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.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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The New World: Episode 10

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

Unlike what happened last time, Zi Hong told his father to stop it. He tried to calmly talk to the police officers this time, not just attacking and defending his father like previously. Or was it because he was doing suspicious activities so he was just trying to ease things a bit? Chen Jie had to flash out the warrant once again to show that they had legitimate reasons to come. But as Ah Gang was telling Mr. Shen to lower his stick, they were once again in some hectic bantering. Zi Hong finally yelled for both to stop. After some more staring and hesitation from both parties, Zi Hong raised his hands up and surrendered. Mr. Shen was in a frenzy again, telling Zi Hong that he didn’t do anything wrong so he shouldn’t follow the police officers. However, Zi Hong reasoned that because he was innocent, he would return home soon. Then he turned to others, asking if they were going to arrest him–or wait for him to regret (aka fighting back). So Chen Jie signaled the others to move in. After the arrest, they searched the house, especially Zi Hong’s room. Chen Jie reported back saying that Zi Hong didn’t resist arrest or anything. Zi Yan and Dong Han were still seen deep in thoughts–with Dong Han worrying tenfold more. Chen Jie said that it didn’t seem right. While they were sorting out the matter and how Xiao He was reporting back to their boss about the successful arrest, Dong Han left the room. Zi Yan had been eyeing him suspiciously so once he left, she followed, knowing something was definitely up. On the other hand, Mr. Shen called Miao Miao up after Zi Hong bid him goodbye and reassured him he was going to be all right. Miao Miao asked if Zi Hong had been hurt, which Mr. Shen reassured her that Zi Hong hadn’t. She said she was going to contact Yong Mei. However, when she got off the phone with Mr. Shen, he asked for her grandpa’s help. Then back on Zi Yan and Dong Han’s front, Zi Yan was rushing after Dong Han, asking him stuffs. Like how he was unusually concerned for Zi Hong. He said nothing but his pace was increasing even more.

Yet they finally met up at Yong Mei’s place with Chairman Jiang also present. Yes, Mr. Shen had also come. It was like how Miao Miao had promised Mr. Shen on the phone, meeting up with the pair of grandpa and granddaughter to discuss the matter and help Zi Hong’s case. Miao Miao launched into blaming herself for what happened. If it wasn’t for her, Zi Hong would have left already and wouldn’t be stuck here and get caught, etc. As Yong Mei comforted her, Mr. Shen spoke up to tell her not to say those words. He said he had to thank her for convincing Zi Hong to return home. Now it was up to Chairman Jiang to help. (Seriously? I feel like throwing up already. Not in my mouth, of course since I never get that phrase since it would be too gross to throw up in your mouth. These people. Always yelling at others yet can’t see anything wrong with using connections to push down on the cops to get what they wanted. Well, I got it they were worried for their families, friends, etc. But what made it sickening and ironic was how they always told the cops to investigate, etc but when it didn’t come out like how they wanted, they used different means to twist things toward their benefits.) Yong Mei tried to use her chiding to get her grandpa to budge. He reasoned that Yong Mei and her mother shouldn’t be involved yet he could. And it seemed too funny that Yong Mei didn’t like it that others were leaning on her and trying to get to her father by kissing up to her. YET when she wanted some stuff to go her way, she didn’t hesitate to use her father’s connections. So how could she be upset when others do that? Anyway, after some more exchanges, Chairman Jiang promised that he would sort it out, telling Mr. Shen and Miao Miao not to be worried.

Meanwhile, at the police station, Head Commissioner Luo had arrived and told Chief Zheng he wasn’t there to cause some pressures for them but was just checking in. So they proceeded to the interrogation room, stopping outside along with the others to watch and listen in while Chen Jie interrogated Zi Hong. Zi Hong said he was just passing by when asked why he was around the area during the time of the crime. What really got Zi Hong was when Chen Jie whipped out the fragments of the burned music cards that Zi Hong had destroyed previously. The search team had managed to retrieve those items. And then Head Councilman Luo went back to the Luo resident to report to the others. Miao Miao asked if she and Mr. Shen could see Zi Hong. Head Councilman Luo said that because of the seriousness of the situation, no one could see Zi Hong. Even Yang Yong Zhao knew it was too serious. Head Councilman Luo also said that he didn’t want to put Chief Zheng in a hard spot so he didn’t insist. It seemed hopeless with them. (Why are they acting all pitiful? The cops were just trying to do their jobs here.)

