Lan Ling Wang (Ariel Lin and FSF) Episodes 16-30 Thoughts
Rare, guys, rare to have a show that keeps up the pace nearly 30 episodes in. By the way, Lan Ling Wang is supposed to have 46 episodes in total, which means I will likely be writing another recap post in a few weeks. WHY SO ADDICTIVE, SHOW? Antagonist who we are supposed to hate, Gao Wei (the crown prince), is good at making us feel sympathetic to him. The actor who plays him is damn good.
- The only two times I have teared up: when Xue Yu and Lan Ling Wang broke up due to schemes and misunderstandings, and after Gao Wei realizes his fault for killing his father to obtain the throne. I was bawling whenever Gao Wei cries.
- Did anyone else see the connection with Legend of Lu Zhen? Lan Ling Wang is an extension of Legend of Lu Zhen in terms of history, because the Emperor of Qi in Lan Ling Wang is actually Gao Zhan! I don’t know why I didn’t make that connection until they did that flashback where Gao Zhan of Lan Ling Wang was called “Chang Guang Wang 长广王”.
- It is interesting how Yu Wen Yong (Zhou emperor) always comes to the rescue when Xue Wu is in grave danger, not just him, but Xue Wu’s friend Xiao Dong. Yu Wen Yong knows his place in Xue Wu’s heart, only as a friend, not a lover, but still does everything he can in his power to save her. When Xue Wu breaks up with Si Ye and she is sold in the black market as a prostitute. But then of course, Yu Wen Yong hears about this and he comes to buy her/save her. He injures himself climbing up a cliff to search for a magical ‘dancing grass’ for Xue Wu to cure her. This is the second time he’s come to rescue Xue Wu, even though the Zhou and Qi are technically enemy kingdoms.
- Zheng Er is the most antagonist character in the whole series – I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I mean, when she was enslaved and escapes, I knew she would eventually pose a threat to Xue Wu and Si Ye. But oh, she is awful. You haven’t seen the worst of her yet.
- I love that Xue Wu gets jealous when Zheng Er interacts with Si Ye (which is part of Zheng Er’s schemes to separate the lovebirds). But that’s what humans do right? We get jealous. I am so sick of those naive protagonists who are martyrs and blind to any sort of scheming.
- In between episodes 24-26 (I may be off with the episodes), it does start to get a bit draggy, with unnecessary fillers. I try to avoid the stuff about the palace.