Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Sci-fi
Air-date: Jan 11, 2022 – Jan 25, 2022
Starring: Bai Jing Ting as Xiao He Yun, Zhao Jin Mai as Li Shi Qing
Mmm… Mmmm… Mmmm.. Now, listen, I am never one for time loop dramas, simply because I could never last hours on end watching this time of repetition. That being said, imagine my surprise when I started this and was actually enjoying it and having the time of my life. However, if there is one thing that a Chinese drama will do, it is cop propaganda and boy was this drama essentially just cop propaganda.
I think the greatest strength that this drama had was the acting. With acting this good and a script that is good enough, a drama can become excellent and well received. I believe that this was the case with this drama especially with the episode count capped at fifteen. And if I am being honest, fifteen was a bit too much simply because I was not a fan of the backstory we got for the bomber, but that is me getting ahead of myself. I think that overall, this drama had a cast that was excellent for this premise. I placed my bet on who the bomber was almost immediately because I am big brained. Even though this was intense cop propaganda, I loved me some Captain Zhang and let me tell you that I definitely was like umm hello Reset when he died during one of the loops. Speaking of characters that I enjoyed, Lu Di, was amazing. He was excellent regardless of his nagging mother who absolutely needed a chill pill. As for our leads themselves there was a certain naivety that I didn’t like about our female lead and I was actually getting the ick from time to time. Bai Jing Ting was ACTING. HE SAID ACTOR. WE HAD TO STAN.
Now no piece of work is without its flaws and Reset should be no different. One of things that I never understood was the concept of time in this time loop drama simply because it seemed like a minute lasted five hours and five hours lasted a minute. I thought that the time wasted with the interrogations served no purpose other to be a fluffer. Also, I was a bit confused by the fact that we never saw any of their guardians get brought in, ever? Ultimately, my main grievance was the backstory of the bomber. Just.. Doing too much. We didn’t need this. We definitely didn’t need it to span like two whole episodes, I just felt frustration. Not everyone needs to be humanized. I think this drama could’ve and should’ve been twelve episodes if they trimmed the unnecessary bits and if they needed to have it be fifteen then fill that with a break between loops for our main characters to get refreshed.
All in all, I did enjoy this and would recommend others to watch. Even teared up during the final episode when I saw the watermelon scene and I had to catch myself. The good outweighs the mediocre in this one, absolutely worth the hype. Also, the ending song was fantastic.
Rewatch Value: 6/10