summary for the whole story.Originally Posted by cutey
Jian Lin Tian Xia in general is a better-written story than its predecessor, The Young Detective 2. The series consists of 7 investigative chapters packed with a strong cast, solid performance, elaborate story telling, and eye-pleasing gong-fu fighting scenes.
Fan Bingbing plays Ao Xue, a princess from Liao Guo, a neighboring state with a substantial military might. Princess Ao Xue who comes with her brother Prince Jing Lei for a state visit is found missing and her bodyguards murdered after an unfriendly encounter with Bao Zhen. Thus Bao Zhen becomes the prime suspect of the murder and is called for capital punishment under the recommendation of Pang Tai Shi. On the day of punishment, the murderer is beheaded, yet Bao Zhen is still alive. He is saved by Wu He, a female bandit whose brother willingly takes the punishment for Bao Zhen in order for Bao to seek justification for his family who were massacred few years ago. With helps of Eighth Prince, the capital punishment on Bao Zhen is withdrawn because of insufficient evidence, and Bao is ordered by the emperor to investigate the murder cast thoroughly. So Bao Zhen, Mrs. Bao, Zhan Zhao and Gong Sun Ce all packed up ready to visit Mrs. Baos master in search of some clues to the poison used on Ao Xues bodyguards. On their way, the group encounter the missing Ao Xue, who now suffers a memory loss and Wu He who saved Bao Zhen early on also joins them, hence begins a trip of adventure and thriller.
Brief intro to the following chapters:
Chapter 2:- Ao Xue runs away, and becomes a soccer champ in Ying Tian town. Bao Zhen and his gang come looking for her and people involved in the soccer team are being killed one by one. Whos the murderer? Youll be surprised!
Chapter 3:- Bao Zhen and his gang pass by Tong Tian town, a religious place where many religions flourished, and discover a massacre site. Who did it? Tong Tian Sect is the most influential religion locally leads by Ye Mu Ren, Ye has hypnotized Bao Zhen, and his next target is the emperor, whos visiting the town with his beloved concubine, is Ye also behind the massacre?
Chapter 4:- Residents of Ning An town is divided in support of two famous showgirls, Yi Zhi Mei and Lan Ru Shi. A businessman is killed in the room of Lan Ru Shi, and Lan is accused of murder, but did she do it? She looks so innocent, although arrogant! Ao Xue discovers her interest in singing and replaces Lan Ru Shi as the new showgirl, will she success despite her awful singing voice? And whos behind all other murders?
Chapter 5:- Ao Xue is sick and Bao Zhen and his gang stop by Yao Shi town, a place famous for making medicine for some medical helps, but little did they know that the town is plagued by Mad Chick Disease, and the gang is told not to leave in avoidance of spreading the plague elsewhere. An Xiang Jun, a native of the town returns and claims he has the cure for the plague and with the recommendation of the local government, Ans medicine becomes a best seller. Bao Zhen is skeptical about the medicine as he discovers few folks had died from taking the medicine. To find out the truth, he tests the medicine on himself, and battles addiction while struggles to find the mastermind behind the pill making.
Chapter 6: -Bao Zhen and his gang finally return to home and they befriend Jiao Jiao, whos told her brother has committed suicide but the death looks suspicious to Bao Zhen, and the gang take on the decedents ex-employer, a well-connected noble. The deeper they dig about Chong Er Club - an underground high society club who finds excitement and thriller in hosting physically challenging and dangerous games the more they learn about the information that comes easier is most likely untrustworthy. And by investigating the club, Bao Zhen discovers Alliance of Heaven and Earth; another underground club that makes Chong Er Club looks like a kiddy playground in comparison.
Chapter 7: -In a mission investigating the Alliance of Heaven and Earth, Ao Xue is traumatized by the masks wore by the alliances members, and she quickly recovers her lost memory yet forgets all the time shed spent with Bao Zhen and the gang. Ao Xue asks Pang Tai Shi to get her back to Liao Guo and stands prepared to declare war with the Song State in a pretext of avenging for her murdered bodyguards. Gong Sun Ce makes up a lie that Ao Xue is married to Zhan Zhao in order to convince Ao Xue to reconsider the war. Ao Xue learns that her brother Prince Jing Lei wants her dead and decides to return to the gang partly because she injuries Zhan Zhao and feels responsible to take care of him. Ao Xue returns but she isnt telling everything she knows about the murder. And the more Bao Zhen investigate about the Alliance of Heaven and Earth, the more shocking details he get! Did Ao Xue set up the scheme in order to wage a war with the Song State? Is Pang Tai Shi behind the murder? Or maybe its Eighth Prince or someone even more powerful?
Ao Xue is a well-written character, unlike many female characters in ancient dramas that are often too simplistic and one-sided, Ao Xue has layers and stands up for careful analysis. Ao Xue, the princess of Liao Guo is a political conscious and warmongering heir of an ambitious emperor. She knows her political responsibilities as the princess, shes not a pampered royal descendant, she stands ready to fight for her country and expand its territory. Shes an intelligent person, a desirable future leader in the eyes of her father, but most importantly, she is not conceited under her fathers favoritism and doesnt hold grudge against her brother who sees her as rival and wants her dead. Ao Xue is flesh and blood while dealing with her compatriots, but she is the enemy, she doesnt mask her intention of conquering the Song State, and she would use any mean to achieve this goal, she is a politician. Ao Xue who suffers a memory loss is an extremely likeable and irresistibly cute character. Shes straightforward and knows how to protect her interest, she tells Wu He to back off because she likes Bao Zhen and tries in every way to please Bao Zhens mom who has show a clear preference over Wu He as her future daughter in-law. Ao Xue is also righteous, she stands up for unjust and loves to pick a fight with the bad guys and she rarely gets hurt, because Zhan Zhao is in charge of protecting her.
Bingbings Ao Xue is a huge improvement from Xiao Qing Ting in the Young Detective 2, which I found the character a bit irritating and the acting unconvincing. Bingbing did a much better job this time, she looks confident in her way of making comedy, and best of all, shes pretty good at it, the funny scenes come more naturally, they are cute and unpretentious. The character itself provides a platform for Bingbing to demonstrate her acting skill more thoroughly, audience see two Ao Xue in the series, a cold and calculative politician and the expressive girl-next-door! Wang Xue Bings Bao Zhen is different from his two predecessors, he doesnt have Zhou Jies intensity nor Lu Yis youth compassion, his Bao Zhen is mild, tepid and reticent, but tactful as always, an indeed mature version of Bao Qing Tian. Li Zong Hans Zhan Zhao is a playful womanizer who has a serious crush over Ao Xue and often shows up in a splendid display of Wu Xia heroism in front of Ao Xue. Li Jing Rong has plenty of screen time in here, although not as handsome as Ren Quans, but Li presents a calm, wise and decorous Gong Sun Ce who's able to deliver some humor occasionally. Jian Lin Tian Xia has enough twists and turns to keep you entertained and Id recommend this series to be a collectable.
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