Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Sadly, there was no Goblin waiting on the sidewalk to hand me a sandwich.

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Watching I Do I Do while waiting for Graceful Family subs, and realizing that Im Soo Hyang has been waiting 7 years for their ship to sail. That is some 2FL dedication there.

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    daaaaaamn… what a good eye you have!

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    I didn’t realize Im Soo Hyang was in that show. I remembered Kim Sun ah and the ML though

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Graceful Family Fish, episode 11 has aired now…..

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    so why hasn’t the ship sailed yet?

    Also, while I’m glad you have not made a caricature of 2nd son (yet), just throwing around the word transgender does not make for a meaningful portrayal and discussion of what it means to be transgender or queer.

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      It was vague as hell, right?

      But Wan joon used the word himself and it still did not feel right and I am kicking myself for feeling that way because from what we have seen, he is a cross dresser. He has not started in any capacity transitioning.

      OH, OH, OH, OH…maybe that is why he had that ticket for Paris.

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        Oh, I forgot about that. IDK, though, I don’t think he was on his way to do a life and/or physical transformation because he stills seems too entrenched in the MC politics. Maybe his motivations will become clearer later.

        Also, what is the oldest brother’s game? He’s been pretending to be kind of dim?

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          “Also, what is the oldest brother’s game? He’s been pretending to be kind of dim?”

          Yep. You can just tell that Wan-soo played that dim game because it benefited him. It was when he was cut off and what he saw happen to Seok-hee, he knew he had not protection and needed to start looking out for himself. I don’t think he wants any piece of the presidency, I just think he is tired of being attacked for not wanting it. He can stir the pot in other ways and start annoying the people who make a game out of doing it to him.

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      Lawyer Han is trying to leverage the reveal into a pink money business strategy… i suspect this drama will deal more fr9m the business perspective than the actual time of a transgender. Also, there is no sign so far that he is in transition.

      It will be interesting to see if the drama tackles the personal perspective before the end.

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        And she came up with that after Wan joon decided to stay. He went from finally getting out to the guilt trip from his mother and wanting to be a dickhead to his brother. When has there ever been a competition between those two. It seems it is all in Wan joon’s mind and his parents suck for putting out that narrative to him.

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Oh man, I am so on board this ship.

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Ancient family makjang on Tuesday because I don\’t like to follow rules.

Okay, I\’m a procrastinator, but rule-breaker sounds cooler.

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    Once upon a time, a young girl with little prospects and, one presumes, a healthy sense of adventure decided to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to New France. Marriage awaited Gillette in this wilderness, but she soon found herself a widowed mother at the ripe old age of 15. Well, since there was dearth of French women in this New France, only two short years later, she was married once again. Her new husband, Jacques, managed to survive and they had six more children together.

    Well, despite Jacques’ skill at staying alive (for now), he wasn’t always the best partner or father. As men have so often done, he decided their 12 year old daughter, Elisabeth, would be a fine wife for their neighbor Julien. Gillette disagreed and firmly said, “Non.” (ooh, look at my two years of college French coming in handy). I’m not sure if her Non was motivated by a dislike of Julien or less than rosy memories of her marriage at 13, but Gillette’s was not having this nonsense.

    That all settled, Gillette, being neighborly and with all her experience birthing babies, set off for a few days to help a neighbor lady with childbirth and some post-partum care. Seeing as this was before the days of hospitals, plumbing, and electricity, the new mom was probably very happy for the help. My gosh, can you imagine just dealing with the laundry?

    Jacques though, decided to take this opportunity and let Julien marry the young, and not really into it, Elisabeth. One wouldn’t want your daughter to become a spinster of 14 or 15, so I guess Jacques was just doing his fatherly duty while also dumping the responsibility to feed, house, and clothe the girl on her new husband. Bonus patriotism points for helping to populate New France, with, well, more little French people.

    Anyways, I’m sure when Gillette got home and found her 12 year old daughter gone and married against her will to a man twice her age they had one hell of a fight. At least I hope they did. But well, women’s rights being pretty much non-existent at that time, there wasn’t much Gillette or Elisabeth could do.

