It’s time for me to catch up on writing some reviews! Skate into Love aired in March-April of this year and is available with English subtitles on YouTube and Viki. This is based on a novel but I haven’t read it so I can’t make any comparisons.
This drama had a great mix of romance, humor, and characters who pursued their dreams. Wu Qian (Janice Wu) plays the female lead, who gave up on her speed skating career after an injury but regrets it. At university, she encounters her childhood friend, played by Zhang Xin Cheng (Steven Zhang), who is the star of the hockey team. There are realistic obstacles relating to both their dreams and relationships, and for the most part, no prolonged misunderstandings. However, some supporting characters were too one-dimensional and with a total of 40 episodes, I lost interest as the series went on.
As you may know, I really like Wu Qian. I loved last year’s Le Coup de Foudre, but dropped The Brightest Star in the Sky due to awful writing. Her character in Skate into Love, Tang Xue, is close to the character I wanted her to be in The Brightest Star in the Sky: someone who speaks her mind unapologetically and stands up for herself. So many Chinese dramas in this genre have female leads who are naive and sweet, who keep their heads down. Tang Xue is the opposite, but she is still fiercely loyal and kindhearted. I liked her friendships and her determined efforts to regain her speed skating skills, and she genuinely reflected about herself when faced with the realization that she may have been perceived as a bully.
I have never seen Steven Zhang in anything before, but I thought he did a great job with his character Li Yu Bing’s humor. The enemies-to-lovers dynamic between Tang Xue and Li Yu Bing was fun to watch, but when they got sappy, I’m sorry but it was too much for me. 😂Their misunderstandings were due to poor communication, but due to their youth, I guess it was realistic!
As I was writing my Le Coup de Foudre review, I remembered all the fun and moving moments in this drama. I laughed out loud so many times! I’ve picked out my favorite moments here.
(I’ve embedded clips or included links for most of these!)
Le Coup de Foudre (我只喜欢你) is a 2019 Chinese drama that really surprised me! Adapted from a novel based on the author’s life, Le Coup de Foudre is the sweet story of two high school classmates who grow close only to be separated for several years, and meet again as adults. You can watch it with English subtitles on Viki or on YouTube.
This is a lighthearted series with little drama and a likable group of characters. There are plenty of fun, humorous moments, as well as a lot of emotional depth when it comes to family and relationships. Note: There are no spoilers in my review.
In interview-style scenes throughout the drama, the main characters reflect and reminisce about the events of their past with the wisdom of hindsight. The story initially alternates between various time periods in their lives but soon stops bouncing around, and the high school portion does not dominate the drama.
I was soooo excited for Huang Zitao and Janice Wu’s The Brightest Star in the Sky and even recapped the first episode. But the promising start quickly turned into a questionably-paced and poorly-written disappointment… I only made it through seven episodes and then skimmed through the last 20 episodes out of curiosity. I’ve decided to recap the final episode in case you also couldn’t finish the drama but want to know how it ends.
I’ve been looking forward to The Brightest Star in the Sky starring Huang Zi Tao and Wu Qian (Janice Wu) ever since the trailer dropped way back in 2017. I’m ecstatic that it finally started airing this month and that it is on YouTube with English subs thanks to PreciousZTaoBar 2.
I typically like to wait until a drama is almost done airing so that I can read reviews & marathon the drama all at once… but I’ve already waited for this one for so long so I thought I’d watch it and recap it. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it.
Tao’s character seems similar to his actual idol persona and I think he and Wu Qian are a great match so fingers crossed that this will be a fun contemporary drama. If you want to avoid spoilers, I will write up a First Impressions post after I’ve watched ~5 episodes.
Here we go with the recap!