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 let 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 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–like 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 3

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

Soon after the phone call with Miao Miao, Zi Hong went to tell Jia Yuan about the meeting that night. She made a fuss about it, mostly due to the fact that she wasn’t confident with getting the job. Yet he said it was a done deal already about the meeting so she couldn’t really do anything about it. Even if she tried, or how she had pointed out it was supposed to be up to her (aka why was he going out and about, deciding stuff for her).

An interesting development came forth when Ah Jie and his buddy clarified with Zi Hong about what was really going on. They said that they really liked Jia Yuan and was really upset after finding out about the situation. They wanted to apologize for their previous actions. Zi Hong asked them if they’d spread the rumors out yet. They said they didn’t. Zi Hong said they didn’t need to apologize, and what was more important was treating Jia Yuan better from now on. Zi Hong went on to ask the two for a favor, wanting them to look after Jia Yuan if he were to leave one day. They were curious about his departure but he shrugged them off and said he only wanted them to promise him to protect Jia Yuan, not meddling into his business. So they promised.

That night, Zi Hong and Jia Yuan had dinner together before going to meet up with Miao Miao at the newspaper place. Zi Hong and Jia Yuan had a heartfelt talk. Although Zi Hong was still sticking to his realistic nature, he tried to comfort Jia Yuan as much as he could. After dinner, they indeed went to meet up with Miao Miao and Miao Miao greeted Jia Yuan with much enthusiasm. She gave Jia Yuan a task to do as part of the interview process. Zi Hong and Miao Miao had a talk while Jia Yuan did the task. Miao Miao was still extracting from Zi Hong the information regarding her childhood friend. Yet Zi Hong wouldn’t let on any further, stating that Qing Ting had left already so there was no point in contacting him. What Zi Hong did disclose was Qing Ting’s cousins, which were Jia Yuan and Xuan Xuan, which made sense with how Xuan Xuan looked like Zi Hong when he was little. Yet Jia Yuan and Xuan Xuan did not know of his existence because of how their families had already lost contact. Any further information retrieving was unfruitful yet Miao Miao finally gained a creative assistant. It was a sealed deal that Jia Yuan would be working at the newspaper place. So after some brief chat, Miao Miao bid them goodbye before going back to brainstorming the case she’d been working on.

Meanwhile at the special headquarter, the team was discussing the latest. Xiao He was briefing them with what he’d found out. After Xiao He was done, Chen Jie asked for Zi Yan’s inputs. Zi Yan didn’t have any problem with Xiao He’s plan, even complimenting Xiao He on his progress. Xiao He actually looked a bit shy yet seemed to feel proud of himself again. He was no longer feeling threatened, lol. What was funny though was how Chen Jie was asking about Miao Miao after Chief Zheng told Zi Yan and Dong Han to be careful with protecting Yong Mei. Chief Zheng said he’d known Miao Miao since she was little and seen her grew up so if they found out she was connected to those things, he would chop his head off and give it to Chen Jie. Seriously? Back to the main problem though, Xiao He showed them the clip during the shooting. They discovered that it wasn’t targeting Jiang Jian Ming, but it was more like a warning. Chief Zheng wondered what Zhang Guo Tang’s main purpose was in this whole matter, considering how it wasn’t just some assassination. Dong Han said that there were just too many suspicions in this case. What message was Zhang Guo Tang sending? Chief Zheng said he’d asked Jiang Jian Ming before yet the man was seriously too busy. Ah Gang was asking if the chief asked him face-to-face. Chief Zheng vouched to get to the bottom of it by setting up another meeting. However, it was unfruitful, Jiang Jian Ming said he had to fly to Japan the next day, and tonight was out because he wanted to spend that time with his granddaughter. He even reminded Chief Zheng to go investigate Zhang Guo Tang’s motives. (Um, that was what they were trying to do here–if only someone would just cooperate. Yet that would probably go against his cause, right?)

