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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Gank Your Heart 陪你到世界之巅

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@lynne22 & @Jocelyn Stephanie, I've been meaning to reply to your posts from earlier this week but kept pushing it aside to focus on recapping.  Sorries!  

 

On 8/3/2019 at 1:52 AM, lynne22 said:

@themarchioness Phew!!!! So many things happen in a span of one episode... It really shows that the drama has a tight plot!

Ep 24-25 continues to deliver!! :wub:

There's so much to be said,,, but where to begin..  lols

QY is right you know.. in standing her right.. because Miya shouldn't have drag her into her issue... eventho yes.. QY could have given XK a chance to explain... but I can understand why she's she doesn't right now [Ep 24-25].. She's hurt and need time to process.

I do believe even if there's no issue of ep 26 coming up.... in time QY and XK would have patch things up! [we still have our fav cheerleader YX and mother hen YY that would always want QY's happiness]

 

This is my fav part of Ep. 25... how XK sincerely sends her "jiayou" will always make me go awww.. and a little bit sour.. I noticed at the end of their convo.. they are beginning to go back on the right track [If only there's no Miya in the competition sigh...]

 

One thing I always forget to comment, how fame is a double edge sword... the more famous or infamous you are... the more you will be in public spotlight.. and it can be a very toxic thing.

 

Sigh.......... XK time in VNG is ticking... despite having Shu Wen's support... Li Gan and Qi Yue continues to be a problem.. You know, I don't think they realized what they're doing will cost VNG.. but that's how it is with selfish people right???? They don't care about what problem they will cause.. what only matters to them are their personal gain...

 

 

I agree with you, @lynne22, about this drama's tight plot.  Between his career, hers, their relationship, and the relationships between the other side characters, this drama manages to cover a lot of ground with each episode.  I think that's when whenever I step back and think about how many episodes QY and XK were apart after Miya returns to the scene, it never feels that long because so much is always happening! 

 

As for your other comment about Miya, I agree.  She should not have set QY up like that with the backstage passes, but even more than that, she should not have gone to QY and asked her to give up on XK.  It kind of drives me batty when drama characters do that.  I mean, fine, let's say QY does give up on XK.  She still needs XK to agree to get back together with her!  And there's no guarantee that even with QY not in the picture, he'd accept her offer.  I know in Miya's mind she's not thinking like that - and probably can't be objective like that, given her feelings - but as a viewer, it's like, GAH!  

 

I also agree with you that things really snowballed out of control where Miya was concerned.  This is why I always say it's too bad he couldn't have met with her the night of the "Tomorrow's Star" competition.  I think if XK had met with Miya as originally intended, and as she'd asked, he maybe would've been able to explain to her clearly then (and in a much less public manner) that they were over.  But then again, maybe it's just as well, because if he'd done that, who knows if he ever would have told QY about his past.  I'd like to think yes, but on the other hand, he and Sun Ge are very similar in that regard and I can also see him holding onto it for as long as he could if he thought that was the best thing for everyone involved.  

 

I also loved that scene you shared from Episode 25!  In fact, what I love most about the time they were apart is how, in every Miya interaction that there was, you can see how first and foremost in XK's mind was his concern for QY -- how was she receiving this information?  How was she being affected?  How was she feeling?  Etc.  Not gonna lie, every time his eyes flew in her direction over Miya's, I cheered like it was some sort of victory for QY.  Haha.

 

Yes, fame can be a very dangerous thing.  I think the person who's learned that the most is Miya, actually.  Which is why at the end of the day, I do feel for her and can feel sympathetic towards her even if I don't support what she did/is doing.  

 

As for Li Gan, Qi Yue, and VNG . . . *heavy sigh*  What kills me about the leaked recording is that Qi Yue had to realize what a devastating move that would be for his team.  He was willing to ruin the whole for his own personal gain!  That is just so . . . ugh, I can't even find the sufficient word to describe how that makes me feel.  Li Gan, well, he's made his bed and now must lie in it.  As we know from the special cut scenes, even Tong Wu and Shen Yue will leave him eventually.  Good-luck to him in rebuilding VNG with that limited and narrow vision of his!  That should be sufficient punishment for him -- and maybe getting an invitation to Sun Ge and Shu Wen's wedding.  :P 

 

 

On 8/4/2019 at 12:55 PM, Jocelyn Stephanie said:

This scene really brought mixed feelings. My heart broke for QY, and XK just looked so conflicted :(. But I can't completely blame Miya though, as if I was in her position, it would not be that easy to let go of XK, especially when in her perspective, the problem that hinder them from getting back together was that XK wouldn't want to ruin her career. But the fact is that we all know (except Miya of course) that XK has completely let go of the past and ready to start a new journey with QY *sigh*

 

Yes, this, exactly!  This is precisely how I feel about MIya and that whole situation.  It's why I find it hard to dislike her as a second female lead in this drama.  She's not a bad person and I actually admire the fact that despite the fame she's found, she never forgets her roots and, if anything, wants to pay back all the love and support she once received.  My wish for her (and them) is that they will one day all be good friends.  :D 

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Phew!  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to fit in another episode this weekend, but with a little perserverance ... and maybe a little lack of sleep too ...  ;)  This episode is one of my favorites.  There are so many cute, funny, sweet scenes to enjoy (check out the head pat and fist bump counts!) , but above all, there's the story of Sun Ge joining the Phenix team which is, hands down, one of my favorite moments of this drama.  I hope you all love it too!

 

Episode 29

 

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Episode 29

 

 

As QY and XK exit Dream Journey, she tells him she still doesn’t understand and asks why he’s rejecting PX.  He asks if she really doesn’t understand and she asks if it’s because he doesn’t like his lone wolf style of playing.  XK answers that it’s not that he doesn’t like it; it’s that it doesn’t suit them.  QY then points out that with PX being the strongest player in the league right now and so many teams wanting to sign him, this is a rare opportunity for them given how insistent PX is being about wanting to compete alongside him.  But XK tells her that PX’s sense of individualism is too strong, and adds that when PX was with the Legends team, Coach Luo had told him the same thing, but he hadn’t been willing to undertake any efforts to change.  QY tells XK he can help PX; after all, he’s helped Tong Wu and Lu Sheng, and reminds him that he’d once said that everyone has their shortcomings.  Which is why, XK tells her, he wants PX to see clearly his own shortcomings so that he’ll find the will within himself to change.  He then tells her that there’s no such thing as perfect game strategy that will allow them to achieve success; rather, it’s a a team where all the members trust each other that will achieve success together.  QY’s concerned about the what-ifs, though, and asks what will happen if PX gives up after XK rejected him in the manner that he did.  XK, on the other hand, understands PX well enough to know he won’t give up.  He tells her that once PX makes up his mind, nobody will be able to change it.  When QY sighs and looks back at the entrance to Dream Journey, XK tells her to stop thinking about it and suggests they focus first on dealing with Sun Ge.  [I love how he always walks with her with one arm thrown around her shoulders; le sigh…]

 

At The King, Sun Ge is ruminating over when XK had asked him to ask himself whether he really didn’t want to return to the competitive world and try again one more time.  A text arrives from Summer at that moment; all he tells him is: 1:40pm, Flight GF2839, destination Singapore.  Sun Ge is in the middle of texting back to ask what he means by that when there’s an incoming call from Summer.  Sun Ge answers by asking him why he’s going to Singapore, and Summer answers that it’s not him, it’s Shu Wen.  When all Sun Ge can say is, “Oh,” Summer observes how it looks like she really decided against telling him.  He then asks if Shu Wen has told him about Li Gan and whe Sun Ge says no, Summer says, “Then let me tell you clearly now, she made herself very clear with Li Gan.  After leaving VNG, she’s decided to go to Singapore to be an exchange student.”  Sun Ge responds that going out of the country to study is a good thing and Summer reacts, “A good thing?!”  He points out that once she leaves, they don’t know when she’ll be able to come back.  At this moment, customers start calling for Sun Ge’s attention in the background.  Sun Ge, therefore, tells Summer that something’s come up at his Internet café so he has to hang up.  After Sun Ge hangs up on him, Summer calls another number and when the other person answers, he asks Gu Fang if they’ve all arrived yet. 

 

After Sun Ge finishes dealing with some customers, he sits back down behind the counter and asks himself what right he has to ask “her” to stay. 

 

Shu Wen is walking along with her suitcase when she calls out to XK, who’s waiting for her at an outdoor café.  She asks if it’s because he can’t bear to see her leave that he was so insistent on meeting her for breakfast before letting her go.  XK responds by looking at his watch and telling her that there are still three hours before her flight, and that if she still insists on going to Singapore after their breakfast, he promises to deliver her to the airport on time.  Shu Wen responds, “Ah, it turns out you had some other purpose.”  When XK smiles in response, she tells him it’s too bad that she has nothing worth staying for anymore.

 

Sun Ge arrives at the airport and checks the departure board only to discover that Shu Wen’s flight has taken off already.  Since there’s nothing else to be done, he sends her a message that says, “Take care of yourself, have a safe journey.”  He pauses outside the airport and looks up to the sky and at that moment, an airplane flies overhead.  [This scene always makes me crack up.  Ah, dramas.  Yes, it must be THAT plane.  Lol.] 

 

When Sun Ge returns to The King, he walks through the entrance corridor with his head hanging down.  It’s not until he approaches closer that he looks up and sees Shu Wen waiting with her back turned against him.  When his footsteps grow nearer, she turns around and asks what kind of a boss he is that he would leave his store as he did.  She asks if he isn’t going to watch over his store and tells him that she greeted his customers on his behalf and told them that something had come up at home, so she closed the store early for him.  Sun Ge asks if she wasn’t already on the plane and Shu Wen smiles; she tells him, “The plane was about to take off and that’s when you finally sent me a WeiXin.  It looks like you really weren’t going to ask me to stay.”  Sun Ge shakes his head no with an expression of sadness and regret on his face, and Shu Wen says to him, “Sun Ze Yi, back then when I saw you competing for the first time, I started liking you then.  Do you know?  When my parents threw me out of the house, I shamelessly followed you.  But what about you?  How could you, because of Li Gan’s 300,000 RMB, leave me and leave the team?”  Shocked to discover that Shu Wen knows the truth of the past, Sun Ge stutters and asks how she knows and entreats her to listen to his explanation.  SHu Wen answers at first, “Tell me,” but then immediately following tells him that she doesn’t want to hear it right now.  She tells him instead that he needs to follow her to some place, and as she walks out of The King, she tells him to hurry up.

 

Shu Wen pulls up to the former training base for the Pioneer team.  Sun Ge asks why she brought him there and she explains that that year, after they won the world championships, they purchased it.  Even though the team later broke up, nobody was willing to sell it either as it was like a home to them.  She then tells Sun Ge that no matter how many years it’s been since he left, he’ll always be the Pioneer team’s “Yi Ge.”  As she moves to unlock the door, she asks if he remembers how back then, he was the one with the most fans.  Every time they finished competing, a crowd of their fans would be waiting outside with boxes of drinks to give to them.  Sun Ge then recalls how Summer would steal all the drinks that their fans gave them.  After Shu Wen unlocks the padlock, she suggests they go inside to have a look.  Sun Ge hesitates in the doorway but eventually follows her inside.  As they approach the main room, they find a large television screen waiting for them with the iConquer logo displayed across it.  As Sun Ge turns his head every which way, checking out his old training base, the television screen switches to a video of the Pioneers team competing in a match.  Sun Ge watches himself calling out commands to his teammates while the commentator reports on his doings in the background.  Sun Ge breaks down into tears at the memory and behind them, a crowd of people enter through the open doorways of the training base.  The match ends with the commentator calling out, “It’s a five kill!” [a feat pulled off by Sun Ge] and on screen we see the Pioneer team cheering (which includes Sun Ge leaning in to give Shu Wen a hug and lift her off the ground in celebration).  The commentator yells, “Yi Ge, Yi Ge, Yi Ge!” and in the room, the crowd behind them starts to chant the same.  He turns around and when the lights turn on, he’s stunned to find it’s his old fans.  One fan tells him that they’re still there, while another fan asks where he’s been all these years.  A third fan, who’s carrying a box, tells him that they came to give him drinks.  And a fourth fan tells him that they’ve never forgotten him.  A fifth fan points to the crowd and tells Sun Ge that they’ve all come, and a sixth fan tells him that he still owes them a championship title.  Everyone agrees with that sentiment and they all repeat that he still owes them a championship title.  In tears, Sun Ge asks how they’ve all come and thanks them for being there.  From behind, Gu Fang walks out.  He tells Sun Ge that the people who should be saying thank you is them, and that’s when we see Summer and PX enter from a side door.  Summer tells Sun Ge that if it hadn’t been for him, there wouldn’t be a Pioneer team.  Luo Tian also walks up then and tells Sun Ge that their biggest regret from five years ago is that he wasn’t on the championship stage with them.  In tears, Shu Wen asks, “Sun Ze Yi, do you still remember our team’s slogan?”  As she starts to chant it, he picks it up midway, “Bu Ju Feng Yu, Jian Zhi Wang Zhe” (Don’t fear wind and rain, the sword points to the king), and then she asks him, “What exactly are you hesitating over?!”  That’s when XK and QY walk in wearing their Phenix uniforms.  In XK’s hand is a jacket.  He chants, “Yu Huo Bu Mie, Nie Pan Chong Sheng,” and says, “These are the words you spoke to me as encouragemet.  I used these eight characters to make Phenix’s slogan.”  When he holds up the jacket and Sun Ge still doesn’t say anything, QY says, “Join us, Sun Ge.”  With everyone watching, Sun Ge reaches out for the jacket and says, “I, Sun Ze Yi, for the sake of you all, will try one more time!”  XK double fist pumps the air and pulls QY and the Pioneer team in for a hug while all of Sun Ge’s fans cheer in the background.  Sun Ge then reaches out to his fans for a group hug as they all chant his new team’s slogan.  In the background, PX watches with a smile on his face. 

