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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Go Princess Go Episode 1-8 First Impression

Drama: Go Princess Go (太子妃升職記)
Episodes: 35 (20-30 minutes long)
Country: China

Synopsis: Based on a web novel of the same name, Go Princess Go follows the story of a self proclaimed playboy suddenly finding himself plucked from the modern time and into the body of a princess in ancient China. Trapped in a woman's body but with the soul of a Casanova, how is our heroine (or...hero??) going to survive as the wife of a crown prince?

Episode 1-8 Overview

In the middle of lamenting to his friend about how boring it is that women fall for him so easily, Zhang Peng suddenly becomes uneasy when he notices three of his ex-girlfriends coming toward him.

In the middle of running away from his three vengeful exes, Zhang Peng's hero complex rears its ugly head and he unwisely decides to jump into the pool to save a drowning woman (one who he was thinking about seducing moments before). In the chaos of trying to save the terrified woman, Zhang Peng is kicked in the head by the woman's high heel and promptly passes out.
Waking up disoriented, Zhang Peng stumbles out of the bed and gets the shock of his life when he looks in the mirror. Staring with disbelief at the woman in the mirror, Zhang Peng reaches down into his pants... and screams.
Still dazed, Zhang Peng looks up when a young woman runs into the room and starts rattling off about the crown prince being able to spend the rest of his life happily with his lady love if she (he) really died.
With the help of the young woman (who turns out to be his/her maid servant Lu Li), Zhang Peng slowly figures out the situation he has landed himself in.

Here is the ultra short version of Zhang Peng's new life:


  • Zhang Peng's new body is Princess Zhang Peng Peng (Yap, almost the same name).
  • Zhang Peng Peng is the Crown Prince, Qi Sheng's wife. 
  • Harboring a not so secret love for his brother's (Prince Zhao) wife Jiang Ying Yue, the crown prince was forced by the empress to marry Zhang Peng Peng - a woman he doesn't even like.
  • Furious that Zhang Peng Peng somehow fell into the pound while Ying Yue was around, the empress has ordered Ying Yue to be locked up. 
  • Despite the fact that Zhang Peng Peng has woken up (albeit with a different soul now), the empress has refused to release Ying Yu. 
  • Worried about his lady love, the crown prince AND Prince Zhao (the girl's actual husband) are both kneeling in front of the empress' place to beg for Ying Yu's release.


Unable to figure out a way to go back to the modern time, Peng Peng (so really Zhang Peng but I am going to use the princess' name from here on) gets the brilliant idea that if she dies then maybe she could go back to her own body.

Thanks to Peng Peng's wild "confession" that she personally framed Ying Yue and should be killed, the empress is even more convinced of how much Peng Peng must love the crown prince. Tired of the whole fiasco, the empress finally releases Ying Yue. Both Prince Zhao and Qi Sheng rush toward Ying Yue when she is brought out but the crown princess could only watch hopelessly as she is carried away by her husband. 
Not offended at all by Qi Sheng's cold attitude towards her at all, Peng Peng is resigned to her fate of staying in ancient China and makes it her goal to stay out of her so called husband's way but...
is overjoyed when she sees all of the crown prince's beautiful concubines.
Holding on to her "manly" pride, Peng Peng dresses up as a man and pays her obligatory visit to the local brothel. Half drunk as she stumbles out of the embrace of the brothel ladies, Peng Peng instinctively goes to the men's bathroom...and promptly bumps into the 9th prince.
In case you didn't quite get the significance of the 9th prince, the show was kind enough to give us a close wind blowing head shot to make sure you get the fact that he is our second male lead.
Left with no choice but to make the best of a ridiculous situation, Peng Peng amuses herself with ogling her husband's concubines and using her charm on Lu Li. In this scene a puzzled Lu Li asks Peng Peng "Princess, why do you keep calling me baby?" In her best seductress voice, Peng Peng assures her innocent maid that baby is an endearment for very important people. 
As much as Peng Peng would like to ignore the fact that she has a husband, it is unavoidable that she has to play her part as the princess. Gathered with all of Qi Sheng's concubines to welcome him home, Peng Peng is puzzled when Qi Sheng stands in front of her with his arms wide open. Turning to the audience, Peng Peng asks (in his male Zhang Peng voice) "Is he asking for a hug? I guess I can't turn him down with so many people watching."
Completely stunned by Peng Peng's embrace, Qi Sheng says dryly "Aren't you going to help me take off the armor?" Leaning close to a mortified Peng Peng, Qi Sheng asks "Are you so eager that you can't wait?"

