Editors Note: It's that time! Presenting...another new Drama Club series for our newest Taiwanese simulcast, LOVE AROUND! The LOVE AROUND Drama Club will start every Tuesday after the weekly episode airs on Monday. Let me present our three awesome bloggers: Holly from kdramatherapy.blogspot.com, Leah from ZombieMamma.com, and Deborah from theelectricalbookcafe.blogspot.com. Be sure to drop them a warm welcome to the DramaFever family! Now, without further ado, KdramaTherapy give us the first post! -Aileen
I want to start from the very beginning with this episode. I've noticed after watching a handful of Taiwanese dramas that the introductions are usually packed full of scenes from the drama and act pretty much like spoilers, or they're just plan weird. Love Around's
introduction is definitely the latter type of intro. It's like a 90s alt -rock band's music video because it's very abstract and filled with symbolism. I mean, look at the screencap above as an example. Why are they holding black spoons over their eyes like a vision test while wearing black polka dots with colored polka dots in the background? If anyone out there can explain the intro to me, please do, or if you think it's not something that I should even worry about... you're probably right.
Anyway, in the 2nd episode of Love Around
we're starting to get an idea of the bigger picture for our couple Zhou Zhen (George Hu) and Liang Xiao Shu (Annie Chen). So, Zhen is the son of the former gang leader who was somehow responsible for Xiao Shu's younger brother's death. If you haven't watched any of this drama yet, and you just read this plot twist, you would think it sounds like a serious drama along the lines of the also-currently-airing Shark
, but no, my friend, you are wrong. This show is beyond goofy.
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Nai nai, Mahjong is a deadly game![/caption]
I love that the cute and rascally grandma from Fated to Love You
(Tan Ai Chen) is also in this drama. She is introduced in episode 2 because she had a heart attack while playing the oh-so-exciting game of Mahjong, and Zhen had to come scold everyone for getting her too riled up. So far, I think the Zhou family are the most entertaining characters. His sister Ying Ying (Elleya Tao) and her chubby friend Pei Li (Yu Jue Ru) have cracked me up in every scene, and I hope Ying Ying and the hot account (Jack Li) get together later on.
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I saved your life...[/caption]
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... but my hair and makeup were ruined![/caption]
As for the main couple, they are certainly kindred spirits who have connected because fo their shared experience with heart break, but will they be able to stay together despite their families' ill-fated bond in the past? During the awesome fighting scene (and by awesome I mean extremely silly and hilarious) near the end of this episode, Xiao Shu expressly stated multiple times that she hates thugs and gangsters the most. Obviously Zhen was disappointed by this because he was just told the same thing by his ex-girlfriend. Since Zhen is clearly a very kind and righteous person, I imagine that Xiao Shu will eventually forgive his identity, but I'm sure she'll be upset at first.
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Episode 2 is too early for a kiss, but not too early for laying on top of him[/caption]
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"I advise you not fight me. You have no chance of winning."[/caption]
What I both like and am annoyed by about this drama is its parody-like nature. On one hand, I find it funny how Love Around
uses cliche drama elements in a comedic way, like Zhen's Kung Fu-like fighting skills and Xiao Shu's ex-boyfriend's extreme douchey-ness. On the other hand, though, I can't take anything seriously in this drama. Maybe it will end up like Fated to Love You
, and the goofy scenes will be paired with sincere, emotional ones. I really need both comedy and emotion in order to ship the main couple.
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I'm really curious what this scene from the episode 3 preview is about![/caption]
More from the LOVE AROUND Drama Club!
Episode 3 [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episode 2 [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3
] [ Part 4
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