Taiwanese Drama Review: Love at Seventeen

Love @ Seventeen: Boy Chases Girl…Literally

Wow. This is one of the best dramas to come out of Taiwan in a long while. I watched every single episode and did not skip any scene, something I very rarely do with dramas. It could be because it was only 15 episodes, but 15 episodes was perfect. Any longer and it would have fallen prey to the reason so many other Taiwanese dramas fail: they’re just too long. I was initially interested in this drama because it paired one of my favorite TW actresses, Nikki Hsieh, with one of my favorite TW actors, Lego Li. Little did I know that this pairing would turn out to be so amazing! Before this drama, I thought Nikki Hsieh and Lego Li were good actors only sometimes. Now, I know that they really do have acting chops, and when put together, they excel at their jobs.

DISCLAIMER: Unlike what the description of this drama would have you believe, Love @ Seventeen is NOT a “Second Chance” drama. Ai Li Si NEVER goes back in time to her high school days to change things. And before that makes you not want to watch the drama, I promise that the drama is only better for it.

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(Short) Taiwanese Drama Review: Dandelion Love (Xing Fu Pu Gong Ying)

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Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 4.5

Storyline/plot: 6

Plot Development: 4

Characters: 5

Music: 5

Ending: 7

Dandelion Love was 40 episodes long, but it definitely could have been only 30. The last ten episodes really dragged. Overall, the acting in the drama is not very good. I love me some Danson Tang, but he didn’t do a good job in this drama, and don’t even get me started on Alice Tseng. Both her acting and her character were irritating. The two best actors, who played the two most interesting characters, were Lene Lai and Nylon Chen. I thought they played their roles very well, even if it took Nylon a few episodes to truly become comfortable playing someone who couldn’t speak. Oh, and side note: these two are married in real life!! I also thought the main character’s father (Weng Jia Ming) did a good job.

The plot of the drama was a simple love story/slice of life. The way the plot developed in many parts, especially the way Lena Lai’s character developed, was sloppy. SPOILERS: When I didn’t even feel sad that one of the main characters had died, I knew there was something wrong. That being said, I still watched the whole thing, and it certainly wasn’t torture. The first seven or so episodes with the kids were entertaining, and the love stories were sweet as well.

Watch If: You’re a fan of Danson Tang (he was the reason I started watching), Lene Lai, or Nylon Chen. Also, if you like longer dramas that take you beyond marriage and happily-ever-after, then this might be a drama you’ll enjoy.

Don’t Watch If: You want an emotional drama that really makes you connect with the characters. Also, if you struggle watching dramas over 20 episodes, then I wouldn’t suggest this drama for you.

Overall Score: 5.25

Rewatchability: 0%

 

(Short) Chinese Drama Review: The Princess Weiyoung

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Princess Weiyoung, or How Many Times Can We Frame Wei Young Without Anyone Catching on to a Pattern?

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 7

Storyline/plot: 7

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 7

Music: 6.5

Ending: 10

Ah, this drama was so romantic! I loved that this was one of the only historical fiction dramas I’ve seen that almost solely focused on the romance. Of course, there was some political intrigue in the drama, but the relationship between the two leads was the main plot through the whole drama. Although I do not think it is one of the best historical dramas by any means, I did still thoroughly enjoy it. I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode, and I only skipped one or two scenes in the whole of 54 episodes!

The acting was pretty good, although I thought Vanness Wu was a bit awkward in his role as a villain (his hair was fabulous, though). The plot was engaging, but there were way too many times that Weiyoung got framed. Finally, around episode 30 or 40, the directors/writers finally got a clue to move on from the “framing Weiyoung” part of the plot. The ending was bittersweet, but it was perfect. And if not for the unresolved plot-points in the end, my score for the drama would have been higher.

Oh! And I will say there is one plot point in this drama that was perfection. I cringe even thinking about what happened, and it was really hard to watch some of the episodes because of what happened to Weiyoung, but after that plot point is finally resolved, you look back and realize how well it was actually executed.

If you’re a fan of historical dramas, pretty people, revenge, and, most importantly, ROMANCE, then I would highly recommend you to watch this drama.

If you like watching historical dramas because of politics or revenge or, well, history, then I wouldn’t watch this drama if I were you (it was based on a fictional book, you know).

FRIENDLY ADVICE: Always skip the opening and ending of each episode because if you don’t, they will spoil the drama for you.

Overall Score: 7.4

Rewatchability: 95%

(Short) Korean Drama Review: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 8

Storyline/plot: 8

Plot Development: 6

Characters: 7

Music: 10

Ending: 10

I would honestly recommend everyone who loves historical fiction dramas and/or romance dramas to watch this. Although there were many aspects of the plot that weren’t explained and a few of the plot points were rushed, the drama overall was good. It was entertaining and quite romantic. This was the first drama I’ve seen of Lee Joon Ki since “My Girl” and I was absolutely thrilled by his performance. IU also did a fabulous job, and she’s definitely improved since her “Dream High” days. Also, I’d like to praise Baekhyun for a fabulous debut performance (I know he’s guest starred in a couple other things, but this was his first serious drama, I believe). I knew he was in some boy band when I saw him on the screen, but I was surprised to learn he was in EXO. The character he plays in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo and his natural self as a part of EXO are completely different, which made me even more impressed.

Anyway, although this drama has some definite storytelling flaws, it still has great music, characters, and romance. If you’re craving romance or historical fiction, then watch this drama.

Overall Score: 8.2

Rewatchability: 95%

DCP Fall Advantage/Spring Extension 2016/2017: Why I Self-Termed

I thought it would be good to post about this, as I know a lot of people who do the program struggle with the decision to self-term. I  will honestly say that I didn’t struggle very much with my decision. That could be because I had already completed a program, but ultimately, I think I knew in my heart that it was time to get away from Disney and go home.

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Just a little background info: I started the Disney College Program back in June as a Fall Advantage participant. I was hired as Quick-Service Food and Beverage.  If you read any of my other posts, you would know that I hated my role and my location. Things never got better, they really only got worse, but I loved all the people I worked with, and I had my roommates and other friends to whom I could vent my frustrations. I never thought about going home (except during the summer, like once).

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