By the way, you guys got to see this armor. If I was drinking water when this scene came up I probably would've spit it all out for laughing so hard.
Kudos to the actor for his ability to look so serious while wearing that hilarious outfit.

As much as Qi Sheng dislikes Peng Peng, it doesn't take much time before he realizes something has changed dramatically with her. Deciding to just be honest with Qi Sheng, Peng Peng tells him her incredible story of time travelling. Surprisingly, instead of calling Peng Peng crazy, Qi Sheng doesn't discount her story right away but decides to just observe her for the time being.

Realizing Peng Peng has no memory at all of her own family, Qi Sheng ends up having to carefully coach her so her family wouldn't find out that something is wrong with the princess. Finding Peng Peng much more likable after her recent personality change, Qi Sheng decides to reward Peng Peng...by going to bed with her (which is actually the first time since their wedding). Completely drunk when Qi Sheng came to her bedroom, Peng Peng wakes up the next morning falsely assuming she spent a lovely night with her beautiful maid.

Smiling suggestively when she notices the "suspicious" marks on Qi Sheng's neck, Peng Peng teases Qi Sheng that he obviously had a passionate night with Ying Yue. Offended that Peng Peng would be giving him advise on how to seduce Ying Yue when they just consummated their marriage the night before, Qi Sheng kicks Peng Peng off their carriage and tells her to walk instead. Outraged and confused why Qi Sheng would suddenly get angry with her, Peng Peng is horrified when Lu Li tells her that Qi Sheng is the one that she slept with.
Unsettled by the increasing attention Qi Sheng is paying to Peng Peng, Ying Yue decides to play the damsel in distress again by making it seem like Peng Peng had purposefully took off her clothes during a soccer game.

Immediately taking on the role of Ying Yue's defender again, Qi Sheng refuses to listen to Peng Peng's explanation and slaps her. Thankful that at least the 9th prince was willing to believe her, Peng Peng is reminded once again of how much Qi Sheng and Ying Yue love each other.
Mildly surprised when Qi Sheng shows up later that night with medication for her face, Peng Peng listens with amazement as Qi Sheng quietly admits that after some digging around he has confirmed Ying Yue was the one that set the whole thing up.

Filled with empathy as Qi Sheng softly concedes that he has always known Ying Yue has a calculating side to her, Peng Peng starts to wax poetic about how she has dealt plenty with scheming women back in her days. Shaking his head, Qi Sheng tells Peng Peng that she is talking none sense again and leaves.
Unexpectedly attacked by assassins when she is on her way to meet up with Qi Sheng, Peng Peng is saved at the last minute by the 9th prince. Dismayed when the 9th prince confirms her suspicion that Qi Sheng is the one that wants her dead, Peng Peng looks at Qi Sheng with doubt when he shows up later. It was actually Prince Zhao. 

Knowing full well how his brother feels about his wife, Qi Sheng soon ends up in a stand off with the 9th prince. The stand off is interrupted when a fire breaks out and assassins suddenly shows up out of no where.

In the middle of the chaos, Peng Peng runs away into the forest alone while trying to escape from the assassins. Unable to extract himself away from the fight, Qi Sheng watches as Peng Peng disappears out of his sight.

Rushing to Peng Peng's side, the 9th prince saves Peng Peng's life yet again but ends up getting hurt in the process. Praying fervently as she takes care of a feverish 9th prince, Peng Peng thinks to herself "He is willing to do so much for me while Qi Sheng is not only unmoved when he sees me in danger but even tries to kill me with assassins...maybe the 9th prince is a better choice for me."

Unbeknownst to Peng Peng, instead of happily celebrating her disappearance, Qi Sheng is search high and low for her in complete disregard for his own safety.

