A Virtual Voyage Around dramaland…effortlessly
Wu Ji tells Fu Yao he’s figured out the family secret and that her identity might be tied to it. (Gee, really? Wonder what it could be… *bangs head on the coffee table*) He tells her that they will need Yu Heng’s help since he knows the most about the palace and Wu Ji has made a deal with him.
In a flashback, we see that Yu Heng told Wu Ji why he’s been serving the Queen and asks for Wu Ji’s help. Wu Ji tells Yu Heng that he’s pretty sure Yu Heng’s daughter is alive, but doesn’t mention that his wife is dead.
We find out that Yu Heng didn’t know about his wife being dead because he was at a battle when she was killed, (Wait, wasn’t there this big deal funeral for her? And the guy still didn’t find out from anyone?!) and Wu Ji shares all the other information with Fu Yao that the rest of us have already heard (twice). Guards arrive and Wu Ji fights them off (but of course, we don’t get to see any of this because they wanted to save time for more exciting talking).
Queen Crazy Eyes is lighting incense and pouring wine in remembrance of the Eldest Princess, all the while rationalising being the worst mother in the world, and hoping that her daughter will look over her from heaven to help ensure she can retain the throne.
The Queen later wakes up in pain, wondering what’s wrong. Her doctor tells her that she’s been poisoned, but she refuses to believe it. She’s been taking a pill that keeps her from being poisoned. Of course, Wu Ji arrives in time to inform her that her pill can’t defend against Qiongcang poison. She makes the servants leave and then demands to know why he is poisoning her, and he asks her what her motive is for pretending to be poisoned and causing panic in the Kingdom. When she threatens to tell on him to his dad, he reminds her that she’ll have a lot more to answer for to the Emperor with all that she’s hidden. He demands to know what happened in the palace 19 years ago, but she refuses to speak of it.
Yu Heng arrives and the Queen tells him to kill Wu Ji, but he ignores her. Realising that he is aligned with Wu Ji, she tells him to go ahead and kill her.
Princess Crazy Eyes arrives with guards to take Fu Yao to be executed, and is angry to hear that Fu Yao has escaped. But, when Fo Lian tries to go with the guards to find Fu Yao, Lady Fei Yan shows up, upset with her disciple for disobeying her. She knocks out the guards and takes Fo Lian away.
The Queen tries to use her history with Yu Heng to get him to not trust Wu Ji, but it doesn’t work. She then tells him that, if he kills Wu Ji, she’ll tell him everything. Yu Heng hesitates. Fu Yao arrives and Yu Heng, at first, thinks she is Feng Qi, but then sees it’s Fu Yao. Wu Ji tells him that Fu Yao is his daughter.
When he asks the Queen if it’s true, she is angry he would believe strangers and then tells him that his daughter died all those years ago, but the Queen never told him to save him from the pain. Then she tells him to kill the two liars. Yu Heng isn’t sure what to believe. When the Queen tells them there is only one way to verify it, they decide to go with that.
Fo Lian finds herself kneeling near her mentor at the edge of the Purple Phoenix River. She tries to get Lady Fei Yan to kill Fu Yao or let her do it, and is upset when she finds out her Mentor doesn’t want to kill Fu Yao, wondering why everyone wants to protect her. And then a lot of back and forth between these two and what’s going on with Fu Yao and Wu Ji goes on for the rest of the episode.
The Queen shows Wu Ji ancient documents showing how to verify kinship by burning hair from the child and parent with the gallbladder of a phoenix. If black smoke appears, they are not related. Of course the Queen uses her powers to make black smoke appear. Angry at everyone for lying to him, Yu Heng turns on Wu Ji, who dodges his blows, but does not strike back.
Lady Fei Yan explains that the Phoenix of Flames is suppressing an evil entity in the river and she needs the heir to Xuanji’s throne, as they are the only ones who can suppress it. Princess Crazy Eyes insists that she’s the true heir who was born with a lotus in her mouth, and who carries the divine sign of the phoenix, but Lady Fei Yan knows better. To her amusement, Princess Crazy Eyes starts praying, trying to call out the Phoenix to no avail.
Somehow, Wu Ji and Fu Yao have ended up in some underground part of the palace by the Phoenix altar. Wu Ji reminds Yu Heng of what the Phoenix of Flames is guarding and what it could mean if the true heir is not found. He insists that Fu Yao really is his daughter, but Yu Heng doesn’t believe anyone now. Surprisingly Wu Ji now has his sword, as does Fu Yao, and they fight off Yu Heng, though Fu Yao gets cut and the couple end up tossed on this huge phoenix seal.
Princess Crazy Eyes is freaking out that she can’t make the Phoenix appear and is even more upset when her mentor calls her a counterfeit heir. When she demands that Fu Yao be killed, Lady Fei Yan tells her that eventually, Fu Yao will be, but not yet.
Fu Yao’s blood drips on the seal and it starts to glow. As the sound of a phoenix calls out, Fu Yao suddenly rises up in the air, causing both men to stop fighting. Wu Ji realises that the third tier of the spell is being removed. As it is lifted, Fu Yao gets her memories back and cries out in agony as the Phoenix of Flames appears.
Lady Fei Yan tells Princess Crazy Eyes that Fu Yao is the true heir as Fu Yao falls to the ground and is caught by Wu Ji. Yu Heng finally believes she is his daughter. Lady Fei Yan laughs maniacally.
Fu Yao tells Wu Ji the story of her childhood: Queen Crazy Eyes killed her mom, her mom’s personal maid hid her away and was raped by creepy servants just to keep her safe, and then she met little Wu Ji.
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Queen Crazy Eyes arrives with her maid, Tang Yi Zhong and a bunch of Purple Cape guards. They all see Yu Heng call Fu Yao his daughter and says the blame for all that happened is on him for being more worried about his career than his family, and declares himself to be a bad father. He asks Fu Yao if she blames him and she talks a while of all the things she used to feel about her unknown parents until we finally get to the, “Hi, Dad. Do I look like Mom?” bit and they hug for the first time.
Queen Crazy Eyes then goes full crazy eyes. Declaring Fu Yao a witch who has bewitched everyone, she demands that the guards arrest her, but they do nothing. Instead, Tang Yi Zhong reminds everyone that only the true heir to the Kingdom can reactivate the altar and bring about the sign of the phoenix. He declares Fu Yao the true Queen and kneels before her and everyone else, except Crazy Eyes, kneels as well.
However, Crazy Eyes is not going to let it go, so Wu Ji details some of her crimes before everyone. When she asks for proof, her brother, Feng Wu, appears, asking if she wants him to provide the proof or detail even more of her crimes. She is angry at Yu Heng for not killing her brother as she ordered.
When she tries to get Yu Heng to kill her brother, he still refuses. So she, again, tries to go all temptress with the, “I’m the only one who really loves you” bit. (Lady, those eyes would scare off a blind man.) But she’s saved the best crazy eyes for last, trying to convince him that she was better than Feng Qi, and then telling him that it’s still up to her if he can reunite with his daughter or not. (Um, that ship has sailed, crazy eyes.)
Yu Heng laughs. Her threats have no power over him now. He tells Fu Yao that Crazy Eyes made him take a magical oath that linked both of their lives together so he couldn’t go against her will. The Queen tries to use this oath to make him kill Fu Yao, but he fights it. Fu Yao and Wu Ji use their powers to help break his oath so that he won’t kill himself, which ends up making the Queen spit out blood. Finally realising that she’s lost, the Queen mumbles about stars, and then dies, crazy eyes still in full effect.
Lady Fei Yan returns to Illusion Hall, thrilled that Di Fei Tian will soon be returning.
Xiao Qi is here, which means there’s more exposition to be told. He is thrilled that his friend is going to be Queen and has finally found out who she is, but Wu Ji looks worried at the dark clouds that appear. He explains that Di Fei Tian’s consciousness was split in half, with one half put in the Purple Phoenix River and the other half in Qiongcang’s Mount of Nothingness. There’s no way to destroy it so they have to keep the two halves separated to keep everyone safe. But, despite the true queen being found, the abnormalities are still occuring. Wu Ji worries it means that Di Fei Tian’s consciousness cannot be contained for much longer, but Xiao Qi, ever the optimist, feels that all the masters in the Five Kingdoms will be able to suppress it.
Fu Yao is looking out at the lotus pond and remembering her childhood. Wu Ji appears and she tells him that she’s tired, and she’s wondered about what might have been. He reassures her that he’s here now to take care of her and takes the blame for how bad her life as been. Then she tells him that she doesn’t mind the hardships she’s been through since she was able to find him.
Fu Yao has to say goodbye to her father just after she’s found him. He wants to go to a temple and pray for forgiveness for his sins. He tells his daughter to cherish her true love, now that she has found him, and Wu Ji promises to take care of his daughter. Fu Yao recites a verse that Wu Ji taught her as children. It turns out to be something that her mother wrote to her father and gave to her. It’s a bittersweet moment for the father as he says goodbye. Fu Yao is sad to see him go, but Wu Ji reminds her that the palace has bad memories for her father and he needs to do this.
Now it’s time to reunite the Scoobies…
King Zhang Bei Ye is helping his Princess down the stairs. (Did he knock her up already or is she really clumsy in the snow?) Eunuch Hua brings a message from Xuanji, giving them the news about Fu Yao.
Zong Yue (yaaaaaaaaaaay!) and Qi Yun are tending to patients in a little village. He gets a message from Fu Yao giving him the news and inviting him to her coronation. He tells Qi Yun he has to go. Now that she is better, and doesn’t need the Dragonscale Armour, she’s free to go wherever she wants. Qi Yun wants to stay in the village as it’s the first time she’s able to take care of others and likes it. As Zong Yue is about to ride away, she tells him that by the time he returns, the shrimp should be nice and big, so he tells her to wait for him to return, and then he’ll eat all the shrimp she can cook for him.
It’s coronation time. In echoes of her last walk as Queen, but this time with her entourage intact, Fu Yao walks to her throne. Her new Uncle, Feng Wu, with his status restored, participates. Wu Ji gets to be the one to hand her the divine sceptre as Xiao Qi looks on with glee. Wu Ji also tells her that the Imperial City would be willing to establish an “eternal friendship” with Xuanji Kingdom, which she tells him she’ll think about.
