Review: My Girl (2020)

My Girl 2020

I wasn’t planning to watch My Girl because I’m tired of all these dramas that pair a male CEO with some kind of flaw & a sweet, innocent female lead, especially when they both look so young! However, I randomly watched a clip from this drama that made me laugh out loud, and I was intrigued. My Girl is on Viki and YouTube with English subtitles.

My Girl is funny, cute, generally not frustrating, and there are great friendships and side couples as well. Yes, the premise is really far-fetched and the female lead’s disorder being described as PTSD seems wildly inaccurate but if you can suspend your disbelief and accept the premise, this drama is really enjoyable.

Meng Hui, the female lead, has a second personality that is triggered by emotional distress, and these episodes conclude only when her goal is fulfilled. What this sets up is the opportunity for a bold, fearless Meng Hui to emerge, and this version of Meng Hui was so fun to watch and constantly made me laugh out loud. Meng Hui is likable because she has a sunny personality, but she’s not so kind, sweet, and naive that it makes you roll your eyes. Lia Jia Qi really shines in this role, and it wasn’t until I looked her up afterwards that I realized she played Xiao You in the 2018 Meteor Garden remake! She really won me over in this role.

As for the male lead, Zhao Yi Qin has had a stream of dramas come out recently but I’ve only seen him in his supporting role in Accidentally in Love. (Fake Princess aired prior to this, and Love Story of Court Enemies and Consummation aired afterwards.) Zhao Yi Qin’s character, Shen Yi, is extremely stingy, which is really funny to watch, but he’s also consumed by guilt. A major part of his storyline is the bumpy road to unraveling that guilt. I was definitely yelling at the screen at some of his actions, and at around episode 17 this storyline gets really messy. I wish it had been resolved with more honest conversations.

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Review and Ending Recap: Mountains and Ocean (2019)

Mountains and Ocean 2019

Mountains and Ocean aired in September 2019 and stars Zhuang Da Fei (aka Sabrina Zhuang) as Xia Rui Ning, a girl from a rich family and Ma Xin Yu as Shen Zhen, the daughter of a woman who works for the Xia family, who pays for her tuition to the same university. There is a bitter rivalry between the two of them. Huang Sheng Chi and Fan Zhi Xin also star as two brothers, Ye Lin and Ye Miao; Rui Ning has a crush on one brother, while the other falls in love with her. This drama is available with English subtitles on YouTube.

I knew this drama had a love triangle (kind of a square, actually)—and even worse, with two brothers involved. I was curious though, so I skimmed through episode 1 and 5, and then skipped to 10 and watched to the end (episode 24).

The dramatic first scene should have told me everything I needed to know about this drama. In his car, Ye Miao pulls up to a stop in front of the gate of his family’s mansion right before he would have hit Rui Ning, who is standing there with her luggage. Then the drama rewinds to the events of six years ago. It’s clear from this opening scene that this is not a lighthearted romantic comedy. From what I saw, the love triangle was handled well, and the worst part of this drama is the irredeemable second female lead, Shen Zhen. It’s pretty obvious which brother Rui Ning falls in love with, and I thought their scenes together were cute. The other brother is also likable and doesn’t become an evil, jealous schemer.

However, the final four episodes take an extremely melodramatic turn. If you’re curious, I have recapped the final episodes below.

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