Yes…. I have come to the dreaded tw-drama slump, which explains why my blog have been pretty quiet over the past 2-3 weeks and I stopped reviewing tw-dramas for quite some time because I haven’t found a new tw-drama that I have the urge to write about. I’m currently watching more Korean and Japanese dramas but I won’t talk about them in detailed in this post (more on them in my upcoming year-end drama review post) as I’ll be focusing on the Taiwanese dramas I’ve watched but kept on-hold or dropped like a hot potato.
Beware: I might be ranting about some dramas and sound harsh in my post. Not for the sensitive hearts, proceed with care.
Currently obsessed with:
Korean dramas: Misaeng, Pride and Prejudice, Bad Guys
(Cable channels are rocking my dramaland. Please award Misaeng as drama of the year.)
Japanese dramas: Dear Sister, Doctor X-3, First Class 2
(I’m more obsessed with Dear Sister than the other 2.)
Taiwanese drama: Love Cheque Charge
(That’s pretty much it, the only tw-drama I’m casually watching.)
Lovestore at the Corner (巷弄裡的那家書店) – DROPPED
It has a strong start but again, like so many other dramas, it falter towards the end and I dropped it midway through. It would have been a quality drama if the producers kept it short and sweet (14 episodes will be more than enough). I mentioned before in my reviews that I hope they won’t focus on their loveline but apparently, the producers decided to go ahead and make this drama so cliche with jealousy, love triangle and typical romance angst that it lost its unconventional charms. I’m not surprised by how it only managed to get one nomination in the Golden Bell Awards even though the producers had the ambitions to make this an award-winning drama. They didn’t have enough skills to back up their overly-bloated ambitions and it end up as a HUGE disappointment among critics and fans. Such a sad case when it had sooooooo much potential. I’m harsher when it comes to a drama I LOVED but end up disappointing me as it’s double disappointment. Such a waste of acting talents. I’ll say the fault lies mostly with the screenwriters. Sigh…
You Light Up My Star (你照亮我星球) – DROPPED
Sadly no. It didn’t light up my world (or dramaland to be exact). I gave it a lot of chance, I was generous enough to try watching it for 11 episodes but my patience end up running thin as I watch the main character, Cheng-Wei (Joe Cheng) feeling depressed, destructive and lashing out on the innocent people for so many episodes. Worst still, I was shipping him more with second female lead, Yi-Fang (Summer Meng) than the heroine, Man-Ling (Janine Chang). I just couldn’t ship Cheng-Wei with Man-Ling as he’s so abusive and cold when it comes to her so even if he gets better in the last few episodes, I’ll still feel that they just don’t match each other.
Normally I would feel pity for Man-Ling as a character as she’s been getting the cold shoulder from Cheng-Wei but I felt little pity for her as I wasn’t a fan of how naive or clingy she is. I liked her better when she started becoming independent and stop obsessing about Cheng-Wei. I had hopes for this drama to get better but after weeks of disappointments, I finally dropped it. The low rating also shows that most people weren’t that interested in the drama. I hope Director Winnie picks a good screenwriter to collaborate with.
Aim High (22K夢想高飛) – ON-HOLD
Not that I had high expectations to begin with but the teaser with Lego Lee and Yao Yao really got me riled up and the long trailer looks great but when I finally get to watch the full episode, it’s nowhere as nice as their trailer. It’s actually pretty decent but I feel it’s a little bit too cheesy for my taste and the lack of Lego Lee and Yao Yao couple in the first episode also did nothing to make me feel interested as Summer Meng is such a typical boring heroine and I just don’t feel enough chemistry from her and Chris Wang. Chris Wang is a decent actor but he lacks the X-factor that makes him interesting to watch and I never really shipped him with any of his on-screen partners (Yes, that includes Annie Chen from Inborn Pair…). Taste is very subjective so I hope Chris Wang’s fans won’t be offended by my comment :p.
Netizens have been criticizing about how unprofessional the characters are in their work and that’s a big NO-NO for a career-focused drama. The audience are not really buying the storyline and it reflects in their rating, recording only 1.08 as their highest and 0.83 as their lowest. Their highest rating is even lower than their predecessor, Pleasantly Surprised (喜歡 . 一個人)’s lowest rating and that’s not a good sign. Out of the main couples, I think Lego Lee and Yao Yao have the stronger storyline so I’ll probably pick it back up again if I hear good things about them. But at the moment, I have other better dramas to watch than Aim High.
Well-received by the audience but currently not in the mood to watch:
Sometimes, my brain functions strangely. The drama is good but I don’t feel that invested or have the mood to continue watching. That doesn’t mean I won’t pick them back. I just need to be in the right mood to watch them. Mood is such a mystery.
The Way We Were (16個夏天) – ON-HOLD
I feel like there will be a ton of people rushing to throw stones on me just because I kept this on-hold for so long as it’s such a well-received drama. The Way We Were is the only weekly TW-drama that managed to break 2 in rating other than SETTV idol dramas and that speaks volume. Good production quality? Check. Good storyline? Check. Good acting? Check. Good music? Check. Me? Uncheck. LOL…. It’s my own problem, I just didn’t have the mood to watch TWWW so I stopped at Ep2. I had plans to pick it back up but always end up delaying for various other reasons and when I’m finally free, I feel that I’ve no mood to continue as I think I saw too many spoilers lying around in the blogsphere, haha! I had no motivations to watch the heavy angst that lies in the future for these characters but I’m sure someday I’ll pick it back up. I’ll hold my verdict until that day.
Apple in Your Eye (妹妹) – ON-HOLD
Truthfully, I’m more invested in Apple in Your Eye than The Way We Were when I watched it but…. I didn’t care enough for the main couple and that’s very problematic as their story is the main focus. I like the characters individually but when you put the main couple together, I don’t feel enough for them (I find them better as siblings than as a couple). That’s the type of problem I had with Mag Hsu’s In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) too, I felt detached from the main couple despite loving the main characters individually. I just felt like they didn’t have to necessarily end up together and even if they get together, I’m happy for them. Like The Way We Were, it’s very well-received, it has good production quality, good acting, good script but I wasn’t in the right mood to continue. I kept it on hold and stopped at ep6 but I’ll probably pick it back up pretty soon as it has only 13 episodes, 7 episodes is not that much.
Alright, you guys can stone me… for being a lazy blogger. I’ll take the well-deserved hit T_T
Don’t let my opinion sway you, just start watching anything you’re interested in.