Thanks to the C-dramas love for giving audiences so many promotional spoilers, the online portal QQ has just released 16-minute cuts of each of the first three episodes of Bu Bu Jing Qing. I confess to quite enjoying the extensive sneak peek and now I’m genuinely excited to catch the drama when it airs on April 22nd. Either Bu Bu Jing Qing is going to work or its going to crash and burn big time. There is no in between because there isn’t an audience for this story if it’s just a run-of-the-mill corporate inheritance and love quadrangle modern drama. Those are a dime a dozen in C-drama land, and frankly BBJQ also tosses in convoluted time travel and past lives hoodoo and I can’t imagine a new viewer who has never watched the period drama Bu Bu Jing Xin picking the sequel up for the heck of it. The bar was set so high with the love story between 4th Prince and Ruo Xi being so epic and devastating, it’ll be like killing my OTP twice if the sequel doesn’t deliver on their second chance at love with a higher possibility of a happy ending. Who isn’t scarred for life the way it ended in BBJX?
A tearful death would have been easy, instead we have Ruo Xi dying without never seeing her 4th Prince (and wearing his favorite outfit while waiting for him), while 4th Prince doesn’t even know she died until a freaking good week later when he receives the official notification that 14th Prince’s consort Maertai Ruo Xi has passed away. Then he finds her remains have been cremated already! I’m still shocked he didn’t fillet 14th Prince right there and there, thank god 13th Prince was around to calm his 4th brother down. Anyhoo, it wasn’t just Ruo Xi and 4th Prince that had it bad in the drama, let’s never forget 13th Prince and Lu Wu and their 10 years of incarceration followed by her jumping in a river, poor steamed to death Yu Tan and her forever love and devotion to 9th Prince, and 8th Prince with his unrequited love for Ruo Xi’s sister Ruo Lan and the way his amazing wife Ming Hui loved and died for him. I’ve linked to the extended previews of the first three episodes below as well as leads Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu at all the media events promoting this drama this week being super adorable and lovey dovey.
I don’t need the sequel to deliver the same level as angst since the stakes in modern times are different (no creative capital punishment yay!), but I do need the sequel to make sense. I have to believe that modern day Zhang Xiao and 4th Prince have a fanciful but believable reason to be fated for each other through time and lives.
Episode one 16-minute sneak peek – Reunion:
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4th Prince has his ring and Ruo Xi’s hair pin buried together along with other treasures where she was born. He says “since you can’t come here to be with me, I’ll go there to be with you.” On the way North, the convoy encounters a freak sand storm so the box of treasures is lost in the desert buried under the sand. Emperor Yongzheng dies. Back in the present, Zhang Xiao meets Yin Zheng at the museum in front of the Emperor Kangxi and Princes painting. He doesn’t remember her but she remembers him as 4th Prince. She chases after him.
Episode two 16-minute sneak peek – Familiar faces:
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Zhang Xiao meets present day 10th Prince and Emperor Kangxi and lands a job at Zhen Tian Corporation where everyone works. She even recites the same poem to modern day Kangxi who is the President of Zhen Tian Corporation. When she asks modern Kangxi if he likes to drink tea I totally teared up. When she is there, she runs into her doppleganger, a top model named Lan Lan who is dressed the way Ruo Xi is dressed in the Qing dynasty.
Episode three 16-minute sneak peek – Zhang Xiao/Lan Lan:
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Zhang Xiao tries to figure out if there are multiple time lines out there and what is really going. Before she can investigate further, she is injured in a fall and loses her memory the same way as when young Ruo Xi fell down the stairs and post-accident Zhang Xiao woke up in her body. Yin Zheng visits Zhang Xiao in the hospital and covers her with the blanket and she grabs his hand the way Ruo Xi did when 4th Prince visited her that time when she was sick. Lan Lan appears to have ulterior motives to hang around Yin Zheng.