The New World: The Ending

How was it for me? I felt like I wasted the last fifteen weeks for nothing. I’m not saying that it’s bad. But I’m saying that there are several factors that have ruined it. The ending is always the most important part to convince us so I think it has to be really, really strong. It’s hard to do and it can’t all be perfect to everyone’s satisfaction, but it has to at least make sense. In some areas, it did make sense. But in others, I just felt so infuriated that it was like all was wasted.

First off, they have a great team with the special team. Why not focus more on it?

Instead, we were forced to watch Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s constant banter and their on and off relationship. Okay, I got it that they were the main couple, but it was too overused with their fights and then later they were so inactive in the final moments of the series that they could be easily forgotten if they weren’t needed to persuade Dong Han and Zi Yan to let go. Their moments were mostly episode fillers so we could wait for more developments of the main plot to unveil itself.

What was the most infuriating thing about the ending? Yang Yong Zhao got away. Seriously? He was the mastermind of the Returning Home Project, and I swear, I always thought that the mastermind was the guiltiest one. Even if Dong Han and Zi Yan carried out the later parts of the plan, they were misled by him to hate and to continue on. How could he get the free ticket out just because he was Chief Zheng’s senior and because he was Miao Miao’s grandfather? I don’t care how old he was, he was still guilty. If the others were going down, he had to go down as well. To think that Miao Miao was soooo into finding her childhood friends and in trying to protect people closer to her, I felt it strange that she accepted that Zi Yan went to prison and her grandfather didn’t. Not to mention how she fought so much with the police just because Zi Hong was in confinement twice in the past yet didn’t do anything for Zi Yan? Okay, so I got it that priorities with her and some others in here were seriously messed up. But what about Chen Jie? Chen Jie letting it go as well was somewhat unbelievable for me. Seriously? I know Chen Jie had calmed down since his last aggression with targeting Dong Han the first few episodes while trying to figure out who the mole was. Yet I don’t think that he would be the type to let it go so easily and telling Ah Gang and Xiao He so lightly that their boss told them to forget about it. He put his own brother in prison! How could he let a little connection get in the way? Just because Yang Yong Zhao was their advisor and was one of the most respectable cops in the good old days? To think that Chief Zheng was so strongly vouching to seek out the truth and do what was right, he sure took the cowardly path and brushed things under the rugs once again, like some people in here. I was really disappointed in him.

Yong Mei’s sole existence was for others to protect her. Then it changed to how she got a bigger role in the turn of events because she was carrying Dong Han’s baby. That meant she was the one responsible for breaking the whole hatred cycle between all parties, at last, uniting some families together. Aside from that, I swear I couldn’t even sympathize with her or anything. I’m not trying to pick on her, but the plot had led me to think so. The point that her pregnancy didn’t make sense made it less convincing too. I got why the writers wanted it to go that way since I already stated above with how it brought the families together. But it didn’t make sense. Dong Han was avoiding her like the plague previously. If it was the hospital scene, it was too unconvincing. I don’t even think he was well enough to do anything. (Sorry, but the writers led us there–like Percy had pointed out to me, so I don’t feel bad for going “there.”) If it was after they got out of the hospital, then I would understand. I think there were some scenes that got cut, but it was in one of the BTS regarding Dong Han and Yong Mei’s scenes. That might have explained it. Yet what was the point of making Yong Mei involved with Dong Han aside from just making peace with the other side? Even if Dong Han was revenge-driven and had gone insane with his tactic, and went into a killing spree, but we–as the audience–couldn’t help but feel really bad for him since he lost his whole family after all. Making him betray Zi Yan was the worst.

Who did Dong Han love–Zi Yan or Yong Mei? Many had asked this question on The New World Facebook page. Pan Bo Xi had posted a picture of Dong Han and Zi Yan as the final moments of the drama were airing. When he was asked, he had said whichever picture he posted, that was the answer. (Go here.) During the flashback of their face-off scene, Dong Han had told Zi Yan that their relationship had never changed. That was the obvious answer. Even if he had cared enough for Yong Mei, but with his words, it was mostly because of the baby (and possibly guilt from using her).

What was the point of surrounding the events on Zhang Guo Tang since the beginning and making a mountain out of it all? I swear it was another wasted route. Well, they wanted to create suspense and lead us astray, but after we found out it was only an accident, it seemed like Zhang Guo Tang’s existence was just there to fill time. Yet I felt if he was the final bad guy, it would have cranked up the hype even more. Because seriously? Although lots of things had happened after Zhang Guo Tang died, it seemed to be recycled and anti-climatic, to say the least. Like how Zi Hong already found out that Zhang Guo Tang said it being an accident. Yet they rehashed that again AND he (Zi Hong) didn’t just say it out to the others and try to convince from there? Yeah, Dong Han and Yang Yong Zhao were going wacko already so there was no talking to them. But I felt the last bits–even with the plot finally revealing Zi Yan as Xiao Cao, the details rehashed again. It was like, hello, we already know that. Could someone show some more proofs instead of crying out the innocent card and saying it was an accident? Yeah, I understand it was an accident because things didn’t turn out the way they thought it would so that was why it was called an accident. I got it. But I hated that they kept crying out their innocence when it was obvious nothing would come out good with the location along with the weather condition of that day. They wouldn’t know for sure if it would rain. But the curve and all? Just a little maneuver and an accident could occur. I don’t care how much they regretted it. And it didn’t matter if Project Jing Hai wasn’t what the others thought it to be. It was just a bunch of excuses to shrug off responsibilities. If they had said: “We tried, but we messed up”, it was easier to swallow. Instead, it was about “We’re innocent, we didn’t know that would happen” type of thing. The other reason for making Zhang Guo Tang the main villain works better? I seriously think he was the other person, aside from Dong Han, who actually helped move the plot forward. Or we would all be in a limbo of forever going through Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s banter and makeup scenes.

Jia Yuan’s death was really for nothing. Seriously? This was the other reason why I hated the ending. Or more like how Yang Yong Zhao got away with it. Although Jia Yuan sacrificed herself because she didn’t want to be used as a pawn for Zhang Guo Tang to put pressure on Zi Hong, it all had to do with Yang Yong Zhao’s grand plan. He was the one who called Zhang Guo Tang and got Zhang Guo Tang to come back. He couldn’t predict Zhang Guo Tang’s moves or didn’t care. He only wanted to execute his plan, so when it went haywire and Zhang Guo Tang was on the loose, running his own agenda, other people got hurt. One of the most innocent people in this matter was Jia Yuan. Her luck was seriously terrible. Her father incurred so much debt that she had to deal with it and even had to resort to being a call girl to pay off the debts, which she had borrowed from Hua Jie’s place to pay off the other ones first before getting rid of this one. She had to protect her brother so that was the only way for her, or at least she thought of it as that way. She didn’t paint herself as the victim or the pitiful one yet was pitied by others, including the audience. She said many times, especially to Zi Hong and later to Jiang Jian Ming, that she wanted to solve her problems her own way. She didn’t cling to anyone for help–or didn’t want to if it wasn’t necessary. She was also very brave, having endured so much already and having to protect her brother (as said before). In the end, what happened? Although it was her choice to sacrifice, I felt like her final moments were just a little crying from some parties and then that was it. She was forgotten away, it seemed like no one cared to seek justice for her anymore. They had other things to do, so they just wanted to brush her off. I’m not saying once a close one dies, we have to always be morbid. We still have to move on with our lives, but I felt Jia Yuan’s death was like it just happened and forgotten so quickly. Things happening made it hard to just focus on mourning for her, but I had a feeling like even Zi Hong no longer cared. That suck. Her brother didn’t know so it wouldn’t count. But I would expect more than five to ten minutes of crying.

Was it Zi Hong’s mother’s fault that the accident of twenty years ago happened? Well, I’m not trying to blame the poor old woman here, but Zi Hong said it himself in episode 15 that it could be an accident or not, because of how he and his mother might be the target of the “warning.” It might as well be so, but those other two families were seriously unlucky. Moral of the story: Stay away from married men! I don’t care how talented they are or like how it seemed that their married life didn’t look too happy or whatever else. They chose it. Don’t justify their actions or yours if you wanted to step toward that path. (And this was the other reason why I hated that Dong Han’s story sort of sounded like Jiang Jian Ming’s too. Not married but it made it similar to the triangle and all. I don’t care if Yong Mei threw herself in front of him, he could say “no” or stop her. So yeah, I’m not going to blame her only just because of my biases, I’m blaming his lack of self-control too.)

Who were the true heroes? Many might think I’m crazy by now. I did not put them in just because they’re my favorite couple. However, I think that if they hadn’t done what they did–minus Dong Han going on a crazy killing spree, no one would know. Everything regarding the accident and the other matters kept getting brushed under the rug. If they hadn’t created some commotion, the others would just plain continue to carry on with their lives, thinking they did right. Even if two wrong doesn’t make a right or whatever it is often splashed around, in this case, they got through. Even if it was because Yong Mei’s connection that forced her father to take some actions, it was still something. Then talking about them, it brought up another sense of frustration upon me again, because of how Yang Yong Zhao had involved both Dong Han and Zi Yan into the plot but never included Zi Hong or Miao Miao. Well, not until recently, but that had failed. Of course, it was already obvious that he wanted to keep Miao Miao out of it–as he had said before. Yet it meant that he was all right with using Dong Han and Zi Yan as tools to forgo his plans. His pitiful talks indicated that he cared for them, but to me, it seemed so fake. And obviously, Miao Miao was his granddaughter, so how could she be involved, right?

If the series is cut back to eight episodes, I think it would be a lot better and more enduring, even with the current ending–more or less. Just cut out some unnecessary bantering and some rehashed of information. I didn’t need fifteen episodes to tell me it was all because of some stupid misunderstanding. Lives were lost, people were hurt. How could the ones who were victims end up paying for it while the others who had–even if unintentionally–caused the pain lived so freely? (It didn’t count that Mrs. Jiang finally confessed, it was too late.) I didn’t even know why there were some details that were added if the Jiang weren’t that guilty about the whole matter, like how they paid Zhang Guo Tang off and didn’t tell Chief Zheng or the other police officers about it. Well, Zhang Guo Tang was crazy, but the constant hiding stuff from the others made it harder for them to move forward with their investigation or knowing what to expect.

And lastly, I don’t know why I need to justify myself anymore. But I guess I will have to do it or I’ll be facing a lot of wraths (even if invisible). I will say that I pick on characters in here throughout my review/summaries, but it’s seriously directed at the characters and plot, NOT the actors and actresses themselves. I think they’re a wonderful team. Watching BTS has made the audience understand more about them, but had also made me like them even more. Angela Lee’s actually really cute off-screen, it’s just that she has the weepy, weakling character throughout. Then there’s Rabbit Yang and Zheng Ting Hu’s hilarious rehearsals behind the scenes. The rest of the cast was equally funny, especially Zhao Jie (Chen Jie, lol), who was seen up to no good at times when they were practicing or just waiting for a scene change. Jean Lee was quite pro, slipping in and out of characters so fast that it had amazed some of the people working with her. Pan Bo Xi and Dou Hua Mei, no need to say more, but they were really funny–and cute.

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The New World: Episode 9

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So they proceeded with the plan. Or it seemed like there were no objections after Xiao He asked the question about them setting the trap. Ah Gang and Chen Jie were seen browsing the neighborhoods and trying to find new leads. They got out of the car and were on their way to take a look at this one location when Xiao He called Chen Jie, telling him there were new leads regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Xiao He sent Chen Jie a picture before going over some details. After hearing all the crucial details, Chen Jie told Xiao He not to tell anyone. Xiao He asked him why not, but he told Xiao He not to ask at that time. After getting off the phone with Xiao He, he told Ah Gang that he was leaving. Ah Gang asked him what he was up to yet he told Ah Gang not to ask. He got in the car and left Ah Gang behind. Then it finally showed that Xiao He was in the control room with Zi Yan. The picture he said he managed to pull up of Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts and sent to Chen Jie was indeed created by him using merging techniques. That was the bait for Chen Jie. But poor Ah Gang had to tag Chen Jie on foot. He called Zi Yan to tell her of the situation. Zi Yan told him what happened and that Chen Jie indeed didn’t tell the others of the so-called discovery. She left the building to go to the location of the trap. She ensured that Ah Gang remembered of their agreed meeting place before getting ready herself. She picked up Ah Gang before both raced to the location to wait for Chen Jie.

So what did Chen Jie had to say when they finally confronted him? He actually shot down a mannequin they planted at the spot before seeing Zi Yan. Ah Gang came out to help Zi Yan after Zi Yan told Chen Jie to drop his weapon. Chen Jie, still protesting, told Zi Yan she had mistaken. Before Ah Gang could secure the location though, some gunmen stepped out. That was when things turned complicated again. Chen Jie yelled for the others not to shoot since they were all on the same side. Then he turned to scold at Zi Yan again. He asked Zi Yan if he was the mole, who was the other person. Zi Yan responded back by saying how she wouldn’t know. Chen Jie went ballistic and told the others to drop their weapons. Zi Yan told him to drop his first. After all the staring, Chen Jie finally signaled for the gunmen to lower their weapons before doing so himself. They also noticed some sounds from somewhere so Chen Jie spoke into his headset to call it off. Zi Yan asked who the other gunmen were but Chen Jie didn’t respond. He soon went over to check on the person who just got shot. Zi Yan and Ah Gang finally lowered their weapons and followed. Chen Jie told them it was a mannequin. He said so they were the ones who set it up. Then he told them to follow him if they wanted to know everything.

Well, they did find out stuff from their boss. But they also got a good scolding for interfering. It was Yang Yong Zhao’s plan. They were keeping secrets on purpose. After the scolding, Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to tell them what happened. Chen Jie said after Xiao He informed him of the information, he informed their boss and then went with another special team to the location to set up. Well, before that, he had stalked someone they suspected within another department to be leaking out some information. She indeed informed their boss as well before rushing somewhere. When Chen Jie got there with the special team, he separated with them to search for Liu Yu Ying (the suspect). So it was she who shot the mannequin, not Chen Jie. (It was too fast so I didn’t notice the difference.) After Chen Jie recounted the whole story, he said that the other two almost blew their operation. Ah Gang mumbled that he didn’t know. Chen Jie went on to recount that some members of the other special team had managed to capture Liu Yu Ying. Chief Zheng asked since the mole was already captured, did the other two have anything else to say. Zi Yan mumbled no. Chief Zheng said that he would find a time to teach the other two a lesson. Before leaving, he reminded them that they owed Chen Jie an apology. Chen Jie left after seeing the other two not really saying anything. Chief Zheng and Chen Jie were watching outside the interrogation room while Yang Yong Zhao was in there questioning Liu Yu Ying. She was in tears and kept saying how she didn’t know stuff regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts or motives. She only admitted to doing all the spying because of money. She also said she didn’t realize Zhang Guo Tang wanted to harm Miao Miao and asked Yang Yong Zhao to send words of apologies to Miao Miao. Chen Jie asked Chief Zheng if she was telling the truth. Chief Zheng said she might be.

When Chen Jie came back out to the main area, the others were waiting for him. Chen Jie said that he knew he owed them an apology. He shouldn’t have suspected Dong Han, and it wasn’t too late to make up for it since it was fortunate that Dong Han was still alive. He went on to say that it was always the same, he was considered a weirdo in other people’s eyes wherever he went. He said he wasn’t like everyone, acting like brothers, because he had his own perspective. He’d also seen a lot with how regardless of people, they all wanted money. So it didn’t make a difference if that person was a cop or not. (It was indeed true with Liu Yu Ying.) It didn’t matter if it was his own brother. He didn’t care if the others scolded him or hated him. After saying that, he left. Yet Zi Yan extended her hand out to stop him, saying her apologies at last. Even Xiao He joined in. Ah Gang saluted Chen Jie and said he wouldn’t dare to do such things again in the future. Chen Jie asked him if there was going to be a ‘next time’. (LOL!) Then he left. It was also around that time that Zi Yan remembered back to her conversation with Chief Zheng earlier. He told her of Chen Jie’s background, and how Chen Jie’s brother had accepted some money regarding some other case. Chen Jie was the one who captured his brother so he couldn’t even return home anymore, considering how his family had blamed him for it, regardless of matters. That was the reason why Chief Zheng trusted Chen Jie so much.

On the other hand, Miao Miao called a meeting with Zi Hong. She wanted to help him with the investigation, not wanting him to brush her aside. She managed to convince her grandfather not to have the police officers follow her. So they were on the road and discussing the matter. They were unfruitful on some matters but they also had fun spending some time together. After all, it was a time they didn’t need to be watched by the others so closely. And yes, Miao Miao already learned of the other lady’s betrayal from her grandpa. Yet she was still encouraged to treat the other party like an important person, like a close person to them. (No wonder Chen Jie got banned for life and was put to death by his family for such arrest. It was like those thoughts that made it okay to commit some crimes and still be accepted. Well, I got where they were coming from, but that made it so hard to be doing the right things.)

So the day finally came when Head Commissioner Luo and his family came to show their gratitude to Dong Han and his mother. Head Commissioner Luo apologized that they didn’t come earlier, but they wanted to make sure he was in a well enough condition to be able to hear them thank him. He turned to his wife and waited for her to speak up. She finally showed signs of humanity and thanked Dong Han for what he did. She said she was also representing her husband and her father in saying those words of gratitude to him. She also wanted to apologize to him, and that was just herself saying it. She said when Zi Yan came to their house that one time, saying that they would use their lives to protect Yong Mei, she didn’t believe them. Yet now she believed. She also asked him to understand her situation–with worrying for her daughter’s safety as well as her father’s safety. She asked him to forgive her. Dong Han finally spoke up and said that she didn’t need to apologize because he didn’t mind at all. Then they left. Actually, only Head Commissioner Luo and his wife left. Yong Mei wanted to stay behind to chat with Dong Han so Zi Yan was asked to stay behind and wait for her. And Zi Yan was about to open the door, at least her hand was on the handle, but she didn’t in the end. Yong Mei wanted to apologize to Dong Han for what happened previously. He said it wasn’t anyone’s fault, because it was his job. He said what she said the other day, he wanted to say no. She said they could always start at ground zero. So she pulled the curtain back to give them some privacy. He told her that he was a very dangerous person, and he would leave after the current mission was done. The scene zoomed to Zi Yan standing outside waiting after some more words were exchanged.

Miao Miao and Zi Hong were discussing the song “The New World” and Miao Miao was pondering why Zi Hong’s mother had chosen that song. Zi Hong suspected it had to do with his father. He never knew who his father was, and had grown up with many hardships and criticisms from others. He also wanted to find out who his father was at one point but didn’t in the end. He said regardless, his only father was Shen You Fu. Miao Miao pondered the significance of the music box. Zi Hong said it was probably a gift from that person. She moved on to ponder about the number of secrets that Zi Hong still kept from her. He said he would tell her one day. She wanted to set some scores with him, mostly about past relationships, etc.

Dong Han finally returned to the headquarter and found Chen Jie sitting on the steps waiting for him. He wanted to ignore Chen Jie but Chen Jie got up and approached him. He asked if Dong Han knew about the capture of the mole already. Dong Han said he heard. Chen Jie said he wanted to apologize for his previous actions. Dong Han didn’t respond so Chen Jie asked if that meant Dong Han didn’t accept his apology. After some hard staring, Dong Han extended his hand to Chen Jie. Chen Jie hesitated a bit before clapping it to Dong Han’s, smiling. It was like they were finally on the same team. Then elsewhere as Ah Gang was on surveillance of that one shop, the shop-owner received a card. Then he was killed within seconds later. Ah Gang and the other officer realized too late when a hooded man was seen leaving the shop in a hurry. Then to make things even worse, they lost the killer among the crowd.

A meeting was called after the crime scene investigation commenced. It was the same technique with the killing method and the card left behind at the scene. So this could be said as linking to the other killing incident. The difference was the three words “Zhang Guo Tang” placed on the card. After Chen Jie presented the details, Chief Zheng got up to present his views. He said since the beginning, there were two sides–theirs and Zhang Guo Tang–going against one another. Then a third group came into the picture. He suspected that it was Chairman Jiang yet Chairman Jiang had denied. If that person wasn’t from Charmain Jiang, who was it? Xiao He said that the technological aspects had been destroyed and the killer was very cautious in not getting caught on the cameras so it could be said that the other person was someone who was very knowledgeable in technology. So they were back to thinking of possibilities again. However, Dong Han was suspiciously in deep thoughts. Chief Zheng encouraged them to find another way to figure this out and said that the card was their only piece of evidence that could lead them to something else. Ah Gang wanted to be the one searching for more information yet Xiao He pointed out it might be better to go out and ask citizens than just searching aimlessly. Zi Yan agreed yet Dong Han said what if it would cause the killer to go into hiding. Zi Yan said it was a worthwhile gamble. After her reasoning, Chief Zheng asked Chen Jie and Chen Jie agreed. So they proceeded with that plan.

After the meeting, Dong Han chased after Zi Yan and tried to strike up a conversation with her. He asked her what was up and she said nothing. He said it seemed like she wasn’t too happy. She said it wasn’t so, because she was just seeing it as a situation, not aiming at anyone with the earlier discussion. She told him not to think too much of the matter. He said if that was what she wanted, then all right. She couldn’t stand it anymore and turned around to call him back. She told him that Yong Mei told her about their relationship already. He asked what did Yong Mei tell her. She said Yong Mei had said that it didn’t matter if Dong Han had turned her (Yong Mei) down, she (Yong Mei) won’t give up. He asked her if that had upset her. She said it wasn’t so. It was more like she’d never encountered such a situation before so she didn’t know if she could stand it. He said whenever she feels like she couldn’t stand it anymore, then she could yell out to stop it. She said it seemed like he didn’t care. He said it wasn’t important that he cared or not, it was up to her. She considered for a bit before agreeing. She walked toward him and ended up holding his hand. She said she only feared that she couldn’t keep away from him, and feared that he would end up liking Yong Mei and would accept Yong Mei’s confession. He said he wouldn’t accept it. Yet Zi Yan said that Yong Mei was not only the head commissioner daughter but was also very beautiful and had personality qualities such as…but Dong Han interrupted her and said it was all the same. He wouldn’t accept. Zi Yan finally smiled, asking him really. Then she said he shouldn’t blame her for thinking it, and said one of the memorable quotes in one of the trailers. She also said that she feared that Yong Mei’s parents would find out about it and the unlucky person would be him. He said he hoped that it wouldn’t happen either, but it didn’t matter if it would come to that. He just hoped that the mission would end soon and if the mission ended, that matter would end as well. Zi Yan questioned him again if he really didn’t feel touched or more like the least bit affected by it. He said that the person whom he really liked and cared for was her. Her smile was even brighter than before, and she hugged him. (Aww…lol.)

After the news release of the music card with Chief Zheng presenting some details and telling citizens to come forward if they knew of anything, Zi Hong was seen in his workshop, getting rid of the evidence. Previously, Miao Miao had also seen that same news clip while Zi Hong had heard of it at his workplace. While he was getting rid of all the news clips and pictures on the bulletin board, he received a call from Miao Miao. But he had to face his father first. Mr. Shen asked if Zi Hong was worried the police would investigate him hence the whole getting rid of all the suspicious items. Zi Hong nodded. He wanted to push forward with his plans, etc. He wanted to go find Zhang Guo Tang and questioned him about what happened 20 years ago. Mr. Shen said he knew, and that Zi Hong didn’t have to worry about his mother. Zi Hong could only utter words of gratitude. So afterward, Zi Hong went out to burn the evidence. He received another call. Two guesses. And back in the control center, Xiao He finally got a lead.

Zi Hong couldn’t avoid Miao Miao anymore so he went to the newspaper place to look for her. She asked him if he knew how long she’d looked for him. He said he knew. She talked about the news release from earlier that day. She asked if he did it. He said that he created the cards, but he didn’t kill that guy. He said if she didn’t believe him, he could leave. She grabbed onto him and said that she believed him. Yet she told him not to say stuff about leaving anymore, and she didn’t want to hear it. He promised. She asked him to tell her what was going on. He finally explained to her about the card and why he was making ’em, etc. He said that he wanted to send Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen cards to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Yet it seemed like he was always a step late. He told her that the reason why he didn’t pick up the phone all day long was because he was trying to get rid of the evidence. He said that from now on, he wasn’t just going against Zhang Guo Tang, but also the police. He said there were a lot of things he’d owed people, he couldn’t repay in this lifetime. He said he didn’t want to drag Miao Miao in either. Miao Miao told him not to say those words anymore, and stop trying to push her away once again. He said that the situation was getting too complicated and he would become the prime suspect so she should understand. She said she could get her grandfather to help, considering his position and that Chief Zheng usually listened to him. Zi Hong said it wasn’t that simple. Even if her grandfather agreed to help, what would the others say? They would be saying stuff like he was helping or making an exception because of his granddaughter, etc. She still stuck with the conclusion that he was trying to push her away. He said he didn’t want to leave her but considering the situation, they should separate for a while. He told her not to be like that anymore. She didn’t want to. He said perhaps it wouldn’t happen. It was just a precaution. She said since she declared that they were tied together, she had already made up her mind not to leave his side. She stated that even if they couldn’t drag her grandfather in, but Yong Mei could help her. He said no one could help the situation at this point. She said it didn’t matter, she would find a way. They were tied together, so she didn’t care what happened, she would be there for him no matter what. He finally agreed.

Xiao He finally presented his findings to the others. He managed to capture the face of the hooded man in one of the camera clips. It was indeed showing Zi Hong. (Possibly when he was on his way to deliver the card.) After Xiao He was finished, Dong Han was wondering if it was just a coincidence. Ah Gang said that once could be called coincidence, but twice? Dong Han said if he knew how to destroy the cameras after committing the crime, why didn’t he destroy it before. Xiao He, hesitated for a bit, before saying that Dong Han should ask Zi Hong and not him. (Yes, getting offended again, lol.) Chen Jie then asked Zi Yan for her input. Zi Yan had phased out so Chen Jie had to call her again before she responded. She said that considering how Zi Hong was injured when he tried to defend Miao Miao previously, it was hard to believe he was capable of committing such crimes. Chen Jie said that Zi Hong had gone through major military training in the past so it was possible. He said he was going to tell their boss to try and get a warrant. He told Zi Yan and Dong Han to stay behind while he and Ah Gang went. Xiao He was told to track down Zi Hong. After they left, Zi Yan was seen staring at Dong Han while Dong Han was panicking inside. So Chen Jie and Ah Gang were on their way with some other police officers. He issued some directions before asking Xiao He if Zi Hong was still at his house. Xiao He confirmed and said that Mr. Shen was also there. Zi Yan and Dong Han still looked quite troubled.

The moment of confrontation finally came. It was yet another hectic encounter. Chen Jie whipped out the warrant and asked Zi Hong to come out and cooperate with them. Mr. Shen said Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie asked that Mr. Shen wouldn’t put him in a difficult spot. Mr. Shen repeated that Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie put away his warrant and attempted to barge in. Mr. Shen said it was his house and they had no right. Ah Gang requested that Mr. Shen step aside since they had a warrant. After much struggle, Ah Gang said he was going to count to three before Mr. Shen would be arrested too, but he only got to two, because Mr. Shen finished the count for him. Before they could do anything though, Zi Hong finally stepped out.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 7

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

The episode entered with Miao Miao preparing her breakfast and heading out the door. She thanked her bodyguards before getting in the car and heading to an unknown location. However, she was still griping over the stolen kiss, and how she didn’t stop Zi Hong previously. And she was also back to thinking about Zhang Guo Tang and the other matter, especially how she’d been targeted. She stopped herself from thinking any further about Zi Hong’s matters and forced herself to focus on driving. Before long, it was revealed that she was investigating Project Jing Hai. It was unfruitful, considering how that file was locked. Meanwhile, Zi Hong was looking for Jia Yuan at work, wondering why she wasn’t there. According to another coworker, Jia Yuan had asked for a long break.

Back at the secret headquarter, the team was discussing the recent murder. Chen Jie, of course, was the one presenting the case. After Chen Jie’s presenting of evidence and reports from the lab, Chief Zheng was pondering if it was Zhang Guo Tang getting rid of his own people. Zi Yan jumped in to say that it could possibly be Jiang Jian Ming. Ah Gang agreed with Zi Yan. He said that considering how Jiang Jian Ming had a lot of friends, whether the law-abiding type or the ones within the gangs. Then there was the whole thing with Zhang Guo Tang attacking Jiang Jian Ming time after time with different tactics, so it would make sense that Jiang Jian Ming wanted to take action. Xiao He finally got his chance to talk, saying that he had already found the song in the card, it was indeed the song “The New World” (新世界). What he found strange was how cards were usually having birthday or Christmas songs, but this type of card, it was the first time he saw it. They were saying how the card could either be left there by accident or on purpose. While Chen Jie was inputting his thoughts, he immediately turned to Dong Han. Indeed, a flashback revealed the reason for Dong Han being disturbed. The others finally turned to look at Dong Han as well. Chief Zheng was asking Dong Han for his views. He didn’t have anything to say about it. Chen Jie was still glaring him down. Yet Dong Han didn’t care to pay attention. he was very troubled by now. Chief Zheng said regardless of the reason or its details, they still had to turn it over to the local station. Their main goal was Zhang Guo Tang so they had to figure out his moves soon. Chen Jie and Ah Gang were in charge of seeking out Zhang Guo Tang while Dong Han and Zi Yan were responsible for Yong Mei’s safety. They had to increase their vigilance even more from now on. After saying that, Chief Zheng dismissed them, considering how he had to seek out Jiang Jian Ming.

And just like that, Chen Jie and Dong Han were once again in another face-off. Chief Zheng barely left and Dong Han was just making a move yet Chen Jie stop him to interrogate. Zi Yan, Ah Gang, and Xiao He were really feeling the hectic atmosphere of the room once again. Chen Jie asked Dong Han to whom the phone number actually belonged. Dong Han was wondering what Chen Jie was up to again. Chen Jie said that the records didn’t show that Dong Han had called home. Dong Han turned to ask Xiao He if he had a look. Xiao He, fearing Dong Han’s wrath, told Dong Han that he was just following Chen Jie’s order. Chen Jie told Dong Han not to lead them around in circles anymore. He said that the number was registered by a false name, so Dong Han should just tell him. He continued on by asking if that false name was Zhang Guo Tang. Dong Han smirked, asking if Chen Jie really wanted to go there. He told Chen Jie if Chen Jie really wanted to know, then go investigate on his own. Chen Jie said it would be much simpler if Dong Han would just cooperate and say it out. Dong Han had on his taunting look by now, saying that Chen Jie didn’t make things easier before with suspecting him and not trusting fellow cops. He told Chen Jie that life wasn’t just simple yes or no. He went on to lay out the choices for Chen Jie to choose, whether he, Liu Dong Han, was the mole. He repeated his previous suggestion, telling Chen Jie to go investigate on his own if Chen Jie really wanted to know the truth. Chen Jie said if Dong Han wanted to do that, then he was willing. Dong Han taunted Chen Jie again, he told Chen Jie to go ahead. Zi Yan finally got up from her desk and interfered, telling the guys to knock it off. She also told Chen Jie that she wanted to withdraw her previous suspicion regarding the mole. Chen Jie asked if she was playing him. She said if he didn’t want to before turning to Dong Han, asking him to whom that phone number belonged. Dong Han turned her down as well, saying that he couldn’t do that. She said if he couldn’t do it, then great, she would use her way to solve it. She asked Chen Jie the number once again, and Chen Jie actually obliged. What Zi Yan did next, shocked Chen Jie so much that he thought she was crazy. What did she do? She dialed the number. (LOL!) She said it would be faster that way rather than keep guessing, and they would finally get an answer. Chen Jie asked her what if it was Zhang Guo Tang. She said they would still know before shutting Chen Jie up. A woman answered the phone and Zi Yan pretended to be someone taking surveys from citizens. The woman on the phone told Zi Yan she was busy so she couldn’t help. Zi Yan apologized and hung up before turning to ask who that person was. Dong Han played it smack by saying maybe it was Zhang Guo Tang’s woman, lol. He gave Chen Jie an encouraging clap on the shoulder before saying that Chen Jie should quickly investigate since everyone was depending on his answer. He added that he wasn’t going to flee, he was waiting for Chen Jie to come and get him. Then he left. After that, Zi Yan turned to Chen Jie, asking if that was enough already. She went on to say if Chen Jie didn’t think that was enough, she could go and ask if that person was Dong Han’s mother or sister or someone else in his family. She could exhaust all the questions for Chen Jie, if he wanted. She said that it was more than enough already before leaving as well. Chen Jie was more than pissed off because of how the situation turned out. He turned to ask Ah Gang and Xiao He if they thought he was wrong as well. Ah Gang did the ‘X’ symbol with his hands, stating that Chen Jie shouldn’t ask him before leaving the room. Xiao He, being the only one left, totally felt the pressure of answering. He said he didn’t know who was right or wrong yet he didn’t like how things turned out at all. He was forced to leave as well, knowing that the intensity of the atmosphere was too thick, even if the others were already gone.

Zi Yan found Dong Han at their ‘isolated’ meeting place. She settled down next to him before asking if the woman on the phone was his mother. He didn’t answer at first, still pulling the long face. She asked if he was hiding that from her as well. He soon responded and told her yes, it was his mother. He went on further by disclosing her health condition and how she was still working. He also said that what his mother feared the most was receiving a call regarding him. Zi Yan said that her father was the same when he heard that she was going to become a cop. Yes, both parents feared that they would receive the call telling them that their children had died on duty. Zi Yan tried to make light of the situation by mimicking the call, and they laughed about it. Yet Dong Han soon turned serious and told her about his childhood, and how he’d always seen his mother making Christmas lights. Although she made Christmas lights, they had never had a Christmas tree at their place. However, his mother did take him to see public Christmas trees, where the lights were already placed on there nicely, sparkling. Upon seeing the lights shining brightly on the trees, she was very satisfied and very proud of her work. Zi Yan said that her father was the same, but with his culinary skills. Zi Yan ended up taking over the cooking tasks, but her father seemed very proud. Yet she said she could no longer see him smile, because he had already left. A brief silence between them before Dong Han asked her had she ever thought if one day she died, what would happen? She said she would live to be one hundred, and he will as well. Then later when they were on one of their missions to protect Yong Mei, Zi Yan texted Dong Han while they were in the car, saying that they would definitely live on to be one hundred. He texted her back and told her not to text during their mission. YET texted her again about a minute later telling her that they didn’t need to live to be one hundred, he could still like her. And that had made her smile. Still later, he was seen staring at Zi Yan and smiling when he saw her smile while watching Miao Miao and Jia Yuan bicker. (Or was he?)

Zi Hong came home to see Miao Miao waiting for him after a trip to see Chairman Jiang, wanting to lend some money. She told him she tried to investigate Project Jing Hai yet it was like he said, it was locked. She also said that the lady there promised to help her think of a way. He asked her if she still wanted to investigate. She said she still wanted to, because she wanted to know the truth and also because she trusted her grandfather. She then confronted him about that one time, asking him the real reason why he didn’t shake her grandfather’s hand – whether it was because he couldn’t due to his injury or because he didn’t want to. He didn’t answer. She then asked him about how long he’d scorched through, investigating her grandfather. He said since high school. She said that it meant he’d knew where they resided at yet didn’t meet up with her. He said that he didn’t like it that he was being interrogated, and she said she didn’t like it either. Soon, he said that he didn’t know if he had a future or anything to think about love or involve anyone. She wanted him to admit that he liked her, so he did. She then broke down, saying that she was so scared of what happened–and that her grandfather had said if the injury wasn’t on his hand, it would’ve been at his heart. She didn’t know why she didn’t apologize and thank him yet just kept yelling at him. Then when he took her to see his mother, she wanted to say thank you yet she wasn’t able to. She asked him if he was all right with her being so temperamental. He said he didn’t mind since he was even worst, so he wasn’t scared. Then they went to the forest again to check out the trees. She asked him if he could guess who had placed the wooden tags on the trees. He said it had to be Xi Shuai – and she agreed because Xi Shuai’s father was a woodcarver. She said she didn’t know where Xi Shuai was, but was wondering why he’d placed those wooden tags on there. Zi Hong said that Xi Shuai must have seen the news articles that she did, and had returned already hence doing so. Xi Shuai wanted them to know that he’d returned and still remembered them. Miao Miao said it was her grandfather that had sparked her inspiration with doing those memorial articles. She told Zi Hong not to be suspicious of him anymore. Zi Hong stayed quiet again, but Miao Miao said she would find a way to make him believe in her grandfather, just like how she believed him. She then said that she would help him investigate the truth regarding the incident of 20 years ago, but asked him to promise her not to go seek out Zhang Guo Tang on his own. He didn’t trust cops. She asked him why, but he didn’t answer exactly, just saying that he didn’t want to argue with her. She sighed out in exasperation before asking if it had to do with her grandfather. He said perhaps there was and perhaps not. She didn’t know why he kept picking on her grandfather. He said her grandfather was the first one to sign hence allowing others to follow so it was suspicious. After all that was said and done, he found it hard to trust anyone, especially the cops. She said that it seemed like he didn’t trust her either. He said he believed her, that he truly believed her. Yet she said it seemed like he was still keeping her in the dark regarding different matters. In the end, he told her that he was very happy to hear her call his mother “Mom”, and said that it seemed like the past Miao Miao had returned. He told her that if he wanted to go see his mother from now on, to go ahead, but wait for a certain day. She asked him what he meant. It seemed like he was driving her away again. He aggravated her on purpose by telling her if she wanted to leave, just leave. She questioned whether he really liked her or just the past her because of their childhood memories. He said maybe so, and received a slap from her after he mocked the kiss of that one time. She said she wasn’t leaving either, saying she wanted to wait and see if he would leave (aka giving up on the idea of going against Zhang Guo Tang on his own). He left after saying that they didn’t need to say goodbye.