Cutting open her palm with a dagger (Linja: I am always amazed they never flinch when doing this. I cry like a baby when I get a papercut), she holds on to the scepter and her blood causes the Phoenix of Flames to appear.
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Tang Yi Zhong arrives and immediately kneels, but since he is her elder cousin and her first friend, she insists that, when no one is around, he not use such formalities. He lets her know that they have still not found Princess Crazy Eyes, who apparently went off the deep end and ran away from the palace. She tells him to punish Fo Lian’s accomplices the way that they usually would, but when Fu Yao hears they would be scrubbed to death (seriously?), she abolishes all forms of torture, which pleases her cousin. As he leaves, Wu Ji arrives, asking her how it feels to be queen, but she’s not terribly impressed and doesn’t understand how a position that requires you to be so on your guard and cautious to maintain your power, is coveted by so many. She thinks only the virtuous and capable should run things. Wu Ji hopes that she continue being like this.
A decree is issued getting rid of the absolute monarchy in Xuanji and establishing a committee of seven ministers to run the Kingdom. The officials are pleased by this, but Xiao Qi is not as he had hoped to be appointed as a high-ranking official. Fu Yao tells him that he can be one if he has the talent for it. A servant announces the arrival of her guests and Fu Yao sends Xiao Qi to get Wu Ji.
But Wu Ji is doubled over in pain. This time his mentor has taken him to that giant floating lotus and it’s revealed that this place is the forbidden area of Qiongcang, where his mentor trained. Still punishing Wu Ji for not accomplishing his task, his mentor reveals that not only is Wu Ji the reincarnation of the man who originally defeated Di Fei Tian, but that he’s known all along who the woman was and that Wu Ji has been protecting her. He warns Wu Ji, again, that if he doesn’t kill her, the Five Kingdoms are in danger.
Zhan Bei Ye and Ya Lan Zhu arrive to congratulate Fu Yao. Zong Yue also arrives to tease her and ask that the person impersonating him be punished. (Linja: Welcome back to the crew, doc. May you never leave again).
Wu Ji has just returned from his punishment when Xiao Qi arrives at his door to get Wu Ji. Wu Ji calls out that he’s fine and will join them shortly.
That night, there is a giant fireworks display. As they watch, Zong Yue asks Wu Ji what’s wrong, but Wu Ji will only ask about Qi Yun and the Dragonscale Armour, which she has once again. Zong Yue can tell his friend is not well. He has a guess about what may be the matter, though Wu Ji will not confirm. Zong Yue wonders if Wu Ji is sacrificing too much, but Wu Ji holds on to hope.
Fu Yao is in Ruichen Palace, thinking again, when Wu Ji arrives. As Wu Ji is inviting her to go to Tianquan to see his father, a messenger arrives from the Imperial City. It warns that his uncle, Zhang Sun Jia, has gathered an army and many allies from the City, and is planning to attack. Furthermore it is asking Wu Ji to return to help fight his uncle. Fu Yao goes with him and Tiansha Kingdom pledge their army, but Xiao Qi and Zong Yue stay behind. (Really, our hotty doctor rode all the way here to beg out of the battle?) (Linja: I spoke too soon. Goodbye, again, my doctor.)
At Tianquan Palace, a maid purporting to be sent on behalf of Zhang Sun Jia tries to get the Empress to leave the palace with her. At first, the Empress doesn’t believe her, certain she’s another trick by the Emperor. But after being presented with a jade badge and reciting some lines, she knows that the maid is sent by him. She is about to leave with her when she finds out he is going to attack the city and that Wu Ji is returning to fight him. The Empress decides not to leave as she needs to tell Wu Ji something. (Two guesses what it could be…)
Officials report to the Emperor that Zhang Sun Jia’s army is just over the river from the city and asks for guidance, as his brother has managed to gain allies on the way, but the Emperor only wants to know where Wu Ji is.
Jiang Feng is happy to see his master returning with Fu Yao and updates him on all that has happened. Wu Ji is immediately called to see the Emperor, leaving Jiang Feng instructions to warn everyone to keep away from his woman.
Fu Yao is approached by a servant with an invitation to see the Empress, unofficially of course. Hesitant, she still agrees.
Wu Ji is trying to talk to his father about the pending rebellion, but the Emperor only wants to let him know about all the things in his chambers he’s leaving for him. He tells his son that he is too old now and that Wu Ji needs to take over the political and military affairs of the Empire now. He also reminds Wu Ji that people who commit treason, even family members, need to be punished appropriately. He also, this time, accepts Fu Yao (yeah, I’m not buying it) now that she’s royalty and claims to want his son to be happy with the woman he loves. Wu Ji is about to leave, but then, decides to make one last confession.
Fu Yao meets the Empress and kneels before her, though the Empress is not having that now that she’s a Queen. Instead, she wants to ask Fu Yao a favour: to tell Wu Ji not to kill his uncle. But she won’t tell Fu Yao the reason. Fu Yao refuses, telling her that Wu Ji needs to make the decision for himself and that it’s not her business.
Wu Ji apologises to the Emperor on behalf of his mother for her affair and is surprised to learn that his father already knew about it.
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Wu Ji goes in to see the Empress and apologises for making her worry. She tries to convince him not to kill his uncle, but before she can tell him why, the Emperor’s servants arrive with medicine for her, and Wu Ji leaves.
Prince Yi is annoyed that his uncle made him wait so long to meet with him, even after their allegiance. When Prince Yi threatens to take his troops and go, his uncle is unphased. Prince Yi suggests keeping himself as a hostage to help him negotiate with the Emperor, but his uncle reminds him that after he tried to kill Fu Yao, he would not make a good hostage. When Prince Yi brings up the affair, Zhang Sun Jia is not pleased. He tells Prince Yi that he will not show anyone, not even Wu Ji, any mercy. This pleases Prince Yi, though Zhang Sun Jia wonders how his relationship will be with the Empress once he kills her son. Zhang Sun Jia insists she’ll get over it. (Yeah, because the death of a child is nothing…) Then he tells Prince Yi it’s time to proceed with their plan at the palace.
Three men in black sneak across the palace grounds. The Emperor, about to take his medicine, confirms with his servant that their men have been dispatched. Three men in black kidnap the Empress. Three more men in black kidnap Xuan Yuan Xiao who has apparently returned to the Imperial City. (Guess which one is going to Zhang Sun Jia’s camp?) Three men in black carrying a woman are spotted by the guards who give a short chase and a bit of a fight, but then, let them escape.
Wu Ji is suspicious of this rebellion and feels like something is not quite right about it all, though he isn’t sure what it is. Suddenly, a messenger runs in to tell him that the Empress has been kidnapped by assassins. He gets up to help find her, but he passes out.
It’s flower plucking time again. Despite Wu Ji’s pleas with his Mentor to let him go so he can find his mother, his Mentor couldn’t care less about anything not related to Di Fei Tian, knowing that if he gets free, the rebellion won’t even matter.
Fu Yao tells Jiang Feng that she doesn’t know what this illness is, but Wu Ji’s had it before. Jiang Feng wants to have Zong Yue brought to the palace, but she tells him that the Divine Physician knows of it and can’t help either. (But, we could see him and we would appreciate that very much. Sincerely, Team Hotty Doctor.) When Fu Yao asks who could have kidnapped the Empress, Jiang Feng doesn’t want to say, but she figures out it’s Zhang Sun Jia. As she sneaks around the palace grounds later, Fu Yao is also nabbed.
Jiang Feng is pleading with Wu Ji not to be so impetuous and hold off on charging out after his uncle for kidnapping his mom and girlfriend, reminding Wu Ji of his own advice to not act emotionally. Jiang Feng also advises Wu Ji that his uncle would not kill the women. The servant from the Emperor calls Wu Ji to see him.
The Emperor is shocked (shocked, I tell you) that his brother would kidnap the Empress. Going on about how old and ill he is, he gives Wu Ji his sword. Then the Emperor tells him this long story about how his uncle and mother had been a couple, but his mother was power hungry and wanted to be Empress, but then later, had the affair and plotted with his uncle to poison the Emperor, which didn’t work. (I’m going to call liar, liar, pants on fire for this one.) Apparently, the hunting grounds incident (is this every going to be explained?) was supposed to have been a failed assassination attempt on Wu Ji planned by his uncle. He makes Wu Ji promise to kill Zhang Sun Jia himself.
Zhang Sun Jia enters his tent, expecting to see the Empress, but instead finds Xuan Yuan Xiao, who tries to kill him with a dagger. He easily thwarts her attempts and is happy to see his wife, but she is still mad at him. She knows his heart was only for someone else. When he points out that she was the one who left him, she realises he doesn’t know what happened to her or their daughter, and she won’t tell him.
Wu Ji meets up with Jiang Feng with his army to face his uncle. There’s no word on Fu Yao. Prince Yi demands his Uncle tell him what has gone wrong with their plan, but his uncle accuses him of leaking the details of their rescue attempt and causing it to fail. When Prince Yi hears that his uncle has decided to go to war even though not all the troops have arrived, Prince Yi decides to pack his things up and go.
Fu Yao wakes up in chains and finds the Empress is with her. She tells Fu Yao that the chains can not be broken. They are in a secret chamber of Tianquan and no one will hear them scream. Fu Yao is angry that Zhang Sun Jia would trap them here to which the Empress responds, “Do you really not know who had you captured?”
Meanwhile, Wu Ji is scoping out the battlefield and trying to strategize.
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Jiang Feng finds Wu Ji still up late at night looking over battle plans.
Fu Yao can’t understand why and for what reason she has been imprisoned with the Empress. The Empress tells of how she wanted to marry Zhang Sun Jia, but the Emperor proposed before she could, and she wasn’t able to turn him down without implicating her family. She knew he didn’t love her and didn’t understand why he did it. She only stayed for Wu Ji. Just then, their captor, the Emperor, arrives, asking if the Empress wants to be with her beloved. He doubts her love story.
An assassin returns to see Zhang Sun Jia. He went to the palace to get info and confirms the Prince’s fears, advising that they don’t know where the Empress is being held. An official arrives to advise that Wu Ji’s reinforcements are on their way and asks what to do next. Zhang Sun Jia decides they should prepare to battle in the morning and that he will figure out what to do about things at the palace later.
