Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Rattan


Genre: Romance, Mystery, Fantasy
Origin: China
Episodes: 30 (1 alternative ending)
Air-date: Mar 8, 2021 – Apr 4, 2021
Starring: Jing Tian as Si Teng/Bai Ying, Vin Zhang as Qin Fang, Zhang Yi Chi as Yan Fu Rui, June Wu as Wang Qian Kun

Many years ago, the plant-alien hybrid Si Teng was hunted down by a Xuanmen hunter. Chased across Shanghai, Si Teng fled for her life but escaping the relentless hunter proved impossible. In an act of cruel piety, the hunter killed Si Teng and buried her remains at the base of a great cliff. There she would have remained for all eternity, had fate not chosen to intervene. Resurrected by the unwitting actions of a young architect by the name of Qin Fang, Si Teng finds herself in a strange new world. Confused by the fragmented memories in her head, Si Teng insists Qin Fang help her regain her memories, while at the same time helping her understand life in this modern age. Despite their rocky start, Qin Fang eventually agrees to Si Teng’s demands. With Qin Fang by her side, Si Teng learns what it means to live and love but the fragmented memories of her past continue to torment her. Determined to understand the mysteries of her past, Si Teng and Qin Fang continue to search for answers, their quest drawing them ever closer. But how long will their happiness last when the demon of the past refuses to die?


I just need a moment… or two…. or three. Wow. Hard to believe that this show has ended. I am at a loss of words because damn did I enjoy this one a LOT. I remember following the news for this show and I was skeptical because I didn’t really see how this could’ve been adapted well or how China would have allowed this to pass their broadcast airing criteria. I was shook that it did, but as I started watching it I realized that they changed a bit of the original concept to comply which I am not mad about.

I honestly have no idea where to start with this one. I honestly was so satisfied with everything that we received with this show. Even the fact that they gave us an alternative ending wasn’t even necessary imo because the original ending was very satisfying as well. I thought the story was very engaging and that the actors really brought life to the characters. When I tell y’all that I was texting my friend with all my theories and was like I NEED TO BE RIGHT at every option to the point where I am pretty sure she blocked me. LMFAO. There were a few plot holes, but they were on the scale of like putting too much orange juice in your mimosa, not putting salt in the place of sugar for your cookies.

I think something that I found to be an interesting point of this story was how the women in the Yi Clan were portrayed. Although almost every woman/girl in this show suffered a form of trauma or disservice in some way, it was these pieces that truly showed the strength of their characters. Si Teng was an amazing lead character, she was so beautifully layered that it was impossible to consider her as anything other than exceptional. Also, all the freaking outfits that we were blessed with Jing Tian you damn queen!

Of course something that made this drama stand out on the level that it did was the chemistry between Jing Tian and Vin Zhang.. Listen.. LISTEN. I CANNOT BLAME CHINA FOR TRIPPING OVER THEM THE CHEMISTRY WAS SCALDING. Like they were rude! Out of order! Detrimental to my health. The audience (me) NEED the reunion in another drama and we NEED KISSES. That would be my biggest complaint of this drama, WE DIDN’T GET ENOUGH KISSES.

I definitely recommend this drama to watch especially for people who enjoyed Goblin/Tale of Nine Tailed because it really gives the same vibe, but the leads actually have chemistry. Also the cinematography here is absolutely stunning. I was in awe in almost every shot of the scenery and along with the styling? It was mesmerizing.

Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Rewatch Value: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

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Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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