Chief Zheng finally confronted Jiang Jian Ming. He went straight out asking if it had anything to do with Jiang Jian Ming. Chairman Jiang laughed and said that if Chief Zheng thought he was the killing type. No, Chief Zheng meant there were many people he knew. Chairman Jiang laughed again, a little louder this time, asking if Chief Zheng meant that he had paid some hired gun to do the deed. Chief Zheng said he only wanted to ask as part of the routine. Chairman Jiang asked if Chief Zheng didn’t believe him. Chief Zheng said that since it was a complicated matter, it couldn’t be disposed of just because someone said so. Chairman Jiang was definitely insulted. He said his answer was obvious, telling Shen You Fu to escort Chief Zheng out. Chief Zheng attempted to get through him but failed. He finally said even if he believed Chairman Jiang, Zhang Guo Tang might not. Chairman Jiang asked him what he meant. Chief Zheng quickly explained that if Zhang Guo Tang suspected him, he had to be very careful from now on. Then Chief Zheng told Shen You Fu that he didn’t need anyone showing him the way out, he knew. So he left.

Then came Zi Hong’s confrontation with Jia Yuan. He handed Jia Yuan an envelope, telling her to return to work tomorrow. It was the check, containing the money he lent from Jiang Jian Ming earlier. She asked where the money came from, and he said it wasn’t important, because it was hers now. She could use that money to end a certain thing. She asked him again where he lent it from, and he told her not to mind it. She asked him about how he was going to repay it with his current wage, and if she had to pay it back with him. He said she didn’t have to, only he would be paying the money back. She asked if he was pitying her, and he said no. She then asked if he was apologizing for what he’d said to her that night, and he also said no. She leaned into him and asked if he wanted to sleep with her. He told her not to joke around like that. She said what if she wanted to. He told her to knock it off, pay off her debts, and then return to work tomorrow before leaving. She stopped him, saying she hadn’t agreed. She said with her, she could repay the money in several months yet he had to use his whole life and couldn’t repay it. She wasn’t going to let him waste his youth like that. He told her to knock it off or he would get mad. She taunted by saying that he actually looked quite cute when he was mad before tearing the check-up. He went ballistic, yelling at her and asking her what she was doing. She hugged him, telling him not to be mad since she knew he was just worried for her. She had already accepted his concern yet she said it was enough, begging him not to force her anymore. He asked her if what she said to him that night was a message for him to help her, because the others were forcing her to continue taking ‘cases’. She said it wasn’t. She said she was just saying that. He said if he had known, and she said it wasn’t so. She finally let go of him and retrieved pieces of the check on the floor. He said that he would go get another one yet she told him not to. He said if she didn’t want to accept it, he could always go straight to the others and talk to them. She asked him if she was speaking a foreign language hence him not understanding, because she said that he wasn’t the only one knowing how to get mad, she was capable of it too. She wanted to rely on herself, regardless of the consequences. Yet she said the others had told her that if she was willing to go to Japan on a special assignment, they could cut her debt back quickly, and she could even earn enough for a new house for her and Xuan Xuan. Yet she had turned them down. So she told Zi Hong if he kept doing that, she might end up changing her mind. She ended the conversation by saying that she didn’t care about the check because money wasn’t what she wanted, but what she wanted he couldn’t give her. No one could save her at that point except herself.

Meanwhile elsewhere, Zhang Guo Tang was sending off his good brother by burning a set of tux and a promise to seek out the killers. He said he would make them pay one by one. So it wasn’t too out of it when he and his brothers were out casing the joint the next day. And indeed, he was ready to make a move regardless. He called his ‘cop’ friend to check on the situation, asking if that person was making a move or not.

So when Zi Yan caught Chen Jie on the phone with someone, it wasn’t too out of character to ask him about it. He said he didn’t need to report to her. She said that was true since he was the team leader, not Liu Dong Han. Yet she also said that it seemed like it wasn’t the same phone he often used. He said the superiors had given that phone to him so it was easier to report back and for safety measures. He asked if Zi Yan still had other suspicions. She said she didn’t. Then she handed him new paperwork, saying that Yong Mei wanted to go out later. He looked at the paper and said he thought that Mrs. Luo forbade all activities at the moment. Zi Yan said that Yong Mei insisted so Mrs. Luo couldn’t do anything about it. Chen Jie told her to go, but be extra careful, especially keeping an eye out for Dong Han. Zi Yan asked if Dong Han was also going. Chen Jie said if it wasn’t for Yong Mei and Zi Yan’s persistence in speaking up for Dong Han, he already got kicked out. So Chen Jie said whatever happens later, Zi Yan would be responsible for it.

Jia Yuan arrived at the newspaper place the next day in time to overhear Miao Miao’s conversation with Yong Mei. Jia Yuan tried to focus on her task at the computer, narrowing down the problem to the loose cable before firing the computer up once again. Miao Miao was confiding in Yong Mei with how perhaps Zi Hong never cared for her, but only their childhood memories. It got Yong Mei worried. Yet Miao Miao soon moved on to tease Yong Mei with liking Dong Han. Yong Mei ended up being conned by Miao Miao with admitting that she indeed liked Dong Han. Miao Miao asked her if Dong Han knew. Yong Mei said not yet but he will know today. So after some more random teasing and a set of concerned advice from Miao Miao, the two hung up. It wasn’t until then that Miao Miao realized that she hadn’t lost the article from the previous day and how Jia Yuan was there. Jia Yuan said that she stopped by immediately to save the day. The two joked awhile more before settling down again.

At the charity event, Dong Han and Zi Yan accompanied Yong Mei and kept caution at all times. It seemed to go quite well until Chen Jie showed up and said that he wasn’t going to leave her alone to fend, considering how they were a team. Zi Yan said that Dong Han was also part of their team. Chen Jie didn’t seem to think so. He was back with keeping an eye on Dong Han.

