Review: My Girlfriend is an Alien (2019)

My Girlfriend is an Alien 2019

My Girlfriend is an Alien is my favorite fun, light, funny drama of summer 2019! This 28-episode modern romantic comedy drama, with a sci-fi twist, is available to stream on YouTube with English subtitles as well as on the WeTV app.

The summary I read of this drama made it sound so bizarre (I’m assuming due to the auto-translation) but the basic premise is: the female lead, Chai Xiao Qi (Wan Peng), is an alien who gets stuck on Earth unintentionally and needs to get her homing device back from the male lead, Fang Leng (Hsu Thassapak), a CEO who happens to suffer from a specific kind of amnesia that causes him to forget the women in his life when it rains.

Wan Peng and Hsu Thassapak were both fantastic in their roles and had a lot of chemistry. I thought Wan Peng really pulled off the clueless boy-crazy alien without being annoying. (Maybe a hint of cringeyness at times, but overall I thought she was endearing.) As an alien stuck on Earth and unfamiliar with humanity’s customs, Xiao Qi approached everything with a positive attitude. The scenes with her talking turtle were so funny. Xiao Qi and Fang Leng had plenty of cute moments and kissing scenes, and I laughed so hard when Xiao Qi kept trying to touch his chest. One of my favorite things about this drama is that it wasn’t instalove for her (just instalust, lol) and we didn’t have to suffer through episode after episode of one-sided pining. Hsu Thassapak really pulled off both cold & serious and goofy & sweet. He really has a charming smile!

If you watched the web drama Fall in Love from this summer, you’ll recognize Wang You Jun as Fang Lie, Fang Leng’s brother. (I felt like his acting improved here.) His friendship with Xiao Qi offered a lot of fun, playful scenes and there were some sweet moments between the two brothers as well. As for the rest of the supporting cast, Fang Leng’s doctor and assistant were both so likable that I wished they’d had more scenes. Chai jie was so funny! The “villains” in this drama provided solid obstacles for our leads and were fairly logical, nothing far-fetched.

However, the storyline was a little uneven at times. During episodes 9-13 it felt like the plot was going in circles as both Xiao Qi and Fang Leng seemed confused and every time you thought a tiny bit of progress was being made, it seemed like it went back to zero. While I really loved the two leads and their relationship, I just didn’t feel the emotional impact in the last 8ish episodes. Sometimes a moment would occur between them and I would forget how they reached that point.

In the last three episodes (26-28), certain storylines seemed to just be set aside. All of a sudden, certain obstacles just didn’t seem to matter?! Although there were definitely some specific climactic moments intended to be emotional, I just didn’t feel it. But I think the writer(s) did their best to provide a satisfying ending! 28 episodes was a good number, and there are definitely scenes I’d rewatch (ok fine, I already have).

Lastly, the behind the scenes clips on YouTube are really fun to watch! It seems like they had a lot of fun filming and that Wan Peng, Hsu Thassapak, and Wang You Jun got along well.

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