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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] The Legends 招摇

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As the lyrics of the main theme go: “One night like a dream,my heart is spellbound...”

 

Mo Qing must have thought he was dreaming when Zhao Yao appeared before him that night she was really really drunk. He couldn’t believe his ears when she said she had come to find him (in the book she said it was for a far more racey reason).He had a number of reasons for resisting her advances:

 

1.He didn’t want her to mistake him for someone else. In the novel, he doesn’t “oblige” until she called him Mo Qing.He was really self conscious because he thought the black markings on his face made him really hideous.

 

2. He didn’t want her to think he took advantage of her

 

3. He wanted to keep his job. Having an affair with your superior is not a good idea no matter what occupation you are in. Mo Qing wanted to keep his position as a guard so that he would be the first person to see Zhao Yao when she returned and the last person she saw when she left on her adventures. He was afraid she would be ashamed of her momentary lapse of judgment and dismiss him.

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New BTS video involving our OTP exchanging loving looks (it is not a still although they did not move and there is no sound in front!).

 

Translation

Bai Lu: Where has "Not a word is wrong" run off to? (the line he was supposed to say)

Xu Kai: Eh....right...I'm sorry.

 

Gif:

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1 hour ago, bluehibiscus said:

New BTS video involving our OTP exchanging loving looks (it is not a still although they did not move and there is no sound in front!).

 

Gif:

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Dude i can feel the love in his eyes and vibe, so subtle yet so intense. If this couple dont get a happy ending i feel like i need to kill someone 

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Another sweet BTS from the time when LCL made LZY's heart flutter for the first time at the pavilion.

 

Translation:

LZY: But I have no weapon with which to defend myself.

LCL: Within the four seas...(pronounces "four" wrongly)

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LZY: Beautiful.

LCL: Do you like it?

LZY: I like it.

LCL: So long as you like it.

(He turns and they exchange gazes)

Bailu bursts out laughing: Sorry, suddenly I just felt the urge to laugh.

Xu Kai looks befuddled as she continues laughing.

Bailu: It's nothing.

Xu Kai: You fooled with my feelings.

Director: Let's try again.

LCL: Is the moon beautiful?

LZY: Beautiful.

LCL: Do you like it?

LZY: I like it.

LCL: So long as you like it.

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Here’s the translation for Gu Han Guang’s “Four Most Devoted Male Lovers” profile

 

The most adorably perverse man

Candidate being investigated: Gu Han Guang 

Personality: Three inches does not soften his poisonous tongue, even after completing a task (treating someone) he resents it.

Object of Devotion: Shen Qianjin

Reason for being on board: He developed a negative attitude towards being devoted to a lover. Even without earth, this world is still affected by lovesickness (this sentence was confusing,please correct if if I’m wrong.This is a reference to a poem I think 他生莫作有情痴,人间无地著相思). Outsiders only call him the God of Medicine ,Gu the Resenter. They do not know he only shows gentleness towards one person. To save Shen Qianjin, he took her cold poison into himself.Alone he endured the pain of the cold poison and the suffering of longing/ lovesickness (for Shen Qianjin)

 

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Excellent article by cfensi:kiss_wink::love:

https://cfen.si/2019/03/27/the-legends/

The Legends set to the Wicked soundtrack, or why Zhaoyao is Elphaba

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“Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

A photographic essay on why Lu Zhaoyao (played by Bai Lu)  from The Legends 招摇 is Elphaba.

update: this is only true up to she explodes the first time. After that, the series goes into original content and all consistent characterization and plot also explode.

 

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Like Elphaba, Zhaoyao began as an idealist. She embarks on a journey go see her mentor and the head of land, thinking he’ll support her decisions and declare her good.

The Wizard and I

Do you think the Wizard is dumb?
Or, like Munchkins, so small-minded?
No! He’ll say to me, “I see who you truly are
A girl on whom I can rely!”
And that’s how we’ll begin
The Wizard and I.

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“I’m not wrong. I’m not wicked. I left the mountain of demons and have done nothing that I regret. You’re wrong. You killed innocents. You lost your way. ” – Zhaoyao

 

 

 


Captured by her mentor, Zhaoyao realizes that he was the baddie all along.

Defying Gravity

Elphaba: It’s the wizard who should be afraid, of me.

Glinda: Elphie, listen to me, just say you’re sorry!
You can still be with the wizard
What you’ve worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted

Elphaba: But I don’t want it
No, I can’t want it anymore
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same …
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

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Zhaoyao spends the next five years living up to her name of being wicked.

Defying Gravity

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
“Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down

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She becomes synonymous with wickedness throughout the land.

Thank Goodness

Ev’ry day, more wicked
Ev’ry day, the terror grows
All of Oz is ever on alert
That’s the way with Wicked
Spreading fear where e’er she goes
Seeking out new victims she can hurt

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Soon, Zhaoyao is killed in an ambush by the good people of the land. She’s buried in an unmarked grave.