That night, Yong Mei texted Dong Han, asking for help. (Seriously?) She said that Miao Miao just left her place, and she was still worried for Miao Miao. She went on to say that Miao Miao was her only friend–and that helping Miao Miao was like helping her. She continued by saying if it was because she wasn’t anything to him hence him not wanting to help. Then she played the pitiful ploy by saying how it seemed so hopeless that he didn’t even say a word to her. She told him not to be like that. She said she wanted to know where he was and what he was thinking.

Then the scene zoomed to Jia Yuan. She was drying her hair and was barely paying attention to the news at first. Yet what caught her attention was the one regarding Zi Hong. She soon opened a drawer and retrieved the cards she’d received many times before. So the next day, she dropped her brother off and had asked him to go straight to a friend’s house that day. She wasn’t going to pick him up so he had every right to ask. She told him not to ask, and even chided him when he asked why she was dressing so pretty that day.

The predictable occurred. Jia Yuan went to the police station to give her statements. Chief Zheng and Yang Yong Zhao asked Miao Miao to come in and identify Jia Yuan and her relation to Zi Hong. Miao Miao asked what was up yet her grandpa told her to listen first. So inside the interrogation room, Chen Jie finally began. The basic questions came out first, of course. Then came the important ones, especially the one about Jia Yuan saying that she was with Zi Hong during those two times the crimes were committed. She confirmed that those two days she was with him. Chen Jie said how it was such coincidences. Jia Yuan said it wasn’t just those two days. She implied that they’d been carrying on a certain relationship. Chen Jie had to go back outside to verify Jia Yuan’s statement so she was told to wait. Zi Yan said that Jia Yuan got along quite well with her coworkers. When Chen Jie asked about Jia Yuan’s relation with Zi Hong, Dong Han said that they were good friends, not dating or anything like that. Chen Jie said that if they’d gone to the motel like how Jia Yuan had said, no one could really confirm – at least not their coworkers. Ah Gang soon entered and told the others that the person named Ah Hu that Jia Yuan mentioned earlier had confirmed that Zi Hong and Jia Yuan were indeed together those two times. Chief Zheng said if it was too easy, but Ah Gang said it didn’t seem like so. They managed to get the logbook from Ah Hu and checked. Ah Gang explained that J + K in the logs were shorthanded versions of Jia Yuan and Zi Hong, because the others wanted to keep a secret so they didn’t use their real names. Zi Yan said that Ah Gang was a cop, why would the others cooperate, considering how he said they were trying to keep it all a secret? Ah Gang said he told Ah Hu to tell him or he could ask Hua Jie. Chen Jie didn’t get it. Chief Zheng jumped in to explain that part because the others weren’t locals so they didn’t know who Hua Jie was and her nature of ‘business’. It took a while for the others to get it, considering how some of the others weren’t locals. Ah Gang finally said it out that J was for Jia Yuan’s name in the biz, known as Joy. Jia Yuan was a call girl under Hua Jie.

