Review: Someday or One Day (2019)

Someday or One Day 2019

I heard so many good things about the 13-episode Taiwanese drama Someday or One Day that I had to give it a try, and I loved it. This is a very emotional, well-paced time slip mystery-romance. The beginning is extremely sad but by the end of episode three, I was HOOKED. It’s available on Viki with English subtitles.

The less you know about the drama before watching it, the better! The basic premise: Alice Ke stars as Huang Yu Xuan, a 27-year-old woman who is grieving after the death of her boyfriend Wang Quan Sheng, played by Greg Hsu. A strange occurrence leads to her waking up in the body of a high school student named Chen Yun Ru 10 years in the past, after someone has attacked her. Mysteriously, Chen Yun Ru and her classmate Li Zi Wei look identical to Huang Yu Xuan and Wang Quan Sheng.

This review is spoiler-free!

The time slip aspect of this drama is so compelling! It’s a race against time to solve the mystery of who attacked Chen Yun Ru, so each episode is so suspenseful. The timeline does become slightly confusing at one point but overall it is well-explained. Most importantly, the romance storyline is heart-aching. If you love stories about fate and one true love, then don’t miss out on this drama.

I loved seeing Huang Yu Xuan build relationships with Chen Yun Ru’s family (the parts with her brother are so funny) and how Chen Yun Ru’s friends notice the change in her. And even though the show centers around Huang Yu Xuan in Chen Yun Ru’s body, Chen Yun Ru is not forgotten. Her storyline is eye-opening and moving, and ended up being one of the most powerful aspects. I appreciated that this drama placed a spotlight on depression and it felt like a lot of care was put into it.

Given that this drama is only thirteen episodes, I don’t really have any complaints! I did feel like after a certain point, it felt like Huang Yu Xuan was disregarding her present-day life but I guess time wasn’t passing in present-day while she was in Chen Yun Ru’s body.

Lastly, the OST is fantastic! I have been listening to Wu Bai’s ‘Last Dance’ on repeat—even though it played in the drama so many times, I never got sick of it. I also love the song ‘Miss You 3000’; every time I hear it I want to weep. I’ve included the music video by 831 below, as well as a performance of the song by Liu Xi Jun and Li Xin Yi on a Chinese music show.

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