drunk Fan Xian brilliant or just plain silly? Is Uncle Wu’s smile the cutest thing ever? Join us to find out the answers to all this and more.
The God of Poetry
The Emperor has planned a celebration now that the talks with Northern Qi have ended. Everyone is invited, and Fan Xian seems to be the man to please. Both 2nd Prince and Crown Prince make passes at him. They make sure the Emperor knows they want him on their side. Except, one person at the party is determined to disclaim his brilliance and make a fool of him.
Zhuang Mo Han is the praised scholar from Northern Qi, and he announces to everyone that the last 4 lines of that poem Fan Xian wrote a while back were actually written by his mentor. He produces a scroll with the lines written on them. Guo Bao Kun (the guy Fan Xian beat to a pulp) uses this opportunity to denounce Fan Xian and call him a fraud. Of course, we all know Fan Xian really did use someone else’s poem, but it’s from the other world (what we think is the future) so he knows Zhuang Mo Han is lying.
Fan Xian is already a bit drunk when he proceeds to tell everyone the truth, that he memorized those lines from a dream he had of another world. He then recites over a hundred more famous Chinese poems as he gets totally smashed on wine. Everyone raves at his genius, and Zhuang Mo Han is completely discredited and losing any respect he once had.
Kmuse: I was conflicted during this scene. On one hand, I enjoyed Fan Xian showing up the people trying to take him down. This is always one of my favorite aspects of this drama. That said, I like the more subtle style that the director usually uses rather than the bash, in your face, drunken shouting we got here. I know there was a specific reason to show Fan Xian so loud and drunk but it was still irritating.
Drama Geek: I rarely watch with timed comments on, but for some reason they were on during this scene. Someone claimed that the actor really did get drunk off his butt and was method acting. That is some commitment. I can say he was flushed bright red and to my eyes it looked real. As for the drama, the part I loved is how excited the guy (I can’t find him in My Drama List for his name and I’m blanking) was to take all the brilliant poems down. He was totally poem geeking.
Sneaking into Grandma’s Room
Fan Xian and Uncle Wu had already come up with a plan to sneak into the palace after the party, so Fan Xian has to take medicine to throw up and sober up. They proceed with their plan, Uncle Wu distracting Eunuch Hong, while Fan Xian sneaks into the Queen Dowager’s room to steal the key they’ve been looking for. He has a locksmith waiting outside, and a fake is made. He manages to get back into the palace to put the fake back but happens upon a meeting between Wan’er’s Mom and Zhuang Mo Han. She not only worked with him against Fan Xian, but she’s the one who sold out their spy (Yan Bing Yun) in Northern Qi.
Fan Xian is spotted and has to run from Archer Hottie. He almost gets away but is shot in the shoulder as he jumps over the last wall.
Kmuse: This whole theft was so much fun to watch. I also really enjoyed seeing more of Eunuch Hong, he has the most fascinating face. His presence just grabs my attention anytime he is on screen.
Drama Geek: I loved the fight between Uncle Wu and Eunuch Hong. They were pretty evenly matched and it was a delight to watch. I also enjoyed seeing Fan Xian in that outfit. What can I say, the boy looks good in black.
Still the Luckiest Guy Around
Archer Hottie recognizes Fan Xian’s silhouette as he plummets over the palace wall, and rushes to his house to catch him. Ruo Ruo has been pretending to take care of him all night and doesn’t want to let Archer in when he gets there. He shoves her out of the way, and Fan Xian weakly calls from within the room. He got there JUST in time to prove to Archer Hottie that he was in bed all night. He even shows him his bare back and abs to prove he wasn’t shot.
Kmuse: Fan Xian’s luck is so amazing. I also want to know what that key was made out of, that it could literally stop an arrow? I’m also a bit sad that my Ruo Ruo and hottie Archer ship is sunk. There wasn’t any kind of chemistry between the two. I guess we will have to continue the search for the perfect warrior for our awesome Ruo Ruo.
Drama Geek: The key is made of out the same futuristic material that the cyrogenic containers were…. oh wait, we don’t know all that exists. LOL. The ship sailed as soon as Archer Hottie proved loyal to Wan’er’s mom. It’s okay you gotta have a few hot bad guys running around or it just isn’t a good Cdrama.