So back in the interrogation room. This time, Chief Zheng joined Chen Jie to question Jia Yuan. She asked if they had already confirmed the details. Chief Zheng said that he couldn’t believe it that Zi Hong wouldn’t say anything. Jia Yuan said that things like these, how could he? Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong was facing a possible death sentence so he had to say it to save himself. Yet Jia Yuan disagreed, and asked if Chief Zheng was accused of a crime like that, would he dare say it when his wife could possibly be standing on the other side to listen? Chen Jie told Jia Yuan to be careful with her words yet Chief Zheng stopped Chen Jie. Jia Yuan then retrieved a lip gloss from her bag before getting up to apply it using the mirror as a guide. Then she asked if Miao Miao was on the other side. She said it was all right that Miao Miao wanted to fire her for it because she was no longer suitable for that type of job anyway. Then she went back to her seat, saying that Miao Miao was Zi Hong’s real girlfriend. So of course, if Zi Hong knew Miao Miao was standing on the other side to watch, he wouldn’t admit that he had anything to do with a call girl – even if it would cause his life. Chief Zheng soon asked if Zi Hong had paid Jia Yuan. Jia Yuan said he did but she didn’t want his money. She said because she liked him yet he didn’t like her. She apologized to Miao Miao again. Chief Zheng changed tactics, he said he heard she had a brother and really cared for him, what would happen if the kid knew about what was going on? It indeed was effective with rousing Jia Yuan up. He said that he wouldn’t take actions (like releasing to the news about her or possibly letting her brother listen to the recorded segment of what they just said), but if Jia Yuan didn’t cooperate, he would go to such extremes. Jia Yuan said she wasn’t lying. Chief Zheng got up around then, telling Chen Jie to go find Jia Yuan’s brother. Jia Yuan got up also, pleading with Chief Zheng to not drag her brother in. Chief Zheng said who was he supposed to plead then. He launched into saying that each day everyone was pleading to him, citizens begged him to seek justice for them, his superiors wanted to ask for favors, etc. Everyone had their wants and needs. He said that she was selling her body and he was selling his soul, and that was the only difference between them. (Indeed, I love this part, even if poor Jia Yuan had to endure it because seriously, it zoomed to the others outside. Everyone was putting him in a hard spot yet never considered his feelings or duties.) Chief Zheng repeated his words with not wanting to give Jia Yuan a hard time initially, but she was putting him in a hard spot too. He gave Jia Yuan a ten-minutes deadline to think things over and tell the truth before he had to resort to extreme measures. Back outside, Chairman Jiang wanted to leave to talk to Chief Zheng. Yang Yong Zhao turned to ask Miao Miao if she was all right. She said she was fine and told them to leave first. They did. Miao Miao called Jia Yuan up and Jia Yuan apologized again yet Miao Miao said she and Zi Hong had to thank Jia Yuan, and that Jia Yuan didn’t need to explain. She told Jia Yuan to go up to the mirror, she tried to do the hand on the mirror thing and told Jia Yuan that she would take care of the Xuan Xuan matter, telling Jia Yuan to trust her.

And it seemed like what Chief Zheng said didn’t matter anyway and that he was wasting his breath. Since someone was still pressuring him to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng said that the girl (Jia Yuan) was obviously lying. Chairman Jiang said that there were indeed lies and truths yet there were also lying for the good. So he said it was easier to live with by closing one eye and opening one eye. (Really? I swear if I was Chief Zheng, I would’ve quit already and let them do what the hell ever. It’s not a 5-star hotel, why should he cater to their requests? Yet if he didn’t, his job would be at a threat.) Chief Zheng said it wasn’t some small cases but it was a matter of some lives being lost.

