seasonal shippers are in season again

Every time there’s a new drama on TV, shippers come to town and paint it red. They declare their new “OTP” (one true pair) as the greatest onscreen tandem everrrrr and that it would be cool if they date in real life too. They search for forums to look for like-minded individuals, exchange notes and…

when a drama turns bad, who’s to blame?

We watch dramas to be entertained. Of course we have different standards of what an entertaining drama should be. But I guess we can agree on the basics: the story must draw us in, the actors must sustain our interest, and the product must make us feel we did not waste an hour of our…

drama: wake me up when that bastard is gone

I have serious issues with episode 7 of In Time With You…but none of them as major as the return of the character of Ding Li Wei. The minor issues have something to do with him too. I love this drama, it offers you little nuggets that you ingest about life. Some can be cliche,…

the fierce truth

It is becoming typical now, the noise that follows every Golden Bell, louder than the gong itself. When Ariel Lin won best actress for They Kiss Again in 2008, the noise was between her fans and those of Chen Qiao En who was nominated for the mega TV hit Fated To Love You. To this…

drama: 20, 30, 40, 50 (In Time With You)

In episode 6 of In Time With You, Cheng You Qing goes on a blind date arranged by her best friend Li Da Ren and his irritating childish trying-to-be-helpful girlfriend Maggie. The guy is Maggie’s cousin, studied in the US and has two master’s degrees. The blind date did not go well with the guy…

Golden Bell tolls for one idol each year

So another Golden Bell is over. Just as I suspected, an idol will win this year. And it’s Wilber Pan as best actor for Endless Love. Too bad Pan Shuai was not at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall but he left this tearful photo and a message on his Weibo account @潘瑋柏: 昨晚拍了照但來不及謝謝大家 睡前也還是沒法回神…

drama: I am liking…in time with you

It took a third watch for me to finally get into the groove of In Time With You (also known as I May Not Love You) and actually started liking it. The pace is kinda draggy for my taste and it tends to be talky, but when you just let yourself sit down and listen,…