    Fast forward about nine months or so, and it turns out Julien wasn’t the best of husbands (quelle surprise). He’s a mean drunk who liked to use his young wife as a punching bag, and didn’t give her necessities, like, say, food.

    We know Gillette was massively pissed off by this marriage and likely became even more enraged as she witnessed the maltreatment of her very young daughter. Historical records don’t say, but I’ll assume Jacques was getting an earful about this every single day. Maybe even the New France version of the kimchi slap once in a while too. Well, I hope so. Anyway, it was Jacques and Gillette decided they needed to get Julien out of Elisabeth’s life.

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    I guess divorce wasn’t much of an option, so the three decided the best way to accomplish this was to remove Julien from New France permanently. Okay, they cooked up a plan to kill him. Well, Gillette cooked up a little batch of poisoned soup specially for her son-in-law. Family dinners can be a little tense at times, but this one, watching Julien eat spoonful after spoonful, waiting for him to clutch his throat and croak must have been particular fraught. Imagine the disappointment when this abusive jerk didn’t have the decency to die at the dinner table.

    I’d be more than little angry that my special soup wasn’t up to snuff, so it seems kind of logical that the next day when Gillette, Jacques, and Julien are arguing in the barn, an axe suddenly appeared in Gillette’s hands and found its way towards Julien’s head……a few times. He had it coming.

    With Jacques’ help, and while Elisabeth watched, Julien was quickly dispatched, and trio decided to dump him in the river. Unfortunately, a couple of Julien’s friends had happened to hear the yelling and screaming of both Julien and his in-laws “for more than an hour and a half.”* The next day, the friends searched the river for Julien’s body, went to investigate the scene in the barn, and found a bit of a gruesome mess. Teeth were mentioned. I’ll spare you the details.

    Needless to say, the authorities didn’t think using an axe was the best way to deal to with an errant son-in-law so Jacques and Gillette were sentenced to death, and Elisabeth given leniency due to her age, was sentenced to watch her parents hang, and her father be tortured on the wheel (after death) for a nice medieval flourish. Oh, and she got to wear a noose during these proceedings too, which I’m sure just added that final bit of trauma to make the whole experience that much more unforgettable. She was 13. Fun times.

    So, that is the story of how I’m descendant of axe murderers.

    By the way, the records show Elisabeth married again a couple years later, and lived a long, and hopefully peaceful and happy life.

    *Why they didn’t investigate the screaming while it was happening no one says. Maybe they thought Julien was a jerk too.

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    Sigh, French Axe Murderers.

    None of the criminals in my family lore did bad things for the sake of others. Gillette seems a vigilante hero ahead of her times.

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After years and years of working customer service, this scene made me laugh.

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Vagabond: I\’m intrigued. I won\’t say I like it because that only results in dumpster fire of a drama later on. See: MOA, WTDCYN, etc. Plus, one hour was long enough. Please take note TVN.

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My first impression of Vagabond is a good one. I haven\’t watched episode one yet, but I\’m happy to see it\’s only one hour long.

I\’ll watch later and report back.

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    My first impression, without having watched it yet, is that we should be grateful it got picked up by SBS and not TvN

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Remember when I used to watch Korean dramas almost every day?

Gosh, that seems so long ago, but it was just last week that The Untamed binge last really messed up my drama watching mojo.

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    Don’t worry, now that you’ve finished The Untamed, you’d probably be getting your kdrama mojo back soon.

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    I have not watched a kdrama since Search WWW.

    I was live watching The Untamed. It’s been about two months since I’ve watched a kdrama. And I haven’t been able to properly watch any drama since The Untamed ended. I haven’t been able to move forward nor do I want to.

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    Now that you’re done with the drama, may I interest you with the novel, audio drama, fan fiction and/or manhua? LOL Be warned that it’s BL in all its uncensored glory. 🤭😂

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      Read the novel as soon as I finished the drama. I’m not sure I’m ready for fan fiction.

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        I haven’t finished all of the fan fiction on my list either. Hehe Still on the audio dramas. LZ’s voice is so sexy. 😳🤭

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Mood:

2019 can just go away now.