Still later that night, Zi Hong was eating a late dinner with his father. They were discussing the events regarding Zhang Guo Tang once again. Mr. Shen once again confronted Zi Hong regarding what he wanted to do. Zi Hong reminded his old man again that he only wanted to investigate what really happened with the whole incident. Soon, Zi Hong was seen showing his father some weapons and other ways that his father could do to protect himself in the future. It seemed like Zi Hong was really wrapping things up before he was going to go against Zhang Guo Tang in the upcoming days. And indeed he was mapping out his route and furthering his investigation the next day.

Like promised, Dong Han and Zi Yan went to the Luo resident to protect Yong Mei. However, their first task was actually passing Mrs. Luo’s test. She was still fierce like always, exuding her power over the two, and wanting to give them a piece of her mind. (Or maybe A LOT.) Yong Mei actually spoke up to try and disarm her mother’s wrath on the two yet she shrugged it off. She was sure having her sweet time torturing the other two to give her the right answer. Dong Han’s impatience was obvious with his straightforward answer, not wanting to just answer for the sake of protocol. He didn’t want to slam down his fellow hardworking officers nor would he want to give her an answer that would please her. That got her even more upset because of his attitude. Zi Yan finally interfered and said that they would use themselves as human shields for her precious daughter and would use their lives to protect her precious daughter.

Outside, Yong Mei apologized to Zi Yan and Dong Han regarding her mother’s hostility. Yet Dong Han interrupted her, saying that she didn’t need to apologize because he understood her mother was just worried for her. So they left the resident. Actually, it was Dong Han who ended up going with Yong Mei this time. Yong Mei was heading toward the newspaper place to meet up with Miao Miao and Jia Yuan. On the way, Zi Yan called Dong Han to chide him for being so hostile with Mrs. Luo. It wasn’t because she didn’t agree with him, but she was just worried for him with his attitude like that, considering how Mrs. Luo was Mrs. Head Commissioner after all. Yet she told Dong Han that she was really touched by his words previously, even wanting to cry but she couldn’t. She also wanted to say those words to Mrs. Luo too but once again, because of her duties, she couldn’t. Yet what she didn’t want to do the most was to be Ah Gang’s partner so she begged him to never repeat that mistake again. She continued by saying how she knew he couldn’t respond at that point so she was really taking advantage of the opportunity to bully him a bit. After Zi Yan said goodbye, it was Yong Mei’s turn. She thanked him for saving her the last time. He seemed to have forgotten but responded with the typical answer that it was his job. She then said she didn’t know whether to thank him or scold him, considering how no one had ever spoken to her mother in such tones he’d used.

They soon arrived at the newspaper place and Dong Han did quick surveillance before leaving the girls to their work. Yet what Miao Miao ended up doing was teasing Yong Mei about the whole matter with Dong Han saving her as being “the hero saving the beauty”, causing Yong Mei to cover her mouth to shut her up so Dong Han and the others couldn’t overhear them. So Yong Mei and Jia Yuan finally met and it seemed like they got along quite well. And while that was going on, Xiao He was showing Chen Jie and Ah Gang in the secret headquarter with how he had tracked down Mr. Shen and his contacting one of Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen. So coincidence or what?

After Miao Miao and Jia Yuan left the newspaper place, Yong Mei attempted to earn some points with her bodyguards by offering them juices. Dong Han turned her down initially but she went to prepare some anyway. Out of courtesy, Dong Han accepted one and thanked her. It wasn’t before long that he placed the glass back down at the table without taking even a sip. She soon returned after distributing the rest of the drinks to the other bodyguards–and talked some more with him. Her attempts to joke didn’t disarm the icicle on his face at all. (Seriously? Give up already, chick!) It wasn’t before long that he clarified that he wasn’t going against her mother on purpose. She said she understood yet he said no, she didn’t understand. He soon explained it to her and wanted her mother to understand what they were going through as officers. She said she knew her mother would understand, stating that her mother was the one who told her to prepare the juices for them. (Nice?)