 

A little while later, PX walks out of the Pioneer training base and XK follows to thank him for today.  Surprised, PX asks what he’s thankinghim for and XK explains he heard from Summer that it was he who had arranged everything today and that it was he who’d gathered all of the fans.  PX mutters that Summer has a big mouth and XK says, “Anyway, I have to thank you two brothers.  Thank you for letting me find Phenix’s first team member.”  Clearly still frustrated by his lack of acceptance, PX tells XK that he knows he (XK) already rejected him, but just as before, he still wants to join the Phenix team.  He tells XK that he has no intention of going anywhere else for the upcoming competitive season other than the Phenix team, and XK asks, “What if the Phenix team is truly unable to admit you?”  PX then answers by promising to play his best no matter what position XK gives him.  XK responds, “No matter what position,” and PX says, “That’s right.”  XK then asks, “What if it’s as a training partner?  Would you be willing?”  After thinking it over for a minute, PX answers, “Fine.  It’s decided then.  Phenix’s training partner.” 

 

Back at The King, the Pioneer team gathers along with XK, QY, and PX.  Luo Tian observes that the five of them can finally be considered as having met up together and Summer agrees, pointing out how normally if it’s not Shu Wen who’s missing, then it’s Sun Ge who’s missing.  He then asks if the two of them shouldn’t thank him for today and Shu Wen’s like, “Sure, we should thank you!” while Sun Ge clinks his beer stein against Summer’s.  She then asks if he would like her to introduce him to a girlfriend and he rejects the offer joking that he can’t trust her taste given whom she picked for herself.  Everyone laughs at his joke and then XK tells Summer that he’d like to toast him for everything he did today and describes his actions as, “too reliable.”  Summer accepts the toast but objects to how XK’s words make it sound like he’s normally not reliable.  He asks if that’s the case and XK hurries to deny that saying that he’s always been reliable.  His feathers no longer rufled, Summer says XK really knows how to talk.  PX then pipes up by referring to Summer as, “Ge.”  His use of “big brother” has everyone sitting up and taking notice and even Shu Wen starts hitting Summer on his leg.  Summer knows that when PX starts referring to him in this familiar way it usually means nothing good will come of it and, as it turns out, he is correct because PX asks him to let them use Dream Journey as the Phenix training base.  The Pioneer members all laugh as their suspicions are confirmed that PX, indeed, had wanted something from his cousin.  Summer, on the other hand, scratches his head and asks PX how he can turn his elbow out when he hasn’t even joined the team, and that’s when PX announces that he is a member of the of the Phenix team now.  The Pioneer members react in surprise and when they look at XK, he just coughs and looks away to cringe.  [I love how QY even pats his knee, hee!  So cute.]  PX then tells everyone that he is officially announcing in front of everybody that he is now the training partner for the Phenix team.  If the Pioneer team reacted in surprise before, they’re really reacting in surprise now.  One by one they turn back to XK, who’s still turned away from them.  Summer says, “JXK,” and he quickly turns around to answer, “Yes?”  Summer asks how he could let his younger brother be his training partner and when XK struggles to explain, PX cuts in to say that it was he who wanted to be the training partner so long as it allowed him to join the Phenix team.  Summer asks if his head is filled with water and whether XK bewitched him with some medicine or something, and when Summer turns back to look at XK, he picks up his beer stein as if to toast Summer and asks how he could have such a capability.  Shu Wen then intervenes by telling Summer that’s enough.  She says that since PX has already said he was willing, he should just let him join.  PX says, “That’s right,” and then tells his cousin about how Phenix is still lacking a training base.  Gu Fang then nudges Luo Tian and asks what he thinks about giving their [the Pioneer team’s] training base to them [Phenix].  Just as PX is still (literally) poking at his cousin to hand over Dream Journey and Summer is on the verge of giving in (by commenting on how his little cousin’s already been made a training partner and now his Dream Journey’s being dragged in), Gu Fang sits forward and tells them they can forget about Dream Journey.  He then says to XK that he’d like to represent the Pioneer team in giving him their former training base.  Holding up a set of keys, he asks what he thinks about that idea and whether there are any objections.  Summer’s the first to say he doesn’t have any objections as this means he can keep Dream Journey out of things, and Shu Wen agrees that of course she doesn’t have any objections.  Sun Ge says he’s too happy, and so Gu Fang tosses over the keys to XK.  XK looks at the keys and asks them, “You’re just giving it to me?” and Sun Ge says it’s all for the sake of their Phenix team, so they can win the championship title as quickly as possible.

 

As everyone stands to toast the handing off the Pioneer training base to the Phenix team, YX walks up the stairs to the second floor of The King.  He walks in slowly as he’s clearly surprised to find everyone there, but he greets each member of the Pioneer team politely and respectfully anyway.  He also adds that he brought some fruit, but now he doesn’t know if it’s enough.  Summer says he’s a good kid while Sun Ge accepts the bag of fruits and tells him to just leave it there.  As everyone else takes a seat, XK and QY remain standing in awkward silence.  YX takes in XK’s appearance (as he’s still wearing the team uniform) and asks if he’s forming his new team.  He ask why he didn’t tell him and then asks why PX’s there.  PX pipes up that it’s because he’s a member of the Phenix team and Summer hits at his leg to get him to quit it.  YX asks XK how he could call on PX, but not him, and asks if it’s because XK thinks he’s not as good as PX.  QY speaks up then and tells YX he’s misunderstood them.  She explains they didn’t say anything to him because she knows he’ll support them no matter what, and asks if that isn’t correct.  She then adds more hesitantly that they’re not yet to the point where they can afford his transfer fee.  In the background, PX again pipes up that he paid his own fee to terminate his contract.  XK turns around to glare at him at that, and Summer also tsks at his cousin.  XK puts his hand on his friend’s shoulder and tells him that by staying with Legends, he can already enter the world championships.  If he joins him, however, he’d have to start all over again.  He tells YX that he doesn’t want to take a big risk like this.  YX responds, however, by saying that the thing is, his biggest dream is to compete with him and win the championship title together.  [Aww, my heart is breaking for YX!]  He then says that he will also find a way to come up with the fee to terminate his contract, and tells them not to worry.  Throwing aside XK’s arm, he turns to leave and when XK would run after him, QY tells him to just let him be for now as he knows his temperament.  She suggests they let him cool down first before trying to reason with him again.  Summer also scolds PX for his interjections and when PX says he only spoke the truth, he points out angrily that even if it was, he should’ve known better. 

 

Later that night, everyone is standing outside The King.  Summer’s in his car with PX and comments about how everyone came down to see him off.  He says they needn’t have stood on such ceremony and then tells Shu Wen not to leave and suggests with some obvious eyebrow raising that she should stay to help Sun Ge clean up since they haven’t seen each other in a long time.  He then points at the others and tells them to have a clue.  Both Sun Ge and Shu Wen react to his obvious teasing by telling him to hurry up and leave already.  After Summer drives off, with Sun Ge calling out for him to drive safely, Luo Tian also says that if there’s nothing more, he’s going to take off too.  QY tells XK that she’s going to send him off and then runs after Luo Tian, calling him “master.”  She tells him to drive carefully and he tells her he’s alreay watched her replay video from this week.  He compliments her on her improvement, which makes QY happy to hear, and she tells him she was actually worried that she’d made the video hastily since she’d been busy these past few days.  He observes that being a team captain must be a lot of hard work since there’s a lot she has to learn while leading the entire team at the same time, and tells her that if there’s anything she finds difficult to manage, she can come and ask him at any time.  QY tells him not to worry, though, and tells him that if the disciple has any questions, he has her master won’t be able to run away from her.  [Luo Tian scratches his head in response and I bet he’s thinking, “But I don’t want to be your master…” Blech!]  Luo Tian then brings up the matter of the leaked strategy and tells QY that he’s still investigating it.  He reassures her that if there’s any news, he’ll be sure to tell her at once.  QY tells him, however, that whether the matter is cleared up or not, she doesn’t care anymore.  She points out that she’s made a great group of friends in the meantime and the things she learned at GDV, she can use in the future to help XK with his team too.  Luo Tian says that’s good then and moves to get into his car.  After he opens the door though, he pauses and observes that XK’s fortunate to have a girlfriend like her. 

 

After Luo Tian leaves, only XK/QY and Shu Wen remain as Gu Fang had already taken his leave in the background when QY and Luo Tian were talking.  XK looks at his watch and tells Sun Ge with an obvious smile on his face that it’s late so he’s leaving too.  Sun Ge asks what he’s laughing about and XK just makes an, “Oh, nothing!” face as he smiles again at his mentor and waves to Shu Wen that he’s leaving.  QY adds her farewells and as they get ready to climb onto XK’s motorbike, Shu Wen tells them to be careful while Sun Ge asks him to let him know when he’s arrived at his destination.  [Which has me wondering, where is XK staying now that he’s left VNG?  He usually stays with Sun Ge, but he’s definitely not staying there tonight, at least!] [Aw, this is really cute the way Sun Ge and Shu Wen watch XK help QY put on her motorcycle helmet.  It’s clear they find the young ‘uns adorable and I find the old ‘uns equally adorable in the way they’re watching the young ‘uns.  (I find the young ‘uns adorable, too.)]

 

After XK drives off, Shu Wen comments purposefully to Sun Ge about how each one of his brothers left one by one after they were done eating.  She then tells him that she’ll head back upstairs to help him clean up.  After she walks back inside, Sun Ge looks up at the sky like he doesn’t know what he should do [but he shouldn’t worry, because Shu Wen is in total control.  Haha.  I respect and admire her so much!].  By the time Sun Ge walks back upstairs, Shu Wen has already gathered all the bowls and chopsticks together.  He tells her that she needn’t clean up anymore as it’s late and she must be tired after a long day.  He offers to send her home and Shu Wen, LOL, rolls her eyes in the most gigantic way as we hear the chopsticks clatter onto the table.  She turns around and asks him what he means by that and when he says, “Ah?” she asks if he’s trying to chase her off.  He holds out a hand to reassure that’s not what intended and Shu Wen just starts to stalk torwards him as she reminds him how, earlier that afternoon, he’d said he would explain things to her.  She invites him to speak now as she’s ready to hear it and Sun Ge tells her that back then, he treated things too simply.  He starts to say that he thought that once they [the others] won the world championship, and Shu Wen cuts him by asking if still has the face to bring up the world championships.  She asks him, “Do you know, the night we won the world championships, I cried the entire night.  My heart back then hurt so much.  I was by myself.  I was by myself out there and you weren’t there by my side.  What meaning was there in me winning the championship title?”  Sun Ge responds, “Every day you were in Vancouver, I knew everything.  I let someone go to help me look after you, but in the end, it all came to nothing.  When I lost you, in that moment, I knew then I wouldn’t have any more chances to go looking for you.  Shu Wen, I’m sorry.”  Shu Wen asks, “Do you still love me?” and Sun Ge responds by hugging her tightly.  He tells her that all these years, apart from her, he’s never had anyone else in his heart.  Shu Wen cries and hits him on the side.  She calls him a bastard and then she grabs him for a KISS. 

 

The next day, XK, QY, Sun Ge, and PX report to their new training base to give it a good scrub down.  When XK announces that they can begin working, PX tells him to wait a second.  Everybody looks at him and he spins his suitcase around to open it, revealing all sorts of protective wear inside.  Everyone exclaims in surprise and XK asks what he has in there.  He takes out some face masks and starts to hand them out, saying that it’s very dirty there.  QY takes one, while thanking him, while the manly men of XK and Sun Ge politely decline.  QY then suggests to PX that if he really thinks it’s too dirty inside, he can go to the nearby park and wait for them to finish cleaning up inside before calling him back.  When she asks him if that’s a good idea, he adds a second layer to his face mask and tells her it’s not.  He then pulls out a coverall and QY just looks at him and says, “Okay,” while leaving him to get to work.  Off to the side, Sun Ge double checks with XK to make sure PX willingly came to be their training partner.  XK responds by asking, “If not, then what?” and then points out he doesn’t have the ability [to force PX into doing anything he wouldn’t want to do].  Sun Ge then observes that in addition to PX’s abilities, they also have a common goal, and asks if XK’s really not planning on accepting him when he’s already demonstrated willingness to serve as their training partner just to join their team.  XK responds, however, that the present version of PX is still not his most suitable candidate.  As he says this, we see PX finish suiting himself up like he’s some sort of hazmat official.  He’s covered entirely from head to toe in protective gear and the we get a montage of the foursome hard at work, putting their new training base together.  [I promise not to comment on the lack of realisim in this moment – I mean, they managed to add an entire kitchen in one corner of the training base! – and just go with the flow.  Haha.] 

 

When they’re finished putting everything, QY walks out of one of the second floor rooms and exclaims that they’re finally done.  XK joins her at the balcony and after taking in the scene below, offers up his fist for a FIST BUMP.  Sun Ge walks out of another room on the second floor and says he’s also just about done there.  XK asks if he’s done putting everything away and when Sun Ge makes a noise of assent, the camera cuts to PX who’s downstairs working on four buckets of product placement hot pot.  He yells up that dinner’s ready and calls everyone down to eat, and the other three head down immediately.  XK asks what smells so good and says it’s making him hungry.  As Sun Ge teakes his seat around the coffee table, he comments on how good it smells and says he can’t wait.  PX tells everyone to eat and they all dig in, exclaiming over how good it smells.  [And look!  In case you didn’t know, this product placement hot pot comes in a variety flavors – and we see at least four of them right in this once scene.  LOL.] 

 

After a few bites, Sun Ge looks up and takes a look around.  He then says, “Thank you, XK, for letting me return to this place.”  XK responds by asking him why he’s thanking him and tells him that he belonged here originally.  QY looks up to the second floor rooms and then points to one of them, asking Sun Ge fi that was his room originally.  When he confirms that he used to live in that room, QY suggests he use that room again and says she’ll use the one downstairs next to the training room.  She then tells PX to pick a room, and he in turn asks XK which room he intends on using.  XK responds, “Me?”  He looks up to the second floor rooms and says he’s fine with any of them and then says he’ll take the room next to Sun Ge’s.  Sun Ge says okay to that idea and PX turns to QY and asks her to help him move a bed so he can room with him (XK).  Everyone reacts in surprise and XK, in particular, chokes on his dinner and has to turn away from all his coughing.  QY pats him on the back and then he turns back around and asks PX why he wants to room with him; he tells him QY will be jealous.  QY quickly agrees and PX nods his head and says, “That’s fine.  I’ll move it myself then.”  He then points his finger at XK and tells him that he definitely, must room with him and then gets up and walks away.  QY calls after him and tells him that if he’s going to be like this she’s going to be jealous, and then she races after him as he heads back up to the second floor.  Sun Ge, in the meantime, is like, “This…” and XK asks him, “Why does he want to live with me?!”  LOL. 

 

Some time later that same night, QY sits at the counter with her laptop.  XK walks over and asks if she’s practicing.  She glances at him and then tells him not to look at her, as she’ll feel nervous if he watches.  Sure enough, a second later, he starts questioning her moves in the game and asks why she’s using whatever it is that she’s using in the game.  We don’t see what she’s using, but we find out what she’s using when she responds, “It’s a dynamite stick.  Look how pretty it is.”  XK concedes that it’s pretty, but doesn’t hesitate to also point out that it’s useless.  He explains it’s only effective when it’s layered on top of something else and tells that she needs at least three or more.  QY grits her teeth, however, and tells him she doesn’t care.  All she cares about is that it looks pretty.  The professional player in XK is probably cringing inside, but he manages to eke out a smile as QY tells him to look again.  She again observes how pretty it is and tells him it’s like fireworks.  XK smiles a real smile when he sees how happy QY is as she plays and asks, “You like fireworks?”  QY answers by asking what girl wouldn’t like them; she tells him that every time the fireworks go off, it makes her feel like the entire world is being lit up for her.  XK then puts his arms around her and asks if she feels like she’s being lit up now, and QY responds by smiling and snuggling her head on his shoulder.  He then puts his hand on her head and HEAD PAT.

 

While XK and QY are enjoying a romantic evening together, someone else is spending a less exciting evening by themselves.  Xia Ling lies in bed and ruminates over the basketball in his hand.  An incoming message alerts on his phone and when he checks it, it’s a voice message from a group of his friends.  One asks when they’re going to play another game of iConquer, while another remind him that he’s an expert and asks when he’ll help lead them.  Xia Ling throws the phone aside and then his mom enters with a plate of food.  She asks if he’s hungry and suggests he has something to eat, but he turns away and says he’s not hungry.  His mom takes a seat and asks how he can be not hungry when he didn’t have much at lunch either.  She tells him to be good and obedient, and tries to hand him the plate, but he responds angrily that he just wants to be by himself.  He then pulls the bed covers over his head and his mom gives up.  When she walks back out into the dining area, she takes a seat at the table.  QY’s dad walks in, notices how down she looks, and asks what’s wrong.  He asks if Xia Ling still doesn’t want to eat but instead of answering, she just gets up and walks away. 

 

The next day, XK meets with the others and tells them that there’s less than a month left before the window to transfer teams closes so they have to work quickly to find other members to fill their team.  Sun Ge sighs, PX stares straight ahead (probably thinking about how they could have him, if they’d just accept him), and QY looks back at the poster board where they have several candidates taped up and says that actually, she thinks these few are pretty good.  She suggests they reconsider them and points out how they’re all ranked in the top across the country.  She even points to a few of them and reminds them that they’ve even agreed to join their team.  She again entreats the others to give them some more consideration, and PX tells her none of those candidates have anything unique about them.  When QY would protest, he holds up a hand and says he was simply making a suggestion and that they needn’t listen to him.  Sun Ge is more practical in his input as he points out that their current situation is one where they aren’t able to give people a salary they’d be happy with and they’re also a new team.  He adds that the fact they’ve been able to attract some of the country’s top players is already pretty good and suggests that maybe they should give them a call and try them out to see if they’ll get along.  XK, however, agrees with PX and says none of those candidates have anything unique about them.  He says they’re not who they’re looking, and Sun Ge sighs once more.  He then remembers that there is one person that XK might be interested in.  He gets up to walk over to the laptop and behind him, QY wonders with interest who it might be.  She motions for XK to join her and when she walks past PX in order to follow Sun Ge to the table, PX happens to get up at the same time so they almost bump into each other.  She glares at him meaningfully and so he quickly relents by holding up his hands like a white flag and sits back down.  LOL.  XK and QY then take seats on either side of Sun Ge as he looks for the person he wants to introduce to XK.  He tells them that the other player’s ID name is 409 and that within half a month, he’s already climbed high up the ranks as he wins every game and is now sitting fourth in all of China.  The only thing is, Sun Ge tells them, this player is very mysterious.  He says that every time he tries to message him, the other person never answers and no one knows who he is.  XK notices that the other player is online and tells Sun Ge to play a solo match against him.  Sun Ge answers that he’ll try and then tells XK they’ll use his account to try because every time he issues an invitation, the other player always rejects him.  After he issues an invitation, they wait to see what happens, and amazingly, the computer sounds a bell.  QY observes with excitement that the other player has accepted the invite to battle.  Sun Ge chuckles that, in the end, XK is still more attractive than him and gets up so they can swap places.  PX also joins them at the table, to better observe what’s going on. 

 

As XK gets himself situated, he says aloud that he’ll play against 409 to test him out.  The game begins and XK remarks that the other player’s fake-out move is well though out.  Sun Ge observes that in the early stage, the other player exchanged energy for experience with him, and in the end, it’s XK who loses.  [Although, I don’t think XK was trying very hard either as he was trying to see what the other player is capable of.]  QY claps her hand and exclaims that the other player is pretty good and Sun Ge remarks in question, “There’s something to this person, isn’t there?”  XK agrees that the other person holds promise as he evaluates and analyzes the other player’s various skills and moves, and just as he finishes speaking, a message pops up from 409; it says (quite scoffingly), “With only these two skills, you don’t deserve QY.”  They all laugh when they read it and XK turns to QY and says it looks like the other player is a fan of hers.  She then reaches for the laptop and says she’ll talk with him.  After thinking for a second, she types, “Hello 409, I am QY,” and then after typing another line she hands the laptop back and tells the guys to wait and see.  In a voiceover, we hear the rest of her message, which was, “Do you have any interest in meeting up?”  409 responds immediately, “No.”  The others laugh, which causes QY to glare at PX especially, and then she says, “He’s not my fan either.”  PX then remarks that if ever meets with this person, he will definitely not go easy on him.  XK likes this guy though and says he’s pretty good.  He wonders aloud if there’s any way to contact him and PX says he can go to Dream Journey and ask around.  Sun Ge agrees and says he can also ask his cousin, and XK observes that the other player is not responding to him anymore. 

 

At that same moment, QY gets a call from her father.  When she answers, her father asks if she has time to meet with him as he’d like to discuss Xia Ling with her.  QY asks what’s going on with Xia Ling and XK turns to look at her. 

 

QY meets with her father at the Cozy Café & Restaurant.  She runs in and asks what’s going with Xia Ling, and asks if something else has happened to his leg.  Her father tells her to take a seat so they can talk and pours her a cup of tea.  She asks again what’s going on and says that when they videochatted the day before, he had told her everything was fine.  Her father hands her a cup of tea and tells her that Xia Ling was lying to her.  He reveals then that Xia Ling will never be able to play basketball again because the nerves in his calf are damaged and he can’t do any strenuous exercises anymore.  Her father explains that Xia Ling was afraid she’d feel guilty, so he wouldn’t let him tell her.  QY asks about his day to day movements, like walking, and her father answers that there shouldn’t be any problems with that.  It’s just currently he still has to use a crutch.  QY asks in a petrified voice whether he’ll have to ues a crutch forever and her father can’t help but laugh at that.  He reassures her that he won’t and that the doctor has already said it’s a good thing Xia Ling is still young, as that will help speed his recovery.  He then tells her that their most critical problem at the moment is that there’s a problem with Xia Ling’s mentality.  QY asks what he means by that and her father explains that it’s as if Xia Ling’s become a totally different person.  All he does is spend his days in his bedroom, refusing to come out.  He doesn’t say more than three sentences to him or his mother in an entire day, and even when his friends visit, he refuses to meet with them.  He tells her that he and her Auntie Xia (stepmother) are really worried and don’t know what else to do.  He father worries about what’s going to happen to Xia Ling in the future, if he’s already like this right now.  He then tells QY that after he spent some time thinking about it, he’s afraid maybe it’s only her who he’ll listen to.  He asks if she can try and reason with him, and QY’s only too eager to help.  She says she’ll go right now, but her father tells her she needn’t go right at this moment.  He tells her that her Auntie Xia is at home right now and then suggests tomorrow.  QY nods her head okay. 

 

Xia Ling tosses and turns in his sleep that night.  Eventually he gives up and walks over to the laptop where he starts to play and win.  It’s only as he plays the iConquer game that he finally looks happy.

 

The next day, QY returns to her father’s home.  She stands outside the apartment door and remembers the last time she was there by watching herself leave with her packed bags as her father yells at her from inside, “Let me tell you, Ying Zi, if you leave now don’t ever come back!”  She’d left that day and never looked back.  For Xia Ling though, she knocks on the door.  Her father welcomes her and invites her in.  As she enters the foyer she looks around briefly and then asks if Xia Ling’s woken up yet.  Her father tells her he’s in his room and then suggests she go inside to talk with him while he runs out for a little bit.  After her father leaves, she knocks on Xia Ling’s door.  He doesn’t answer so she tries again.  We see him walking towards the door and he pulls it open by asking in an annoyed voice, “I’ve already said many times already, can you just let me by myself?”  Obviously expecting one of his parents, he’s surprised when he sees it’s QY on the other side of the door.  He asks why she’s there while QY looks him up and down and takes in his appearance.  She asks if she can go inside to talk with him and he relents. 

 

When XK goes to take a seat on his bed, he stumbles a little.  QY reaches out instinctively but he catches himself and pretends like nothing happened so she does the same.  She looks around the room and then goes to open the drapes.  It’s been so long since he’s seen sunlight that he actually flinches and has to hold his arm up to shield his eyes.  When she walks back to stand next to her, he plays it off like nothing’s wrong and tells her that his leg is almost healed.  She asks him then if he can stop acting brave.  She asks if he’s planning on staying in this room forever and he asks, in turn, whether their father said something to her.  QY pulls up a chair and asks Xia Ling if he was planning on hiding everything from her forever.  He answers by telling her not to overthing things and that he’s doing well, and she tells him she knows; no matter how much she blames herself or how guilty she feels, it won’t change how things are.  But she tells him she still hopes he’ll be able to pull himself together and return to the cheerful person that he was before.  Xia Ling tells her that he will, so she shouldn’t worry, and she asks him how she not worry with him being like this.  Since they’re at an impasse, Xia Ling changes the subject by asking if the matter of the leaked strategy has been cleared up.  QY tells him that the organizing committee is still investigating it but she’s already resigned from GDV.  She then tells him that she’s working with JXK to form a new team and Xia Ling nods his head.  At that moment, he receives an alert on his laptop.  QY turns around at the noise and notices that he’s got the iConquer emblem on his latop desktop.  She asks in surprise if he is also playing iConquer, but Xia Ling doesn’t answer.  QY then offers to take him to meet her new team and tells him that both JXK and PX would be there; she says that if there’s anything he doesn’t know, he can ask them.  She asks what he thinks of that idea and he answers her by getting up to close his laptop screen.  He then sits back down on his bed and declines the offer by saying that he’ll only cause more trouble with his leg being injured as ti is.  QY then sits down next to him and says, “Xia Ling,” but he reclines his body away from her.

 

QY goes to meet her father at a nearby eatery.  When she walks in, he urges her to hurry over where we see how he’s already ordered food to have waiting for her.  He tells her that he was worried that if she was any later, the food would be cold, and pouring some vinegar into the sauce for her, he tells her that he ordered her favorite shu mai.  He then tells her to eat and when she hesitates, he asks how things went and whether she was able to talk with “him” (Xia Ling).  QY reports back that he still closed himself off and even though she offered to take him out for a walk, he wasn’t willing.  Her father sighs, but then says that the fact that he was even willing to talk with her is already pretty good.  QY, in turn, tells her father not to worry and promises that whenever she has the time, she’ll come back to visit with him.  Her father nods his head in appreciation and after a moment of awkward silence remembers to ask if she resigned from GDV.  QY asks how she knew and he tells her that, “their business” was pretty infamous online.  Her father then asks if, since she resigned, that means she won’t be able to be a commentator anymore and QY replies that she’s currently working with JXK to form a new team.  She also reassures him that she’ll make sure to the leaked strategy business is investigated until everything is cleared up and that one day, she’ll return to the commentator’s stage.  Her father then asks if JXK is her boyfriend, and when she admits that he is, he smiles and says that’s great.  He says that the “the young lad” seems pretty steady, not at all like what everyone says online [I give dad a lot of credit for using his own judgment with regards to XK and not just taking the Internet rumors at their face value!], and then concedes that she’s of an age where she should have a boyfriend.  He advises her, however, that in the future, she should be more observant as a person’s character is most important.  QY tells him she knows [and I daresay she does since XK has an excellent character, haha] and then her father escapes the awkwardness between them by pretending he just remembered that he still needs to go grocery shopping, and so should hurry on his way.  He stands while telling her to hurry up and eat, and then QY watches him leave.  She finally starts to dig into her meal and then the episode ends.

 

End

 

 

Head Pat Count (episode): 1

Head Pat Count (total): 6

 

Fist Bump Count (episode): 1

Fist Bump Count (total): 7

 

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@themarchioness Indeed!!! Ep 29 where Sun Ge joins Phenix is really touching to watch!! :bawling:

Truly one of the best moment in the drama...

"Yu Huo Bu Mie, Nie Pan Chong Sheng”

 

And, there's also Pei Xi, Xia Lin, and Yuxuan... everything is starting to falls into places now...

We began our journey with Xiang Kong trying to fulfill his and his beloved mentor Gu Fang's dream. There's Yuxuan that's so loyal to his Kong Ge, followed by Pei Xi this tsundere that respects XK so much that he's willing to be "training partner", and then Xia Lin... our baby Xia Lin... he began as a ray of sunshine, and then became a recluse because of his accident.. and now... he's on his journey back on rediscovering himself again ... what a beautiful story! :tears:

And can I mention our Heroine Qiu Ying for a second here.... after re watching times and times again..  I noticed after Xia Lin's accident.. and then with XK's by her side... don't you think she's also starting her recovery process in forgiving and letting go of her grudge with her father and stepmother... :tears:  and I am so proud of her... who knew that Gaming can bring back families together again? lols

 

Shu Wen Jie jie on the other hand.... awwwwwwwwwww I love her!!!! Her assertiveness and directness are so amazing to watch!

 

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I finally got around to marathoning this drama, and I see why it's reasonably well received despite being a mangoTV webdrama (not as wide of an audience).

 

Despite the pile on of misunderstandings in the beginning (something I generally dislike as drama setup), I find it all pretty understandable. Qiu Ying was pressured by her boss, and she didn't do most of the terrible things she was accused of, but Ji Xiang Kong was totally within reason to suspect her and not listen to her excuse. Our baddies all had their reasons for doing what they did. I do think in grand scheme of things, it seems 10 episodes for their relationship to get to positive end is bit long, but I never felt it was draggy while I was watching, maybe because we are introduced to lots of characters and their careers and conflicts?

 

I was very happy to find XK encouraged QY to pursue a more meaningful career, and she actually put in a lot of work for it, and you see her steadily improve. My favourite thing of the drama is they support each other and grow together, ideal relationship! Also fairly happy with Miya for not being an annoying rival girl/first love. Her reasons for being away, coming back, going against all the odds make sense. Although the timing for some events is little dramatic, minor obstacle for QY and XK to actually date. I mean that officially happens like 4/5 into the drama, thank god they had cute/sort of flirty stage before that. They suffered so much throughout the whole drama though, oh god.

 

I feel like we needed more time with Phenix!! I mean we did get to know most of its members before then, but it just feels like there's not enough time with the best team! Oh yeah I have to mention Pei Xi, he's my favourite supporting character, I think? He really doesn't think like anyone else, and he could have been second lead in other drama, but here he's just supportive pal/awesome rival to both leads, it's so refreshing. The lolipop thing is adorable. <3 I love most of the supporting cast tbh, our leads' two best friends were adorable and very good audience surrogate, Luo Tian was great as a stern teacher that took his job seriously, Summer is pretty fun and helpful. By the way, why does Gu Fang just keep randomly disappearing, I know he was oversea most of the drama, but even after he comes back, sometimes you have most Pioneer members except him, it's little odd. Maybe because he's a special guest actor? 

 

Oh can't forget Shu Wen, she is SO my type of female characters, professional and take no richard simmons. She definitely didn't feel like she was dating Li Gan at all during the drama, was he just endlessly pining? But who proposes out of blue in public if you aren't dating? I like that their split up was over difference in style, and not other richard simmons reasons, it fit their age more. I do feel kind of sorry for Li Gan, and he did try his best to cooperate, but he sort of exploded since he kept bending over backwards for Shu Wen, instead of communicating. Sun Ze Yi is definitely way better fit for Shu Wen though <3 I'm so so happy Sun Ge could pick up his dream again. I also really like he was the go to person for advice and such.

 

I'm also happy about Xia Ling and the parents arc, since picking up your life again after an accident is difficult and it further developed Qiu Ying. So we have both lead's turbulent relationship, career and massive changes with lots of hate and doubt thrown at them, Qiu Ying's family issue, the esport industry + perception of gaming, the dream of winning the championship and that camaraderie amongst your teammates, multiple supporting characters character development, the drama definitely covered a lot, and I generally love the supportive environment our characters are in.

 

I do feel our antagonists stayed around for too long, and could have been humanised more though. I mean they did have their own goals, like I stated in the beginning but they didn't really change, and they ended up being way too focus on their target, to the point of being detrimental to their own goals. That definitely happens with antagonists in general, but idk I guess because everything was fantastic, this stuck out like a sore thumb? Li Gan was more grey and just different perspective, and I wished Zhao Yang and Qiao Xin was more like that? I almost counted Qi Yue but we sort of watched his ego balloon up, so that's something at least.

 

Ep 30+ spoilers:

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I do appreciate that Qiao Xin had a change of heart at the end, and appreciated that she did like Qi Yue that much, and stopped him from falling deeper into the abyss. Although it felt little last minute and came too easily? I suppose sometimes simple speech from someone you admired do have that effect, just wish it had came earlier.

 

I also REALLY DID NOT appreciate Miya re-entering the plot last minute for a "responsibility or love" choice. NO. She exit the drama gracefully and I wish it had stayed that way. I know she was desperate or whatever, but it just leave a sour taste in my mouth after I had liked her for being unusually reasonable. I mean I guess it was only 3 episodes or so, but it was unnecessary angst, I think it was drama original too. I could have used more Phenix team moments, or any otp moments! We don't have enough otp moments, they spent so much of the drama suffering!

 

Oh, my brother mentioned that the cameo esport player they had was indeed the first esport champion for China, for WoW I think, I found that really really cool. We had cameos from actual players for other esport dramas too, and some served as consultants. There was an ex-player who served as commentator for King's Avatar, and that was the character's background in the novel so that worked really well, but this surprised me a lot! 

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@skibbies So happy to see your comment on Gank Your Heart!

This one is a hidden gem for me.. lols..  this drama had limited exposure because its not aired on the big 3 (Youku, Tencent or IQIYI) but with the english subs getting completed now.. I'm happy more and more people are giving this drama a chance.. :wub:

1 hour ago, skibbies said:

My favourite thing of the drama is they support each other and grow together, ideal relationship!

I agree... and overall, I love all the supporting character in this drama too.. they're unique in their own way... :D

 

 

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I think it has overtaken Love O2O as my favourite contemporary romance? Not that I've watched many, to be fair. Love O2O was refreshing in that there were no misunderstanding or love triangles, oh and the characters actually studied for their grades, but the lead otp was little too perfect. This one have more flaws, misunderstanding, some cliche, and lead otp keep suffering, but supportive relationship is rare and awesome. :blush: I hope Untamed gather more fans for Wang Yibo and draw them to this drama, now that the subs are done.

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@lynne22, like you, watching the Phenix team come together is truly one of my favorite parts of this drama.  :wub:  And definitely, I also agree that it's the start of QY mending her relationship with her family too.  A large part of that for her was realizing that her father never stopped loving her or her mother, and accepting that her father could be in a new relationship without forsaking his old ones as well.  It's such a meaningful moment when she refers to her father as "Ba" for the first time in so many years.  I also love how her father holds it in and doesn't make a big fuss out of it even though we can see how much it means to him as well.  He really is a wonderful father to both QY and Xia Ling, and I'm glad QY and her stepmother came around to each other eventually as well.

 

@skibbies, it was so great to see someone else chiming in on this thread!  I loved your post and found myself nodding my head along with it many times.  I think we're pretty much in agreement about everything, LOL.  The initial misunderstandings in the drama are completely understandable to me for the very reasons you stated - both of them had their own pressures and their own agendas and they weren't able to see beyond what was going on in their own lives to think that maybe the other person had valid reasons for what they were doing.  But I really appreciate that when they did finally step back to see what was going in the other person's life, both were quick to realize their mistakes and make up.  I think if they had dragged that process out, that really would have  made things draggy.  Fortunately, all it really took was one BBQ dinner for them to call things even. :P 

 

I also like how XK and QY supported each other and were always there for each other.  I've read complaints that they weren't a more romantic couple, and I wonder if people watched the same drama I did.  They were totes romantic!  They were romantic when they weren't even a "couple," and they were romantic after they became a couple.  I concede they may not be the pinku pinku diabetic-inducing type of romantic couple, but I actually find this type of romance to be more in line with my real life preference and thus the more realistic relationship.  They may not have been sitting in each other's pockets the entire time, but they were always there for each other.  Plus, the drama dropped plenty of hints for us to know that they interacted behind the scenes a lot; the drama just didn't show us their every single interaction or conversation - which is perfectly acceptable/understandable, IMO.

 

As for your Miya-in-the-spoilers-comment, I'll put my reply in a spoiler cut as well.  :)

 

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I think the drama brought Miya back the second time around for more than just additional angst between the OTP.  i think that was the drama's vehicle for getting QY to return to being a sports commentator.  Had it not been for that, I think she would have chosen to remain with the team even after her name had been finally cleared from the scandal.  It's my understanding that in the book, that's actually what QY does - she remains with the Phenix team.  I don't see that as settling, but rather a shift in her dreams, so I'm fine with that outcome in the book and would've been fine with it had the drama chosen to go that way as well.  But, having said that, I am glad the drama had QY returning to the commentator's stage simply because her journey to that place was such an emphasized part of the drama's story.  The only thing I really didn't like in the second Miya arc was XK's lack of communication prior to QY's departure.  It's not like QY didn't understand, so all he had to do was give her a word of assurance or even discuss with her his burdens.  But I suppose personalities can't be changed overnight and we've always known that XK is the type to keep his struggles within because he doesn't want to make things difficult for others.  QY's the same, frankly, which is why she chose to leave.  It's like Sun Ge later says to XK, their problem was that they were too thoughtful towards each other.  :P 

 

Speaking of that conversation with Sun Ge, I know there are some people who bristled over the fact that QY and XK's reunion at the end of the drama was so swift and short, but I was fine with it.  To the extent people have pointed out that we don't even get to see XK and QY talk things out, I would argue that we already got to see how that conversation would play out by virtue of the fact that we got to see XK's conversation with Sun Ge.  I mean, he'd already told Sun Ge that he wasn't giving up on QY - that it had never really been a choice for him - and that the only reason he didn't run after her to drag her back was because he didn't want to stand in the way of her return to her original dream of being a sports commentator.  Don't we think he'd say the same thing to QY after all the celebrations are over?  ;)  I actually like the writing in this drama and how it employs methods like this to show the viewers things without necessarily having to actually show it to us, if that makes sense.  

 

The only thing I thought the drama could've done without was Luo Tian forming an interest in QY.  I know it was a set-up to show us jealous JXK in the end, and I do appreciate a jealous JXK.  Just as I also appreciate that the drama wanted him to know, he couldn't just be lax around QY.  But at the same time, I think the drama could've successfully done that without Luo Tian necessarily being interested romantically in QY.  After all, he could have also simply intervened as mentor/senior to them both.  I don't know,  I just see the Pioneer team as older brothers/sister to the younger group and so having Luo Tian cross that line was kind of blech for me.  

 

 

 

On 8/16/2019 at 8:22 PM, skibbies said:

She definitely didn't feel like she was dating Li Gan at all during the drama, was he just endlessly pining? But who proposes out of blue in public if you aren't dating? 

 

Shu Wen and Li Gan never dated.  He would've liked to, but she was never saw him as anything more than a friend.  So yes, he just pined for her.  Relentlessly.  And hoped that by doing everything for her she would one day come around to him.  I think Li Gan would've continued in that vein except that Sun Ge finally made a reappearance in Shu Wen's life.  When that happened, he got antsy and that's what led to that stupid proposal.  I love how even Summer was like, "What were you thinking?"  But as we also got to see, Shu Wen and Li Gan's problems were more than personal, even in their professional lives they couldn't see eye to eye.  As much as Li Gan would like it to be otherwise, they simply aren't suited for each other.  I hope he one day finds that person who is suited for him and that his world will become broader for it, because I think his unrequited love for Shu Wen just put him in a tunnel and that contributed towards his downfall.  

 

Anyway, I've been away this past week but i'm finally back and hopefully will have more recaps to share in the near future.  I realize with the drama fully subbed, it's not necessary anymore, but I'm so close to the end I'd like to finish it for myself.  And because there are a parts that I'd translate differently than the subs...

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@themarchioness I've actually seen complaints on cnet that Qiu Ying wasn't as natural and the chemistry between otp was non-existent. idk if I have low standards but I thought Qiu Ying was fine, she could have been better, and I think her initial characterisation could be less..."oh no", just like I think they could have shown XK strategising and his slow reaction more, but I quite liked their interactions in the drama personally.

 

For Li Gan, oh that make so much sense. Shu Wen had always felt super professional when dealing with him, and the only hint about potential relationship was the way Qi Yue acted, but Li Gan is his mentor so he's bias.

 

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Mhm, I only just started the book, but that does make sense. I do prefer the drama version where she gets to return to be commentator, I just like that female lead in idol dramas finally gets her own career and isn't just a cheerleader, yknow. I was bit worried about that since Qiao Xin (?) mentioned that she could be taken off commentator role if her relationship with Qi Yue is public, I mean it could be an excuse, but it sounded fairly reasonable. It never came up again in the drama since otp weren't really talking when that happened.

 

THAT said, I still wish instead of Miya returning, it was XK pushing QY to pursue her dream, rather than using a third party side plot that I thought had already resolved, and over a (later) fake injury too. Agreed on XK's lack of communication and essentially neglect towards QY, hell, he didn't even have time for train before a very important competition. It's why I sort of heavily dislike the arc, because the trope is overused AND Miya is now thoroughly self centered and narrow sighted, while XK at worst can be considered fairly irresponsible towards other people that's not Miya.

 

Luo Tian I also wish had stayed as a mentor, he wasn't a serious threat, but if it was for jealous XK, I would have taken a misunderstanding rather than actual feelings. It would have been fantastic to have two fake second male lead, but I guess since XK gets a love interest, it's fair QY gets one.

