The pace is infuriating me, so I’d decided to just write a quick recap/ summary instead for every 2 episodes. I’m already watching it at a fast-forwarded speed, and find myself skipping parts of the drama. I mean, one of the episodes had a 5-minute scene of Puyang Ying brewing medicine – meh. Maybe there’s some detail or special action that I was supposed to notice, but that was too much.
Talking about detail, while this drama is beautifully shot, there is still something left to be desired. As a fan of traditional Chinese dramas, and with the high production quality of NIF 2, I really expected the dialogue to be more meaty and layered, to have something so compelling that makes me want to listen to each word carefully.
I’ve seen Chinese netizens commenting that pace picks up much more from Ep 20 onwards, so I’m looking forward to that. So here’s just a summary of what has happened over the course of Episodes 7 to 13, covering the major events that have taken place.
Ep 7 recap of Nirvana in Fire 2:
Commander Xun chases Duan across the city, and Duan hides in the Laiyang Manor. Duan discovers Lady Yu’s voodoo doll of the Emperor, and she covers his hiding in her closet.
Lin Xi reveals to Ping Jing that she had checked a box borrowed from Qian Xue. She suspects that the box contains cinnabar gelatine from Donghai Sea, resulting in Qian Xue’s inability to conceive.
Commander Xun visits his uncle, Minister Xun, and semi-confronts him over his loyalty to the court. Minister Xun is furious, and reminds him that he belongs to the Xun family.
Ping Zhang doubles over when Ping Jing reports to him about the substance causing Qian Xue’s inability to conceive. The box had been given as part of Qian Xue’s dowry from the Empress, but he knows that too many people have come across it in between as well.
Qian Xue prays at Qianling Temple. Commander Xun visits as well, as the temple contains an oil that was found on Duan’s clothes. He offers his prayer that Qian Xue’s wishes would come true.
Ep 8 recap of Nirvana in Fire 2:
Puyang Ying hides Duan in his manor, and even after searching the secret chamber, Commander Xun cannot find him.
Ping Zhang brings Ping Jing to visit Minister Song in jail, and Minister Song airs his grievances that the Chang Lin army is getting too strong – and many ministers want to see it being knocked down a few notches.
Ping Zhang confronts the Empress over the box, and she angrily agrees to conduct a full investigation. As this involves matters of the harem, it would be easier for the Empress to lead the investigation instead of the Chang Lin manor.
Upon hearing that a precious herb from a dangerous ravine is needed for Qian Xue’s medicine, Ping Jing immediately agrees to obtain it. His sincerity is noted by Lin Xi.
Then, Ping Zhang confronts Minister Shen of the Rites and Ceremonies department. Minister Shen had put the Chang Lin manor on equal standing as the Crown Prince during the New Year’s ceremony – but since the Crown Prince has turned 10, it is improper to do so. Ping Zhang reminds Minister Shen to observe the correct etiquette, and not try to suck up to the Chang Lin manor.