Later, Miao Miao and Jia Yuan finally arrived at Xuan Xuan’s classroom in time to witness the kids singing. At first, Miao Miao was really just there to greet the cute kids and wanted to set a trap for Zi Hong. However, she soon realized that the kids were singing a song called “Remembering Homeland” (念故鄉), which was adapted from a famous song called “The New World” (新世界). (Sounds familiar? YUP, it’s the title of the drama.) After the song, Miao Miao accompanied Jia Yuan and Xuan Xuan. She even inquired more about the song. Xuan Xuan disclosed that it was Zi Hong who taught them of the song and told them about the background. Through Jia Yuan’s subtle threats, Xuan Xuan remembered some more of what Zi Hong had told them. Miao Miao remembered back to the time when Qing Ting’s mother told them about the song and the exact words. She finally put two and two together, vouching to go after Zi Hong to confront him.

While Miao Miao was still deciphering the puzzled, Zi Hong was seen visiting his mother, telling her that “that person” had returned already, meaning Zhang Guo Tang. He continued by saying that he’d been waiting for that day for a long time already. It seemed like a last visit. Because he had told her that he might not be able to see her anymore. However, he had left a letter for Jia Yuan. Jia Yuan would know who he was and would know who she was, and would bring Xuan Xuan there to visit her. He said that his mother wouldn’t recognize him, but might be able to recognize Xuan Xuan, because that was the Qing Ting that she knew.

The discovery with Mr. Shen meeting up with one of Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen had resulted in this scene. The inevitable arrest. Or was it more like trying to get them to cooperate with providing information? Zi Hong couldn’t hide anymore. He had to protect his father and fend the officers off. Ah Gang received the first hit from Zi Hong, and then the other officers followed. Even when Mr. Shen interfered, it was no use. The damage was already done with Zi Hong fighting against the officers. The chaos was finally controlled after Zi Yan fired a shot to warn Zi Hong. It was then that they arrested both father and son. It was also then that Miao Miao jumped out and told them that they couldn’t do that and shouldn’t misunderstand the pair of father and son. She even used her connections to threaten Chen Jie. Yet that was what set Chen Jie off, stating that she shouldn’t put them into a difficult situation, considering how they were just doing their jobs.

So the interrogation began. Mr. Shen honestly provided the information with how he knew that one guy. They actually knew one another since little. When they grew up, Mr. Shen moved away. Yet he still kept in touch with the other party. Chen Jie and Zi Yan were the ones asking the questions. Yet Chen Jie was really aggressive, trying to pin the whole crime on Mr. Shen. Or more like he was using his fierce technique to make Mr. Shen sweat. It wasn’t working. Mr. Shen focused on Zi Hong, wanting the others to let Zi Hong go, considering how Zi Hong was just protecting him. Yet Chen Jie said that Zi Hong had assaulted some police officers so it was hard. Mr. Shen was willing to cooperate the best he could, but he wanted them to talk to Zi Hong first.

And indeed Miao Miao had used her connections to the max. She contacted her grandfather, who used to be a cop, and wanted him to get through Chief Zheng. Her reasoning made him tongue-tied hence he had to carry through with her request. So that led to this meeting with Chief Zheng. Miao Miao wasn’t so into threatening people anymore, considering how her grandpa was already setting up the meeting and Chief Zheng was right there. She didn’t want to waste any more time. She quickly showed him some proofs regarding Zi Hong’s real background and stated how both father and son were innocent. Miao Miao further said that the car accident of years ago might have been planned by Zhang Guo Tang so if Mr. Shen was part of the schemes, why would he adopt Zi Hong and raised him since then? She encouraged Chief Zheng to check Zi Hong’s background and would eventually understand why Zi Hong had assaulted the officers to protect Mr. Shen. So what would their next move be after they cleared up all the confusion?

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The New World: Episode 2

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

The answer is no, she Zi Yan didn’t catch them. One of the thugs called up a guy named Tom to pick them both up. Although Zi Yan did call Xiao He to track the location, it was all in vain. Tom had arrived in time to aid his conspirators hence causing Zi Yan no choice but to stop. What would the others say now?