He goes back to his quarters, where Xuan Yuan Xiao is staying and tells her she can go. He accepts blame for not taking care of her in the past. But she wonders why he hasn’t asked about why she left or where she’s been. Instead, he tells her that he didn’t search for her because he thought she’d be better off without him.
The Empress is upset that the Emperor is using Wu Ji in getting his revenge. The Emperor responds back that he also has been used by others. Then he decides to tell them a story about him and his younger brother – born of different mothers – who grew up together. The younger brother was well liked, while the elder was not good with people, slow, but studious. Even when the older brother was made the heir apparent, people preferred his younger brother. He thought he was the heir because his father cared about him, but then he found out the throne was jinxed, with emperors not living very long, and his father didn’t want his favourite son to be cursed. He took the throne anyway, because he then would have the power to control other people’s lives. He broke the jinx on the throne, at the risk of his health, to protect future generations. But he is angry about the Empress’ affair. She is surprised to find out he knows already, but even more so when he asks her who Wu Ji’s father is. (Geez, Emperor, what did you think would happen if you married the woman who loved your brother?)
Zhang Sun Jia confirms that he did think Xuan Yuan Xiao had left because of his affair with the Empress. But in fact, that was not the reason. Instead, the day she caught them, she got lost in the palace and ended up overhearing Prince Yi’s mother wanting to know why Wu Ji was made the Crown Prince over her son when he isn’t even the Emperor’s child. The Emperor saw her and she ran away.
In the woods, palace guards caught up to Xuan Yuan Xiao and her daughter and set the woods on fire as they hid. She was later rescued by Lady Fei Yan who, as usual, made a deal with her to take some years of her lifespan. But she couldn’t find her daughter at all. (Whoa… suddenly, I’m wondering if she might be Tai Yan.) But Xuan Yuan Xiao still blames him for all that happened and agreed to help the Emperor in return for finding out where her daughter is. Then as planned by the Emperor, she tells him that Wu Ji is Zhang Sun Jia’s son and he is stunned.
Wu Ji and his army arrive to face his uncle’s army as the Emperor tells Fu Yao and the Empress that he hates Wu Ji because of who his father is, but loves Wu Ji as an heir. The Emperor wants to teach Wu Ji a lesson by having him kill his birth father.
Xuan Yuan Xiao wonders how Zhang Sun Jia never suspected that Wu Ji was his son after such a long affair. He refuses to believe her as she tells him of the Emperor’s plan, years in the making, for this moment to happen. He is even more surprised that his brother spent 20 years working on this plan. His wife asks Zhang Sun Jia what he intends to do now that he knows that this has all been a trap, to which he says he will still wage war as he has no other choice. She thinks he only craves power, but he knows that Wu Ji will win over followers if he kills the traitor, so he plans to sacrifice himself as he never cared about the throne and wants to help his son.
The Emperor wants Wu Ji to suffer in pain and sorrow. Since he loves both women, the Emperor wants one to poison the other and for Wu Ji to live with it. Fu Yao still doesn’t understand why he would punish Wu Ji, who loves the Emperor and is innocent in all this. But the Emperor wants Wu Ji to be able to walk his path alone when deserted by all those he loves. He tells them that the chamber will be filled with poisonous gas. The only escape is if one of them takes the poison and then the other can be freed. The Emperor leaves them.
Both armies are facing each other and Master Duan wonders why Wu Ji is hesitating. An official tells Zhang Sun Jia that Wu Ji’s army has arrived and he needs to give orders to his general, but instead he tells him that he is riding out himself and to withdraw the troops, despite the official’s pleas. Xuan Yuan Xiao offers to help him put on his armour one last time and gives one last goodbye, as Wu Ji rides out ahead of his troops to wait for his Uncle. Zhang Sun Jia tells his wife that he believes their daughter must still be alive, and tells her to find her and live well.
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The Empress and Fu Yao both dive for the poison. Fu Yao gets it first and takes it, despite the Empress’ pleas to let her take it, but Fu Yao doesn’t want Wu Ji to lose his only mother. She hopes that, given her past history with poisons, her internal force will save her so she takes it. (*sigh*whatever) Once she does, the chains disappear from the Empress. She tries to take Fu Yao with her, but Fu Yao urges the Empress to go alone.
With the Empress gone, Fu Yao realises that the Emperor is probably watching and talks to him before she dies, telling him that she knows he just wants to kill Wu Ji’s kindness and hoping that she’ll let him hold on to just a little bit of kindness because of how important he is to Wu Ji. And then she passes out as she is saying Wu Ji’s name. The Empress runs across the courtyard and finds a carriage waiting for her to take here anywhere she wants to go, so she heads out to her son.
A servant informs the Emperor that the Empress is on her way to Jiangbei and that Fu Yao isn’t doing so good. The Emperor wonders if he is too ruthless. (Oh, you think?!)
Zhang Sun Jia is surprised that Wu Ji and his moves, both learned at Qiongcang, are so similar to which Wu Ji asks why he forgot the other lessons from Qiongcang about brotherhood. Angered and looking at the sword in Wu Ji’s hands, Zhang Sun Jia attacks and takes the sword from Wu Ji, forcing Wu Ji to take Zhang Sun Jia’s and tossing the other one away. (At the very least, he doesn’t want to give his brother the satisfaction of having died by his sword.) Then, when Wu Ji attacks, they run at each other, the uncle without a weapon. Zhang Sun Jia stops to give Wu Ji the opportunity to kill him, but Wu Ji also stops short. When he sees his uncle attempt to finish the job by throwing himself on the blade, Wu Ji pulls it back and knocks him down instead. Lots of meaningful glances fly around as Wu Ji drops the sword.
A figure arrives in the chamber for Fu Yao. It’s Uncle Zhou!!
The dying Emperor stumbles around his chambers looking for some pills. His servant announces a message from Master Duan that the rebels have surrendered and that his brother was captured alive by Wu Ji. The Emperor tells him to convey an urgent decree that his brother is to be executed on the spot by the Crown Prince.
Fu Yao wakes up on that same rock from thirty episodes ago, where Wu Ji took her to see that King of Muling that his family worships. She sees Uncle Zhou and is happy, but thinks that she is dead. Surprised to find she is alive and so is he, she hugs him and cries. He tells her that what she saw on Mount Xuanyuan was what he wanted her to see. He tells her he’s been keeping a watch over her from afar and knows of her travels and promises not to leave her again. (Lies!) When she worries about Wu Ji, Uncel Zhou tells her that he knows about that as well, but that she is too ill to go help him. She argues with him, but then passes out. He wants to help cure the poison, but he knows doing so will mean she is another step closer to her fate. He lifts off another tier of the spell as each tier was for each Kingdom. Once he does that, the King of Muling arrives to help Fu Yao.
Fu Yao arrives at the Qiongcang forbidden land with the giant floating lotus and hears a voice that tells her about her destiny. She watches herself come out of the lotus, all in red just as Wu Ji did before. But then the lotus version of her is surrounded by black smoke and turns her clothes to black. The voice tells her that the blood on the five-coloured stone she had was from Di Fei Tian and has been directing her to remove the tiers of the spell so that, once removed, he will be awakened again by turning her into a witch to destroy the Five Kingdoms. Only her death can stop it and only Wu Ji can destroy her.
Cue another musical montage of past WuFu moments.
Fu Yao is back on the rock again with Uncle Zhou and the King of Muling, as the voice asks her if she is prepared to accept this, but she knows she’s never been in control of her fate and would rather save the kingdoms. When she asks who he really is, Uncle Zhou reveals that he is Sheng Ling, the second of the Ten Saints. He tells how he found her with the stone when she was a child and added on the five-tier spell, rather than kill her, so that she could decide her own fate. He hid her at Mount Xuanyuan because it could restrain the powers in her. She tells him that she has no regrets because she met the love of her life and had many adventures.
He hands her an object and asks if she remembers it. It is the transformed version of the stove poker he gave to her during the competition. It turns out it’s actually the Changqing Dagger of Qiongcang and he tells her to keep it. If she kills Wu Ji, no one can harm her, but if she doesn’t, her fate is sealed. He leaves the choice to her.
When Uncle Zhou starts to leave, Fu Yao chases after him, but he stops her. He’s transferred his lifetime of powers to her and disintegrates before her eyes. Fu Yao is distraught to have to lose him for the second time.
Wu Ji sits alone, looking at his uncle’s sword and thinking. Jiang Feng arrives and tells him the Emperor wants him to carry out the execution of Zhang Sun Jia himself in front of the army, which makes him think some more. Outside, he sees his uncle standing ready for execution and tells Jiang Feng to bring wine and food. He goes up to the platform where his uncle waits, two executioners at the ready, as the imperial decree is read out of his crimes.
Zhang Sun Jia looks at the clouds in the sky and enjoys the sun with a slight smile on his face. He starts to laugh about the decree, knowing that’s not the real reason his brother wants him killed. Master Duan gets angry at him for speaking so, but he couldn’t care less about added charges as he’s going to die anyway. Wu Ji tells Master Duan to step down, but he refuses to slack off on his duties, so Wu Ji tells him to just stand and watch instead. Zhang Sun Jia tells Wu Ji that by killing him, Wu Ji will win over the people and gain the best reputation, and that it’s worth it to Zhang Sun Jia. He doesn’t mind losing to Wu Ji, only to his brother.
Wu Ji pours out some wine for his uncle. Though Zhang Sun Jia knows he will be listed in history as the worst traitor, his conscience is clear.
The order is given for the execution to begin, but it’s stopped as the Empress arrives, calling out for them to stop. Zhang Sun Jia is upset she is there. Master Duan declares that the Empress is demeaning herself and will disgrace the royal family, and tries to get Wu Ji to take her away, but Wu Ji refuses and accepts responsibility. He walks away and lets the couple talk.
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Master Duan tells Wu Ji that his mother is disgracing the family, but Wu Ji allows his mother and his uncle talk as Wu Ji steps down from the platform. The Empress is surprised to find out that the Prince knows Wu Ji is his son, and promises to beg Wu Ji to spare him so that the Emperor’s plot will fail, but Zhang Sun Jia won’t let her and tells her that he has to die to keep her safe.
Of course, they are yelling this to each other to keep this quiet from Wu Ji WHILE HE’S STANDING RIGHT THERE WITHIN EARSHOT! (Kind of wish we’d just done GIF recaps as that would make this more entertaining and convey my frustration much better. / IMOmusings: sadly I haven’t learnt, nor do I have the programs to make gifs xD otherwise we’d get crazy eyed mama and daughter gifs every week / Enidbee: ooo, I can help with that for our next show…)
Then Wu Ji steps back up on the platform, as they are still arguing in loud voices not to tell Wu Ji anything. His uncle insists that Wu Ji hurry up and kill him, while the Empress is begging him not to die. Suddenly, Zhang Sun Jia grabs the sword out of Wu Ji’s scabbard and kills himself in front of everyone, knowing that he has to die to help Wu Ji succeed as the future Emperor. Wu Ji is stunned and his mother is distraught.
Wu Ji sits outside his tent, sad and deep in thought when Fu Yao arrives. He asks if his uncle abducted her, but she only asks if he’s talked to his mother. He lets a few tears fall and asks if the Emperor was behind all of this, but Fu Yao doesn’t want to be the one to tell him. (So even the Empress is not surprised Fu Yao survived?)
The Emperor’s servant tries to get him to get some rest as he’s been waiting all day for news. Finally he gets the report that his brother has been killed and he is happy to hear that he is dead. He stumbles and falls to the ground as his servant calls for the Imperial Physician.
The Empress is burning paper money for Zhang Sun Jia. Wu Ji visits her and she finally tells him that Zhang Sun Jia was his birth father and how the Emperor had plotted for years to have him kill his “uncle”, and also made sure to wipe out all his closest kin. Wu Ji goes outside and starts laughing and crying, processing all she told him about how the Emperor wanted him to be betrayed by his family and supporters. He’s angry that only now she has told him this information. Fu Yao can only watch from afar.
In the morning, Zhang Sun Jia’s body is burned on a funeral pyre, witnessed by just a few. That night in the woods, Wu Ji secretly burns paper money for his birth father. Fu Yao joins him. He’s not sure of his identity anymore after all this. Fu Yao tries to give him advice and console him.
They ride back to the Imperial City where officials are waiting outside the Emperor’s chambers as he is dying. Wu Ji goes inside to see him. (And suffocate him with a pillow?) Wu Ji thinks the Emperor will eventually recuperate, but he doesn’t agree and wants to say goodbye one last time. The Emperor comments on how Wu Ji has always taken on things alone and never leaned on anyone. He leaves the throne to Wu Ji and warns him it is the most hated position and that people will think he’s wrong no matter what he does. But Wu Ji just wants to know why the Emperor did what he did. When the Emperor confirms that everything his mother told him was true, he is surprised. Even more so to hear that this has been the Emperor’s life goal.
The Emperor admits that the two people he hates most in the world is his brother and himself. He married the Empress only because he knew she was the one person his brother loved most, since his brother had always gotten everything else he wanted. The Emperor doesn’t know why he wasn’t able to kill Wu Ji as a child and, instead, raised him to take over the throne, despite him being a reminder of his brother. However, the Emperor also admits that he knew Wu Ji was the only choice to be the heir. He wanted to make him as cold and miserable as himself, so that he’ll be a wise emperor, but it didn’t work out as he’d hoped. (Tell him Fu Yao’s still alive. Ha ha! That plan didn’t work.) As he wonders why he couldn’t make Wu Ji more like himself, he dies and Wu Ji does more of that laugh/crying thing as he remembers the only father he knew. He kowtows to the Emperor one last time.
A decree is read out announcing the Emperor’s death and proclaiming Wu Ji as the new Emperor. The officials come to court in mourning wear to see Wu Ji, but Jiang Feng tells them to go home. The officials are frustrated that Wu Ji hasn’t taken care of state matters in days, but Jiang Feng can only tell them that, due to the sudden death, Wu Ji is not ready and they will have to take care of matters themselves.
Wu Ji, also dressed for mourning in the Emperor’s chambers, thinks of his mother who has abolished herself from the palace and will now be known as Yuan Qing Yi, and live in Wanxin Temple on Mount Green Pearl. She wants her son to be with the one he loves and never deal with the heartache she had. Fu Yao joins him to update him on the funeral guests and plans. She also went to visit his mother at the temple.
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The next day, he goes to meet the officials, although without bothering to shave.
On the Mount of Nothingness in Qiongcang, the Qiongcang elders have realised that the sealed rock of Di Fei Tian is underneath Changqing Hall. They know that the spell keeping it there won’t hold on for much longer. Tian Ji wants to discuss what to do next to keep it safe. They realise that they need to join forces to reinforce the spell and keep this half from joining the other one. But the dark forces in the rock are growing and an elder points out that their powers will not hold it for long and that it is up to the gods. Regardless, they circle the large rock and do what they can to reinforce the spell. But cracks appear in the rock and black mist creeps out of it as they struggle to keep it contained until the circle is broken. They have given up half their life for nothing. When the other elders ask if Wu Ji has found the witch, Tian Ji doesn’t tell them. Wu Ji is their only hope.
Silently, Tian Ji sends a plea to Wu Ji to complete his task and kill her. He says to bring Fu Yao to Changqing Hall, but Wu Ji wonders if killing her really is the only way, and isn’t sure what to do.
Fu Yao is standing on one of the towers overlooking the city, looking at the blade from Uncle Zhou and remembering his advice to kill Wu Ji to survive or to be prepared for a rough road.
Wu Ji joins her, wrapping his outer robe around her to keep her warm. She knows he hasn’t been sleeping and wants him to get some rest. They talk about the view and how hard life is, and how fickle people are. And then, there’s more flashbacks to them meeting and getting to know each other. Fu Yao also admits that, after pretending to be so many people, she’s not sure who she is. Wu Ji tells her that she is his Fu Yao and nothing else matters. Fu Yao tells him to promise that if one day she is no longer around, to be a good and wise Emperor, and Wu Ji immediately worries she is up to something. But she lies and insists there is nothing to worry about. Wu Ji tells her that if, in the end, there must be a tragic end and there’s nothing they can do about it, he just wants to be by her side forever. They both remember the dire warnings that she must die or doom will fall on the Five Kingdoms, but won’t talk to each other about it.
The mourning period is over. Wu Ji has been coronated and gets another fun hat to wear, though this time, he resists the urge to play with it like he did in Taiyuan. The officials, including Jiang Feng, all kowtow to their new Emperor and get down to business. Wu Ji wants the winter ritual for the solstice held at Mount Green Pearl. An official reminds Wu Ji that an envoy has to be sent to Qiongcang to retrieve his decree of coronation and gives a list of candidates, but Wu Ji already has decided who should go.
Fu Yao is talking to Yuan Bao about how Qiongcang wants her dead and wants Wu Ji to be the one to kill her. She knows he won’t do it, but that if he doesn’t, it endangers everyone else. She is worried about Wu Ji and doesn’t want him to live in guilt, but also doesn’t want him to put everyone at risk. She’s decided that she will go to Qiongcang and gives Yuan Bao some of her hair in the hopes that one day he can bring Wu Ji to kill her, but mousy doesn’t really want to be the one to do that.
As Fu Yao goes to leave the palace, we get more flashbacks as she composes her goodbye letter. She is walking through the woods but ends up running into Wu Ji, who tells her that she can not ever again leave him without saying a word. He tells her never to go to Qiongcang without him. He never wants to live in regret again and that he will always go wherever she goes. If this is all destined, they agree that they should face it together.
In Changqing Hall, Tian Ji looks at the lava rock when a disciple arrives to tell him that Wu Ji has come to Qiongcang with a woman. Tian Ji dismisses him, pleased that Wu Ji understands his place and that the witch has come. But then, another disciple arrives to say that Wu Ji has disappeared and erased all his tracks.
Lady Fei Tian is in Illusion Hall receiving a message from a crow and tells it to go find the couple.
Wu Ji has taken Fu Yao to a place that looks like Shangyang Palace, but is in Qiongcang. He built it with his powers when he was training and it is the safest place he can think of for them to hide. They talk about his sad, lonely childhood for a bit. Then Fu Yao sees a letter on his desk. It’s a sad poem he wrote. When she asks who he wrote it for since he is hers, he teases her for being jealous and then kisses her. It’s the first time she’s called him hers and he’s happy.
Tian Ji is in the forbidden land, looking at the giant lotus. A disciple appears and announces Lady Fei Yan has arrived. He is surprised as Changqing Hall and Illusion Hall, while both in Qiongcang, have never interacted in centuries and he wonders why she would visit. He agrees to meet with her in hopes to help protect the Five Kingdoms. (Surprised he hadn’t kept such a close eye on Di Fei Tian’s disciple.)
Wu Ji tells Fu Yao about his mentor’s view of the mundane world as transient and unimportant when compared to eternity and that he used to agree until he met Fu Yao. (Wait, didn’t he give this same speech about two times before already?) He knows that Fu Yao is determined to die, but he won’t let her, as he thinks there’s a chance she doesn’t have to die. She, too, refuses to accept this fate.
As they sit together, they hear the caw of crows and see a black cloud. Wu Ji knows it’s Fei Yan looking for them. Wu Ji tells Fu Yao that he’ll go visit his mentor and tells Fu Yao to stay so that she won’t get hurt, but she asks if his mentor will spare him if she goes.
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Linjaturtle: Finally, we get some answers to Fu Yao’s forgotten past and another layer or two gets lifted off. I actually can’t wait to see her turn witchy. Need some excitement after Bei Ye’s boring arc.
Okay, it’s still a snooze-fest. This whole mess with the adults is terrible and the poor kids are shouldering the consequences. I say this saga of a mess is all the Empress’ fault. Even if she was in a loveless marriage, she is still married, and having an affair, getting pregnant and passing it off as the Emperor’s kid, was the beginning of this suffering she put upon Wu Ji, herself, and the Zhang Sung brothers. Second to blame is Zhang Sung Jia. He was married, had a daughter and still got involved with the Empress. Or are they equally to blame? Affairs cause a ripple effect of destruction to all connected. Stay away from them, please.
And lastly, I don’t know who’s worse. Wu Ji’s mentor or the Emperor.
Enid Bee: Please, someone send sugar, lots of it. I need something to keep me awake. These final episodes are putting me to sleep. Shouldn’t it be getting more exciting at this point? Instead, it’s all long-winded dialogue and people taking forever just to get to the point. I have serious Fu Yao fatigue, but hanging in there since there’s just a few episodes left… I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more Divine Physician. But sadly, not this week so hopefully in the finale… a little… pretty please…
Iridescent: I kind of understand Wu Ji’s mentor’s view point. Like if you can trade one life for thousands, or millions even, it’s understandable why you would want to. I felt really bad for Xuan Yuan Xiao. She was used and then she found out the man she loved never actually loved her, and then she had to send him to death. All the while she never got anything in return, she loved him to his end and never found her daughter. I’m just so glad this show is over. The ending left much to be desired, I wanted to see everyone happy, not just our main couple, but whatever. It’s over, I’m done.
Legend of Fuyao
|Legend of Fuyao|
|Based on||Empress Fuyao|
by Tianxia Guiyuan
|Written by||Jie Yanyan|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Running time||45 mins|
|Original network||Zhejiang TV|
|First shown in||China|
|Original release||June 18 (2018-06-18) –|
August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)
Legend of Fuyao (Chinese: 扶摇) is a 2018 Chinese television series based on the novel Empress Fuyao (Chinese: 扶摇皇后) by Tianxia Guiyuan. It stars Yang Mi and Ethan Juan. The series aired on Zhejiang TV from June 18 to August 13, 2018.
The story takes place in the universe of Five Kingdoms that is led by the Imperial City of Tianquan. Fuyao was formed from a lotus borne by the Ancient firmament. Adopted as an orphan, she served as a slave for the Xuanyuan sect from the Taiyuan Kingdom. A series of tragedies resulted in a journey across the land to gather the magical artifacts that could lift the curse that blighted her life. Along the way, she met the Crown Prince of Tianquan who was conducting secret missions to quell unrest in the Five Kingdoms. The pair fell in love as they battled the complicated politics and power plays between the different forces. With the help of her loyal companions, Fuyao set out to unravel the heinous plot of the ancient firmament. She discovered her real identity as the "Lotus Princess" and succeeded in destroying the evil forces, bringing peace to the land of Five Kingdoms.
|Yang Mi||Fuyao (扶摇)|
Feng Wuming (凤无名)
|A woman born from a divine lotus petal and owner of the five-colored stone. She was a lowly servant at Xuanyuan Sect, until she learned an invincible fighting technique named "Po Jiu Xiao" and began her journey to gather the five magical artifacts to break the five seals that were put on her. She was revealed to be the true Lotus princess and ascends the throne to become the Queen of Xuanji. Fuyao also simultaneously holds the title of Tiansha's King of Han as well as Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Ethan Juan||Zhangsun Wuji (长孙无极) |
Yuan Zhaoxu (元昭诩)
|Crown Prince of Tianquan kingdom. He is the descendant of Chang Qingzi, Grand Mentor of the Ancient Firmament; and is the owner of the Xuanling True Leaf. Wuji also owns a magical pet hamster named Yuan Bao.|
Yuan Zhaoxu is Wuji's alias as the Crown Prince's assistant.
|Taiyuan Royal Family|
|Zhang Dongshen||Xuanyuan Ren (轩辕韧)||King of Taiyuan.|
|Hu Ke||Xuanyuan Xiao (轩辕晓)||Elder princess of Taiyuan. Zhangsun Jia's wife.|
|Lai Yi||Zong Yue (宗越)||A well-known medicine practitioner.|
His identity is actually the elder son of Prince Wenyi, the previous heir apparent of Taiyuan; and was saved by Fei Yan, who imparted divine medical skills to him in exchange for forty years of his lifespan.
|Liang Yimu||Yun Hen (云痕)||Qi Zhen's god-son later revealed to be the younger son of Prince Wenyi and Zong Yue's younger brother. |
He became the King of Taiyuan following Qi Zhen's failed coup attempt. He has a one-sided love for Qi Yun, whom he grew up with.
|Ethan Juan (fake)|
Quan Peilun (real)
|Xuanyuan Min (轩辕旻)||Heir apparent of Taiyuan, later King. |
Wuji disguises himself as Xuanyuan Min in order to expose Qi Zhen's real intentions and foil his plans to usurp the throne.
|Yang Mi (fake)|
Chen Xinwen (real)
|Yuwen Zi (宇文紫)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Pure Consort). Daughter of Yuwen Jian, a distant relative of Qi Zhen; and later Qi Zhen's god-daughter. |
Fuyao disguised herself as Yuwen Zi in order to sneak into Qi Zhen's manor and look for Xiao Qi.
|Aliya||Tang Zhirong (唐芷蓉)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Noble Consort). Daughter of Tang Bonian. |
She's a cold and cunning woman who will do anything to become Queen.
|Wei Huini||Jian Xue (简雪)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Virtuous Consort). Daughter of Jian Shen, Imperial Secretary of Han Lin Court. |
She is secretly Zhangsun Wuji's aide.
|Liu Zhiwei||Gao Purou (高普若)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Able Consort). Daughter of Gao Hao, Prince Xiping. |
She later becomes the Queen following Yun Hen's ascension to the throne due to a deal between her father and Zhang Henian.
|Liu Yinglun||Xuanyuan Hui (轩辕晖)||A prince disguised by Tai Yan as part of Wuji's plan to trick Qi Zhen.|
|Liu Dashen||Xuanyuan Zhai (轩辕斋)||Prince of Taiyuan.|
|Liu Yijun||Qi Zhen (齐震)||State preceptor of Taiyuan. |
He is manipulative and calculating. He would do anything to become the ruler of Taiyuan.
|Yuan Yuxuan||Qi Yun (齐韵)||Qi Zhen's daughter. |
She is in love with Zong Yue, her childhood friend.
|Sun Qiang||Zhang Henian (章鹤年)||Imperial Censor.|
A patriotic and loyal man.
|Liu Guanlin||Gao Hao (高蒿)||Prince Xiping.|
He is in cahoots with Qi Zhen, but both are distrustful of one another.
|Liu Hanzhong||Tang Bonian (唐伯年)||Dingyuan General.|
|Zhong Weihua||Cao Cheng (曹成)||Head eunuch. |
A secret messenger of Qi Zhen.
|Liu Fenglan||Wei Chuan (魏川)||Housekeeper of Qi manor.|
|Zhou Liwei||Shi Lan (时岚)||Yuwen Zi (Fuyao)'s maid.|
She was sent by Zhangsun Wuji to protect Fuyao, knowing that Yuwen Zi is actually Fuyao in disguise.
|Wuyu Chenning||Ah Lie (阿烈)||Pei Yuan's maid.|
She secretly hates Pei Yuan due to the former's mistreatment of her. She is responsible for ruining Pei Yuan's face and eventually killing her.
|Zhang Zhizhong||Mr. Qiu (邱先生)||Prince Wenyi's former subordinate.|
He saved Zong Yue and Yun Hen's lives by sneaking them away during the massacre. He later revealed the truth behind their identities.
|Lu Xianjun||Huan'er (欢儿)||Tang Zhirong's maid.|
|Li Hongtao||Yan Lie (燕烈)||Leader of Xuanyuan Sect and Yan Jingchen's father.|
|Huang Youming||Yan Jingchen (燕惊尘)||Senior disciple of Xuanyuan Sect.|
He is Fuyao's first love. Despite his feelings for her, he was forced to leave her to marry Pei Yuan due to his father's wishes.
|Li Yixiao||Pei Yuan (裴媛)||Qi Zhen's niece. Yan Jingchen's disciple junior and wife.|
She has a one-sided and obsessive love for Yan Jingchen. When she realizes that Yan Jingchen is deeply in love with Fuyao, she is bent on destroying the latter.
|Qin Yan||Uncle Zhou (周叔)|
Sheng Ling (圣灵)
|Head of Xuanyou faction. A fatherlike figure to Fuyao.|
His identity was revealed to be Sheng Ling, who ranks 2nd out of the 10 saints. He saved Fuyao and helped her unlock the "Po Jiu Xiao" fighting technique.
|Jiang Long||Xiao Qi (小七)||A servant of Xuanyou faction. Fuyao's close friend and companion.|
He has a crush on Yalan Zhu.
|Guo Jun||Teacher Pei Yan (佩彦师叔)||Yan Lie's subordinate. An elder at Xuanyuan Sect.|
|He Yutong||Second disciple sister (二师姐)|
|Wang Zhipeng||Li Yunxiao (李云霄)||Fourth disciple brother.|
|Zhao Zuoshan||Elder (制赛长老)|
|Tianquan Royal City|
|Wang Jinsong||Zhangsun Jiong (长孙迥)||Emperor of Tianquan and Ruler of the Five Continents. |
A well-respected man who groomed Zhangsun Wuji for the role of Crown Prince since a young age, but actually hides a dark secret.
|Juan Zi||Yuan Qingyi (元清漪)||Empress Ci'en. Zhangsun Wuji's mother.|
She and Zhangsun Jia are secretly in love with each other, but she was forced to marry Zhangsun Jiong.
|Song Jialun||Zhangsun Jia (长孙迦)||Prince Virtue. Younger brother of Zhangsun Jiong. Zhangsun Wuji's biological father.|
|Zhao Chulun||Zhangsun Pingrong (长孙平戎)||Prince Yi. Zhangsun Wuji's half brother.|
An ambitious man who would resort to any means to usurp the throne.
|Sun Wei||Duan Tong (段潼)||Prime Minister.|
He is aligned with Zhangsun Pingrong.
|Gao Haipeng||Lei Yuanshan (雷元山)||Junwei General.|
He is loyal to Zhangsun Wuji.