Um… Ice Ages, cryogenic Momma, and Uncle Wu’s Smile. Oh My!
When the dust settles, Fan Xian and Uncle Wu get right to work and open Mom’s box. There’s a weapon inside and 2 letters. One for Little Wu and one that says Uncle Wu is NOT allowed read, but it isn’t labeled for anyone. When Fan Xian reads Uncle Wu’s letter it is full of sisterly affection for him and is super sweet. He gets the most adorable smile on his face by the end.
The second letter addresses Fan Xian by name and explains what’s going on. Apparently, “we” opened a door and created a second ice age. Fan Xian’s mom is one of several people who were awakened from a cryogenic state and that’s why they remember the world before it’s demise. Fan Xian wasn’t frozen, but was part of an experiment where they placed memories within him. There is a secret doorway underneath the lake at his mom’s old house that will give him all the answers, but is very dangerous.
Kmuse: What the fish is this plot point? UGH, How are we supposed to believe that society goes in the exact same line (including all the same cultures) that occurred hundreds of years earlier before society popcicled themselves? To be honest, I would buy time travel before this explanation. But I guess when your government outlaws time travel and aliens, you have to get creative.
Drama Geek: Yeah, when you can’t say he and his mom time traveled, you gotta get around it somehow. I agree that this is crazyballs. They did say the reason the world is going in the same order is because more than just his mom woke up from being a popsicle. I have a feeling that they’ll push this plot point to the side until we get closer to the end.
Wan’er Gets to Join in the Fun
After Fan Xian decides to table all the crazy his mom just unloaded on him, he seeks out Wan’er to help him get into the palace to return the fake key. She teaches him how to properly act as a eunuch and then they go see the Queen Dowager. Wan’er distracts the Queen Dowager while Fan Xian gets the key back in place. But his breathing is detected by Archer Hottie, he isn’t caught, but now Wan’er’s mom thinks the old lady is out to get her.
Chen Ping Ping brings the treasonous things that Wan’er’s mom is doing to the Emperor and she says that she wasn’t the only one who knew about Yan Bing Yun was in Northern Qi. Fan Xian happened to see him leaving and knew of his mission. Now Chen Ping Ping knows there’s a mole in his organization who is working with Wan’er’s mom.
Kmuse: It is so nice to see Wan’er included in Fan Xian’s crazy plans. Her giant smile when Fan Xian explained what was going on was just adorable. These two are such a great OTP and I hope they can do more hijinks together in the future.
Drama Geek: I was super happy that Wan’er not only got to play along with Fan Xian, but she was totally okay with being sneaky and deceptive. She’s only seen a small part of who our hero really is, and she will need to get on board with all his wild ideas if she is going to marry him.
The Long Con
Two of the officials that work for Chen Ping Ping have acted suspicious for several episodes, one being Yan Bing Yun’s dad. We know he isn’t the one who sold his son out to Wan’er’s mom. They lure the other guy out of the city and reveal that they’ve been deceiving him since Fan Xian’s first assassination attempt. He believes he is doing what is best for Southern Qi, and is firm in his assessment that Fan Xian is not fit to take over for Chen Ping Ping. He asks to die by his own sword and they oblige since Eunuch Hong heard everything and can relay Wan’er’s mom’s treason to the Emperor.
Kmuse: I am a huge fan of Chen Ping Ping and Fan Xian working together. Chen Ping Ping is such a wonderful drama queen and Fan Xian’s cheeky sarcasm fits in perfectly to Ping Ping’s grandiose reveals.
Drama Geek: Who doesn’t have great chemistry with Fan Xian? I love seeing him with almost any person in this cast. I admit I was a teeny tiny bit bored during the reveal but I loved when Fan Xian and Chen Ping Ping came out, and when Eunuch Hong dropped out of the sky.
Kmuse: I feel like a broken record but I am still loving this drama. I can’t wait to see what happens next and kind of sad that I am getting towards the end. Waiting for season 2 is going to really suck.
Drama Geek: Somewhere Kdrama Jen sits and waits for us to finally get to the end. She started way after us and zipped right to the final episode. I can’t wait to finish season 1, so we can chat all about it, but I will also be very sad. It’s rare that I find a Cdrama that is this engaging and keeps me invested this many episodes in.
Until the Next Drumstick,
Kmuse & Drama Geek
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi