Feng Ping orchestrates a way to clear up the negative gossip circulating about her. Ming Xuan seeks out Yue Sheng, only to be disappointed. Jun Hao finds himself in an unfortunate situation.
I’ll be taking a break from these recaps for the next few days. In the meantime, comments are appreciated! Anything from your favorite character to if you’re enjoying this drama.
Although I find Tong Nian (Yang Zi) to be cringey at times, I love Shang Yan’s (Li Xian) ice-cold stare and the K&K team members. It’s become clear which of the K&K team members are being focused on, and they bring so many humorous moments to the drama. There also seems to be a substantial storyline centering around Shang Yan’s old team, Team Solo, and what happened to cause their split.
By the way, this isn’t a full recap but a recap of highlights—key moments and favorite scenes. I meant to group episodes 2-5 together but episode 4 turned out to be so eventful. Definitely don’t abandon Go Go Squid! before episode 4!
Jia Nan brings Feng Ping to the movie premiere. A new gossip article about Feng Ping spreads. Lu Qiao comes across vital information through unsavory methods. Jun Hao makes an unpleasant discovery.
Jia Nan tries to learn more about Feng Ping’s past relationship with Yue Sheng. Jun Hao meets an intriguing young woman. Gary pressures Yue Sheng about securing funding.
This is a long recap again—brace yourself!
If you liked... I Hear You; The Liar and His Lover; You're Beautiful
Premise: Roman Holiday meets K-pop set in Hong Kong. If you’ve seen Roman Holiday, that should say it all, but if you haven’t, the story is about a whirlwind day that Jack and K-pop star Lucky spend exploring Hong Kong, falling for each other along the way.
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I’ve suggested a comparison to the dramas listed above because they all have themes of hidden identity, take place in the music industry, and/or feature a main couple that finds themselves spending a lot of time with a stranger.
My Spoiler-Free Review
Somewhere Only We Know is a fun, contemporary YA novel about two teens finding their paths in life and trying not to lose themselves in the process. Lucky’s perspective showed the struggles of a pop star trying to stay true to her dreams. As a big K-pop fan, I love that it sheds some light specifically on what it’s like to be a K-pop star. On the other hand, Jack is a Korean American teenager figuring out what path he wants to take with his life and although his feelings are relatable, some of his actions are questionable. (But hey, teens aren’t perfect and need time to figure things out.)
I loved the Hong Kong setting—I’ve never been but I hope to make a trip in the near future! The food scenes made me so hungry and were one of my favorite parts. I only wish that perhaps the novel had ended differently. I liked the ending of Roman Holiday and thought it felt more realistic.
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Jia Nan and Ming Xuan are upset after the revelation, and Lu Qiao takes advantage of the opportunity to plant seeds of doubt.
(I’m relieved that this is a short recap for once; there’s very little of Feng Ping in this episode and not as much dialogue as past episodes.)
Based on the novel by Mo Bao Fei Bao, Go Go Squid! is about a Computer Science grad student and a driven esports professional. It just began airing and will be 41 episodes in total, concluding on July 31. You can watch it with English subtitles on Viki.
Go Go Squid! stars Li Xian and Yang Zi, with a special appearance by Hu Yi Tian of A Love So Beautiful fame. Li Xian previously caught my eye playing a Special Forces member in last year’s Only Side by Side with You, so I’m really excited to see him in a leading role. As for Yang Zi, I found her character in Ode to Joy so annoying, and then her character in Ashes of Love too simple and naive. From what I’ve seen from trailers and the first episode, her character in Go Go Squid! is also that sort of character, but I remain optimistic.
This first episode introduces a lot of characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes!
Jia Nan continues to try to get out of his father’s assignment. Ecstatic that their relationship is progressing, Ming Xuan invites Yue Sheng to her graduation party. Meanwhile, Lu Qiao finds the perfect opportunity to use what she’s found against Feng Ping.
Yue Sheng seeks an answer regarding past events, but is unsatisfied with Feng Ping’s answer. A Jiu confronts Feng Ping with the photo he found. Jia Nan and Feng Ping spend some quality time together.
Jia Nan works hard to pass Feng Ping’s ‘test’. Feng Ping makes a decision that not everyone is pleased by, and Ming Xuan makes it her mission to educate Feng Ping on manners and style. Jia Nan’s father makes a major announcement at the board meeting.
Writing these recaps reminds me how eventful these episodes are, and I’m most excited that a new character makes their first appearance.