|Zhang Honggang||Han Lin (韩林)||Zhangsun Jiong's personal attendant.|
|Gao Hanyu||Jiang Feng (江枫)||Zhangsun Wuji's loyal subordinate. A "shadow" guard.|
|Yu Yonghai||Xu Lai (涂来)||Zhangsun Pingrong's subordinate.|
|Liu Yuqi||Hong Ying (红灜)||A courtesan who is secretly a spy for Zhangsun Jiong, but is in love with Zhangsun Jia.|
|Jia Benchu||Tie Cheng (铁成)||A warrior of Yao City who becomes Fuyao's subordinate and later Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Yan Luhan||Hu Sang (胡桑)||A woman who fell in love at first sight with Zhangsun Wuji and harbors hatred for Fuyao due to this.|
|Tang Guozhong||Chi Gui (赤鬼)||Leader of Hei Rong tribe.|
He conspires with Zhangsun Pingrong to usurp Yao City and stage a rebellion.
|Xu Fei||Hei Feng (黑风)||Chi Gui's subordinate.|
|Luo Ting||Magistrate Su (苏县丞)||Previous Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Gao Weiguang||Zhan Beiye (战北野)||Prince Lie, leader of the Black Wind troops. Later the King of Tiansha.|
He admires Fuyao due to her courage and loyalty, but falls for Yalan Zhu's sincerity.
|Zhang Yaqin||Yalan Zhu (雅兰珠)||Princess of Qiongye, later the Queen of Tiansha.|
She liked Zhan Beiye since they were young and follows him wherever he goes. She also befriends Fuyao and becomes close to her.
|Zhang Yicong||Zhan Nancheng (战南成)||King of Tiansha.|
A man who is thirsty for power and uses underhanded means to achieve his goals.
|Gu Youming||Zhan Beiheng (战北恒)||Prince Heng. |
He is loyal to his elder brother, Zhan Nancheng.
|Chen Ying||Consort Jing (静妃)||Zhan Beiye's birth mother.|
|Liu Deliang||Lei Dong (雷动)||Zhan Beiye's teacher. Ranks 3rd out of the 10 saints.|
|Liu Qiushi||Ji Yu (纪羽)||Zhan Beiye's second-in-command, whom he is loyal to.|
|Tan Xizhi||Eunuch Hua (花公公)||Zhan Beiye's aide who was placed in the palace by his maternal grandfather..|
|Liu Yang||Attendant Li (李总管)||Head eunuch.|
|Yang Zhenyu||Gu Lingfeng (古凌风)||Commander of "Gold of Tiansha" army.|
|Mao Fan||Commander of Ming Troops (冥军首领)||Commander of the "Black Wind Hidden Troops".|
|Sheng Wu||Lin Yi (林易)||Zhan Beiye's subordinate who later betrays him.|
|Lin Jing||Feng Xuan (凤璇)||Queen of Xuanji.|
|Feng Qi (凤琦)||Feng Xuan's twin sister. The true heir of the Xuanji throne and Fuyao's birth mother.|
|Cao Weiyu||Yu Heng (玉衡)|
Meng Shuo (孟朔)
|One of the 10 saints. Feng Qi's husband and Fuyao's birth father.|
He stays by Feng Xuan's side as her shadow guard in order to find out the truth of Feng Qi and Feng Wuming (Fuyao)'s whereabouts.
|Li Duo||Feng Wu (凤五)||Fifth elder prince. Son of the previous King.|
|Gao Liwen||Feng Jingzhi (凤净执)||First princess.|
|Wang Herun||Feng Jingfan (凤净梵) |
Fo Lian (佛莲)
|Second princess. Known as the Saintess of the five continents. Fei Yan's disciple.|
A cunning and evil woman who stole Fuyao's identity as the "Lotus Princess" and puts up a kind and benevolent pretense.
She has a one-sided love for Zhangsun Wuji.
|Xue Yuru||Yu Meisheng (玉梅笙)||First female general of Xuanji.|
Feng Jingzhi's most trusted follower.
|Chen Junyu||Tang Yizhong (唐易中)||Guard of Feng Yin Pavilion. |
A descendant of the Feng family.
|Zhao Xin||Qiao Ling (巧灵)||Fo Lian's maid.|
|Zhang Huanhuan||Xu Wan (许婉)||Feng Qi's maid who secretly saved Feng Wuming (Fuyao) and hid her in the palace closet.|
|Liu Sha||Tian Ji (天机)||High immortal of Ancient Firmament, Lord of Changqing Immortal Shrine. Leader of the 10 strongest saints. Zhangsun Wuji's teacher.|
|Liu Xuan||Fei Yan (非烟)||High immortal of Ancient Firmament, Lord of Huansheng Shrine. Granddaughter of Di Feitian.|
Her main goal is to revive Di Feitian, by using Fuyao and her five-colored stone to bring upon chaos to the Five Continents.
|Liu Yinglun||Tai Yan (太妍)||Fei Yan's disciple.|
She has an unrequited love for Wuji.
Casting and filming
During Linmon Picture's annual television production showcase in February 2017, Yang Mi was announced to be the female lead for upcoming project Legend of Fuyao. Fuyao was said to contain eastern elements of fantasy, with its plot containing exciting political maneuvers and modern values of relationship.
In June 2017, Ethan Juan was announced to play the male lead. Both Juan and Yang announced their roles through their respective Weibo account. Major supporting cast members were unveiled through picture stills in July 2017.
The series began filming on 27 June 2017 in Hengdian World Studios, and wrapped up on November 24, 2017.
The series is produced by Linmon Pictures and directed by Magnolia Award-winner Yang Wenjun (Divorce Lawyers). Other notable cast members include martial arts choreographer Li Cai (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), art director Shao Changyong (Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser) and two-time Golden Horse Award winner Stanley Cheung as its costume designer.
The series is primarily filmed in Hengdian World Studios as well as Yinchuan. Numerous sets were built in a piece of barren land of up to 60,000 square meters.
Fuyao was praised by CCTV media for transmitting positive values and messages such as persistence, independence and magnanimity; as well as encouraging people to chase after their dreams. However, audience response has not been positive; the series was criticized for having cliché plots and a "Mary Sue" protagonist; as well as very similar storylines to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Despite divided reviews, the series' popularity remains high domestically with high online views; as well as acclaim from overseas fans. In particular, the series was highly praised in the Daily Pakistan newspaper, with the media outlet calling the show "a wonderful presentation of Chinese characteristics" and praising its cinematography. It gained 14 billion views in 50 days, becoming the most viewed online drama of the summer season.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share (CSM52)||Ranking||Average audience share (National Average)||Ranking|
|Ratings||Audience share||Ratings||Audience share|
|1-2||June 18, 2018||0.655||3.727||1||0.35||2.57||1|
|3-4||June 19, 2018||0.611||3.742||2||0.23||1.85||2|
|5-6||June 20, 2018||0.655||4.174||2||0.32||2.63||2|
|7-8||June 21, 2018||0.691||4.194||1||0.392||3.047||1|
|9-10||June 25, 2018||0.755||4.563||1||0.38||2.97||1|
|11-12||June 26, 2018||0.664||3.997||1||0.33||2.55||2|
|13-14||June 27, 2018||0.673||3.327||1||0.44||2.64||1|
|15-16||June 28, 2018||0.753||4.346||1||0.34||2.42||1|
|17-18||July 2, 2018||0.648||3.53||1||0.37||2.68||2|
|19-20||July 3, 2018||0.689||3.984||1||0.49||3.6||1|
|21-22||July 4, 2018||0.941||6.029||1||0.57||4.4||1|
|23-24||July 5, 2018||0.927||5.964||1||0.7||5.23||1|
|25-26||July 9, 2018||0.789||5.108||2||0.441||3.478||2|
|27-28||July 10, 2018||0.795||4.8||2||0.525||3.703||2|
|29-30||July 11, 2018||1.088||6.553||1||0.71||4.93||2|
|31-32||July 12, 2018||0.951||5.832||1||0.65||4.77||1|
|33-34||July 16, 2018||0.951||6.089||1||0.523||3.876||2|
|35-36||July 17, 2018||0.972||6.123||1||0.61||4.328||2|
|37-38||July 18, 2018||1.017||6.243||1||0.6||4.35||2|
|39-40||July 19, 2019||1.073||6.77||1||0.68||5.03||2|
|41-42||July 23, 2018||0.795||5.106||2||0.58||4.29||2|
|43-44||July 24, 2018||0.844||5.33||2||0.52||3.91||2|
|45-46||July 25, 2018||0.923||5.777||2||0.61||4.48||2|
|47-48||July 26, 2018||0.879||5.588||1||0.64||4.85||1|
|49-50||July 30, 2018||0.87||5.796||2||0.49||3.78||2|
|51-52||July 31, 2018||0.842||5.448||2||0.6||4.39||2|
|53-54||August 1, 2018||0.799||5.137||2||0.5||3.73||2|
|55-56||August 2, 2018||0.91||5.752||1||0.6||4.46||1|
|57-58||August 6, 2018||0.908||6.135||1||0.61||4.76||2|
|59-60||August 7, 2018||0.782||5.292||1||0.55||4.09||2|
|61-62||August 8, 2018||0.847||5.46||1||0.66||4.81||2|
|63-64||August 9, 2018||0.868||5.632||1||0.56||4.19||1|
|65-66||August 13, 2018||0.786||4.91||1||0.6||4.31||2|
Note: Part of the series is broadcast online on Tencent Video before airing on Zhejiang TV. VIP members of Tencent are four episodes ahead of non-VIP members and regular television broadcast.
Awards and nominations
- ^"《扶摇》杨幂颠覆解锁总攻人设 阮经天挑战古装". Tencent (in Chinese). July 18, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》高燃定档0618 杨幂阮经天热血不负赤子初心". Netease (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》6.18强势登陆 杨幂女子力爆棚逆天改命". ifeng (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》梁译木首演古装 演绎世子复国奋斗史". Sina (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"阿丽亚《扶摇》横店开机 为内心戏苦练"眼技"". Tencent (in Chinese). June 29, 2017.
- ^"刘奕君《扶摇》杀青 剧照曝光"眼"技瞩目". Tencent (in Chinese). October 18, 2017.
- ^"袁雨萱《扶摇》将上线 与刘奕君父女立场引猜想". Sohu (in Chinese). June 28, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》热播 "霸道王爷"刘冠霖爆燃上线". Netease (in Chinese). June 29, 2018.