Chief Zheng was seen walking with Zi Yan and Chen Jie to the resident of the thugs. It appeared that a team had been called in to work on sweeping the scene to find possible evidence as well as interviewing the landlady and other possible witnesses. A man by the name of Scott Chen had registered at the resident, but no other information was known of their identities. Those thugs were really careful and had already gotten rid of possible evidence. According to Dong Han’s report, those thugs seemed to know what they were doing and could possibly know of the police’s operations. There wasn’t much to go on so the others head back to their secret headquarter.

Back in the control room, Zi Yan showed them how she had managed to retrieve some information while Xiao He was sleeping thus wanting to gamble regarding her previous journey. Zhao Ji Gang was impressed by Zi Yan’s abilities and even praised her before leaving the room. Chen Jie followed by apologizing to her for not believing her previously. However, he reminded her that she shouldn’t run off like that again, referencing regulations and whatnot. She said she understood. By this time, Xiao He seemed to have lost his ground, considering how his talent was scorching on the computers to find the correct solution. His face said it all, he was seriously offended, because both Ah Gang and Chen Jie had taken Zi Yan’s side. Although Zi Yan did apologize earlier (regarding how she’d sneaked onto his computers to check some information), he was still looking quite grim. So after Zi Yan left as well, Chen Jie had to be the one trying to get Xiao He to talk again. Xiao He’s only request at that point was for Chen Jie to tell Zi Yan to never touch his computers without permission again – to which Chen Jie hit his shoulder and left the room with a smile as well. Dong Han was also smiling. It seemed like the team was coming together at last.

Then Zi Yan and Dong Han had a talk in the break room. She thanked him for standing up for her with the guys earlier. However, she stated that she didn’t really care how they viewed her. She also went on to tell him not to do that in the future since she was capable of standing up for herself. He said he wasn’t, he only wanted to remind them and himself of the reason why they were chosen. She turned to him with a sweet smile, stating that regardless of the reason, she still wanted to thank him. After that, she walked out of the room with her cup in hand. He smiled before continuing with his chip munching task. Was this their beginning?

Elsewhere, Miao Miao and Yong Mei were discussing the happenings of these past days and the background of Zhang Guo Tang and Yong Mei’s grandfather’s disputes. Miao Miao finally understood some of the things she encountered previously. Yong Mei also took that time to convince Miao Miao not to investigate into the matter anymore, considering how the police were already on the case. Yong Mei further reasoned that since her family wasn’t allowed to do much for their own safety, Miao Miao would also be in danger if she muddled into the situation. However, Miao Miao wasn’t able to let go. She admitted it was curiosity at first. Yet, later on, she realized that the incident of years ago didn’t seem like an accident at all. She wanted to find out what happened to her friends and if Zhang Guo Tang was really responsible for it or if there were any other parties involved. Unable to persuade her otherwise, Yong Mei made Miao Miao promise to be careful.

Meanwhile, Zi Hong was seen walking out of his house and watching his father as the old man tried to remove some dust from his suit. Flashbacks finally confirmed that Zi Hong was indeed adopted by Shen You Fu and his wife (Huang Zi Yue) after the accident. Zi Hong didn’t care to acknowledge the couple as his new parents nor did he care to take on his new name. Yet Mrs. Shen wasn’t giving up, stating he was a kid after all and that he needed more time to accept them. They still took him to see his mother at the hospital from time to time. Days went by, he indeed was used to being part of their family. Although he wasn’t calling them “Mom” and “Dad” yet. It wasn’t until one rainy day Mrs. Shen slipped and fell that had drastically changed his new life again. He ended up comforting his father after Mrs. Shen passed away, even finally calling him “Daddy”. That indeed awakened the old man from his trance. That had given the old man some hope to go on. And they’d been father and son since then.

