- Starring: Amber An | Bruce He | Sean Lee | Oceana Wu | Modi Chiu
- Episodes: 16 (1 Hr. 30 Min.)
- Aired: January 6 – April 28, 2019
- Network: CTV
- Where to Watch: Viki
As far as Taiwanese dramas go, I don’t have a lot under my belt. This is only my second one but I will say this was an adventure. I went in with the expectation that this was going to be your classic enemies to lovers story and in a way, it was. But what happens when who you thought was an enemy was really just a guy who crushed on you from afar for over 10 years? Yeah… that was this show but also throw in some unnecessary love squares, weird gang subplots and a theme song that was pushed so hard I feel impregnated by it.
I’m not sure how I should approach this because for the most part I think I enjoyed it but about half way through the show I wanted to give it up because our male lead was basically a 12 year old in a hot man’s body. On the outside Yang Zi Hao was everything you want from a male lead. He was successful, attractive and a little of a dick. But as we continued down this road of a love story, it quickly became apparent he was nothing more than an immature guy who couldn’t get over his high school crush. I wish there was more depth there, but there wasn’t.
As for Chang Ke Ai, I didn’t dislike her as much because I really found her base storyline endearing. A top student not being able to attend college because of a family financial situation is so realistic, I was like yessss. But even with that, the things that followed once she met back up with Zi Hao was so ridiculous that all the ground work of her character was kind of moot. At the end of the day, I don’t think she even had romance on her mind even when she ended up with Zi Hao. Most of the time she seemed like she just tolerated his antics.
Another annoying thing was how forced things seemed to be. From the weird lesbian sub-plot between Ke Ai and the famous pianist Jamie Chen to the whole first kiss between Ke Ai and Zi Hao. I don’t mind having LGBQT plots and characters but the fact that Jamie was a firm lesbian for most of the series and then by the end she is now in love and in a relationship with Zi Hao’s cousin Zi Jie felt way left field. Then the whole first kiss thing. OMG! I mean, it was cute but what CEO you know offers up a kiss to the sales person who sells the most items in their store? If so… that feels like sexual harassment.
Anyway, I realized I don’t watch Taiwanese or Chinese dramas for logic. That’s why I just have to realize I need to just stick with the outrageous so the cute skinship and romantic moments make me happy. Cause this drama had its fair share of those. Zi Hao could have been an amazing lead if his character was more mature. But thank you for all the shirtless sense and that dimpled smile.