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A couple of thoughts about The Great Show:

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    So, I was really, really worried about how they would handle this teenage pregnancy and the issue of abortion, but was somewhat pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. it’s not perfect. I could have done without the boxing ring and two men fighting over the “honor” of a woman. Guys, she’s not a thing. She’s not your object to have, or control, or to make decisions for. She is an autonomous human being with thoughts and actions of her very own that are deserving of respect.

    But, they did ultimately dramatize the messiness of the choices these young parents must make. AND how once a decision is made, doubts and fear still muddle nearly everything.

    I hope this storyline doesn’t become a maudlin mess.

    Oh, I also appreciated how they tackled political hypocrisy, the idol factory, and bullying.

    Her brother did disappoint me though. Bro, stand up for her at school, don’t walk away.

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    Anyone else think that Jung Soo-hyun is conversing with a sister that is dead? We only ever see the sister in her home, and only when Soo-hyun is alone. There is a tragic story there, that I’m sure will lead to noble idiocy around episodes 13-14 or so.

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Look at Lan Zhan grinning like a fool.

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    Has anyone made a compilation of every Lan Zhan smile? Oh, and every time he catches WWX?

    Honestly, I don’t know how this made it past the Chinese censors because it is so obviously a romance.

    My one quibble with the drama is that any female character of consequence was killed off. I suppose the author wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, but I had hoped to see Wen Qing again because she was so interesting. Maybe a story for a season 2?

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      There aren’t tons but here are some:




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      LZ always there to catch him ❤️




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      Wen Qing is actually a even less significant character in the novel. When the drama was filming parts of the script leaked and it was looking like that the production company was going to make her WY’s love interest. The novel’s fans got understandably mad and petitioned the company to not ruin the story for them. They even told the company that they would boycott the show’s merchandize if the company altered the story. To all the fans’ relief (and mine), the production company decided to stay true to the story, and was able to give us lots of depth between the OTP but still passing censorship.

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        I could see where there were times that it could have veered towards a romance with Wen Qing, but am really really glad they didn’t do that. First, because the OTP is perfect, and second, because Wen Qing had enough on her plate without dealing with a boyfriend.

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    This cant be easy to do. These teeny tiny movements of his face that convey so much, that we know he is smiling.

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    Last night I went to bed, firm in my resolution not to talk any more about Lan Zhan and specifically the actor.

    I wake up and there’s all these temptations on the fanwalls. I’m just gonna upvote. Nothing said, nothing said at all.

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      I’m sorry for the temptation, but that slow blink. How do you look away?

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        Thanks a lot, I’m now watching all the scenes with slow blinks, etc., and not bothering to read subs. But for me anyway, it’s adding just one more dimension I hadn’t noticed by having to read subtitles.

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          I’m sorry? No. No, I’m not. Seriously, I thought it was amazing before I read the novel, but now I can barely look at those gifs.

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            Just for a start, I won’t read the novel.

            The novel is a lot more explicit(totally expected) which of course, cannot be portrayed onscreen. In general, everyone(fans of the novel and those new ones who discovered the drama first) is happy with the drama and the portrayal. The unexpected reaction I read online was from a few who thought the drama did much better than the novel in bringing out Wangxian’s love.

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            @outofthisworld I thought you’d read the novel (?). It isn’t explicit until the extra chapters (after 113), except one part in chapter 95. But I do agree the drama brought out their love quite beautifully. If I want explicit, I know which chapters to go to. As far as the drama, it was so perfect I think even a kiss or hand holding would have taken away from the beauty. The gazes were far more sensual.

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            @linda-palapala I didn’t read the novel but when I have been checking out tumblr, I read quite some snippets.

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      Same here. Last few Saturdays have been all for Untamed.

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      @outofthisworld See your above comment re your “resolution not to talk anymore about LZ…”
      It was posted on Sept 13 – so how’s that going for you?? Ha, ha, ha. I’ve just “wasted” the last 3 days obsessing, more on DB posts and videos from the fan meet than I have watching the drama.

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    Had to post this just for fun: (from somebody’s tweet)
    Daughter: What does gays mean?
    Me: Well you know mum and dad love each other – two men can love each other the same way
    Her: So what’s ‘penetrating gays’?
    Me: Er… read me the whole sentence
    Her: “She stared at him with a penetrating gaze”
    Me: Oh

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This Ramen commercial is perfection.