One of the men whom the others were talking about, an important figure, supposedly Zhang Guo Tang’s target finally appeared. Yes, he was Yong Mei’s maternal grandfather, Jiang Jian Ming (Yang Lie). He appeared to honor an employee, which was Zi Hong. Zi Hong sure made his father proud. Apparently, Shen You Fu was Jiang Jian Ming’s special assistant. Chairman Jiang only had praises for his assistant. Miao Miao was also seen at that event, taking pictures. She finally realized that Zi Hong was Mr. Shen’s son and he seemed to be hiding something. Considering how the interview halted abruptly the other night.

The next day at work, the others congratulated Zi Hong on his award. Jia Yuan even voiced out that Zi Hong should treat them all to a meal. After all the excitement subsided though, Zi Hong and Jia Yuan finally had a serious talk again. Jia Yuan confronted Zi Hong about beating that one guy up previously, stating that dude had a lot of friends so Zi Hong shouldn’t mess with them. Then she moved on to talked about her father’s situation and the debts he had incurred. She said that what she was doing, it was her own choice–and that no one was forcing her. She also disclosed that her only wish now was for her little brother to enter college. He, of course, didn’t look down on her. He stated that she was an awesome sister.

Zi Hong had no idea another confrontation was waiting for him around the corner. He only wanted to have lunch in peace. Yet Miao Miao wanted to uncover the truth. She stated how his father had lie about knowing Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Hong warned Miao Miao not to incriminate his father. She said she wouldn’t–unless the other party was really guilty. She continued on with how she’d lost three best friends and how their families had been torn apart by that so-called accident. She would get to the bottom of the situation regardless.

Back at the special headquarter, the team was discussing the latest developments and the information they were able to retrieve so far. Their meeting was interrupted by Xiao He rushing in to inform them that he’d found the vehicle that the thugs had used to escape. (It was the same vehicle that Zi Yan had called in previously, telling Xiao He to help her with identifying the car.) However, the bad news was the signal was already lost. They must have destroyed the car’s GPS already. All wasn’t lost since Dong Han had launched into an analysis that got everyone’s attention. He had revealed more information regarding one of the thugs he ran into that one time when he rescued Yong Mei. He said that guy had uttered a few words in Cantonese. Still, Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen were still an unknown number. It was something they had to work at in deciphering and take caution.

That night at the Shen resident, Zi Hong told his father what Miao Miao had told him. Mr. Shen said he just didn’t want to talk about that incident anymore hence lying about not knowing Zhang Guo Tang. Mr. Shen then asked why Zi Hong didn’t tell Miao Miao that he was Qing Ting (蜻蜓 – dragonfly)? Zi Hong said that was ages ago, but Mr. Shen reminded Zi Hong how close Zi Hong was to the others. Mr. Shen went further by saying that Zi Hong still couldn’t let go of the incident that happened years ago, still trying to find the Zhang Guo Tang and the others to take revenge. He told Zi Hong to let all the hatred go or it would consume his life.

The next day, Miao Miao was tossed into a major obstacle when she spotted Zi Hong waiting for her in front of the newspaper place. Before this encounter, she had begged Yong Mei to talk to Chairman Jiang hence realizing that she’d gone in the wrong direction. Chairman Jiang had vouched for Mr. Shen and reassured Miao Miao and Yong Mei that there wasn’t anything wrong with Mr. Shen. So Miao Miao was dreading the minute that she had to apologize for being so fierce with Zi Hong during the previous confrontation. When she saw him at her workplace, she was more than reluctant to talk to him. Trying to turn on her charming smile to disarm his hostility, she didn’t care if it would work or not. She edged her way out of the situation. Actually, Zi Hong didn’t want to pick on her either. Their conversation soon steered toward seriousness after the initial awkwardness. She shared with him over tea of her childhood and her close friends. He listened intently and realized how much she’d enjoyed staying at his place when she was little, treating his mother like hers, considering how she didn’t have a mother and her father often worked late at that time. Her story spanned further into the future–after she left the old town and many years onward. He jumped in to say that he’d seen her collage and her articles about past memories. He soon asked her if the artistic/creative position was still available. He wanted to introduce someone to her for that position. He took her to a classroom where some kids were getting ready to sing. Miao Miao soon discovered that one of the kids looked exactly like Qing Ting, but it was impossible. Considering how Qing Ting would already be grown up by now. Soon, Miao Miao learned that the Qing Ting lookalike was Jia Yuan’s little brother, Li Xuan Fan, nicknamed Xuan Xuan. Zi Hong disclosed Jia Yuan’s goal of wanting to support her brother and hoping to earn enough to put away for his college education. Miao Miao didn’t know where that was leading but she listened on. It wasn’t long before Zi Hong asked her a favor, wanting her to give Jia Yuan a chance. Miao Miao said she had already agreed to help. Zi Hong soon clarified that she wasn’t helping since Jia Yuan didn’t want pity, but a chance to prove her capabilities. It seemed like Miao Miao was seeing Zi Hong in a different light, even if she jokingly taunted him while getting out of the car later on.