- ^"酒窝女神周俐葳 搭档杨幂出演《扶摇》". Netease (in Chinese). January 30, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》开播伍宇辰柠首演反派刁难杨幂". Netease (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》今日开播 李洪涛饰武林霸主一展谋略". Rednet (in Chinese). June 18, 2018.
- ^"黄宥明搭档杨幂出演《扶摇》 上演爱恨纠葛大戏". NetEase (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"李依晓新剧《扶摇》开播 变身高傲郡主狂虐杨幂". Netease (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》热播 秦焰被誉"全剧最暖"与杨幂情同父女". Netease (in Chinese). June 21, 2018.
- ^"蒋龙新剧化身专业"扶摇吹" 鬼马精灵萌力MAX". 中国娱乐网 (in Chinese). June 19, 2018.
- ^"电视剧《扶摇》热拍 痞帅型男王志鹏仙气十足". Tencent (in Chinese). December 21, 2017.
- ^"王劲松出席《扶摇》发布会 与阮经天相爱相杀". Tencent (in Chinese). September 29, 2017.
- ^"电视剧《扶摇》热拍 宋佳伦再续皇叔情缘". Tencent (in Chinese). September 19, 2017.
- ^"古装巨制《扶摇》开机 赵楚纶出演联袂杨幂阮经天". ifeng (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》开发布会 高瀚宇阮经天逗趣默契十足". Tencent (in Chinese). September 29, 2017.
- ^"贾本初《扶摇》成无极新晋情敌 开启追"摇"模式". Netease (in Chinese). July 13, 2018.
- ^"唐国忠加盟《锻刀III》 结束《扶摇》挑战反角色". Sina (in Chinese). December 14, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》解锁新场景 高伟光即将上线霸气开"撩"". ifeng (in Chinese). June 25, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》杀青"花痴公主"张雅钦清甜灵动". Netease (in Chinese). November 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》天煞副本boss张奕聪上线 杨幂再遇强敌". ifeng (in Chinese). July 18, 2018.
- ^"林静《扶摇》称王 演绎孪生姐妹花过足戏瘾". Tencent (in Chinese). October 17, 2017.
- ^"曹卫宇杨幂《扶摇》虐心相认 观众：忍不住泪奔". Sina (in Chinese). August 2, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》定档 实力小花王鹤润首挑高难度大反派". ifeng (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"雨如参演大型古装剧《扶摇》霸气形象获好评". Tencent (in Chinese). December 11, 2017.
- ^"刘璇演技全开亮相《扶摇》 非烟完虐杨幂只为信仰". ifeng (in Chinese). July 24, 2018.
- ^"刘颖伦《扶摇》与师兄阮经天比武一较高下". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). June 27, 2018.
- ^"柠萌推新项目 黄磊新作聚焦高考杨幂演<扶摇>". Sohu (in Chinese). February 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇皇后》终于官宣！杨幂搭档阮经天出演强大IP". Phoenix Television (in Chinese). June 5, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》曝剧照 杨幂阮经天相望"眼技"十足". Tencent (in Chinese). July 27, 2017.
- ^ abc"《扶摇》横店开机 大师班底铸造行业质感力作". Tencent (in Chinese). June 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》首曝杀青视频 回眸拾忆刻录砺炼流年". Sina (in Chinese). November 24, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》莫文蔚首唱古装剧主题曲 独特声线惊艳网友". ifeng (in Chinese). June 19, 2018.
- ^"杨幂阮经天水中相吻 徐佳莹献唱《一爱难求》". ifeng (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"央媒点赞《扶摇》积极正能量 言出必行不做积极废人". ifeng (in Chinese). June 26, 2018.
- ^"Chinese drama Fuyao garners appreciation in Pakistan". Daily Pakistan. June 29, 2018.
- ^"Serial thrillers". China Daily. August 23, 2018.
- ^"华鼎奖提名公布 《和平饭店》《归去来》闪耀榜单". Netease (in Chinese). October 22, 2018.
- ^"腾讯视频星光盛典：Baby美杨超越萌，老戏骨们最有范儿". Tencent (in Chinese). December 18, 2018.
Rewatch Value 10
First of all, this drama should not be called ‘Legend of Fuyao’ because didn’t focus enough on Fuyao. It should not be called ‘Legend of Wuji’ either because Wuji was willing the risk the safety of all the people in the 5 kingdoms for his love interest. Though his love and devotion to Fuyao was admirable and touching, this is not what a good ruler should be doing. So, no, Wuji does not deserve to be called a legend either.
I think a more appropriate title for this drama would be ‘The story of Fuyao, the woman who changed Wuji’s life’, because Fuyao turned Wuji’s life upside-down and brought his arrogance down a few notches the moment she entered his life. It is also a coming-of-age story of both Fuyao and Wuji as it shows how they change as a result of knowing each other and going through the trials in their lives.
The story takes us through 5 kingdoms (Taiyuan, Tianquan, Tiansha, Xuanji and Qiongcang) and has a lot going for it – court intrigue, action, adventures in strange lands, long lost identities and an epic love story. However, the focus, development and pacing of the script was inconsistent. . The drama’s title and first 8 episodes in Xuanyuan Mt. had us anticipating Fuyao embarking on a quest to find her true identity and remove her 5 seals. However, after she left Xuanyuan Mt, the focus changed all to Wuji and Fuyao became an accidental follower in his schemes instead of leading the story as the main character. Too many episodes were devoted to the court intrigue in Taiyuan which did not move Fuyao’s quest along one bit. The result of this was that everything else had to be squeezed into the remaining half of the drama and so there was no time for proper development of the stories in the remaining kingdoms. The story in Xuanji kingdom - where Fuyao’s childhood story and true identity were revealed - was especially short and rushed (only 6 episodes). Wasn’t this drama supposed to be about Fuyao? I would have loved to see more time devoted to Fuyao’s backstory (because it was just so tragic) and how it shaped her strong character.
(1) Yang Mi as Fuyao
I liked Yang Mi since TMOPB, but after Fuyao, I have become a fan. Her performance was simply PHENOMENAL! I love actors who can emote with their eyes and Yang Mi did this superbly here. Her eyes are so gorgeous and expressive, I found myself drawn to them every time she appears on screen. She had a lot of epic scenes that had no dialog – the attempted rape scene, Yao City battle, rain scene, when she regained her memory, when she turned evil). She relied only on her eyes to convey Fuyao’s emotions and slayed every scene. Just a simple change in the expression in her eyes could convey so much, especially when she teared or cried – my heart just went out to Fuyao and I could really feel her pain. I particularly love her scenes with Uncle Zhou as the surrogate father-daughter bond was just so heart-warming and touching. And despite all the heart-break and hardships Fuyao endured, there was always strength and fire in her eyes.
I feel a lot of viewers do not give Yang Mi enough credit. I guess this is because majority of viewers are female and prefer to focus and swoon over the male lead. When a male lead cries, it is hailed as good acting whereas the female lead can cry buckets and no one takes notice. Is it because females are expected to cry, so that no one thinks much of it anymore? I vividly remember 3 scenes - just before Fuyao passed out after her fight with Zhangsun Ping Rong, right after she regained her memory and just before she stabbed herself. In each of these scenes, Yang Mi dropped a tear that totally broke my heart. It’s sad no viewers bother to mention her great acting in these, as well as many other scenes, whereas when the male lead drops a tear, viewers shout about it.
So, I do wish to give special mention to Yang Mi here because her exquisite and excellent performance was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this drama. At the end of the drama, I realise the character I remember most is Fuyao. Yang Mi made Fuyao come alive. She made me care for Fuyao and want to continue watching the drama to find out her fate. I only wish she had more screen time. She lights up the screen every time she appears and stole the show.
(2) Ethan Ruan as Wuji
This is the first time I have ever seen Ethan Ruan acting and so I did not know what to expect from him. His performance as Wuji was both a hit and miss for me. It was a hit because he looks handsome as Wuji, had great chemistry with Yang Mi and was good as the cheeky and flirty prince. But it was also a miss because some of his facial expressions, especially his smiles/smirks, come across as sleazy and goofy instead of suave or endearing. There were several OTP scenes where he suddenly gave a goofy smile that just totally spoiled the tender moment. And he tends to overact, such as crunching his face into an unrecognisable mess to express pain or angst. It made the last few episodes, when Wuji was crying over his parents’ betrayal and when he was chained to the ice on the mountain, very difficult to watch. I cringed more than I felt touched. I just wish he had used more of his eyes to emote (like the senior actors and Yang Mi) instead of such exaggerated acting, because some of his emotional scenes were good.
OTP’S LOVE STORY
Fuyao and Wuji’s love story has got to be one of the most well-written and best developed I have ever seen in a Chinese historical drama. Their epic love story is one of the things that really draws you in to this drama. It was wonderful seeing their relationship grow from the initial fighting and flirting to trust, support and finally self-sacrifice for each other. And Yang Mi and Ethan’s chemistry was simply sizzling! They looked so natural and comfortable around each other and their scenes together were a joy to watch.
MUSIC & CINEMATOGRAPHY
I absolutely love the OST and BGM. Every piece of music suited the mood of every scene so well. I daresay I prefer Fuyao’s OST/BGM to TMOPB’s. Cinematography, sets and costumes were also very good and gave the drama a grandeur more common to movies than a TV drama.
One of my favourite are the fight scenes. There are more fight scenes here than the average Chinese historical drama and you could tell a lot of effort was put into these as they were all very well-choreographed and visually stunning. Fuyao had the best fight scenes and Yang Mi just looked soooo freaking COOL fighting and flirting!
As someone who read the novel before watching the drama, I was very frustrated over how the drama scriptwriter had changed and butchered Fuyao’s character. Drama Fuyao was a victim of circumstances. In contrast, novel Fuyao was a dictator of events. All the schemes that Wuji planned in the drama were actually plotted by Fuyao. She single-handled plotted and helped put all 5 male leads on the thrones in their own kingdoms. So, I didn’t like the fact that the drama made Wuji more like the lead character and accredited all of novel Fuyao’s achievements to him.
When writing this review, I had to treat the drama as being NOT RELATED to the novel at all. Otherwise, it would not have been fair to all the cast and crew who put up such a fine production. Other than the inconsistent script, everything else about the drama was very good – from acting to music to cinematography and fight sequences. Putting my drama vs novel bias aside, this is still an entertaining drama with lots of action, adventure and intrigue to keep you engaged. If nothing else, Yang Mi’s and Ethan’s superb chemistry and love story will keep you invested and wanting more.