 

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17 hours ago, skibbies said:

@themarchioness I've actually seen complaints on cnet that Qiu Ying wasn't as natural and the chemistry between otp was non-existent. idk if I have low standards but I thought Qiu Ying was fine, she could have been better, and I think her initial characterisation could be less..."oh no", just like I think they could have shown XK strategising and his slow reaction more, but I quite liked their interactions in the drama personally. 

 

If you have low standards, so do I and we can be low together.  :P  I can't say I had any problems with the actress who played QY.  There were maybe one or two moments where I wanted more from WYB (XK) but I haven't bothered to say anything about it because I cut him some slack as a relative newbie to acting.  I don't know, unless someone's just really (as in obviously) bad, I never have that much to say about acting abilities.  As for criticisms regarding the OTP's chemistry, I definitely can't agree with that.  They were so cute!!!  Maybe they should go back and look at all the gifs @lynne22 has shared in this thread???  

 

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I do appreciate that QY had her own career in this drama as well.  You raise an interesting concern though, and one I have turned over in my head time and again since completing this drama.  I also thought Qiao Xin's comment made a lot of sense about not wanting her relationship with Qi Yue to be known out of fear of its potential impact on her career.  But I guess she just wouldn't be able to be the commentator for those matches he was in (to avoid any accusations of bias)?  So maybe that would be the same for QY, in that she just wouldn't be able to report whenever the Phenix team was playing.  Having said that, I think the drama was just being a drama and glossed over details at time.  :P I mean, Luo Tian was hardly unbiased during the world championship games; none of them were.  They were all madly cheering on the Phenix team, but perhaps that was okay because it was a Chinese team and they were commentating in front of a primarily Chinese audience given the location of the games?  

 

As for Luo Tian, I also agree he wasn't a serious threat - in fact, I hardly consider him a threat at all, LOL.  But that's another reason why I wish they didn't go there. If he wasn't actually going to be a threat?  Why bother, you know?  Sigh.  Ah well.  We can't have everything, I suppose, and even the most perfect of dramas must have a flaw somewhere.

 

 

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Do you happen to know if there's a second season? Or the book ended the same way in the drama? Just wondering... Cuz really love the way it was written and these characters to be the next season. 

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@themarchioness oh same! I only notice when actors take me out of a scene or they are good enough to make me resonate with them (but that can be helped by plot + music and whatnot). They were definitely way adorable, I wanted fanfics of  them XD

 

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Yeah I'm okay that the drama glossed over that detail. I suppose bias could be bad and the committee could request them not to commentate on respective team. But then again, they are commentators, not referees, and it's totally natural for sport commentator to cheer for their favourite team/country's team, isn't it?

 

Oh, I think they could have explain the last match's strategy smidge better? I know it was tense moment, so there wasn't much room to really explain. But inital impression was XK just thought of QY and her love for firecrackers, and then decided to buy them?? That's obviously not it, he was just reminded of a rarely used item and formed a risky plan, where they blow themselves up at specific moment/after specific damage to get multiple kills. 

 

Tangentially related, I watched the drama with my brother who follow the LoL pro leagues somewhat. He mentioned that ages ago when the championship was still pretty new, there's been cases where the audience would SHOUT location of players or where they are heading to their supporting team, which is wiiiiiild. So these days they stream it on a delay and they sit in those glass boxes to avoid noisy environment (but you can still hear shouting obv)

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@skibbies, if I wasn't (still) recapping this drama, I probably would've written at least one short fanfic by now.  There is one idea that keeps coming back to me... ;) 

 

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Sports commentators may not be referees, but they are imparting information to the public.  They're like news reporters.  Obviously even news outlets can have biased slants so it may be inevitable for their favorite teams/players to be known, but I would think they'd still want to be able to be seen as objective.  Not sure if you ever watch sporting events on TV in real life, but it's basically the same thing.  Also, as we saw in the drama, one thing QY was able to do once she became a commentator was decipher XK's actions for the public and help them better understand his strategies and tactics.  But, later, once  rumors of their relationship was exposed the Dragons team was able to use that as a mocking point to say that she was just saying nice things about XK because there was something going on between them.  In reality though, I don't think QY was commenting on anything that wasn't true - she wasn't going out of her way to build up XK or anything like that, she was just explaining his actions - but given that they were able to use even that much to twist things around, I would imagine they wouldn't want to their actual biases/preferences to show through to give people something to have a legitimate complaint about.  If that makes sense...  

 

[And yes, I do think it's natural for sports commentators to have a preference for their own nation's team.  We see that during the Olympics.  It's just a little different in that usually when one watches the Olympics, they're doing so through their own nation's broadcasting station.  So the sports commentators are speaking directly to the audience of that particular nation.  But Luo Tian, QY, and Gu Fang were reporting on stage for everybody regardless of where they were watching in from, so that's why that oddity stuck out at me.  :P]

 

As for the last match's strategy, it's basically what you said, I'd just take the "obviously not it" part out of your statement because I think that is exactly what happened.  Heh.  But yes, the Phenix team had basically run up against a wall where they'd been playing without any specific strategy to begin with and now were backed into a corner with no way out.  As XK sat there struggling to think of a way out, he was suddenly reminded of that time when QY had played with the firecrackers.  Back then he had questioned what she was doing because it was such a useless, wasteful move, but she didn't care because she wasn't using it for any strategic purpose.  At the world championships, however, he realized it could be his team's way out.  From the running commentary, I gathered it was not a commonly seen maneuver in competitions (if it was seen at all) and I'm guessing a big reason for that is because it's an expensive choice of weapon given that each of them had to sell all their items before being able to purchase it.  It's also not the most cunning of tactics, as even Gu Fang remarked that it was a low blow move, but all's fair in love and war and in that critical moment, they basically used the fireworks for a suicide mission to kill the opposing team.  That's why even Xia Ling even took the time to confirm with the others whether this was something they were really going to do this after XK started calling out commands.  And fortunately it worked!  Remembering that scene makes me want to go rewatch it now, haha.

 

 

 

22 hours ago, skibbies said:

Tangentially related, I watched the drama with my brother who follow the LoL pro leagues somewhat. He mentioned that ages ago when the championship was still pretty new, there's been cases where the audience would SHOUT location of players or where they are heading to their supporting team, which is wiiiiiild. So these days they stream it on a delay and they sit in those glass boxes to avoid noisy environment (but you can still hear shouting obv)

 

That makes a lot of sense actually, thanks for that information!  I also find it kind of hilarious -- it reminds me of that montage that we got of the Pioneer team helping out by practicing with the Phenix team.  QY was running back and forth peeking over at the Pioneer team's laptops before running back over to the Phenix team with her information.  It took me several rewatches before I even noticed how Luo Tian pushed her aside at one point; you'll miss it if you blink!  But, so cute.  :P 

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On 8/20/2019 at 7:19 AM, noona007 said:

Do you happen to know if there's a second season? Or the book ended the same way in the drama? Just wondering... Cuz really love the way it was written and these characters to be the next season. 

Haven't finished the book but I'd think it ends similarly there, since it seems pretty definitive end. I think second season will be unlikely since they didn't promote it much and it's on a smaller platform + web drama. Sequels usually fare badly with audience and they are usually written worse too so uh.

 

2 hours ago, themarchioness said:

@skibbies, if I wasn't (still) recapping this drama, I probably would've written at least one short fanfic by now.  There is one idea that keeps coming back to me... ;) 

 

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Sports commentators may not be referees, but they are imparting information to the public.  They're like news reporters.  Obviously even news outlets can have biased slants so it may be inevitable for their favorite teams/players to be known, but I would think they'd still want to be able to be seen as objective.  Not sure if you ever watch sporting events on TV in real life, but it's basically the same thing.  Also, as we saw in the drama, one thing QY was able to do once she became a commentator was decipher XK's actions for the public and help them better understand his strategies and tactics.  But, later, once  rumors of their relationship was exposed the Dragons team was able to use that as a mocking point to say that she was just saying nice things about XK because there was something going on between them.  In reality though, I don't think QY was commenting on anything that wasn't true - she wasn't going out of her way to build up XK or anything like that, she was just explaining his actions - but given that they were able to use even that much to twist things around, I would imagine they wouldn't want to their actual biases/preferences to show through to give people something to have a legitimate complaint about.  If that makes sense...  

 

[And yes, I do think it's natural for sports commentators to have a preference for their own nation's team.  We see that during the Olympics.  It's just a little different in that usually when one watches the Olympics, they're doing so through their own nation's broadcasting station.  So the sports commentators are speaking directly to the audience of that particular nation.  But Luo Tian, QY, and Gu Fang were reporting on stage for everybody regardless of where they were watching in from, so that's why that oddity stuck out at me.  :P]

 

As for the last match's strategy, it's basically what you said, I'd just take the "obviously not it" part out of your statement because I think that is exactly what happened.  Heh.  But yes, the Phenix team had basically run up against a wall where they'd been playing without any specific strategy to begin with and now were backed into a corner with no way out.  As XK sat there struggling to think of a way out, he was suddenly reminded of that time when QY had played with the firecrackers.  Back then he had questioned what she was doing because it was such a useless, wasteful move, but she didn't care because she wasn't using it for any strategic purpose.  At the world championships, however, he realized it could be his team's way out.  From the running commentary, I gathered it was not a commonly seen maneuver in competitions (if it was seen at all) and I'm guessing a big reason for that is because it's an expensive choice of weapon given that each of them had to sell all their items before being able to purchase it.  It's also not the most cunning of tactics, as even Gu Fang remarked that it was a low blow move, but all's fair in love and war and in that critical moment, they basically used the fireworks for a suicide mission to kill the opposing team.  That's why even Xia Ling even took the time to confirm with the others whether this was something they were really going to do this after XK started calling out commands.  And fortunately it worked!  Remembering that scene makes me want to go rewatch it now, haha.

 

 

 

 

That makes a lot of sense actually, thanks for that information!  I also find it kind of hilarious -- it reminds me of that montage that we got of the Pioneer team helping out by practicing with the Phenix team.  QY was running back and forth peeking over at the Pioneer team's laptops before running back over to the Phenix team with her information.  It took me several rewatches before I even noticed how Luo Tian pushed her aside at one point; you'll miss it if you blink!  But, so cute.  :P 

Maybe after you finish recapping? :P

 

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Yeah, considering how much bs public always throw on our two leads, it probably would be bad news for them. You just reminded me, I get that they are commentating for mostly Chinese audience, but what if you are say supporter of Inception or something and not Chinese? There was an English speaking host, who was awesome by the way, and I understand why the drama doesn't have an English commentator, but maybe whatever stream these could have their own commentators? World Cup have their own commentators I think, I don't really watch sports!

 

Okay I've asked my brother, for example last year's S8 was held in Korea. They have Korean commentators and also Chinese (and presumbly English) commentators in different boxes. So he would have been watching the Chinese commentators, but there's also other people streaming these events who could also be commentating (ex-players or whatnot).

 

Ah, when I say that's not it, I mean he didn't just buy it because "my girlfriend love this so to hell with it"/"love conquers all!" She helped in that she reminded him of something, and he formed a risky strategy and it worked. I've seen cnetizens point out similar item exists in DoTA, the drama just simplified the way it worked, and I believe strategy to suicide kill have happened before, which is really neat! 

 

Oh yeah I really liked that scene, definitely hilarious. I wish there were more Phenix bits ahhhh!! I've done similar thing when I was a wee child and watching my family play mahjong, except in my case, I announced everything she had to other people XD

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Regarding the novel, IIRC, the lead of the author's next book is Pei Xi.... lols..

I like him in the book, and I love him even more in the drama.. Personally I don't have hope for a second season nor do I think it is necessary. This arc for the lead already feels complete in the drama. But, Of course I wouldn't have minded if there's more epilogue of the OTP and Team Phenix because they are really fun to watch!  :wub:

 

Each and every member of the team [Including Qiu Ying, and the old member of Pioneer] finally realized their dreams! :wub: , The second victory! And finally reaching out to the top of the world! 

 

 

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On 8/21/2019 at 1:21 AM, skibbies said:

Maybe after you finish recapping? :P

 

....probably.... :sweat_smile:

 

On 8/21/2019 at 5:06 AM, lynne22 said:

Regarding the novel, IIRC, the lead of the author's next book is Pei Xi.... lols..

I like him in the book, and I love him even more in the drama.. Personally I don't have hope for a second season nor do I think it is necessary. This arc for the lead already feels complete in the drama. But, Of course I wouldn't have minded if there's more epilogue of the OTP and Team Phenix because they are really fun to watch!  :wub:

 

Oooh, a book about PX!  Do you know if it's completed, planned, or in progress?  I would love to see a continuation of PX's story and hopefully, through that, we'd get to see QY and XK as well.  I agree that QY and XK's story is otherwise complete and more is not needed.  I mean, I know we always say we want more, but really, any good book or drama should always leave its reader/viewer wanting more.  Beyond that, it starts to get boring and ruins what was once a good thing.  :P 

 

Anyhoo.... sorry, I know there's been a bit of a break since I last posted recap but things are kind of busy right now.  Still, I'm working it in when I can so, here's:

 

Episode 30

 

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Episode 30

 

YY and YX meet at a café and he’s being so solicitous towards her, she knows something must be up.  She asks why he invited her there and he reaches for the big black bag next to him and says he’s got a big problem.  YY asks what he has in his bag that can’t be seen by others and he looks around first to make sure no one’s watching before opening it up to show her his trophy.  YY sits back at that, clearly unimpressed, and says she thought it was going to be some family heirloom.  She asks if he invited her there just to show off his trophy, and YX tells her no.  He says she knows a lot of people and asks her to help him ask around to see if anybody would be interested in buying his trophy to collect.  YY sits up in surprise by his question and points out he should be earning a fair amount of money between his salary and bonus, and then asks if he’s gone crazy such that he now wants to sell his trophy.  She then demands that he tell her who he’s been spending his money on.  [Is that a little bit of jealousy I sense in you, YY?]  YY denies her question emphatically and asks who he would be able to spend his money on.  He clarifies that his older brother got married in the earlier half of the year and so he gave all his money to him so he could buy a house.  He laments then that apart from his trophy, the only thing that he has of value is himself, but says it’s not like he can sell himself.  He then suggests that YY purchase him and offers a 20% discount, LOL.  YY tells him to go away with a wave of her hand and then asks why he needs money.  She says, “Don’t tell me you owe someone money,” and he insists emphatically that he doesn’t owe anyone money.  He motions for her to lean forward and then explains that he’s trying to gather money for his contract breaking fee.  YY turns her head to look at him in surprise, and he continues that he wants to leave his current team so he can join the Phenix team.  YY points her chin towards his bag and asks how he’s going to raise the money in this lifetime if he’s going to rely on selling his trophies, and he tells her that he’s not without some “lao po ben” [money saved for the specific purpose of marrying a woman].  YY then crosses her arms and says she doesn’t understand; she asks what’s so great about JXK that instead of marrying a “lao po” [wife], he would rather seek shelter with him, and repeats again that she just doesn’t understand.  YX then tells her that’s not it, he does still want to get married, but it’s just right now… [oh, YY, don’t think we didn’t see that big ol’ smile of yours when you heard him say he still wants to get married one day]  After he trails off, he tells YY that he’s begging her for her help and pleads with her to help him.  After he pushes the coffe closer to her, he says he’s treating her to coffee and YY just looks at him like her resolve is crumbling. 

