Maybe realistically I should aim for a fortnightly instead of weekly roundup?! Time passes by way too quickly and suddenly it’s another Sunday!
Dragon Gate Ep 9 to 11 – well, the ship I had some hopes for (Xiao San / Ai Xin) sunk quite spectacularly! More like it exploded. Suddenly it dawned on me in episode 10 that one of the main reasons Dragon Gate turned out so poorly is because it fails to explain some of the fundamental logic that holds the plot together. After ten episodes I finally realised the position of the Prime Minister / President is actually like, hereditary, like a Royal family of sorts. OHHHH SO THAT’s WHY people want to kidnap Ai Xin and she’s so important? CRAP I didn’t know this! I just assumed you know, it’s a democracy like in the real world. *facepalm*
At least Jin Xiang Yu stopped saving Zhou Huai An in the last two episodes? But ARGH, as if the story is not a bit ‘out there’ already, the whole thing about Qiu Mo Yu leaving Huai An to marry the other guy is just ridiculous. WHAT? Nothing is making sense. Not to mention Huai An and Mo Yu making out in episode 10 was… ewww? Not feeling the chemistry between them. Never have. The whole thing is out of place.
Fate is Love (microfilm) – I’m not sure what is the ‘purpose’ of this microfilm? Like it’s not an advertisement or anything. But Dylan Kuo appears for like 30 seconds and the story concentrates on Irene Ko’s character, who had a heart transplant and discovers some weird things happen to her. The story is not really original and the interactions between the characters are a bit awkward.
Just You – hrm, I’m still stuck at episode 12?!
Loved in the Purple / The Purple Hairpin Eps 11 to 17 – At the half way mark already! Michelle is significantly less annoying since about episode 11 / 12 and she’s watchable now. At about episode 15 I finally feel like we’ve reached the point where – ohhh. This is the story I WANT to watch! Instead of all the earlier stuff concentrating on Xiao Yu / Li Yi.
I’ve reconciled the fact that there is no male lead in this drama. There’s only ONE lead, that’s Michelle and everyone else is just SUPPORTING her. Hrm. Despite this, I enjoyed one particular scene between Na Lan Dong and his MOTHER much more than any of the romantic stuff that has happened so far. Is that sad?
The Pursuit of Happiness Ep 1 – I didn’t watch any of the long trailers at all (maybe just the 30s ones?) because I don’t want to expect anything anymore! Lately it seems like expectation = disappointment? But I really liked the first episode! It makes you think a little, laugh a little and there are a lot of similarities to In Time with You (especially the supporting actors!) but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first ep concentrated a lot on Sonia Sui’s character and I hope in episode 2 we’ll find out more about Tony Yang’s Yi Kang.
WATCHED VARIETY SHOWS
Happy Camp with the cast of Lanling Wang (5 October 2013) – it’s rare for cast members from non-airing shows to appear on Happy Camp but Lanling Wang is THAT popular!? They even dedicated a whole section to Daniel Chan where they reminisce 90s breakup songs, he dances a little and sings ‘Bi Wo Xing Fu’!!!! I would probably enjoy it more if I was watching / have seen Lanling Wang (since I don’t know the other cast members) but just for Daniel alone it’s worth a look.
Kang Xi Lai Le (7 September 2011) – I actually have a lot to say about this, but I don’t want it to come out the wrong way? I kinda stumbled upon this on YouTube, it’s an episode of Kang Xi where Mark Chao and some of his friends (including Xiu Jie Kai) were guests. Mark then went on to talk about what happened between him and Zai Zai after he won the Best Actor Golden Bell.
There were many rumours that Mark and Zai Zai are no longer friends between Mark unexpectedly won the award for ‘Black and White’ while Zai Zai was the favourite. Mark said that he respects Zai Zai a lot because he’s like a ‘big brother’ but things did turn awkward between them after the awards. He just made (intentional or not) Zai Zai sound so… ungracious. You know what, even if it’s true if Mark truly respected Zai Zai he wouldn’t say this stuff on television.
In addition, the show then went on to talk about what a control freak Mark is! Like he always act as the wise one dishing out advice to his friends. Well, that’s nice except when his friend (a guy from the band COLOR) said he invited Xiao Tian Tian to be in his MV and even had a kiss scene with her, the look on Mark’s face was just… I can’t describe it, like he was SO DISGUSTED that his friend would want to kiss someone like Xiao Tian Tian. (FYI Xiao Tian Tian / Riva Chang appears in a lot of TW variety shows but because she’s chubby and not the ‘beautiful’ type, she’s mainly there to provide comic relief.) His friend keep explaining Xiao Tian Tian is actually a kind person but Mark just couldn’t seem to accept why anyone would invite someone like her to be in their MV. Like how shallow is that?
I had been reading some news about Xiao Tian Tian and her new boyfriend (who is more an ‘idol’ type) and the way people react to it is the same. As if a girl who’s fat / not pretty can’t go out with a guy who is good looking. WTF is that anyway. It’s completely okay for beautiful actresses to marry old, ugly guys (because they’re rich) but if the girl is not beautiful, somehow the standard is not the same. I can go on about this but it’s just SO ANNOYING.
TVBS Interview with Ariel Lin (22 September 2013) – a really great interview with Ariel where she talks a lot about her family. We even get to see what’s it’s like inside her household and she visits her old school!
Because I must include him every one of these roundup posts… a photo from his Japan visit a couple of weeks ago. (He had another fan meeting there!)
And… I linked to this Pocky ad on the sidebar a few days ago but it’s so cute I just thought I’d include it again. 😛
Plus to remind us it’s almost winter there’s this photoshoot from the latest ELLE magazine in Taiwan. There is some weird styling going on there!