No One Mourns the Wicked

Let us be glad
Let us be grateful
Let us rejoicify that goodness could subdue
The wicked workings of you-know-who
Isn’t it nice to know?
That good will conquer evil?
The truth we all believe’ll by and by
Outlive a lie
For you and —

No one mourns the Wicked!
No one cries: “They won’t return!”
No one lays a lily on their grave
The good man scorns the Wicked!

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“You are the new low in my life”

 

When Zhaoyao first meets Zhiyan, she thinks her useless and silly. Zhiyan is thinks Zhaoyao is evil.

What’s this feeling

What is this feeling so sudden and new?
I felt the moment I laid eyes on you.
My pulse is rushing, my head is reeling…
Loathing, unadulterated loathing
For your face, your voice, your clothing
Let’s just say we loathe it all

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As roommates, Zhaoyao teaches Zhiyan magic, fighting, and how to stand up for herself. Zhiyan teaches Zhaoyao that she deserves to love and be loved.

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Whenever I see someone less fortunate than I
And let’s face it, who isn’t less fortunate than I?
My tender heart tends to start to bleed
And when someone needs a makeover I simply have to take over
I know, I know exactly what they need
And even in your case
Though it’s the toughest case I’ve yet to face
Don’t worry, I’m determined to succeed, follow my lead

 

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At one point, Zhaoyao mistakenly thinks that her true love is in love with her best friend.

I’m Not That Girl

Blithe smile, lithe limb
She who’s winsome, she wins him
Gold hair with a gentle curl
That’s the girl he chose
And Heaven knows
I’m not that girl

Don’t wish, don’t start
Wishing only wounds the heart
I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearl
There’s a girl I know
He loves her so
I’m not that girl

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She finally gets together with the guy who supported her dreams from the beginning!

As Long as You’re Mine

Just for this moment
As long as you’re mine
Come be how you want to
And see how bright we shine
Borrow the moonlight
Until it is through
And know I’ll be here
Holding you
As long as you’re mine

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“You’re my friend, of course I have to make your wedding gown for you.” – Zhiyan to Zhaoyao

At the end of book and hopefully the series, her bff runs the sect using things learned from her, continuing her dreams after she and her hubby gets married.

For Good

So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

 

EDit: OFF topic

Spoiler

http://www.dramapanda.com/2019/03/bai-lu-and-leon-lai-yi-to-star-in-jiu.html

 

Bai Lu and Leon Lai Yi begin filming for Jiu Liu Overlord

 

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Uh, I don’t find Leon Lai Yi any good looking enough to be a lead :/ why... we have so many cute decent actor out there. I understand we need to give people chances but still :/ I want a solid actor with Bai Lu :/ for the young generation, atm, I’m only impressed by Xu Kai :/ he looks great, and acts well, and so tall lol. 

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On 3/28/2019 at 1:01 PM, bluehibiscus said:

New BTS video involving our OTP exchanging loving looks (it is not a still although they did not move and there is no sound in front!).

 

Translation

Bai Lu: What happened to "Not a word is wrong"? (the line he was supposed to say)

Xu Kai: Eh....right...I'm sorry.

 

Gif:

 

 

Too focus... drown in love :wub: this is why I think a lot of Xu kai’s loving gazes at ZY is so genuine. Now I have to try and watch Yanxi :/ from various clips on YouTube, I can’t say I can stand the main actress :/ something about her character’s personality rub me off the wrong way. But since it’s so well loved, I think I will like it??

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@Alila Nguyen I like Xu Kai's height too. The female lead in Yanxi didn't really have that many scenes with Xu Kai as compared to The Legends. His acting was still a bit green there.

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Just finished watching episode 49-50. Yesterday, I was just following through weibo forum; what I have seen made my heart hurt. I get that the writer seems want to redeem Jiang Wu character by his noble sacrifice in saving Zhao Yao and getting killed by Luo Ming Xuan in return. However, he has annoyed me too much in the previous episodes so I cannot really sympathize his death. His character is of a child, his mind worked differently from normal person. He claimed to love Zhao Yao but what he did was ones that would make Zhao Yao sad (hurt Li Chen Lan, kill Wan Lu Men disciples, etc). Looking at his background as xin mo, this characteristic is understandable. I even can see myself liking this kind of character if only I am not already far too attached to the male lead (I am a person who often love antagonist character than the protagonist).

 

Xu Kai interpretation of Li Chen Lan has drawn me, my heart get pained everytime I see him in distress. I don't have heart left to care for Jiang Wu however interesting his character is. Moreover, Zhao Yao reaction when seeing Li Chen Lan (after his supposed sealed state) made me cold. She didn't ask for Li Chen Lan well being, but instead telling him about Jiang Wu sad fate. Sigh ..... With this attitude, if someone watching this and does not know the history of Zhao Yao-Li Chen Lan, they will definitely say: This woman has an affair with another man. She loves both of them and now one of them is dead.

