Nothing beats curling up with a good drama but finding one can be a challenge. Sometimes, the experience can be like sitting through a series of bad dates in search of the one. A number of shows have recently premiered and there seems to be no better time than now to introduce a new forum for us to talk about dramas. Below are our first impressions of Legend of the Dragon Pearl, Ode to Joy 2 and Ruler: Master of the Mask.
Legend of Dragon Pearl
From the familiar storyline down to the bad special effects, the show feels like a throwback to the past. It may seem like a warning to stay away but it’s really not because I have a lot of love for the cast who are the very same people in Legend of Chusen and Glory of Tang Dynasty.
Case in point, Ren Jialun even makes an appearance! It’s too bad his character has to deal with a father who murdered his mother in the name of patriotism. Dad is obviously a hardliner and I can already see him playing a pivotal role in turning up the angst between the rebel princess and the emperor.
Now that the heavy stuff is out of the way, I’m expecting a lot of cute from real-life couple Yang Zi and Qin Jun Jie. She is full of mischief and he is… well, he has only appeared for a couple minutes so far but he should be a royal match for her. Moreover, I do like the story of Kangxi Emperor, so I’m definitely sticking around for some more episodes.
Ode to Joy 2
The production value is high, the ensemble cast is endearing and the stories are relatable. If you happen to have lingering feelings for Nirvana in Fire, then that’s one more reason to tune in. I can see why people love the franchise – it has heart, good vibes and a healthy dose of reality though it’s not really for me because I prefer more comedy in my rom-coms and find everyday drama too close for comfort. And the songs that kept playing at random times were just plain weird.
Even so, I think I’ve become a new fan at least of Yang Shuo because have you seen him? I don’t actually know what happened to Andy in season one but her chemistry with Bao Yi Fan is sizzling, and they’re easily my favorite couple. Andy is clearly vulnerable and closed off from her recent breakup and if any guy is going to break down those walls, it’s Bao Yi Fan. Now if only Wang Kai was around too, he needs more screen time.
Ruler: Master of the Mask
The plot was gripping and intense right off the bat and I was immediately worried for our hero who was fighting an uphill battle even before he was born. However, I might be the only one who thinks this but as the episodes progressed, my interest waned because it seemed like the journey to get there would be really long and not nearly as interesting as I’d hoped to be. I still really like the cast so if I’m going to keep watching, it’ll be for them.
Are the dramas above worth watching or dropping? Do you have any other shows you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.
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