Miao Miao sought out Zi Yan and Dong Han for help. She said that Zi Hong indeed made those cards yet he meant to send a message to Zhang Guo Tang. Miao Miao went on to say how she’d gone with Zi Hong to seek out Zhang Guo Tang at times as well. After some more convincing, Zi Yan said that she would call and check up on that. While Zi Yan was on the phone with Xiao He, telling him to verify some stuff, Dong Han asked if Miao Miao and Zi Hong were really dating. Miao Miao asked him if she wasn’t supposed to. He actually laughed and said that he thought they should be together already. Miao Miao said she only wanted this matter to be over with and behind them. Dong Han reassured Miao Miao and said that Zi Hong would be fine since he was innocent. Miao Miao asked him how could he be so sure. He said he believed so, and told Miao Miao not to worry. Soon, Miao Miao received a call from Mr. Shen, saying he found a receipt for a shop on a certain day. It seemed hopeful. She told him to wait for her, and that she would come right away. After getting off the phone, she asked Dong Han to accompany her somewhere. And then back inside, Chairman Jiang told Chief Zheng to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng turned to Head Councilman Luo to ask if that was his order. Head Councilman Luo said he wasn’t going to give Chief Zheng any pressure. Chief Zheng had to ask once more if it wasn’t an order and that he could turn the request down. Having Head Councilman Luo’s words, Chief Zheng declared that he rejected the request, which had turned Chairman Jiang’s smile upside down. Then it was back outside again, Xiao He was saying it was so hard to track since it had been a while yet Zi Yan flattered Xiao He by saying that there were many obstacles in this world, but she didn’t believe it could stop Xiao He. And that had worked, both ways actually. Xiao He was happy to hear her compliment, but he had also managed to retrieve some valuable information. Back inside, Chairman Jiang was saying how Chief Zheng wasn’t giving him any face. Chief Zheng went on with saying how was it so simple that Chairman Jiang was saving Zi Hong because Zi Hong was Mr. Shen’s son or was it because Zi Hong was acting on Chairman Jiang’s orders. That not only riled up Chairman Jiang but also Head Councilman Luo. Chief Zheng said that Head Councilman Luo was his superior, but there were also others above them, which he had to answer. Head Councilman Luo asked if Chief Zheng was trying to pressure him. Chief Zheng said it wasn’t so. But he said because how Chairman Jiang was the head councilman’s father in law so they couldn’t investigate or ask all the necessary questions thus dragging it out already. He only needed answers to exhaust out all leads. Chief Zheng soon excused himself, saying that Jia Yuan was waiting for him. He didn’t care if the head councilman was calling him this time, or how upset the latter was. Then it was back to Zi Yan and Xiao He. Xiao He found out the clip where Zi Hong was during one of the crimes. It proved that he was too far away–and that he was wearing a different color hoodie. Zi Yan was so happy–and told Xiao He to send her a picture.

After Dong Han and Miao Miao went to a convenience store to find the video clip the day of the crime, the second one, they received a call from Xiao He. Dong Han and Zi Yan were also connected so they were on standby. But just before that though, Chief Zheng had returned to the interrogation room with Chen Jie and Ah Gang to ask Jia Yuan of her decision. She said she was telling truth so she didn’t need to say anything more. Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to go find her brother. So back to the other four on the phone, they shared the news of having found the clips already. Zi Yan said they should congratulate Xiao He first since he found some clips first. Miao Miao immediately thanked Xiao He. Yet Zi Yan said she was still suspicious of something. Dong Han asked her what. Zi Yan said that Zi Hong was very smart, so why didn’t he say it out with how he could be tracked. Dong Han turned to ask Miao Miao. She didn’t know either and said they should ask Zi Hong about it. Dong Han then said now it was a discussion about their internal stuff so Miao Miao thanked the others once more before hanging up. She was about to leave yet Dong Han called her back. She wasn’t leaving, not really. She was waiting for some news.

So their trip was unfruitful–because the mighty highnesses came in to sweep Xuan Xuan away, even throwing out the head commissioner’s name to give Chen Jie and Ah Gang some pressures. They had no choice but to call back to their boss. (Hey, I don’t agree that the police dragged the poor kid in either, BUT I hated that somehow those other snobs kept bringing in connections. No wonder Chen Jie hated those types of stuff.) Chen Jie told Chief Zheng that he suspected it was Miao Miao who had informed Mrs. Luo and Yong Mei hence the turnout. And after they were done with sweeping Xuan Xuan away, Yong Mei called Miao Miao up to report on her successful trip. So after the whole joking and whatnot, Miao Miao finally called Jia Yuan after hanging up with Yong Mei. Then it was the special team on the phone together. Chief Zheng said that even if it was so, Zi Hong could have changed his clothes and could have found a way to go to that one store to commit the crime and the time of death could vary, etc. There were still too many possibilities that couldn’t wipe out all of the suspicions. Dong Han said he understood but they could use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked what Dong Han meant. Dong Han explained that the news was already out, therefore, Zhang Guo Tang must have seen it already. Chief Zheng said, of course, there were only some exceptions that hadn’t been released to the public yet. Dong Han said if they released Zi Hong, what would happen. Chief Zheng said Zhang Guo Tang would hunt Zi Hong down. Dong Han said that was why they needed to use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked if Dong Han wanted to use Zi Hong as a bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Xiao He jumped in to say that it would be too dangerous for Zi Hong. Dong Han confirmed but said it was the only way. Zi Yan said they could send a team out to protect Zi Hong yet could at the same time trap Zhang Guo Tang. After much thinking, Chief Zheng said that the stake was too high yet, on the other hand, the game of tug had been too long with Zhang Guo Tang in the dark and them in the light. He finally said the magic word.