Yet Yong Mei had other plans. She took Dong Han upstairs to a more quiet location to talk. She asked him if he thought it was senseless. She admitted that it was senseless too yet she still wanted to come. He asked her why. He quickly retaliated and said it was all right that she didn’t want to say it. It was better off that they returned home anyway. Yet she smiled and turned to face him. She said that it was because of him. He asked her what she meant. She pulled his earpiece out and said she didn’t want anyone to disturb them. And then just like that Zi Yan was searching for them both and asking where Dong Han was. Even Chen Jie and Ah Gang were on the search for them. (Nice, it gave Chen Jie a chance to nab at Dong Han.) Now it was Chen Jie’s turn to call out for Dong Han, telling him to answer. Then they separated again to go in different directions and continue the search. And then it was back to the conversation with Dong Han and Yong Mei again. Or more like it was Yong Mei still talking and Dong Han looked like he was weighing his options. Anyway, Yong Mei was saying how she’d fallen in love in the past, but ended up getting hurt because that person didn’t love her, only her background. She continued by saying that she’d promised herself that if she were to fall in love again, she would choose for herself. She then checked in with Dong Han, and asked if he understood. He said he hoped he had misunderstood. She said he didn’t, because the person she was referring to was him. She said that she hoped he didn’t mind her straightforward personality, and he said he didn’t mind. She interrupted by saying it was all right that he didn’t like her since they could start all over again at zero. He asked her if it was because he’d saved her. She said it wasn’t. He finished his sentence by saying that was just his duty. She said what she saw was his bravery. Then when he comforted her that one time regarding the newspaper, she saw his gentleness. He said he wasn’t that good of a person like she made him out to be. She said that time will tell. He finally had to cut her off by saying that it was against his duties. She said she could wait until after his mission was finished. He said that he would leave immediately afterward. She said it couldn’t be too far. She said that she won’t force him into giving her a chance yet she would work harder to convince him. He still didn’t say anything, so she thought it was good enough, considering how he didn’t outright say no. And that was also when Zi Yan arrived at the scene, seeing them so close. Well, they were standing close, not being intimate or anything. Yong Mei, hearing Zi Yan’s footsteps, turned around and apologized for going off like that. She said that she just needed some fresh air. That was also when Dong Han turned around, looking guiltily at Zi Yan. Zi Yan’s only reaction was pointing toward her own earpiece, indicating that Dong Han wasn’t wearing his. Dong Han wasn’t the one adjusting his earpiece back in but it was Yong Mei doing the deed, which caused another reaction from Zi Yan. That reaction was shocked beyond words, because Dong Han didn’t bother stopping Yong Mei or stepping away from her. Yong Mei apologized after that, saying it was her fault so Zi Yan shouldn’t chide him. He walked over to Zi Yan after Yong Mei left, still displaying the guilty look. She didn’t say anything to him, but just turned and left.

Chen Jie was so giving Dong Han an earful, saying how even if Yong Mei didn’t understand or know, Dong Han should know better. Before long, Dong Han told Chen Jie to shut up. (LOL!) Chen Jie asked Dong Han to repeat it. Dong Han told him that someone was carrying a gun. Dong Han went on by saying that they shouldn’t injure the innocents so it was better to lure the other person outside. Chen Jie asked how. Dong Han said that Chen Jie, Ah Gang, and Zi Yan should escort Yong Mei out so the other person would follow. Dong Han said that he would fallback. Chen Jie wanted to stick with Dong Han. Dong Han said what if there were others outside. Chen Jie retorted by saying how would he know if Dong Han wouldn’t shoot him in the back. Dong Han told him to take a gamble. Chen Jie finally made a move while blurting out commands to the others. Zi Yan immediately grabbed Yong Mei and hurried out of there–with the suspect following after. Dong Han used that opportunity to follow him.

While they were making their way out of there, Yong Mei asked about Dong Han. Zi Yan said that Dong Han was following them from behind. Chen Jie turned around and told the other person to stop while Ah Gang and Zi Yan pulled out their guns as well. Zi Yan had used herself to shield in front of Yong Mei at the same time. Chen Jie then yelled out for Ah Gang to restrain the other person. Yet what shocked them all was Chen Jie telling Dong Han to stop and toss his gun on the ground. Dong Han yelled out what Chen Jie was trying to pull while Ah Gang paused in his tracks. Zi Yan even yelled out for Chen Jie, wondering what he was up to. Chen Jie told her to shut up and repeated his order by telling Dong Han to toss his gun. Yong Mei then spoke up to ask Chen Jie about his intention. Chen Jie said he would explain when they returned. He repeated his command once again. Dong Han said if Chen Jie wanted to, just shoot him to get it over with. Chen Jie told Dong Han not to taunt him. Ah Gang told Chen Jie not to be like that at the moment. He still didn’t listen. Ah Gang had no choice but to proceed with his task, telling the suspect to kneel down before kicking his weapon away. Dong Han knew it wasn’t that simple. Ah Gang got overpowered while searching for other weapons. It was also then that Dong Han reacted, striking at the suspect to save Ah Gang. Yet Chen Jie still yelled at Dong Han, telling him not to move. Dong Han told Chen Jie not to shoot, saying that he wanted the suspect alive. So they engaged in a fight. It was too obvious the suspect wasn’t a match for Dong Han. Yet he retreated and pulled out a knife. Dong Han removed his own tie and used that as a weapon. It was effective at first yet the knife had cut Dong Han’s tie in several more moves. Dong Han didn’t give up, finally restraining the suspect. Ah Gang soon rushed forward to take over for Dong Han, telling Dong Han it was all right to let go. Dong Han loosened up at last after Ah Gang attempted to undo Dong Han’s grip from the suspect. While he was handcuffing the suspect, Chen Jie yelled out that it was more important to get Yong Mei home. He yelled at Ah Gang when Ah Gang didn’t respond. Ah Gang yelled back, saying that it was enough already, and that Dong Han could go, considering how they were all on the same team. Chen Jie returned his glare to Dong Han yet Dong walked away to continue his duty while Ah Gang yelled at Chen Jie to help him. Zi Yan finally put away her gun while Yong Mei walked out from behind her to ask about Dong Han’s well being. Dong Han said he was fine and told Zi Yan to get Yong Mei home. While Yong Mei settled into the car, she finally discovered something, yelling out Dong Han’s name. That was when Zi Yan turned around and saw what they had all missed before. Dong Han was injured. Zi Yan rushed over to him and grab onto his sides, telling him to sit down. Dong Han said they could wait until they were done with the mission, but she told him to sit down first. Yet he pushed her away and proceeded to open the car door again. But that was also when he crashed. Both Zi Yan and Yong Mei rushed over to tend to him.

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The New World: Episode 1

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

The story started out with Miao Miao (Rabbit Yang) recapping about a past she shared with her childhood friends. When they were kids, their parents took them to this one place to grow some trees. It was supposed to prolong their friendship and relationships among other positive things. However, the next day, they all moved out of the area. Miao Miao disclosed that it wasn’t until the later years that she learned of the place’s real name. It had turned into a business area, but she had pondered if the trees they grew were still there. And more importantly, if the others still remembered her. As she was wondering about their whereabouts, the scene soon shifted and introduced two more main characters, Li Jia Yuan (Jean Lee) and Shen Zi Hong (Zheng Ting Hu). Jia Yuan was the one who attached the article that Miao Miao wrote to the wall for showcasing. As Zi Hong entered, Jia Yuan called him over and told him about the touching messages that Miao Miao wrote to her childhood friends. He seemed to recognize the picture. Or seemed to show traces of interest.

As Miao Miao finally managed to locate the old forest that they once planted those special trees at through the head of the town’s help, she was amazed by how it was still there. However, the head of the town told her about the accident that happened 20 years ago, which was after she left. He also told her how strange it was that the three families who didn’t want to move out (in regard to the whole land redevelopment project) were the ones who were in the accident. It seemed like too much of a coincidence.

