Scumbag System (SVSSS donghua) episode 8 Thoughts (spoilers)
(covers SVSSS chaps 19 - 22, BC Novels Translations)
The BingQiu love was in full force!
I love how the donghua really emphasizes how bad SQQ feels about what he eventually has to do to Binghe. When I was reading the book, I didn’t feel his regret as strongly until the event actually happened, but seeing his constant worry and dread about what is inevitable was a really nice change. It also underlines the budding feelings Shen Yuan has for Binghe since he’s obviously already attached to him emotionally. Of course Shen Yuan always had affection for the badass protagonist of PIDW, but I think the donghua clearly shows this early on that there were obviously more to his feelings than just being a fan. I know we will never get as far as the irrefutable confirmation of their romantic love for each other, but I see these affectionate moments between them as Easter Eggs from the donghua team to show they are trying the best they can in their own subtle ways to acknowledge their love.
Some of these moments were more or less straight from the book, but I will always appreciate the fact that they could have easily just omitted the looks of adoration or even the hug and the touches in lieu of something even more platonic or, worse yet, simply nothing, reducing BingQiu to just an ordinary pair of master and disciple.
I guess that would make them kinda like how it currently is between SQQ and Ming Fan.
Poor Ming Fan. Before Shen Yuan came along, he was destined to be SQQ’s #1 disciple for as long as SQQ was still whole. Of course he was also destined to meet a horrible, painful and slow death, but how could he know Shen Yuan was basically doing him a favor by letting Binghe usurp his standing. He looked so sad about being demoted in his Shizun’s heart, I genuinely felt bad for him, when prior to the donghua, I honestly never spared Ming Fan much thought. He was just a cannon fodder deserving of his end since he wasn’t that nice of a person in PIDW, but then again, a lot of his actions were encouraged by Shen Jiu, so he definitely shouldn’t have to shoulder all the blame. He’s actually a smart boy, and a good one as well, once he’s out of that bullying mode, so he really deserves some love.
Also completely deserving some love, my queen QiQingqi. Look at her range in just a split second. I love her so much. In an alternate universe she and Madame Yu would’ve made such an awesome power couple. They could easily rule the cultivation world with just their disdainful, ball-shriveling glare alone.
Another person I was so looking forward to loving was Gongyi Xiao. He was so instantly lovable in the book, even though I know that was a fruitless love. And while I loved this cute moment between him and Bingmei:
I can’t help but be a tad disappointed at how he turned out.
Poor baby, what happened? I was expecting a total Adonis, rivaling both Binghe and Liu Qingge’s beauty. Not that he was hit with the ugly stick or anything, far from it, but I think they spent all their energy and resources on making SQQ, Binghe and LQG pretty so when it came to this lovely cannon fodder, they ran out of everything so he fell rather short of gorgeous. I’m especially not a fan of that hairstyle.
I can’t even be angry at the donghua team tho since they overdelivered on my holy trinity, especially LQG. I also love seeing SQQ’s interaction with him: I love how casually he acts around his shidi, how almost OOC he is in his behavior since SQQ is supposed to be more cool and collected than that.
And of course, how flirtatious SQQ continues to be towards LQG.
It’s interesting that both LQG and QQQ are really the only ones that get to see this playful, casual side of him and yet both of them are completely unphased by it. I don’t know if we’re supposed to assume that to them, he’s acting normally while we are the ones seeing the real Shen Yuan, or maybe they just think he’s changed cause he’s still poisoned. Either way, it’s cute.
We got to meet 3 of Bingge’s future wives but I’m gonna be honest, I never cared about them in the book and I still don’t care about them in the show. At this point, in terms of his never-to-be harem, I really only care about Liu Mingyan and Sha Hualing. The scene where he tried to talk to LMY just to see why his Shizun was so interested in her (in other words, out of jealousy), only to just brush her off was hilarious.
I would say poor Liu Mingyan but honestly she’s better off not being one of his 3000 wives. Bingge’s harem sounds like a freaking nightmare to be a part of, imho, even if she would’ve been a higher ranked wife. She deserves better (like Sha Hualing 😁).