 

XK is washing his motorcycle when QY walks through the door to the outside patio and calls his name.  He comments that she’s returned home and when he notices how down she looks, he guesses how her visit with Xia Ling went.  He stands and tells her not to feel too stressed about Xia Ling, and QY tells him she just never imagined it would be this serious.  XK tells her it’s as if he’s walking through a swamp right now; the more he struggles, the deeper he’ll get bogged down.  He tells her to give him more time and to take things slow, and QY nods her head agreeing to do as he suggests.  Trying to lift her spirits, XK tells her that’s enough and to smile.  He runs his rag across the motorcycle and tells her that “Big Baby” [“bao bei” – it means treasured object, but when used in reference to a significant other, it means baby/darling] is leaving soon.  QY asks, “Where is our Big Baby going?” and XK tells her that it’s going to a far away place and that it’s going to meet its new owner.  QY’s eyes grow wide and she steps forward to ask if he’s really selling it.  He stands back up then before confirming it, and splutters in response as she observes that this is favorite motorcycle.  She asks if he can bear to sell it and suggests that he sell the others instead, but XK tells her that he already sold the others.  When QY responds with a surprised expression, XK explains that YY told him YX was trying to sell his trophies to raise money; he doesn’t have a choice.  He looks at his motorcycle and says that in order to help YX, he can only sacrifice them.  Now that QY understands what’s going on, she tries to comfort him by reassuring that when they have they have the money, they’ll buy it back.  XK smiles and then calls her a fool, he tells her that even if he has nothing, so long as he has her, that’ll be enough.  [HEAD PAT}  QY smiles and then he tells her now that he’s pulled together enough mone, he’ll be going to Legends tomorrow.  QY nods her head in understanding and agreement, and he invites her to help him wash his Big Baby one last time. 

 

Sun Ge is practicing in the training room when PX walks in and offers to play with him.  It’s kind of hilarious how Sun Ge looks up in surprise, like he can’t believe what he just heard, but when he asks if PX is really offering to play with him, PX just nods and asks if this isn’t the responsibility of a training partner.  Sun Ge agrees then and says he’ll start a new game.  As the two of them get set up, Sun Ge tells PX to pick a top solo position and PX agrees without any hesitation saying that he’ll coordinate with him.  Sun Ge says okay and then tells him that the room is already open. The two of them start to play and when XK walks down the stairs with QY, he notices what’s going on and pauses midstep to watch.  He smiles and QY asks, “What going on?  Why are you smiling?” and he answers, “Nothing.  You’ll know later.”  He then laughs again and swings his arm around her shoulders to cradle the back of her head [which I’m totally counting as a HEAD PAT] and says, “Let’s go.” 

The next morning XK goes to meet his former coach at the coffee shop next to the Legends traning base.  Coach Luo begins by commenting that when PX had left saying he wanted to leave to join XK, he hadn’t believed him.  He never imagined that XK would actually manage to form a team in such a short amount of time.  XK responds that all he did was decide to use this opportunity to make a resolution.  His former coach congratulates him, but then complains (in good nature) that XK managed to steal away two of his strongest players.  XK smiles and tells his coach that no matter where they go, they’ll never forget that they were once Legends team members.  His coach then responds that seeing their passion for the sport without having to be restricted by corporate sponsors, and being able to pursue their dreams without restrictions, he’s actually – from the bottom of his heart – happy for them.  XK thanks his coach, but he responds that there are no needs for thanks because as a coach, he can only do this much and reminds XK that the future path is one they’ll have to walk themselves. 

 

Around this time, we see YX approaching the coffee shop in the background.  When he enters, he’s surprised to find XK there.  He approaches hesitantly and asks XK what he’s doing there, after greeting his coach first as well.  XK drawls, “What do you think?” and tips his head torwards the table where a contract lies.  His coach shoves it over to the space in front of the empty seat and tells him to sign it.  YX looks from his coach to XK and then the contract, and when he just stares at it, his coach asks what he’s waiting for and tells him to sign it.  He asks YX if he hasn’t been wanting to follow his “Kong Ge,” and then looks away.  YX responds that he hasn’t raised enough money and XK, in turn, responds that by the time he raises enough money, the next competitive season will be over already.  He then tells YX that he already prepared the transfer fees so all he has to do is sign.  YX asks where he got such a large sum of money, and XK snarks back that he wasn’t that expensive.  LOL.  He then reveals he sold his motorcycles.  YX stares at him in shock and asks, “You sold all your motorbikes?” and XK answers by asking in a really annoyed voice whether he’s going to sign.  He tells YX that if he’s not going to sign it, he’ll leave now to go get his bikes back.  At that, YX says he’ll sign and then starts flipping through the pages of the contract until he arrives at the last page hwere he signs his name with resolution and determination.  After he signs, Coach Luo takes the contract back to sign it as well and YX tells XK that in the future, he’ll work like a horse and toil like an ox for him, and go through fire and water for him, all without any hesitation.  XK tells him that’s enough and sends him away to go pack up his belongings while he remains to finish the administrative matters with Coach Luo.  Before YX leaves, however, he turns back to his coach to give his farewell.  He tells Coach Luo that he’s not good with words, but he knows that during this time, he’s given him a lot of trouble; yet, he’s never blamed him.  With a lot of emotion, he adds that even though he’s leaving with XK, he’ll always remember the coach’s kindness and then bows deeply before running out of the coffee shop.  After YX leaves, the coach tells XK that he shouldn’t forget, he (XK) carries with him his (the coach’s) passion for esports.  He then says, “The Phenix team, don’t let me down.”  XK tells him not to worry.

 

YX reports for duty at the Phenix headquarters with his luggage in town.  QY calls out, “A Xuan,” and Sun Ge greets him by calling him a rascal and asking if he sold his trophies.  YX looks around sheepishly as he asks if they all knew about that, and then tells QY that sooner or later he’s going to deal with YY.  [I’m predicting that’ll be a “later” for you, YX, as we both know YY will deal with you first before you ever have a chance of dealing with her.  LOL.]  YX then looks over to PX who’s sitting by himself, staying out of the way, and asks what he’s doing there.  Sun Ge mutters in the background, “Enemies are bound to meet on a narrow road,” and PX agrees.  YX grits his teeth and tosses his suitcase aside as he stalks over to observe that this time, he and PX are different.  He points out he’s an official member of the Phenix team while PX’s just a training partner, and PX responds that even if he is just a training partner, he’s still better than YX.  YX doesn’t take the bait though.  He just refers to PX as a “youngster” and tells him to work hard so that he can one day become an official member of the team and tells him not to be discouraged.  Behind him, XK and QY share an amused glance and then QY tells YX that’s enough.  She points out two rooms behind her and says they’ve all been cleaned out, and suggests he pick one but he asks instead where XK is staying.  QY answers that he’s staying on the second floor and YX says he’ll use the same room as XK.  PX immediately pipes up that that’s his room, and when YX whirls around to look at him, he points out, “First come, first served.”  XK looks down at the ground while QY stifles laughter, and YX turns around to look at the others before circling around PX to tell him that now that he’s here, he (PX) should exercise some judgment and move himself out.  He then reminds PX that his and XK’s relationship is one of life and death brotherhood, and PX stands up to retort back, “And yet, you let him sell his bike.”  YX has nothing to say in response to that and so PX calls on XK to settle this disagreement.  XK and QY exchange another glance while YX tells XK that he wants to room with him, and XK finally answers that PX’s already moved in for several days so he should stop being difficult about it.  QY nods her agreement and YX pouts that that’s fine.  He then vows that from that day forward, he will never take a single step on the second floor and announces that he’ll sleep on the sofa instead.  PX invites him to do so and YX goes immediately to the couch to plop himself down there.  After QY goes over to try and placate him, XK and Sun Ge take a seat at the bar where XK observes that they’re going to have their hands full with the two of them in the future.  Sun Ge agrees with a laugh and then they watch QY feed oranges to YX as he lies prostrate on the couch. 

 

With the rooming situation finally settled, Sun Ge turns back to XK and updates him on their progress for locating 409.  He says he’s been searching continuously and PX’s asked everyone at Dream Journey too, but no one seems to know who he really is.  XK asks if Sun Ge has anyone other suitable candidates in mind, but he doesn’t.  Later that evening, XK walks out of their training base for a breath of fresh air.  Inside the training base, QY joins PX in their outdoor patio and hands him a drink.  She tells him that sometimes YX has a habit of speaking without really thinking things through and tells him not to take it to heart.  PX says that he doesn’t and points out out that everything YX said is the truth.  He then tells QY that in fact, he’s been playing with Sun Ge a lot lately, and he’s realized that playing the top solo position is actually not that bad.  He then points out that when he was playing for other teams, he never got to experience what it was like to help out his teammates by playing in this different position.  QY asks if he can accept not playing the mid-solo position and not playing the “four protect one” strategy, and PX answers that the reason he wants to join the Phenix team is because he wants to change himself.  He explains that before, he simply thought that XK’s strategies were very strong.  But more recently, when XK was at VNG, he witnessed a miracle.  He observes how Tong Wu and Lu Sheng practically became new people and QY tells him that XK merely dug out their hidden capabilities.  PX agrees and says that’s why he trusts him to lead Phenix, and all of them, to the world championhip’s ceremonial stage. 

 

On another day, QY visits with Xia Ling.  As she flips through an old photo album, she observes that he was really cute when he was little and Xia Ling jokes back that he was only cute when he was younger.  QY then points to a picture and remarks with some surprise that he still has that photo, and Xia Ling tells her it was her father who kept the photo.  [We then see that it’s a photo of her as a little girl dancing with her mother sitting in the background.  There’s a note on the back too and it says something about how it’s a picture of “Little Ying” dancing.]  QY doesn’t know how to respond to that so she just returns the photo to the photo album and moves onto another picture asking if it was from the time they went to an amusement park together.  Xia Ling starts to recall his own memories from that day, of how scary this one particular ride was and how he broke out into tears because of it, and QY agrees with a laugh that when he was little, he really was quite timid. 

 

Xia Ling’s mother returns home at that moment, surprising QY’s dad.  He asks why she’s home so early and she tells him that she has to take Xia Ling to rehab tomorrow and there’s a lot to prepare.  She hears Xia Ling, who sounds happy, and asks who’s visiting.  He confesses after some hesitation that QY came to visit.  Xia Ling’s mother’s expression changes immediately as she asks why QY came to visit and goes charging towards the bedroom.  The door opens and everyone looks at each other in awkwardness.  QY’s father interjects and tells QY that her Auntie Xia’s home, and QY immediately closs the photo album and tells Xia Ling that she’ll come visit him another day, but she should head out now.  As QY walks past him, Xia Ling stops her by reminding her that she’d once offered to take him to her team for a visit.  QY tells him that if he’d like to visit, he’s welcome any time, and Xia Ling suggests that they go now.  Just as his mother’s about to object, their father gives his blessing to this idea and tells them to go on ahead.  He tells them to go out and have some fun, since it’s boring to just sit at home all day.  QY turns back to promise that she’ll take good care of Xia Ling and her father sends them off by reminding them to be safe.  After they leave, he drags his wife off to the side and tells her not to be so annoyed and she just asks him what the meaning of all this is.  He, in turn, explains that his only thought was invite QY over to help straighten Xia Ling out.  He says he knows she wouldn’t want to see him so depressed all the time and points out how much happier Xia Ling’s been ever since QY started visiting.  He suggests she let bygones be bygones instead of stewing over them all the time, and asks if there’s anything more important than seeing their child get better.  As Xia Ling’s mother has nothing to say in response to that, she gives up the fight and walks away in annoyance, but not before turning back to tell him that the next time she visits, he should give her a heads up.  QY’s father promises that he definitely will.

