guardian ep 1 rewatch 

I won't rewatch the whole thing, I just need to witness Shen Wei seeing Zhao Yunlan again.

But it's utterly fascinating to see the way the show frames SW at the very beginning, after the info dump. It almost feels as if they want us to mistrust him, from the way the show us his strange little half-smiles that tell us immediately that this guy is hiding *something*.

Contrast this with ZYL's first appearance on his bike with clueless Guo & the quick intro to the SID crew.

guardian ep 1 rewatch 

ZYL is 100% the cool dude, with his motorcycle, his confidence and his quips.

Guo has grown on me, but oh wow, he annoyed me in the beginning!

And then. Shen Wei hears the voice first, then he sees him, and the look on his face. Oh wow.
I wasn't sure at first watch, but he really seems to not have seen ZYL before. Which is kind of strange.

Oh, the meet-cute over the cat, and SW's helpless smile when he looks at ZYL, the way he can't let go of his hand. Disbelieving.

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guardian ep 1 rewatch 

Huh, Da Qing's reaction to SW is so interesting right from the start, now that I know more about their backstory.

And SW has himself under tight control, but he's so reluctant to look at ZAL, as if he's afraid he won't be able to lie if he meets his eyes. And when he does, he can't help but smile, so close to his Kunlun again after so long...

What was ZYL thinking, though, sending Guo after him?

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Heh, ep 1 was where they spent the special effects budget, what with Zhu Hong's tail and Chu actually getting to fight with his puppet... :)

At the office, ZYL is sprawling. Not just sprawling, flat out lying down. With his lollipop. Iconic.

And SW staring at his personnel file and remembering. Has he really never looked into whose running the SID these days? I haven't reached the flashback episodes yet, so I don't know yet what the thing about meeting again means.

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Bai Yu plays ZYL so incredibly well. He's lounging on his bike, but you can see his sensitivity, his soft heart while he's watching the girl. And then SW joins her, and he sits up, already intrigued.

And SW is completely aware of ZYL's presence. He's obviously decided on a strategy to deal with him, he's in control, all "harmless professor". Except ZYL gets right under his skin by plainly admitting the sense of recognition.

Their whole relationship is set up, right there.

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guardian ep 1 rewatch 

Does SW know the Dial for what it is or just sense that it's something special? And then of course he reveals his special powers, if only to us.

Again, you can tell they spent money on this ep, the shadow Dixing is actually kinda scary, unlike... most later monsters.

SW doesn't blink, he's ready to go BCE right there - except he feels SID approaching and immediately changes his strategy. That's some impressive quick thinking!

And the Big Entrance. Drama queen! ;)

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So are we to assume that there simply haven't been many Dixing incursions since ZYL became Chief?

I love the interplay with ZYL and the BCE. He's intrigued & he knows how powerful/dangerous the BCE is, but he talks to him like I assume few people dare.

But wow, on 2nd viewing the dubbing becomes so much more obvious.

Overall, it's a pretty good opener - I didn't even mind the info dump at the beginning. And it immediately focuses on the SW/ZYL relationship, as it should.

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