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    I never thought I would see a PPL in a period drama. Okay, it wasn’t actually featured in the show but still, the commercial was hilarious. So was choosing the expressionless Han Guang Jun eating the ramen and buying the entire shelf!

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      My favorite period drama PPL is in Ever Night, in which Pizza Hut is a fancy banquet hall and people not only enjoying its pies (餅) but also the appetizer platter with buffalo wings with ranch dressings.

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    Whaaat? You mean there is no Lan Sect rule against processed food?

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      But, I kind of enjoy these ads. Look, I know the difference between when an actor is hawking a product and when they are in character, so Lan Zhan selling me ramen doesn’t undermine his character in the least. I find the straight up commercials less intrusive than some really weird ppl of random vacuuming all the damn time.

      Now excuse me while I go to the store to buy some new face cream. Maybe, I should give Olay a try this time.

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        I don’t mind them either and even find them hilarious but maybe because of novelty factor. But if they would be daily occurence in my drama consumption I would be irritated too, especially if armor clad warrior would whip out a Dyson in a middle of battle 😉

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          I think because they are so overtly inserting the 21st century onto these sets, AND obviously outside of the narrative, I think they’re funny. They’re commercials. They are also fueling the quality of the production, so I say keep eating your ramen Lan Zhan.

          It reminds of Splish Splash Love introducing instant noodles to Joseon characters. Now that was good PPL.

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Drunk Lan Zhan stealing chickens and doing graffiti was very much needed after all that tragedy. I\’m also betting that if this scene is in the novel he gets a bit, well, hands on so to speak.

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    I have to get back to this, work got in the way. The eps are like eating potato chips once you start watching.
    I have the novel pulled up on my phone in case I want to dive in.

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    Drunk Lan Zhan are some of my favorite scenes. I love how he steals chickens for his lover and then scrawls ‘Lan Zhan was here’ on the poor peoples post. Then his adorable admission he likes bunnies (and then gets flustered when Wei Ying mentions he said he liked something). 😍

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    The novel is a lot more fun and cute. And of course then some more….

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      I knew it!

      Kudos to the whole production for being able to slyly imply what we all know is there while still avoiding the ax of the censors. These boys do so much with a look or a seemingly casual gesture.

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Could somebody please give this poor guy a freaking break, and a hug, and big cup of hot cocoa. Geez.

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Makjang Monday: an unproofread Tuesday Edition

Sometimes I think I’m a magnet for the weird and strange, or maybe it’s more a case of like finding like. If I sit on a bus or a train, the rambling drunk or the earnest proselytizer will always zero in on me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink, and the only missionary zeal I have is pushing the latest novel read. But that tripping homeless teenager, or the lonely elderly lady will pick me out of the crowd to talk to. (To be continued in the comments)

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    This magnet was also a bit of problem when it came to men. It’s fair to say that the pimp at the bus stop I had to pass every night after work, probably asked all the girls if they wanted to go to a party. But it took a month of ignoring for him to finally get the message that I didn’t fancy becoming one of his girls.

    It probably didn’t help matters that as a teenager I cultivated a punkish look. I wanted to look tough. Maybe I thought I was tough. Reader, I was not tough.

    Anyway, I did my last year of high school at a nearby college. Left behind all the people that thought they knew everything about me, and surrounded myself strangers. The invisibility of anonymity was wonderful. But, it also meant I was visible in a whole new way. Suddenly, I was getting attention from the opposite sex to an extent I had never had before. Apparently, college boys liked heavy black eyeliner more than the high school crowd I had left behind.

    (Author’s note: This was before the age of cell phones, or even easy internet access. People still used landlines and phone books

    In my economics class, there was one guy that always made sure to sit by me. He was blonde, very fit and muscular, and he always wore neatly pressed pants and a button down shirt. He was not my type. I was much more interested in the lad with the mohawk and leather jacket, who often slept in the commons area. (That’s a whole different story)

    Preppy guy insisted on talking to me, asking me to study with him, get lunch, sit out on the lawn, etc. I always made excuses: I’m swamped in another class, I ate already, I have to go meet someone in the library. Because reader, he was too much. He was too big, too close, too insistent, and this girl likes her space and is freaked out by attention. Frankly, he made me anxious, and I always escaped his presence as soon as possible.

