With so many dramas constantly coming out, I’m overwhelmed. These are two dramas I’m extremely excited for and that I may recap. Let me know if there’s anything else I should consider!
Skate Into Love
Admittedly, the thought of 45 episodes stresses me out, but Skate Into Love (pictured above) is an upcoming competitive ice skating romance drama starring Wu Qian (Janice Wu)! I’m hoping this is finally a role for her where she’s not a pushover. The male lead Zhang Xin Cheng (Steven Zhang) previously starred in My Huckleberry Friends, which I haven’t seen but did hear good things about.
It sounds like Skate Into Love is set in college, with the male lead as a talented ice hockey player and the female lead as a struggling speed skater. I saw some kind of trailer or promo video that looked really cute, but I can’t find the link anymore.
Triad Princess is Netflix original series coming out on December 6, and it looks like a fun, action rom-com. Listen to this premise: a mobster’s daughter becomes the bodyguard for the popular actor that she happens to be a huge fan of. The actor is played by Jasper Liu, who starred in the highly-popular Taiwanese drama Before We Get Married earlier this year. (I adore Jasper—is there a more popular Taiwanese TV actor right now?) I’m also excited to see Eugenie Liu play a female lead who isn’t the typical naive and kind-hearted girl.
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.