|The Quanzhen Sect's Tiangang Beidou Formation Ep 50|
|The Quanzhen Masters preparing their fight, Ep 50|
|Wong Yung fishing out the real story from Idiot, Ep 51|
WY had further assistance from the Idiot (who was taken from the island by YK) in reconstructing what exactly happened that day on the island. Apparently, Ouyang Feng wanted wulin supremacy whereas Yang Kang wanted Ouyang Feng’s assistance to defeat the Song and the Mongol. Thus, YK and Ouyang Feng had actually joined forces to murder the Freaks. Wong Yung didn’t stop there. She also dismantled Yang Kang’s lies about Ouyang Ke’s death. Ouyang Feng was furious that YK killed his nephew, but from Idiot he also then realised that YK killed Ouyang Ke because the latter tried to molest Nianci.
|Yang Kang was accidentally poisoned by Ouyang Feng's snake poison, Ep 51|
Furious because Wong Yung stripped him off his last defense and his ‘perfect’ plan, Yang Yang hit WY's back. However, he hit the Soft Hedgehog Vest instead. Unknown to any of them, the vest was poisoned because the Fourth Freak touched the vest with his poisonous hand (Fourth Freak was poisoned by Ouyang Feng’s snake, and the last few minutes of his life, he desperately tried to get the snake off his mouth – eewww!!). Hence, Yang Kang actually hit a poisonous vest, and got poisoned instead. Yang Kang’s face went pale as he realised the poison had no cure (or at least Ouyang Feng wouldn’t want to cure him). He begged for his minions and his dad to stay, but everyone ran away from him (tho to be fair, Wanyan Honglie screamed his son’s name as his cronies took him away from YK). The episode ended with Yang Kang collapsing at the entrance of the Iron Spear Temple.
|Yang Kang was too late to realise what true happiness is... (Ep 52)|
|...he was unfortunately too late...|
|Guo Jing helping Nianci giving Yang Kang the final farewell (Ep 52)|
Click this post for the screen caps of the scene where Yang Kang died after meeting Nianci...
Later, GJ had to leave Nianci alone in her house after she promised that she’d be okay. GJ then searched for Wong Yung for the whole semester, but couldn’t find her.
Fearless Duo’s Lam Chor Yin is more similar to Wong Yung in some ways than Siu Ching to Wong Yung. Chor Yin had that funny habit of pretending to bite someone’s finger (preferably poor Big Mole’s) or lifting her nose to hit the ceilings to show her superiority. However, throughout the series, Chor Yin matured much more, even surpassing Siu Ching’s demeanour, although not quite like Chun Sik Sik (The Foundation 1984). Speaking of Sik Sik, I’m certainly glad that Barbara played this character, for Sik Sik was definitely a different character altogether from the WY/SC/CY stereotype (and I say stereotype in a good way, cos I love this type of girl). All these nuances, Barbara delivered to us.
The truth is, the combination of Babs as WY and Michael as YK was the reason I kept watching it. Even after YK died, I still watched it because I want to see WY and her sassy intelligence. Then I saw that few seconds of GJ dreaming YK killing his teachers, and I lit up! Not to see a killing spree, but to see Michael Miu’s YK again! Palm/face... Truly, I am bias.
As for Felix Wong, well, he’s a good actor. Guo Jing is a noble character. However, TBH, if it’s not for Wong Yung, I wouldn’t continue watching the series. Felix is good, but he’s not my cup of tea. I remember I watched the Sword Stained with Royal Blood... and I was more interested in Ha Su Yi’s scenes (Michael Miu played this character, Felix’ teacher) than watching Felix’s character. I guess, even when I was 11, I was already taking side...
As for the story, Jin Yong definitely chose a “good” era for a story. “Good” in apostrophes because a warring period is never good for humanity... Such is that the story itself reminds me how useless war is. How feeble power is. It makes me sad that we’re still at war with other countries, neighbours or not, instead of living in peace (e.g., the South Sea China Sea conflict, cough-cough!). Have we not learned enough from the history? Apparently not. Apparently, some of us just like to live in bloodshed.
However, I do have some quibbles, though. Some posters at SPC said that the stories in LOCH 1982 can be draggy, and they’re right. Perhaps because it wasn’t written for modern audience, the series thus can drag to no end. I’ve mentioned it before; the first episodes in Mongolia could have been compacted I guess (or again, I am just not into Felix). Then the love triangle between Southern Emperor, Old Imp and Yinggu; that can be made more concise without losing the plot either. But afterwards, the story went faster. When it came to the Kaypang overtake by Yang Kang and the Peach Blossom Island massacre, the story was very interesting; I glued myself to the screen.
Overall, I’m glad I watched LOCH 1982, despite 33-ish years late. The story was great, and perhaps thus I should force myself to finish reading that English translation of the Legend of Condor-shooting Heroes (thanks, translators!). LOCH 1982 was full of strong supporting characters, tho some characters like Qiu Qianren could definitely be upgraded. LOCH 1982 also gives me the understanding how versatile Michael was (still is), and how amazing Babs was as Wong Yung (wish I can still say “is”). They absolutely had no inkling of bromance in the LOCH, but I bet they actually developed good camaraderie off screen, such that they were then cast in four other series as the main couple in the respective series.