Strategist wrote:In the novel (and, I'm given to understand, in history), Yuan Shao did not have much of a chance of taking control of the Emperor. Cao Cao was simply in the best posistion to do so.
In the TV adaptation in 2010, however, Yuan Shao has the opportunity to go to the Emperor's rescue and potentially take him. Xu You argues that the Emperor's usefulness is unlimited as he can be used to command the lords of the realm- Tian Feng argues it would be a burden as the Emperor may be assertive of his power (which is clearly wrong) but wants to take Bing and You (both under Gongsun Zan's control swiftly) in order to control the North.
The show tries to portray Xu You as being right (having Yuan Shao change his mind later), but I'm not so sure. Once Yuan Shao takes Gongsun Zan's lands he's able to raise 700,000 men- Cao Cao for all his expansion can only get 200,000. The lands near Yuan Shao are Bing/You (Gongsun Zan's and thus enemy), Yan(Cao Cao's- a cunning man who will find pretexts to ignore imperial commands easily), and Xu (controlled by Liu Bei, who is a more competent version of his ROTK interpretation, but soon after falling to Lu Bu.)
What do people here think?
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBNYM_75KU provides some insight on this question)
DragonAtma wrote:Han Fu's land was taken in 190 or 191, just as the ADZC was winding down. Back then, Yuan Shao was still fine.
As for Gongsun Zan's defeat, that was from a huge error on his part, not Yuan Shao's skills.
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