 

At the Phenix training base, Sun Ge and XK are looking over candidate profiles.  Sun Ge holds up two of them and says they’re worth considering.  When XK looks over, Sun Ge points out how one of the candidates has participated in college competitions before and his results weren’t bad.  XK then suggests that they check out his gaming video.  Around them, YX rambles about aimlessly while PX sits at the kitchen counter drinking a cup of coffee while playing on his phone.  It’s at this moment that QY walks through the entrance corridor and tells Xia Ling to be careful.  She asks if he doesn’t think their place is pretty nice and then greets the others by announcing that she’s returned.  She also tells them that she brought with her a new friend for them to meet, her little brother, Xia Ling.  XK says, “Hello, Xia Ling,” and Sun Ge says, “Hello Little Brother.”  Xia Ling looks XK up and down and says with an expression of scorn, “So you’re JXK.”  XK nods his head ever so slightly as he looks to QY, and Xia Ling continues by saying that a lot of people say he’s the Master Battleground Swindler (XK smiles broadly at the compliment) but even more people say he’s the “hand klutz” of the entire professional circuit.  QY admonishes him by calling out his name, while YX says, “Aiyo,” and XK?  Well, he takes the diss in stride as he takes everything in stride, and just says, “That’s right, I am that legendary hand klutz.”  Sun Ge pats him on the shoulder comfortingly while Xia Ling just rolls his eyes and walks away.  QY tells them that Xia Ling also plays iConquer and suggests to Xia Ling that since they happen to have all the pro players there today, he take the opportunity to learn from them.  YX steps up immediately and offers to give him some pointers, but Xia Ling rejects him by asking what point there is in playing with him, a support player.  It’s YX’s turn to look around stunned and he just holds up his thumb in response.  Sun Ge says it looks like Xia Ling has some familiarity with everyone and QY uses that to segue into introducing Xia Ling to Sun Ge.  She tells him that Sun Ge used to be the leader of the Pioneer team and is one of the five great players from back in the day, and Xia Ling bows politely.  His eyes, however, keep straying back towards PX and he says, “I want to play a game against him, can I?”  XK reacts in surprise and asks, “You want to play against him?”  QY explains that PX is Xia Ling’s idol and everyone goes,”Ahhhh” (LOL) while PX finally turns around to see what’s going on.  QY asks PX if they can, and YX asks why Xia Ling would want to play with PX when he’s just their training partner.  He suggests that if he wants to play, he play with him.  But Xia Ling has no interest in YX and says he only wants to challenge the strongest.  Everyone looks at everybody, and PX tips his head to the side before standing up and saying, “Sure.  I accept your challenge.” 

 

As Xia Ling and PX play, the others crowd around behind Xia Ling to watch.  Sun Ge and XK exchange looks over QY’s head and when XK tips his head ever so slightly towards Xia Ling’s computer screen, Sun Ge shakes his head in disbelief.  YX (who I will remind is the only one who’s never seen 409 play) reaches out to tap Sun Ge for attention and then holds his thumb up as he points at Xia Ling’s playing.  The game ends in a loss for Xia Ling, but rather than being disappointed he just remarks on how PX is, as expected, the top mid-solo player and politely expresses gratitude for having had the opportunity to play against him.  PX then stands and says, “Actually, you weren’t bad either,” to which XK (purposely) responds by tsking and saying, “Losing to the top mid solo player isn’t something to be embarrassed about.  In the future, we can just work harder.”  When he reaches out to pat Xia Ling on the shoulder in comfort, Xia Ling looks back and sneers that the person who should be working harder is him.  XK accepts this and says he’ll work harder, and then asks the others if they think Xia Ling’s style of play is similar to someone else’s.  PX agrees that they are similar and YX asks what they’re talking about.  PX then starts to describe the sequence of plays that Xia Ling made just now and concludes the list by saying it’s very similar to how 409 plays.  Sun Ge agrees and says that the minute Xia Ling came out attacking, he also got the feeling that there was something going on.  YX holds out his arms and tells them to hold up, as he struggles to catch up, and asks if they’re suggesting that Xia Ling is that genius player that they’ve been trying to find.  Xia Ling says that he doesn’t know what they’re talking about and so XK starts to use a little reverse psychology as he says, in his opinion, Xia Ling’s not like [409].  He then starts to pan Xia Ling’s skills saying they’re just mediocre and Sun Ge, who catches on quickly to what he’s doing, hums in agreement.  YX, on the other hand, defends Xia Ling and says he already played pretty well, and PX joins the others by saying Xia Ling’s playing only looked like 409’s.  He then observes how he only used 2 percent of his skills but was still able to beat him easily.  YX mutters that PX’s boasting again and XK says, “I think, at most, he’s just an imitator of 409’s.”  QY tells him not to go overboard, and XK feigns innocence by asking how his words can be considered as attacking.  He then complains that Xia Ling was the won who attacked him earlier, and says that he’s just speaking the truth now.  He then adds condescendingly that Xia Ling should have some awareness of his own skill level.  Finally provoked to the point where he can’t stay silent anymore, Xia Ling rushes to his feet in anger and retorts, “You really think you understand 409?  Didn’t you lose to him?”  XK pretends to be surprised by this question and Sun Ge asks, “How do you know that the two of them have battled against each other before?”  Xia Ling has no response as he realizes he just outed himself, and XK also crosses his arms and observes that it looks like if they didn’t incite him a little bit, he was never going to admit it.  PX also adds, “You played pretty well, 409.”  YX looks around in adorable surprise and asks, “He really is 409?”  Everyone claps and QY tries to talk to him, but when he just reaches for his clutch angrily, they quickly stop with the hand claps and XK wisely closes it up.  Xia Ling tells his sister that he wants to go home but as he walks past, XK reaches out and asks in seriousness whether he’s willing to join Team Phenix.  Xia Ling looks back to say he’s not interested, and XK lets his hand drop from his shoulder.  QY tells XK that she’s going to send him off and then the two siblings walk off.  After they leave, Sun Ge observes that this was an unexpected gain for them and XK agrees that he brought himself to their door. 

 

Xia Ling is sitting on a park bench by himself when QY returns with a surprise hidden by her back.  She takes a seat next to him and then pulls out out an ice cream cone from behind her back.  She reminds him of how, when he was little, whenever he was unhappy, he would always ask for ice cream.  She offers the ice cream cone to him and tells him to cheer up.  He takes the cone, but he just holds it in his hands as he continues to sit staring straight ahead.  QY tells him that she never imagined her little brother would turn out to be 409.  She praises his playing skills and Xia Ling tells her that he knows what they’re trying to do; they just want him to join the team so he’ll have something to do, since he has nothing else he can do.  QY points out that her only purpose in bringing him out was so that he could take a walk instead of spending his every day at home; she never imagined he would turn out to be 409.  She then tries to reassure him that XK’s invitation just now to join the team was sincere, and tells Xia Ling that he doesn’t know how hard they’ve been working to find him.  Xia Ling suggests she get XK to give up on him and asks what the point of asking him, an unprofessional cripple, is when she and the others have the objective of winning the world championships.  QY says sternly that she won’t allow him to talk about himself like that, but Xia Ling just reaches for his crutch and makes the excuse that she’s pretty busy so he’ll head back first.  QY helps him stand, but he asks that she allow him to do it on his own.  He then falls when he tries to walk by himself and when QY helps him back up, she reminds him that she’d told him not to try and be so brave.  She suggests that he take things slowly instead and Xia Ling uses this incident to drive home his point that this is all he’s currently capable of.  As the siblings walk off, we see that PX has also arrived to the park and is watching them.  He takes out his phone and calls XK.  When XK asks how their conversation went, PX answers that he saw him, but given his current state, even if they met up, he wouldn’t be able to convince him.  He then asks if XK’s certain Xia Ling’s the person that the Phenix team needs right now, and XK answers that for now, there’s no one more suitable than him so he doesn’t want to miss out on him.  PX then responds that since he’s currently in an abyss, they should help him see what he’s capable of.  He says he wants him to know his meaning and worth, and XK asks what he means by that.  PX answers still cryptically that he’s going to give him a strong dose of medicine and after he hangs up, XK’s still left confused on the other end of the phone. 

 

Xia Ling is back in his bedroom looking at photos of himself playing basketball with his friends and then starts to rip up those same photographs.  He’s distracted only when his phone alerts him to a new message; it’s a group chat and his friends comment on his amazingness and express their surprise at learning he’s a master at the iConquer game.  They ask him to lead them the next time they play and tell him that he’s become famous throughout their school, noting that someone even approached them to ask for his WeiXin.  They then tell him to hurry up and check out the school’s online forum as it’s full of news concerning him.  Xia Ling signs on to his school’s online discussion board and finds people talking about how he, who’s from the basketball department, is actually one of the country’s top gamers.  Various people react in surprise as they say they never imagined Xia Ling would turn out to be 409, and what a waste it would be if he didn’t join a professional team.  Someone then says they heard he was injured and can’t play basketball anymore and another person wonders what he’ll do now given how great of a basketball player he used to be.  The more Xia Ling reads, the angrier he becomes.  He bangs his fist on the desk and slams his laptop screen shut, and then immediately gets up to go somewhere.

 

The Phenix team is preparing to sit down for a meal, with XK and XY already sitting at the table and QY passing them bowls of rice.  She tells them that one of their candidates, Xiao Hei, contacted her and said he was willing to join them.  XK responds that they should find a time to meet with him then, and YX asks if they’re really going to go with him.  XK shrugs and asks if not him, who else.  PX suggests they wait a little bit more and says he has faith that Xia Ling will come and look for them, and YX in turn suggests they just eat.  As he and XK start to dig into their meal, QY looks towards the door and notices Xia Ling charging towards them.  She runs over asking him why he’s there and when she reaches his side, she tells him he arrived just as they were about to eat.  She tells him to take things slowly and XK looks over in surprise, while YX holds up his thumb at PX and tells him he’s impressive.  PX looks less excited though, probably because unlike everyone else, he knows what’s going to happen next.  Xia Ling points his finger accusingly at XK and asks if they posted the video online.  QY asks what’s going on and XK looks equally confused.  When XK gets up from his chair, PX pipes up from the couch and also stands, saying it has nothing to do with the others.  He reveals that it was he who posted the video online.  Xia Ling asks what right he had to do that, and PX responds by apologizing for exposing him as 409.  But he also tells Xia Ling that the reason he did what he did, was because he wanted him to know he’s not a disabled person.  Xia Ling scoffs in response, asking, “I’m not a disabled person?” and then yells that everyone at school now knows his leg is disabled.  PX disagrees, though, and says that what his entire school now knows is that he’s the 409 who spent only half a month’s time to reach the number four spot for the entire nation, and the 409 who had so much courage that he challenged both him and JXK to a game.  XK also chimes in to say that actually, apart from himself, no one else considers him a useless person.  QY agrees and reminds Xia Ling that there are still a lot of things he can do other than play basketball, and XK tells him that as long he’s willing, he can become an outstanding person in any field.  He uses iConquer as an example and points out how Xia Ling was able to enter the top four ranking in such a short amount of time.  He tells Xia Ling that he could even be a professional player and bring credit to his country.  Xia Ling’s not ready to hear it though and asks XK who he thinks he is that he would extend such care and concern over him.  QY calls out his name in a begging manner, like she’s trying to get him to calm down, and XK merely responds that it’s true.  He is an outsider, and then says that if it weren’t for the fact that he was QY’s brother, he wouldn’t be the least big inclined to be concerned about him.  That results in QY calling out his name to scold him, but after looking at her, he says, “With respect to the unfortunate events that you experienced, if I said that I sympathized, you would probably think I was being fake.  But the guilt, self-blame, and concern that QY feels towards you is something I witness every day.”  He then tells Xia Ling that ever since she found out that he wouldn’t be able to play basketball again, she hasn’t eaten well or slept well.  Instead, all she does is spend every day trying to think of ways to make him happy.  He adds that it’s no different for his parents, who try to find ways to amuse him every day as they’re afraid he might be sensitive and might never be able to let things go.  He points out how they’re even afraid to say the word “run” in front of him, and then tells Xia Ling that everyone’s doing what they’re doing not because they think of him as a disabled person, but because they want him to actively and energetically face life.  PX tells Xia Ling that he’s already 20 years old, and asks if he’s planning on spending the rest of his life hiding out at home, being a disabled person, torturing those around him with his depressed attitude, or whether he’s going to be that person who stands up again and uses his hands to win back what was originally his.  He suggests that Xia Ling give it some consideration and Xia Ling tells him that’s enough, and says to everyone that he doesn’t need their care and concern before walking out.  When QY tries to hold on to him, he just shoves her aside.  XK yells after him that the window to transfer to another iConquer team is closing soon, but they’re willing to wait for him until the last moment.  After Xia Ling leaves, PX holds on to QY to prevent her from following and says that since he caused the trouble, he’ll be the one to handle it. 

 

PX catches up to Xia Ling outside, and Xia Ling asks if he will stop following him.  PX apologizes again for the video and Xia Ling scoffs, asking who wants him to apologize.  PX emphasizes that this was his own individual action and says that if Xia Ling feels like he brought harm to him, he can hate him, but it has nothing to do with the others.  Xia Ling then responds (using exaggerated expressions of politeness) that he hopes they’ll stop concerning themselves with him.  PX says that’s not possible and says he won’t stop caring about him, that his sister won’t either, and that all the Phenix team members won’t stop caring about him.  Xia Ling doesn’t care though and says it’s still not going to make him join the team.  PX agrees that no matter how much he wants Xia Ling to join the Phenix team, it’s his decision, and says that what he actually wishes for even more right now is to see Xia Ling pull himself torgether.  He says, “Your sister told us you used to be a really cheerful person, but what about now?”  Xia Ling shouts back, equally angered, and asks what business it is of his how he used to be.  When Xia Ling starts to walk away, PX holds him and place and tells him to stand still and then tells him he doesn’t to see him turn into the person he used to be.  This admission seems to have an effect on Xia Ling, and the scene transitions to the park where PX and Xia Ling are now sitting side by side in calmer tempers.

