Watch Episode 4 of Empress of China 武媚娘传奇網上觀看
Empress of China Episode Review and Recap:
The scene starts with RuYi being prosecuted for taking the mask. Her explanation was that she didn’t mean to steal it. Really? You legit took something precious and obviously expensive and kept it. You can’t be that innocent at 14 years old. And I’m still very unimpressed with the Emperor for getting mad at it now, when he saw her leave with it. Anyways, Wei Fei challenges RuYi to come up with a poem for the deceased Empress Wen De, as the Lan Ling Wang dance was meant to honor her, and RuYi could only say that Empress WenDe was pitiful. Initially a death penalty for insulting the Empress, they decided to throw her into prison and decide her penalty later.
The Emperor decides to meet with RuYi to ask why she thought Empress WenDe was pitiful – and obviously she has her answer spot-on, impressing the Emperor even though he denied it was true. Her reasoning was that the Emperor began to appreciate her after she died. The Emperor says that Empress WenDe is pretty much his true wife because she loved him before he became Emperor – and that there will be no one that will be like that. RuYi stupidly exclaims “Who says?!” implying that she’ll love him more. And I very much agreed with what the Emperor said to her afterwards – that she knew nothing about him, she didn’t know what he liked and what he didn’t like, and what he’s done in the past.
RuYi also wanted him to confirm that he was the one that danced with her that night. Like… what if he wasn’t? Technically even though she hasn’t slept with him yet, she’s still one of his concubines. What if she danced with another guy (intimately, mind you!). I mean hand holding was a big deal back then!
Including this screenshot because Wei Fei throws the cat in anger because she finds out RuYi is released from prison and is with the Emperor at night (because apparently that means that they’re banging).
Wei Fei throws her cat again in the morning because she finds out RuYi is punished to copy all of Empress WenDe’s writing out by hand in the forbidden Cheng Chang Gong – which is actually like a reward. So she sends her servant to bribe a eunuch to put in good words for her niece so the Emperor will sleep with her.
The episode ends with introducing Zheng Wan Yan, who apparently looks like Empress WenDe, and has been groomed by her dad and De Fei’s brother, Yin General, to act like Empress WenDe too. Her entrance into the palace as a concubine is to get revenge on the Emperor, because the Emperor killed De Fei’s whole family except for her brother and her.
It’s so hard to catch up with the recaps because they release 3 episodes a day. All these characters seem so predictable – like I know her best friend (Xu Hui) either dies or becomes evil, RuYi has such a pure, innocent, kind, and straightforwarded personality, and Xiao Chang is such a typical antagonist. The only interesting people are the Fei’s so far.