    Then, late one night, the phone rang. Since I was studying, and thus the only one in the house still awake, I picked up the phone. “Is egads there?” a voice said. It was Mr. Too Much. He wanted to talk, and talk he did, about himself, about… I don’t even know, but after a while I said I needed to go. Goodbye.

    He kept doing this. Calling late at night, knowing I would pick up the phone quickly so its ring wouldn’t disturb my family. The conversations got stranger. I was fairly naïve, but when it became apparent that what he wanted from me was of a nature that I was never ever going to want to partake in, I slammed down the phone.

    The next night, I answered and immediately hissed, “I do not have time for this. Stop calling me, and leave me alone.” It worked. He stopped calling. He left me alone.

    One year later

    One evening I was watching the evening news, when a familiar face flashed on the screen. I stared in shock at Mr. Too Much’s face while the reporter told the us the police had finally captured the serial rapist that had been attacking women all over the metro area for almost two year

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    Epilogue

    Tired Mohawk boy finally woke up enough to ask me out. We dated for a couple of months, but it turns out appearances are deceiving because he was a bit of a bore. Pretty, but not very interesting, had terrible taste in movies, was more into to heavy metal than punk, and his family had a portrait of Ronald Reagan in the living room. As a child of two union member parents this was a divide that even good hair could not surmount.

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Dear Beanies who caused me to start watching The Untamed,

I hate you.

Not really, but you understand.

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Succumbing to peer pressure from the Beanie fan wall, I have begun The Untamed, but guys, I’m confused. I feel like there is back ground information, maybe some stories, or history, or something that I’m just supposed to know. But I don’t. Did he die? Did something happen to keep him alive, or bring him back? How did everyone stay looking exactly same in that time jump? Why the mask, but then he doesn’t bother to wear it? Most importantly, how do they keep those white clothes so blazingly white?

So, help a Beanie out. Is there a recap somewhere?

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    I was thinking of going back to this this weekend. I honestly got confused in the first ep and put it aside, lol. But it sounds like something I’d love.

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      And now I’ve begun episode 2, and I’m not sure where we are in time. Is it before he fell from the cliff, or did he leave his uncle’s home?

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        You are only on ep 2. I guessed you were farther along.
        This is Kimbap’s advice :

        If you don’t want to read the novel first, @bcampbell1662, @trinpie made the excellent suggestion below -start the drama with episode 2, 29′ mark (YT vid) which takes you from the beginning of the story. Watch until Ep 33 at 13′ which takes us back to the present time line, go back to episode 1 & 2 before continuing Ep. 33.

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    To answer your questions:
    Yes. Mo Xuan Yu offered his body as a sacrifice to bring him back to take revenge against his family for him. Technically they did age, the drama is a fantasy though. 😅 The mask is Mo Xuan Yu’s and Wei Wu Xian uses it in case someone who actually knows him before would recognize him. The white “mourning” clothes are a signature of the Gusu Lan sect. It does get dirty during fight scenes sometimes.
    Read the novel, only the first few chapters or until where episode 1 ends so you can get the background. https://exiledrebelsscanlations.com/grandmaster-of-demonic-cultivation/

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    I found this https://www.globalgranary.life/2019/06/27/the-untamed-chinese-drama-review-summary/ to be short and rather helpful. There’s also http://www.chinaattila.com/the-untamed-chinese-drama-2019-recap-episodes-1-2/ with more details.

    I also want to know how they keep their white clothes so blindingly white. I have to urge to take Lan Zhan’s robes off to inspect the specimen.

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    Just stick with it! The first 2 ep. is pretty much universally hated. But most people agree that around ep. 10-15 is when people really get addicted. So if you dont like it by those eps. then you probably wont like it.

    I hated how they did the first 2 ep. and was also horribly confused. I didn’t really get into the drama until like ep. 6 and it was about ep. 12 when I got addicted. Then I just got more and more addicted as the drama progressed. And I am currently at this very moment rewatching it 😂❤

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      I’m at episode 6 now, and thankfully no longer completely confused. Those first two episodes could have easily made more sense with just a little more explanation of what the hell was going on.

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Thought about When the Devil Calls Your Name:

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