It's Untamed Monday! Yay! For me anyway.
Right, episode eleven...
We go then to Lotus Cove, which is fucking stunning, by the way (but I think scenery-wise I still prefer the Cloud Recesses... It snows there). Jiang Chen and WWX are greeted by a happy populace, and it's clear that they are beloved by their people - and also don't hold themselves too high above the regular folk. There's a lovely brother bonding moment when WWX and Jiang Chen await their father, pondering what punishment they're going to get. There isn't one, incidentally. Instead, there is a pleasant family dinner.
Or it would have been pleasant. Jiang Chen's mother shows up, and hoy boy, she's in a mood, folks. Granted, she's angry because her husband has decided to give the Wen Clan what they want - her son, but as WWX is not an heir to the Jiang Clan, he can decide for himself. She's feeling pissed that this interloper into their family is being treated better than her son. But that doesn't excuse her snapping at Jiang Chen and pointing out that he's so much weaker than WWX, and chastising him for even associating with the mischief-maker. Poor Jiang Chen. He doesn't deserve that. But it also explains a lot of what is going to happen and why Jiang Chen is the way he is later on.
We get another lovely family scene in Lotus Cove before we're back in Gusu, just outside the hidden entrance to the Cold Pond. Wen Xu shows up and clashes with Lan Qiren. Lan Qiren is still spitting blood, and so almost loses. Who should show up but LWJ, who saves his uncle with the killer strings technique on his qin.
So, out he goes. Of the group just outside of the Cold Pond, only Su She is saved. But, the Wen Clan does retreat from the Cloud Recesses, leaving the remaining disciples alive, taking LWJ and the Yin Iron with them. But not before breaking LWJ's leg.
We cut now to the throne room of the Nightless city, where a hapless peon is begging Wen Ruohan for mercy. Instead, Wen Ruohan wakes up his puppets, some of which are looking pretty gnarly, and they rip the poor bastard up. Wen Qing is there and witnesses the whole thing. Ruohan then threatens her brother with the same fate if she ever interferes with Wen Clan plans for domination again (she spared WWX and LWJ, remember). Wen Qing promises she will obey from now on.
Back at Lotus Cove, WWX and Jiang Chen wave goodbye to their homes. Perhaps for the last time... who knows?
Then we're at the Nightless City. WWX and Jiang Chen arrive to find the heirs of the major families there, except LWJ. Wen Chao show up and insults his new students, before saying, "You may as well bring him." And then...
There are some slow mo shots on WWX's face when he sees LWJ. He tries to get his crush's attention, but LWJ is, well, LWJ and ignores him.
What I Liked
The sword fighting in this was, for what we saw, was still quite good - not as dorky as past episodes. So no complaints there. Also, the storm clouds are finally starting to roll in. Our heroes are in the nest of their (current) enemy, essentially held hostage to force compliance from their parents. Their about to lose a major part of their cultivation abilities (their swords. I'm not sure how it works, exactly, but I've decided that they're kinda like wands in the Harry Potter universe), and the Wen Clan is threatening obliteration to anyone who stands in their way.
As for whatever progress WWX made in connecting with LWJ, that seems to have been pretty much reversed for now. That sucks. Though, granted, LWJ really isn't the type to go running into someone's arms.
What Could Have Been Better
I think writing anything here would be asking for too damned much. That said, I'm still fuzzy on why Lan Qiren randomly started spitting blood. I think it's the talisman that Wen Xu had on him during the attack, but I am not clear on it. Why was Lan Qiren the only one affected if it was thing that had an area of effect. Otherwise it was a directed attack at Lan Qiren, and I'm really not sure how that would work. That could have been clearer.
Other than that, I'm still really loving this series.