If you are debating whether to read the novel or watch the drama first, do yourself a favour and watch the drama first. You will enjoy the drama a lot more this way. Then go read the novel to understand what a truly awesome character Fuyao is and why she is a legend. The drama totally does not do any justice to Fuyao and the novel.
I will definitely rewatch this drama for my favourites scenes, action sequences and Yang Mi’s superb acting.
* ENDING SPOILER ALERT *
In case anyone is still confused about the ending, Fuyao and Wuji did not die. In the last scene, they are alive and well on a bridge (probably in Tianquan), not in heaven. The words spoken by Wuji in that scene (ie. follow her to the mortal realm etc. etc.) are actually lines from the novel that novel fans love. The scriptwriter probably put it in thinking that it would please novel fans but instead, it ended up confusing everyone about whether they lived or died.
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Available on: Viki, YouTube
Total episode #: 66
Dumpling-rating scale: 2/5
I am a fan of the romance/fantasy/marital arts genre of drama, plus despite the criticism Yang Mi usually receives for her acting skills I actually quite enjoy watching her.
Needless to say, I went into the Legend of Fuyao (扶摇) with very high expectations especially because it was heavily marketed as a love story of a highly skilled slave girl and a Crown Prince who are then tasked with saving the five kingdoms.
It wouldn’t be accurate to say that I was completely disappointed as the drama did start off well. Instead, I would describe myself as confused. The storyline didn’t have a lot of direction, which was much more pronounced as this drama was dragged over 66 episodes.
I also had real issues with the fragility of Fuyao (our titled female lead). For example, how is it that Fuyao is able to break the Ninth Cloud (a very special/mystical/powerful move) in the 6th episode… but gets knocked out from behind like 100 times afterwards? (I didn’t get it)
The drama could have been named Wuji (the male lead portrayed by Ethan Juan). He was far and away the standout character.
All that aside, Legend of Fuyao has also received criticism for plagiarizing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (with it’s inclusion of a Triwizard Tournament type challenge). I could only see it once pointed out to me.
However, what I found quite striking was Legend of Fuyao’s overt tribute to Sun Tzu on the Art of War. About 30% (conservative estimate) of the dialogue was on war strategy or with respect to it… see below for examples:
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
– Sun Tzu on the ‘Art of War’ at Attack by Stratagem, para 
All warfare is based on deception.
– Sun Tzu on the ‘Art of War’ at Laying Plans, para 
Given the length of this drama, rather than set out my top episodes, I thought it would be more appropriate to breakdown the various story arcs, ‼️spoilers alter‼️
Part 1 | Episodes 1-8 |Fuyao meets Wuji
Part 1 of the Legend of Fuyao establishes the universe of the drama. We learn of the impending doom of the five kingdoms and the power struggle within the Taiyun Kingdom.
In this part, Fuyao is a bold and mischievous servant who (as a result of a vindictive princess) has to survive the Tian Dou Competition. Fuyao is assisted by Wuji, who is impersonating the heir to the Taiyun Kindgom for the future stability of the five kingdoms. In and amongst the chaos, Fuyao and Wuji begin to develop what would appear to be a romantic relationship starting with a mud-fight…
Fuyao defeating all odds wins the tournament to the dismay of the Princess who wants her dead.
Part 2 | Episodes 9-30 |Fuyao travels to Kunning
Fuyao escapes the Taiyun kingdom and makes her way to Kunning. On Fuyao’s travels her companion (Xiao Qi) gets abducted and she meets Prince Zhang Bei Ye (portrayed by Vengo Gao) and his stalker/admirer, the Princess of Qiongye Tribe, Ya Lan Zhu (portrayed by Zhang Ya Qin).
Wuji during this time is attending to some very important political business and a weird love triangle begins to form between Fuyao, Bei Ye and Lan Zhu.
It is still not clear whether Wuji is falling in love with Fuyao or just enjoys tormenting her…this time they are fighting in a bedroom.
Thirty episodes down and our couple is still not official (things are moving quite slowly).
Part 3 | Episodes 31-48 |Fuyao in Tianquan (and other places)
Fuyao escapes once again and is heading to the Kingdom of Tianquan. She somehow gets tricked into impersonating Princess Fo Lian who is betrothed to the Crown Prince of Tianquan (who happens to be Wuji). Although, her identity crisis is resolved, Fuyao (who becomes a town magistrate?) is mortally poisoned and not even the (very attractive) miracle doctor Zong Ye (who is in fact the heir apparent of Taiyuan) can save her. If you are starting to get confused with who is who… you aren’t alone.
Wuji in this segment dies and comes back to life. From here, a multitude of different storylines begin to form (with numerous new characters) which distract from the original plot (which at this stage I have forgotten)… I will say that this part does have some epic fight scenes (especially at episodes 34 and 47).
Part 4 | Episodes 49-56 |Fuyao missing in action
This arc of the story focuses on our original antagonist Qi Zhen who meets his ending that this drama had been foreboding since episode 1.
Our second lead couple doesn’t get their happy ending or do they…. (they do)
Part 5 | Episodes 57-66 | Fuyao goes to heaven?
I will be the first to admit that I was relieved when this drama finally ended. Painfully we get to the last segment of this drama and Fuyao is able to overcome her fate (which is destroying the five kingdoms) by dying (with Wuji) and going to what would appear to be heaven.
All I can say is that at least we get a happy ending 🤔😪😩
What did you think of the Legend of Fuyao?
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I'll only give a brief overview of the plot. Since I believe the book was in seven (7) volumes, I've set an impossible task for myself. What do I tell people when I'm asked about it? It gets very confusing for me b/c certain FAKE, or created just for the TV show, elements are so important for the TV Series' story. The vice versa is also true. All of the best elements in the book, critical to the plotline and characters development, aren't in the TV Series. The TV Series left out the time travel element. In the book, FuYao is NOT a slave & there are about 10,000 (joking) more fight scenes - all are superexcellent. BTW, the time travel had to be left out b/c the Chinese BANNED (yes, imagine Congress banning a fiction genre) TV portrayals of time travel stories.
Here is what I will say. If I were to rise up in the air and look down upon the story each tells - the seven-volumes & the TV Series, this is what makes the story entertaining & amazing.
This is a Chinese Historical Romance Journey - Xianxu Fantasy - about a young woman who has to travel thru the Five Regions to obtain information important to her survival. Xianxia is a Chinese drama genre focused on martial artists, or those who want to become them, & the development of their physical & mental & martial arts skills aka cultivation.
Fuyao leaves her life a slave and encounters dangers, villains, and heroes everywhere she goes. Mostly, she spends each episode battling EVIL, trying to stay alive, and overcoming obstacles, with wit or fighting skills, that she must overcome to complete her journey & discover her destiny. Neither FuYao or Wuji is aware that FuYao was created from a lotus blossom by the first Wuji who lived sometime in the FAR, FAR distant past. I have never come across a character like Prince Wuji. It's worth it just to watch Ethan Juan (Taiwanese) portray this complex character who speaks openly of his developing feelings for her. It's subtle & beautiful b/c she is mostly oblivious. He seems to be almost supernatural to her but it is a long time before more is told about him. Both the book & TV Series task Wuji with killing her. He loves her the first time he meets her SO his BIG CONFLICT will be trying to protect her from others - and his teacher's intent. His charm & smile hide his ruthlessness & practicality. There is a HEA.
OMG! I forget Yuan Bao. The TV show made him a hamster & never explained what he is. The book states that he is a magical white rat of which one is born every thousand years. He plays a MUCH BIGGER role in the book where he battles and rages against FuYao b/c he is hopelessly in love w/Wuji. He's a rat so don't bother explaining things.
The VILLAINS are epically evil, mean, and deadly.
The martial arts fighting is A +.
Costumes are STUNNING.
Some characters are annoying but they appear in every Chinese drama - the old beloved uncle, the annoying young girl, the stupid precocious boy, the lustful, mean, spiteful woman in love who wreaks havoc everywhere she goes, etc. I could take .25 stars off but I know others live for those characters.
SOUNDS so boring! But it's not b/c Yang Mi is a fantastic actor and b/c of the hero of heroes Prince Wuji. Prince Wuji is a character like no other. One-year I tried to capture all of the dialogue he spoke to her b/c it was/is unbelievably beautiful in some parts (lifted straight from the book). I'm in my 50's and have read 10-20 bks/week for decades. Never has a romantic hero ever spoke love poetry so adeptly. We don't have this tradition of seven-volume fantasy novels that draw on 6,000 years of history, Taoism, Buddhism, Martial Arts written in rish, dense, fragranced, & nuanced layers OF WORDS.
A LITTLE SPOILER
Prince Wuji is blessed w/so many gifts relating to his character, intelligence, & accomplishments that he is famous as a young teen. He then trains for 10-years in a type of God realm that endows him w/ENORMOUS self-mastery of everything in the world, supernatural powers & martial arts techniques.
It's not worth explaining the temple or "god realm" or "heaven" where Wuji trained but if you know a Buddhist ask them what a Buddhafield is. I believe is the closest to this Buddhist concept.
I did enjoy watching it on Viki the year it came out, but just because Viki's subtitles are better, are centered w/o words running off the screen, and film seems sharper, colors more vivid, doesn't mean their subtitles are the BEST. THEY ARE JUST DIFFERENT. No two translations of a thing are equal or the same. It's hit or miss w/cultural sayings, aphorisms, etc.
I like to watch Chinese TV Series & Movies on different platforms in the hopes that COMBINED I will have a better understanding of what a character is saying.
In some scenes, a poor translation or mistranslation can make a scene confusing. In reality, the only good translation to be had is produced by a person who is bilingual and bicultural. Sometimes things can't be translated and decisions need to be made to leave the words in their original language (such as names of cities, places, etc.) or to take the author's intent and create an American word or phrase that interprets their desire.
Translating place names in FuYao was just plain stupid. I saw the God of Mercury referred to in one scene. If you know Classical mythology, I don't even have to say that he has no connection to the Double Moon Festival. LOL
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