First Impression


This show is... I am too speechless and too amazed to know how to describe it. I couldn't show the wackiness of it very well in the overview but Go Princess Go is definitely a show of a different breed. The show somehow was able to strike a strange balance of being completely silly yet fully serious with a plot line that one should not be able to describe without laughing...yet Go Princess Go has been able to achieve the impossible. 

I find myself constantly shaking my head at the slapstick humor BUT then I can't seem to tear my eyes away from the screen. 
One thing I really like about this show is how pretty it is to look at. Some wardrobe specialist is probably in heaven being able to create all the ridiculously over the top AND completely non-era conforming costumes for this show. By the way, I tip my hat to whoever that designed the hero's armor...because that probably took a special kind of mind to be able to come up with that idea. 
Since this show is only 7 episodes away from being finished I wasn't planning to do anymore post on it, but considering a reader had commented on how difficult it was to find subs on Go Princess Go I wanted to know if there are enough interest for episode summaries. I have found it simply suicidal for me to try to recap an ongoing daily C-drama (unless Rain does another one then I might be dumb enough to try again) but I found summaries a doable thing so let me know if you guys are interested in one then I might try to fit it into my posting schedule.  

18 comments:

  1. Yes please! It's too darn funny. I enjoyed reading it and I'll be grateful with summaries ��

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  2. yes please, love your summaries

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  3. Recap please. I can find link to watch online with proper eng sub yet

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  4. Please, more summaries! They are hilarious!!!

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  5. Ninja!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!! I never thought you would have the time to entertain my request for Go Princess Go!!!! Thank You Thank You!!!!
    Rosee70

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  6. Yes, Yaaas to more summaries. I am so deeply entrenched in this drama, my life is almost on the same par ridiculousness of the show. This drama is special in that from just the visuals, the seriousness of the plot completely goes above my head (even after watching all the episodes available like three times), but in actuality there is some dark stuff going on. There is complexity beyond the slapstick comedy and hilarious costumes( like peed your pants hilarious costumes, like every time i see the Chanel logo on the physicians' cap or the shorts of the eunuchs).

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  7. Please, please, please more summaries. i discovered this show last weekend and have been watching without subs, trying to figure out what exactly is going on.

    I agree about the pretty. The show moves effortlessly from hilarity to seriousness and makes it all believable. This show is an unexpected gem.

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  8. Plzzzz do d summaries... Love d show but no subs. It will be SUPER helpful :)

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  9. OMG! This show sounds nutty! How's the male Zhang Peng dealing with being the female Peng Peng? Does he become feminised? Please recap! Thanks!

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  10. YES! Please continue!!! I only understood like.. 60%, but your re-caps bring it up to a good 90%!

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  11. Yes to episode summaries! Thank you!

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  12. Please recap the full episodes of Go Princess Go. Thank you !

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  13. Actually the clothes in the show are referenced from some fashion shows haha....http://www.ipctu.com/m/view.php?aid=22573

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  14. Actually the clothes in the show are referenced from some fashion shows haha....http://www.ipctu.com/m/view.php?aid=22573

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  15. Thanks ever so much for your summaries cuz I was just lovin' this series not knowing what the heck was going on but now, I'm lovin' it even more!

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  16. Thanks Ninja! Why does Qi Sheng want Peng Peng dead?

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    1. Im wondering the same question as well!

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    2. Peng Peng was chosen as the wife for the crown prince (Qi Sheng) because her family had a lot of influence and would be a good help to him BUT once Qi Sheng realizes that Peng Peng is fake then she becomes a liability instead of a help. In the case of palace intrigue, any unpredictable factor is usually considered deadly and best to get rid of ASAP. The novel didn't explain too much Qi Sheng's reason for wanting Peng Peng dead, only that it was important to him that Peng Peng's "family" doesn't figure out that she is fake. So, it might've been just easier to have her dead then trying to cover up for her.

      In the novel, both of the male leads tried to kill our poor heroine for one thing or the other, so that's why in the novel Peng Peng didn't trust the male second lead either.

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