Meanwhile, Zi Hong was seen talking to his mom and entertaining her by the seaside. According to flashbacks, he was one of the people involved in that accident 20 years ago. That accident had caused his mom to be paralyzed. He had been taking care of her all these years after. Then at the forest, Miao Miao discovered 4 wooden blocks with the carving of different symbols, which stood for her and her three childhood friends. She was so happy because they still remembered her. And according to the head of the town, those small wooden blocks weren’t there before. So someone had recently returned and placed them there? Yet which one was it? Or did the other three all returned?

Elsewhere, Police Chief Zheng Hui Min (Zhu De Gang) was seen escorting Head Commissioner Luo Yun Xiong (Lin Hong Xiang) and his family to this one event. The police chief was very nervous and even handed the head commissioner a bulletproof vest. However, the head commissioner just laughed and handed it back before walking out with his wife (Wang Yu Yan) and daughter (Angela Lee). The crowd cheered him on. Yet the police chief was seen rattling commands into his walkie-talkie to warn his officers to heighten their vigilance. Nothing seemed to take place for that time, but there were several people lurking around suspiciously. So, who were they?

As fate would have it, Miao Miao finally met up with Zi Hong yet didn’t realize he was one of her childhood friends from ages back. They had a rough encounter and even ended up in an almost sworn-enemies state. As it were, Miao Miao was actually at the old town’s local orphanage looking for details as to where her three childhood friends had gone. The head of the orphanage suggested that their names must have changed since the adoption. She agreed, considering how it was normal for new parents to change the kids’ names. After the unfruitful searching, the two took a walk outside – to which Miao Miao found out that Zi Hong was actually a teacher at the orphanage, teaching the kids there. She was doubtful about that. When Zi Hong finally spotted her standing outside and looking through the window at them, he teased her by asking the kids some questions that had related back to Miao Miao’s musical taste.

What was even more interesting was seeing how the daughter of the head commissioner, Luo Yong Mei, knew Miao Miao. They were not only good friends but also were coworkers. Yong Mei was actually the chief editor at the newspaper place that Miao Miao worked at.

So after some random chat with Miao Miao, Yong Mei left the facility and encountered some shady party. Luckily, she was rescued by a cop (Pan Bo Xi). He was actually one of the officers under Police Chief Zheng and was seen circulating the scene with the other officers during that one ceremony earlier. Not talking much, but really showed his capabilities of protecting the precious daughter of the head commissioner. After having fought off the kidnapper, he offered to drive Yong Mei home.

The head commissioner finally realized the seriousness of the situation upon learning that his daughter almost got kidnapped. However, that didn’t prevent him from chiding the chief police from not telling him about Zhang Guo Tang (Chen Wen Shan) and his father in law’s past grudges. Apparently, Zhang Guo Tang was targeting Jiang Jian Ming but had opted for his henchmen to kidnap Yong Mei to cause some ruptures among the family. Anyway, Luo Yun Xiong wasn’t really the head commissioner yet, but in several more days. But still, regarding things having to do with Zhang Guo Tang, it was better for them to be safe than sorry.

Since Luo Yun Xiong finally agreed, he led one of the officers under the police chief, Lin Zi Yan (Cai Huang Ru) to his daughter’s room so the officer could talk to his daughter. However, his wife, Jiang Ming Yue interfered. She disagreed with how Zi Yan was trying to talk to her daughter, wanting her daughter to rest, not to be disturbed. However, Zi Yan said that it wasn’t good for Yong Mei to hide and try to ignore the situation. She gave the usual psychological talk and insisted that they understood the situation and let Yong Mei acknowledge what was going on so she could go past it, not hide and possibly cause her a psychological breakdown later on down the road. After listening to her analytical reasoning, Mrs. Luo finally agreed. So the talk between Zi Yan and Yong Mei commenced.

So the special team that the police chief talked about finally gathered. It was the special team that would be responsible for protecting the Luo family along with investigating the whereabouts of Zhang Guo Tang and his henchmen. The team consisted of Chen Jie (Jet Chao), Lin Zi Yan, Liu Dong Han (the cop who saved Yong Mei earlier), He Zhen Fei (Ah Ben), and Zhao Ji Gang (Qiu De Yang). Chen Jie was assigned the team leader, supervising the others. After assigning their responsibilities and briefing them a bit about the new team, they were driven to a special location for their headquarter.

While that was going on, Zi Hong was dealing with some people at his workplace. Those supposedly were spreading rumors about Jia Yuan, so Zi Hong had to warn them off. Yet one of those guys wasn’t so happy about his interference. But that was soon dissolved since his buddy pulled him away. A fight was prevented. But Jia Yuan was still worried about Zi Hong. She sought him out to talk to him, telling him it wasn’t the first time those rumors were spread about her. She then asked if Zi Hong believed those rumors. He responded, of course, he didn’t. She thanked him, a tear rolled down her eyes, before leaving the scene. The situation didn’t resolve itself, of course. Since those two thugs followed Jia Yuan home, even confronting her and talking down on her even more. She played along yet had turned down their request by quoting a price. But before long, Zi Hong appeared and wanted them to apologize to Jia Yuan. The result? One of the guys ended up with a trash can on his head.

Vouching to get to the bottom of it, uncovering the mystery of the accident from 20 years ago, Miao Miao’s next stop took her to Zi Hong’s house. Zi Hong was actually working in his room and also listening to the music box that his mother loved dearly. That had caught Miao Miao’s attention hence her calling out for him after ascending the stairs. However, their possible reunion was interrupted by Zi Hong’s father, Shen You Fu (Zhu Lu Hao). (He was probably the one who adopted Zi Hong after the accident.) He entered and confronted Miao Miao for trespassing, but soon calmed down after she apologized and introduced herself, explaining why she was there. He even invited her to the living room to talk. He answered some basic questions at first, but then hinted that his noodles were going to be ruined if she asked any more questions. She apologized once again for interrupting his meal time and left. Soon, Zi Hong was called to dinner.

Meanwhile at the special team’s headquarter, there were some disagreements between Zi Yan and Xiao He hence Xiao He seeking out Chen Jie to resolve the matter. It wasn’t really a disagreement as much as Xiao He claiming that Zi Yan didn’t respect him. When they entered the computer room, Zi Yan seemed to have taken over at the space. No wonder Xiao He was upset, considering that was his specialty after all. Yet it was soon resolved with how Chen Jie sided with Xiao He, claiming they should trust Xiao He’s expert theory so they all dissolved to carry out the mission. Zi Yan had pointed out that the area she suspected was different from Xiao He hence the whole ‘offended’ feeling from Xiao He previously.

Break time brought forth a confrontation between Dong Han and the other three guys. He had pointed out that they were being unfair to Zi Yan. However, all three denied. Dong Han pointed out that words had been passing around regarding the matter. It was just that they didn’t realize it themselves. Zi Yan wanted to enter the break room yet had stopped herself upon hearing Dong Han confronting them. She chose to break out on her own to investigate. That had also led to another confrontation over the phone between Chen Jie and Zi Yan. Zi Yan asked if Chen Jie was mad that she didn’t report to him, the team leader, lol. Then she said that she was just going to check things out a bit and would be back later. While Chen Jie was asking her what she was up to and how she shouldn’t act on her own, etc, Dong Han was seen nearby somewhat passive. Yet after Chen Jie got off the phone with Zi Yan and walked on, Dong Han was seen smiling. So he wasn’t so cold as his face often reflected.

Yet it seemed like Zi Yan was on the right track after all. Because she stumbled upon those thugs who had been involved in the kidnapping earlier. So, what would the others say later? The chase was on, will she catch them?

*All images were captured by DTLCT