A little analysis of how characters in this show work, to make a better story. Overall story setup: woman disguised as male detective meets prince disguised as lower-ranking noble, Together They Fight Crime.
Pei Zhao/ Pei Yanzhi (Prince Qi). Main color: White. Band Role: The Leader. The element of Metal is intuition, rationality, and the mind. A former general, he withdrew from the position after the war was won so people couldn’t use that politically against his half-brother, the very young Emperor. Currently spending most of his time under the assumed identity of a “servant of Prince Qi” to stay out of court politics, interact with regular people, and now help solve criminal cases. Also the Handicapped Badass; his night vision was destroyed by a poisoned arrow, and he needs regular treatment to keep the rest of his vision. Though if you see the guy putting on a blindfold before he draws his sword (so he’s not distracted by his blurry vision), it’s about to get dangerous….
Su Ci (Bai Yian). Main color: Blue. Band Role: The Smart Guy. The element of Water is erudition, resourcefulness, and wit. Her family wiped out years ago, she disguised herself as a man and joined the Mingjing Office (royal investigators), currently working as one of their best detectives due to acute vision, attention to details, and deductive ability. Note that passing as a man to become an officer of the court is technically lying to the Emperor and could lead to execution. She’s very, very good at her job, understandably touch-averse, and avoids getting drunk, or anything else that could ruin her disguise.
Dong Rushang. Main color: Yellow. Band Role: The Lancer. The element of Earth is agreeableness and honesty. On the surface a strange choice for someone who’s an expert in poisons; but Rushang is incredibly honest about what she knows and what she does with that knowledge. She wants to help investigate, not poison people for her own gain. (Well… not for more than honest gain!)
Xie Beiming. Main color: Red. Band Role: The Big Guy. The element of Fire is passion and intensity. This noble son wants to be a just and upright hero, taking down bad guys, restoring justice, and sometimes stealing from the rich. (He left a promissory note, really!) He has it so bad for Rushang… and knows “Pei” is actually Prince Qi.
Fei Yuan. Main color: Green. Band Role: The Chick. The element of Wood is idealism, spontaneity, and curiosity. Yes, he’s a teenage guy. He still fills the Chick role of taking care of everybody and poking people emotionally so they’ll talk to each other instead of staring longingly all the time.
I’ve seen a few eps, and so far the characters are bouncing off each other’s interactions nicely, and taking down bad guys… which of course gradually leads to an overarching Bad Guy in the background. Mwah-ha-hah….