 

Xia Ling shares that it’s because he doesn’t want pity from others that he’d rather be by himself.  PX shares that it was because he was afraid that others would think of him as a weird person that he also previously preferred to be alone.  Xia Ling has hard time believing that and asks who would dare to say that about him and PX guesses, “Probably almost everyone who’s worked with me.”  He tells Xia Ling that he never used to care what other people were doing, and that included during competitions when he would rather turn off his microphone and listen to music.  He adds that he never communicated with his team members and even if other people said “PX always plays one against nine; PX is self-centered and has no team spirit,” he didn’t care.  Xia Ling points out that he still managed to win anyway, and that he’s the first-place mid-solo player, but PX disagrees that he’s “first” at anything when he’s never managed to make it to the world championship finals.  He then tells Xia Ling that iConquer has never been an inidivual sport, that it was only recently that he also came to understand that point, and that he regrets that.  Xia Ling asks what he regrets, and PX elaborates that he regrets that he used to close himself off from others when he obviously wanted to be around others and wanted to experience what it was like to be part of a team, but was just afraid of being seen as weird by others so he didn’t have the courage to take that first step.  PX explains that’s why whenever he had free time, he didn’t want to stay with the team, but would rather go to Dream Journey and make coffee for strangers.  When Xia Ling looks at him in surprise, PX tells him that this is the first time he’s ever spoken aloud these inner thoughts and feelings, and it’s because he doesn’t Xia Ling to become the person he used to be – someone who bundles themselves up tightly.  He adds that actually, he’s quite envious of Xia Ling because during his most difficult of times, he’s had so many people willing to help him, and asks him to promise him that he won’t reject the people who care about him.  Xia Ling nods and PX tells him that he’s very talented, whether it’s iConquer or basketball, they’re both competitive sports and points out that as competitive athletes, they’re not the type to settle for mediocrity.  Xia Ling asks why he then joined the Phenix team to be their training partner and PX explains that what he gains from Phenix is something he would never gain from another team.  Xia Ling asks what that is, and PX answers that if he wants to know then he’ll have to join the team and give it a try, and find the answer for himself. 

 

When Xia Ling returns home later that day, he finds his parents in the living room reading books on acupuncture and practicing on each other.  Judging from the pain his father keeps incurring, I’d say his mom still has a long way to go.  His dad complains that she’s been practicing for days and can’t seem to remember any of the pressure points and offers to swap places with her, but she asks how their son is going to be able to bear it when he can’t seem to figure out how much weight to use.  When his mom notices him watching them, she comments that he’s back and asks if he’s eaten.  He answers that he has and just smiles at them before returning to him room.  His parents are encouraged by the fact that he’s finally smiling.

 

At the Phenix training base, QY paces while XK watches her from the training room.  He finally walks over and asks her what’s wrong and whether she’s still worried about Xia Ling.  QY says she wants to call him, but she also doesn’t dare because she’s afraid of affecting his mood.  XK says he hopes PX’s methods will help him to pull himself together and QY says that actually, PX has an ardent heart, he’s just usually, he’s too good at hiding it.  XK smiles and agrees, but adds that now he doesn’t need to hide it anymore.  He also says that thanks to Xia Ling’s business, he’s come to know a different PX and says that he trusts he’ll shine as a member of the Phenix team.  QY’s eyes grow big as she realizes what he’s all but saying and asks, “Do you mean…”  But XK, still not wanting to admit it, just turns his head aside and walks away.  Haha.  QY also laughs as she moves to follow him.

 

In his bedroom that night, Xia Ling gets a message.  He checks his iPad and it’s a video sent by his friends.  They tell him that they miss him and when his leg is recovered, they’ll play a game with him.  Another friend tells him that he just knew that had to have been him [in the computer game] and calls him cool.  A third friend tells him that he just knew Xia Ling wouldn’t be toppled over and encourages him by saying that in life, where there’s a competition, he should just head towards it.  A female friend pipes up that everyone in their class thinks highly of him and there’s nothing he can’t get past.  Finally, someone drags over his crush and tells him to take a look at who it is.  His crush tells him that she watched his individual match and he was the same as ever.  She tells him that wherever he is, he’s the best, and the entire group of friend goes wild behind her.  After the video finishes, Xia Ling thinks back to PX’s words about how he doesn’t want to see him become how he used to be, all bundled up tightly.  He remembers how PX had said he was actually envious of him because he had so many people willing to help him during these most difficult of times, and in tears, he also remembers how PX had asked him to promise him that he wouldn’t reject those who cared about him. 

 

The next morning, his mother sets the breakfast table and wonders if Xia Ling’s awake or not.  When she calls for him to come eat breakfast, we discover that Xia Ling’s not only awake, he’s fully dressed with his suitcase packed.  He tells his parents he’s ready to return to school and they ask if he’s really ready to go back to school and attend classes.  Xia Ling confirms this and tells them that they needn’t keep researching acupuncture pressure points and whatnot as he’ll go to the hospital for rehab.  His mom asks if he’s finally thought things through, and he smiles that he has.  His dad tells him to eat and says that after breakfast, they’ll drop him off at school.  When they arrive at school, his mother wants to see him to his dorm so she can give some instructions to his friends in order for them to help take care of him, but Xia Ling tells her it’s okay and suggests they head back first as he’s already spoken with his friends and they’ll be waiting for him downstairs.  His dad agrees that mom only knows how to worry for her child and asks what she’s worried about.  He tells Xia Ling that if there’s anything he can’t adapt to at school, he should come home and let them know.  He then hands over his suitcase, while his mom tells him that if he finds he’s missing anything, he should let her know and she’ll send it over.  Xia Ling says okay and then says he’s leaving first and tells them again to hurry and head on home.  When his mother sees him limping along and dragging his suitcase, she tries to run after saying that she should just send him off since it’s too heavy, but dad drags her back and tells her to just let him do it himself.  He says, “Xia Ling can do it.” 

 

The Phenix team is gathered in their living room where they are all waiting.  QY keeps looking towards the door and her phone, but there’s nothing.  YX asks if they really want that Xiao Hei to come [the other candidate they were considering], and PX suggests they wait a little bit more for Xia Ling.  Sun Ge answers that they really don’t have any more time to continue waiting.  At that moment, QY gets a message on her phone.  After listening to it, she plays it back for the others and tells them to listen.  It’s a message from her father who tells her that Xia Ling’s gone back to school and that he and her Auntie Xia want to thank her for all the help she provided during this time in helping Xia Ling to find his way out.  When the message ends, YX comments that it looks like Xia Ling’s not coming.  Everyone sits with with heads hung and XK finally suggests that they contact Xiao Hei.  QY’s about to pick up her phone again and that’s when they hear the front door open.  It’s Xia Ling!  QY runs down to meet him and the others gather where they can better see him in the entryway.  [I LOVE THIS!  AND HOW HAPPY EVERYONE LOOKS!}  When Xia Ling draws near, YX asks if he didn’t return to school and Xia Ling tells them that he’s already arranged everything with his school.  He then says, “I have only one question.  Will I be able to win the championship title by coming here?”  The others exchanges smiles and laughs and XK says, “If everyone works hard, there still a possibility,” while XY says “it’s extremely possible.”  PX reaches out to hug Xia Ling as he congratulates him on joining Phenix and YX also walks over saying, “Come here, little brother,” and gives him a hug.  He also tells Xia Ling that from now on, “Xuan Ge” will cover for him and that he’s not allowed to look down on support players again.  The others laugh and QY tells him that’s enough.  Sun Ge nudges XK and he acknowledges the hint before coughing and saying he has an announcement to make, which is that as of today, PX has officially become the last member to join team Phenix.  PX looks up in surprise and asks, “Me?”  When XK nods, he protests that he’s not prepared, but XK disagrees and says he’s already prepared enough.  QY asks what everyone else thinks and YX says he thinks he’s still missing a little something.  Everyone laughs and then XK says that during this time, everyone’s evaluation of him has been very high.  He’s also learned how to work with others and how to make efforts.  Sun Ge agrees that he’s already proven he’s no longer the top ranking mid-solo player who only knows how to play “four protect one,” and YX chimes in to say that he actually admires him for how he handled Xia Ling’s business.  With that said, XK announces once more that PX and Xia Ling have officially joined the Phenix team and that means their team has been formally established.  QY says they should all remembers this day and holds out her hand.  Everyone piles their hands on top with PX placing his on top last.  He then starts the team slogan chant and everyone joins in. 

 

What follows next is a montage of the Phenix team coming together.  First, we see them practicing as a group.  We can see how they’re now getting along as even YX praises PX for a move he made in the game and calls him a “good brother.”  Xia Ling also wakes up one morning to find messages hanging over him from the bunk bed railing; they’re messages of encouragement left for him by his new brothers.  QY and XK play with sparklers in the living room, and all them members take a break by playing foosball.  There’s an hilarious scene where YX messes with PX’s coffee when he’s not looking and, as a result, PX chases him around the room.  All the members then gather to paint the team’s logo on the wall and the episode ends with everyone admiring their final work product. 

 

 

Head Pat Count (episode): 2

Head Pat Count (total): 8

 

Fist Bump Count (episode): 0

Fist Bump Count (total): 7

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@lynne22, studying the still of when Pioneer team wins the World Championships you can really see how Shu Wen does not look as thrilled as the others.  She's clearly missing Sun Ge and I love how they captured that.  Also, what a difference compared to the still below where she's so happy the Phenix team has won and she's got Sun Ge's arms around her.  :wub:

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(Moved from the Love is Deep thread)

 

1 hour ago, Latte_Anyday said:

@raziela

Judging by the snippets I watched, Gank Your Heart (what a weird title!) had better style choices, especially for the female heroine ha-ha. That was the other thing I couldn't stand on Go2 Squid. I'd be like WTF is she wearing?! But the OTP look really pretty too eheheh. Oh I'm not into gaming either! There's The King's Avatar (don't know how good that is<_<) China must really love gaming:P I still much prefer Love 02O:D

 

@Latte_Anyday, I thought it was a weird title as well until I realized "gank" must be a gaming term and, indeed, it means "use underhand means to defeat or kill (a less experienced opponent)" so put in the context of this drama, I like to think of it as the leads sneaking in  to steal each other's hearts because that's essentially what happens given that they start out not liking each other due to a mess of misunderstandings.  Over time, the more they interact, they realize they have the wrong impressions of each other and it's from there that they begin as friends and then something more.  It may not be an immediate romance, but I really enjoyed watching their relationship evolve over time.  Also, I would like to observe that half the time when they "weren't dating," they essentially were dating!  They just weren't admitting to their real feelings for each other but they otherwise operated as boyfriend and girlfriend.  :P 

 

As for the gaming aspect of the drama, it provides the framework for the story but you could easily substitute something else in its place to get the point across so I wouldn't focus so much on whether computer games interest you or not (I'm not a gamer either, by any means, and yet I super love this drama).  It's basically a story of two individuals who are down on their luck (in large part because they are screwed over by other people in their lives).  They work hard to pick themselves up and they have the help of each other and their friends along the way, to help them reach the top.  (The Chinese title of the drama is, "I'll accompany you to the top of the world.")  It's a story of individual growth, of teamwork, of family and friendships.  There is, IMO, a lot to love about this drama.  I actually really love that the story gives us more than just romance, if you will.  

 

Anyway, it's no secret in this forum that I am a Super Fan of this drama so of course my advice is to give it a try.  ;) As for "The King's Avatar," which I am also currently watching... in simplest terms, I'd describe it as Gank Your Heart without the romance.  :P It's also about underdogs coming together to form a team, find their way, and learn how to work together -- it's mostly focused on gaming so in that regard, I wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't sound like that is your thing.  

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@themarchioness

Aw~you're so sweet:kiss_wink: thanks for the tag mention. 

 

When @raziela mentioned you were a superfan of this drama I thought she was joking, I guess not ha-ha:joy:

 

I now feel the urge to watch both Gank Your Heart (someone else did say it stood for steal LoL) & The King's Avatar. It's sort of hard to do right now.. as I'm streaming it on my phone. It drains up a lot of battery.... :(

 

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the team for Gank Your Heart should really appoint you as their representative in promoting their drama:lol: You certainly do a great job:D

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21 hours ago, themarchioness said:

(Moved from the Love is Deep thread)

 

 

@Latte_Anyday, I thought it was a weird title as well until I realized "gank" must be a gaming term and, indeed, it means "use underhand means to defeat or kill (a less experienced opponent)" so put in the context of this drama, I like to think of it as the leads sneaking in  to steal each other's hearts because that's essentially what happens given that they start out not liking each other due to a mess of misunderstandings.  Over time, the more they interact, they realize they have the wrong impressions of each other and it's from there that they begin as friends and then something more.  It may not be an immediate romance, but I really enjoyed watching their relationship evolve over time.  Also, I would like to observe that half the time when they "weren't dating," they essentially were dating!  They just weren't admitting to their real feelings for each other but they otherwise operated as boyfriend and girlfriend.  :P 

 

As for the gaming aspect of the drama, it provides the framework for the story but you could easily substitute something else in its place to get the point across so I wouldn't focus so much on whether computer games interest you or not (I'm not a gamer either, by any means, and yet I super love this drama).  It's basically a story of two individuals who are down on their luck (in large part because they are screwed over by other people in their lives).  They work hard to pick themselves up and they have the help of each other and their friends along the way, to help them reach the top.  (The Chinese title of the drama is, "I'll accompany you to the top of the world.")  It's a story of individual growth, of teamwork, of family and friendships.  There is, IMO, a lot to love about this drama.  I actually really love that the story gives us more than just romance, if you will.  

 

Anyway, it's no secret in this forum that I am a Super Fan of this drama so of course my advice is to give it a try.  ;) As for "The King's Avatar," which I am also currently watching... in simplest terms, I'd describe it as Gank Your Heart without the romance.  :P It's also about underdogs coming together to form a team, find their way, and learn how to work together -- it's mostly focused on gaming so in that regard, I wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't sound like that is your thing.  


 I agree with @Latte_Anyday that you do the best representing this drama.  That's a fantastic synopsis.  I wish I had read that when I was avoiding the drama at first because of the unusual title:o Speaking of the title, I much prefer the translation of the original title "I'll accompany you to the top of the world." Don't know why they went for this as the official title.  I think there would be a lot more international interest if this had used the original title.

 

I also really enjoy the camaraderie and friendships in this drama so I don't mind if the romance doesn't take centre stage straight away. I prefer the slow burn type of dramas where the main couple gradually get to know each other.  I usually find that much more satisfying than when one of them is head over heels for the other immediately.  

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