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Technically, these are supposed to be separate,
but I wanted to go really in-depth on Keith and Pidge’s conflict in Fall of the Castle of Lions (Season One,
Episode Four) and Tears of the Balmera (Season
One, Episode Five) so here we are.
@orangememory Yes … I have seen Jing get a bit weepy but no actual tears yet. I’m terrified about if/when that actually happens, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep composure. I have a LOT to say about how much I adore his character but that’ll have to wait until a few episode recaps further since at this point in the story I was still figuring out who he is. He is arguably my favorite person in this entire show, at least where I am around ep15. It’s fascinating how slowly he moves from being one of many great characters into definitely THE character that is the most important to the Mei Chang Su storyline. I love him. I hate it when he hurts. And he’s hurting ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Also, I’ve never seen Hu Ge in anything else but he definitely picked a great role here because the character of Lin Shu is such that if he’s in any scene, he’s the focal point. He can be doing literally anything in the background and still our focus will be at least partially on him because of who he is in this story and how his character functions, and that must be so ridiculously fun. He’s certainly rising to the challenge and then some; his acting so far has been spectacular. He makes silence and stillness magnetic. And can I adopt that headcanon? Because I am.
@urihu HE IS A WUXIA HAGRID. THATS PERFECT. I wouldn’t say I find him attraaaaactive, per se, but I don’t find him repulsive? I would want him to be my giant friend who doesn’t mind giving platonic hugs when I need them? Yeah, that.
@cheesey-toast nnnNooooOOOOO I care about Jing Rei I don’t want him to suffer I want to hide him away somewhere safe where he can stay happy and pure and secure in his place in the world
@emulation Jingmum is someone I am so keen to get to know better. Give me more of the awesome ladies, show! (And I’m glad my self-indulgent blatherings are entertaining you ^_^)
@guzhuangheaven I LOVE MEI CHANG SU SO MUCH. He’s like all my favourite tropes combined mercilessly into a single character. And his dramatic flair is just-ahh. So good. Actually watching this I MUCH prefer it to Count of Monte Cristo because he isn’t as selfish as the Count was even if they have similar love of the over-the-top drama (I haven’t read that book in a while but anyways), he is similarly self-destructive in his single-mindedness but he is also trying to work towards ultimately what seems like a “good” thing. What adds extra intrigue is how he is SO focused on that end goal he is seemingly willing to do ANYTHING to get it. That makes him sooooo much more sympathetic and interesting. And terrifying. I want him squirreled away in a safe place too, but preferably a different one to where I hid Jing Rui away.
@liuet AU where the opening credits sequence is all about tangerines instead of butterflies
@moogling So Jing Rui basically has the perfect life balanced between two worlds that both love him is what you’re telling me (lalalala I’m not listening to anything that happens after episode, like, five lalala everything is fine for my Good Boy lalalaaaaa)
@floweringseason Literary analysis is one of my favourite things; I took my BA in English with a focus on fairy-tale studies (and I won top honors in my university for my honors thesis which was about what I called the fairy-tale lexicon used in contemporary storytelling, specifically storytelling on television), I love writing essays and research papers and my plan is to return to school to get my doctorate in further English studies and ultimately teach at a university level, so BASICALLY over-analyzing stories that entertain and intrigue me is 100% My Thing. I’m just happy you are enjoying my turning my attention to NiF, aha. I’m keeping my analysis relatively jokey because that entertains ME but as the story gets deeper I’ll probably have fun with some Serious Talk too ^_^