Chief Zheng returned to the interrogation room again to release Jia Yuan. She smiled this time, asking him why he wasn’t smiling anymore. He told her that she was really lucky, having a lot of people helping her. Yet he told her that those things weren’t everlasting, suggesting her to leave Hua Jie. She asked him why was he meddling into her business. He reminded her that he already said they were alike, except that she was selling her body while he sold his soul. They were both mocked/looked down by others yet he said he didn’t have a choice while she still had. She should leave Hua Jie while she could, especially if she didn’t want her brother to find out about it. It was the only way she could save the last of her self-pride. She asked him why he was telling her that. He told her that when he was little, he was luckier than her brother, having a mother who took care of him, and also a sister who had sacrificed a lot for him. After telling her once again to think it over, he buttoned up his jacket and bowed to her, apologizing for his actions. Then he told her that Zi Hong was fine now so she could leave as well. He apologized one last time before leaving himself. So Jia Yuan left but was stopped outside by the head commissioner. He told her that her brother was at his house.

Zi Hong was finally released. Zi Yan told him to check his possessions before signing. After that, he was told that Chief Zheng was waiting for him. Chief Zheng said that a lot of people wanted to help Zi Hong, but that wasn’t the reason why he’d released Zi Hong. He said they did find two pictures that had proved Zi Hong’s innocence yet that wasn’t the reason for Zi Hong’s release either. He wanted Zi Hong’s help in luring out Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Hong responded that he wasn’t interested. Chief Zheng asked what Zi Hong was interested in. Chief Zheng asked him what his interests were, listing some items before stating revenge. Chief Zheng continued by saying how they’d suspected there was a third party in this matter, which was Zi Hong. He asked if Zi Hong wanted revenge for what happened 20 years ago or because of what happened to his mother. He asked how Zi Hong wanted to do that, an eye for an eye, blood for blood, etc. Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong had used his capabilities at the wrong spot, so Zi Hong returned with saying how he thought Chief Zheng was smart so he didn’t have to use his intelligence at the wrong spot either. Zi Yan told Zi Hong to watch his attitude, but Chief Zheng raised his hand up to stop Zi Yan. Zi Hong asked what would happen if he said no. Zi Yan said Chief Zheng already said it, it wasn’t a threat but it was a request. Zi Hong said it didn’t sound any different. Zi Yan repeated her suspicion from earlier, saying how it was strange that Zi Hong didn’t tell them about tracking his whereabouts. She pondered if he wanted Zhang Guo Tang to think the same so he didn’t clarify and didn’t fight back when he was arrested. Zi Hong smirked and said that Zi Yan was thinking too much. Zi Yan said perhaps she was thinking too much yet their goals were the same as luring Zhang Guo Tang out, therefore, they should join forces. Zi Hong asked if he could leave yet since his dad was waiting for him, etc. Chief Zheng said that if Zi Hong walked out, he would be dead meat. He said that they let him walked out so they were already treating him as bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. After he left, Chief Zheng mumbled stuff about Zi Hong being smart and seeing through their tactic. He asked Yang Yong Zhao for advice. Yang Yong Zhao said that Zi Hong had wanted it to be that way. Yet he was worried for his granddaughter. Chief Zheng told him not to worry, and turned to Zi Yan, telling her to keep an eye on Zi Hong from now on. So when Zi Hong left the station, he saw Dong Han and Miao Miao waiting for him. Miao Miao ran up to hug him after the initial teasing and taunting from both sides. Dong Han, of course, looked happy to see both had reunited. Another reunion took place elsewhere at that time, but at the Luo resident. Quite touching in its own way, because Jia Yuan was indeed glad her brother hadn’t found out who she really was, at least what she’d been through. Will she think seriously of Chief Zheng’s words or would she continue down the same path?

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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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