12 April 2015

TWdramas I've Seen


Here's my list of TWdramas I've watched. Usually when I complete one, it means I liked it. There are some I've omitted (e.g. Devil Beside You, Prince Turns to Frog etc,) because I honestly can't remember whether I liked it or the public made me think I liked it. I've also omitted my Dropped List for TWdramas otherwise it would never end. Heh.

A reminder of the two scores I'll be giving for each drama:
Romance level -  how much I shipped or was satisfied with the romance (which does not translate to how romance-saturated the drama was) 
  • Max: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   
  • I don't need a whole lot of romance, even just the hope that it's there can suffice me. I even welcome them to tease me with the possibility and not give it to me outright. 
Overall rating - a general scheme: 
  • 10.0 - Loved it from the opening to the ending & these lingering feelings
  • 9.5 - Loved it a lot too but this one thing...
  • 9.0 - Really adored you but there was something lacking...
  • 8.0 - Liked it !
  • 7.0 - Engaging but forgettable

Autumn's Concerto
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  
Overall rating: 9.5

Oh, I can't even count how many things went wrong in this drama but a drama's at its best when despite it flaws you still love it. And my god, the flaws were just spilling out near the end but if you miss this drama, you miss one of the best OTPs ever. If it's the ending that's worrying you, don't worry it's a happy one indeed. And if it's the kid that's worrying you, he actually escalates the drama to new greatness.

Aside from an awesome performance by Ady An and a breakout one from Vanness Wu (and trust me, he does get good-looking the more you watch him), this show brought Chris Wu onto my radar.

Watch for a crack drama. Warning of OTP withdrawals.

Black and White
Romance level: ♥ ♥
Overall rating: 7.0

I think the show got too obsessed with being cool that it forgot to deliver a clear storyline. Or I might have missed something critical when I lost interest. Or maybe I'm just allergic to cool. 

It's been too long for me to recall the details but I remember getting excited when Ivy Chen spiked up my romance hopes in this drama.

Watch for an action-packed, mystery-laden, romance-topped TWdrama.








Fated to Love You
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall rating: 8.5

This is not for the weak-hearted TWdrama fans. If you just started watching TWdramas, by all means indulge yourself in this but if you're a late-gamer, you probably never need to see this. LOL. It's those crack-worthy dramas; its rate-limiting step in loving this depends on how well you get past the first few episodes. While those experienced drama watchers would probably run away at the been there, done that storyline. Admittingly, I won't deny that I was skeptical going in but had one heck of an awesome ride throughout. But this felt like eons ago.

(I actually gave up on the Kdrama version of it. It made me realize what differentiates Tdramas from Kdramas, at least in most of their rom-coms. Although both are heavily centered on romance that are unrealistic, TWdramas don't bring it down to earth for us while Kdramas like to ground fantasy into realistic plausibility. And Fated to Love You...suits to remain a fantasy.)

Watch for crack once again but beware of corny contents.

In a Good Way
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall rating: 10.0

Arguably the biggest international hit Tdrama has seen in ages. I was hesitant on giving this a perfect score because of its not so perfect ending as a superficial watcher but narratively-speaking the ending was perfect. The beginning was beautiful starting with the OTPs first encounter and then every moment between them was tugging at my heat strings; Jia En (Kristen Jen) was so naive but fresh while Liu Chuan (Lego Li) was god-like mesmerizing. If those eyes could melt people, I'd cease to exist because I would have already evaporated.

I watched everything possible containing these two. Those that have watched the drama but not the BTS, you're missing out on one of the best off-screen chemistry. It's odd, how subsequent dramas they filmed independent of each other have both flopped. We should just have them reunite again.

Watch it.


In Time With You
Romance level: ♥ ♥ 
Overall rating: 7.0


I'm feeling the public scrutiny for rating this drama this low but I just didn't love it. I like Ariel Lin but I don't blindly love her. Don't get me wrong, the show wasn't bad - it was far from bad - I think people loved it because it was different from the normal TWdramas i.e. it had quality. Sorry, TWdramas and quality just don't mesh well sometimes. However, TWdramas can be known for being so bad that it's good. And that's what this drama lacked: the crack that makes drama good and quality-checked crack just doesn't cut the chase. Or maybe I'm just not sold on long time friends being in love with each other, whether it be conscious or unconscious, for over a decade and still be friends. Or maybe the story's just cliché and the producers' were milking out Ariel Lin. (The most memorable thing I remember liking this drama for was Ariel Lin's hair)

Watch for Ariel Lin finding Mr. Right when she's got the perfect guy right next to her.


It Started with A Kiss
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  
Overall rating: 8.0

No comment. Actually, maybe just one: this is like the worst picture of Joe Cheng and it's so viral too...


Watch ... who hasn't watched this yet? The prime example of the So Bad But So Good Crack. No quality-check what so ever. 














Just You
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Overall rating: 9.0

This is the perfect example of how well TWdramas can do with a good recycling program. What it did right: boss-employee relationship, cohabitation, and a seduction plan. With so many possible encounters, there really isn't a need for forced coincidences. Puff Guo was surprisingly good - I thought she was just going to overact (and out-loud) everything, but she placed in a lot more heart than I expected. To this day, I swear I can still hear her voice ringing in my years, haha. Aaron Yan surprised me too with his charasmatic performance. Definitely leading man material. Their chemistry is what catapulted this drama to a bigger (if any) success than it would be.

Just sit back, enjoy the cute, and don't question.


Watch if you're into candy lately because nutrition is so out.


Skip Beat!
Romance level: ♥ ♥ 
Overall rating: 8.5

First and foremost, let me testify that I've been a long time Skip Beat! fan and I adore Ivy Chen. This drama was basically another way to freshen my love for the manga with an actress I love, so how can I not love you? It just hurts me how much BETTER it could have done without the Korean Idols. Sorry ELFs, but your Siwon to my Ren? Don't even. But it did. The horror. Luckily, his acting wasn't obviously bad but it was obviously lacking. The show had a lot that can go wrong: Kyoko Mogami (Gong Xi) being one of the biggest one. Despite that, Ivy Chen delivered and was a darling! But really, if it followed the manga, the content can't go wrong. Still, amidst all that can go wrong, it doing relatively well is another reason why I'm rating it this high.

Watch if you read the manga, otherwise, don't.

Sunny Happiness
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Overall rating: 8.0

Mike He's got fans that love him but also understand he's no where near being the best actor. With that, I've always been under the impression that he was a terrible actor. However, in here he's very much decent, not great but more than bearable. He definitely doesn't disappoint in this. But I can't recall this storyline at all... I just remember really liking it while it was on air. It was also my first exposure to Janine Chang and Li Yi Feng.

Watch for a good rom-com when you're bored.

Sweet Relationship
Romance level: ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall rating: 7.5

I never understood the obsession with Vic Zhou. After watching this, I still don't. He was good but that's it. But then again, this isn't his best drama either. Although I did enjoy watching the girl, Patty Hou

The details of this drama escapes me but I think I liked their chemistry.

Watch for...a watch-able rom-com (because that can be rare in TWdrama-land).


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