 

I know the words are kind of harsh. But the drama makes Zhao Yao too attached to Jiang Wu until some point I get the feel that Zhao Yao actually attracted to Jiang Wu (not love yet but attracted yes). Please this is not rom com drama which the female lead is distressed in choosing either first or second male lead. Even though based on personality, Jiang Wu is matched with Zhao Yao, she already gave her heart to Li Chen Lan. There should be a priority list inside her heart with Li Chen Lan being on top.

 

Okay, I shall stop my comment regarding Jiang Wu and Zhao Yao. Lets talk about Li Chen Lan. At this point of time, it is so distressing that no one that is able to really comfort him. His expression after he killed the bird .....:bawling: It is too painful to watch. He internalized all his pain within himself, never let anyone know (including Zhao Yao) the real extend of his distress. I don't know whether he really doing this for the sake of not worrying others or it is a kind of habit caused by his life experience. He has this inferiority complex which I think kind of making him tend to give but so afraid to take.

 

I believe the drama makes Li Chen Lan human with xin mo, not pure xin mo like in the novel. In the flash back with the father, the Demon King literally claimed Li Chen Lan as his son. Therefore, I hope this fact play crucial moment that can let Li Chen Lan back to life. Open ending is fine as long as there is enough hint to let us know our couple will be together.

 

Spoiler

Based on next episodes preview, I think he has decided to seal himself; just waiting for Zhao Yao leaves Wan Lu Men so she cannot stop him. However, based on ending song scenes, I think he will be the one that kills Luo Ming Xuan. And we also still have that bed scene. The last week surely will give us lots of bittersweet scenes.

 

 

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I will be so disappointed if this is not going to be a Happy Ending .:bawling: Why script writers, why ??????? You people don't make any sense.:rage:.

 

Xu Kai and Bai Lu is extremely good together :). Hope the script writers choose a happy ending for our Mo Qing and Zhao Yao, they deserve to be together forever. Please follow the beautiful novel ending.

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Xu Kai's  expressions somehow reminds me of Cha Eun Woo from ASTRO (KPOP). Does anyone else think so ? :)

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Xu Kai won me over even more with this drama no matter how it ends i have loved the OTP moments and Xu Kai acting which is better then Yanxi even though this was filmed before. 

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On 3/28/2019 at 6:56 AM, miyaism said:

I liked the part where she made him a butterfly and he asked for another one because he like it in a pair. I now feel like this was foreshadowing the end (if it is as the author mentioned). Knowing butterflies and pairs and Butterfly Lovers, it’s not going to end well.

Well the butterfly lovers sort of had happy ending. They were together in death...

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9 hours ago, ForgottenSoulx said:

Xu Kai won me over even more with this drama no matter how it ends i have loved the OTP moments and Xu Kai acting which is better then Yanxi even though this was filmed before. 

 

The Legends started filming only after Yanxi wrapped up filming. 

 

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@frostflower14 The second character in GHG's lover's name is Qian (thousand). The Chinese poem means: In my next life I do not wish to be infatuated or lovesick, for the pain of it is simply too much for me to bear in this life.

 

I think 三寸不烂之舌,怼就完事了 means he has a quick silver tongue and he never fails to finish with a retort.

 

最反差萌 means he is the most adorable man of contrasts.

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1. They were so adorable in this new BTS. No wonder the chemistry in the drama was off the charts.

 

Translation

Caption: The female demon king is me

Caption: Xu Kai singing and talking

BL: You are ruining my style!

XK (makes a gesture): Spiral Circle

 

XK (singing): Keep it simple

BL (singing): Talk in a simple way

XK (singing): You are not an actor

 

BL: I have something to say to you

 

XK: You're hurt. Come to my study to wash up. (?!)

 

BL: You smile...later if you smile...

 

BL: Come, come, come, I'll give you face [by eating some].

 

 

2. BTS of Bailu in Sima Rong's wheelchair

 

Translation

BL: Sima Rong's special transport.

 

 

3. BTS of LCL burning JW's note -

 

Translation

Staff: Too late

LZY: What are you burning?

LCL: It's nothing

Director: Let's do another take

Xu Kai: My mom says I cannot date until I am 30.

She responds with a disbelieving "Hah": You mean 13.

Xu Kai: Hits me everyday...

One of the staff: Forget it, you must have disobeyed her wish.

Xu Kai: I haven't had a single girlfriend.

Xu Kai: Director, are we done with the burning of the note?

Director: It's done.

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2 hours ago, bluehibiscus said:

 

The Legends started filming only after Yanxi wrapped up filming. 

 

 

ah i thought it was before but hes good. 

 

 

 

 

OMG the BTS kill me. 

 

 

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