So while the other two were talking, Jia Yuan finally convinced her brother to head home after some side teasing. Jia Yuan checked the mail before heading upstairs to their resident. She found a strange envelope among the mails. Her brother asked her if it was from the same person. She studied the envelope and mumbled something about it was the same each month, only giving money yet didn’t leave any names or addresses. Her brother wondered if it was from their father. Yet Jia Yuan disagreed. She said it must be from Santa Claus, lol. That had sparked some laughter from the kid. And so they headed upstairs. That wasn’t the only mystery, because Miao Miao was seen pulling an all-nighter of her own, trying to figure out the connection between Qing Ting and Xuan Xuan–and why they looked alike.

The next day arrived with a mixture of good and bad news. The good news was that Chairman Jiang gained another powerful title. The bad news was, someone was out to get him. Fortunately for him, he survived. His assistant was the one who was shot. The result? Jiang Ming Yue (Mrs. Luo) launched into a scolding marathon, yelling at the entire special team for their incompetent. She stressed that she rather hire some outside bodyguards than seek their help any longer. Well, she was indeed her father’s daughter after all since after she was done (sort of), Chairman Jiang spoke up to remind Chief Zheng of his duties, which was to seek out Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Chief Zheng understood. He said that their other responsibility was to protect the Jiang/Luo families. Yet Mrs. Luo jumped in again, yelling out that she didn’t need them. However, her father soon interfered, telling her not to joke about it. Chief Zheng promised to be on high alert from now on and protect them all. The head commissioner spoke up at last, stating that they should trust Chief Zheng and his special team, not making it difficult for them. He then stepped toward Chief Zheng and said that their safety were in the team’s hands. Chairman Jiang told them that they shouldn’t act scared and should operate normally, not letting Zhang Guo Tang get the satisfaction of affecting their livelihood. (He was mostly advising his family at this point, not necessarily giving orders to the special team.) He soon left after that. Chief Zheng then reported to Mrs. Luo that from now on, Dong Han and Zi Yan were in charge of protecting Yong Mei. Mrs. Luo ignored him and left with her daughter. The head commissioner turned to Chief Zheng and apologized on his wife’s behalf, saying that his wife was just worried. Chief Zheng understood too well.

So after the head commissioner left as well, Chief Zheng told the others it was a major embarrassment to them regarding the latest incident. That meant they shouldn’t make that same mistake ever again. And while they were getting scolded, Xiao He and Ah Gang were outside at the parking lot, installing some gadgets into Chairman Jiang’s car. After they left, Mr. Shen called Zi Hong up, wanting to reassure Zi Hong that everything was fine. Yet Zi Hong was confused, considering how he was stuck in the factory the whole time, not even having a clue regarding the incident that just occurred. Yet what caught his attention was the news regarding Zhang Guo Tang. Zhang Guo Tang was indeed back. The day Zi Hong was waiting had finally arrived. What would his next move be? He called Miao Miao and requested a meeting that night. He would be bringing Jia Yuan over to meet her. He said that he would be busy the upcoming days so it was the only time. Miao Miao jokingly teased him yet agreed in the end. She was looking forward to it. Yet Zi Hong’s expression showed definite intensity, because of the situation he was now in.

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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?

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