The family themed drama Go Ahead 以家人之名 seems to be at a crossroads. With the three siblings played by Tan Songyun, Song Weilong and Zhang Xincheng all grown up, what happens next? I used to think family dynamics was a deep well of experience writers can draw a multilayered story from. Sibling squabbles, friendly competition and growing pains?
Go Ahead had all these elements in abundance made even better by a unique twist. The bond between two dads and three “siblings” unrelated by blood but connected through the bonds of kinship and love that proves that sometimes, blood is not always thicker than water. One would’ve thought the drama would have gone with this premise for its entire run. But it appears the writers have totally redefined family relationships once again by throwing onto the table romantic love.
Things started going off tangent when Ling Xiao’s relationship with little sister Jianjian started to subtly turn romantic upon his return. For new viewers who’ve just tuned in to the show recently, you’ll have noticed scenes of Song Weilong’s Ling Xiao bickering with Tan Songyun’s Jianjian. There are also those scenes of him stroking her head, pinching her cheeks and holding her hands. Certainly there’s enough of it to make viewers question how is it a brother sister sort of relationship between those two.
Not that it’s bad or anything, but to many viewers, it definitely feels like a show with great potential is turning into a typical idol romance if both ‘brothers’ end up falling for the girl. When asked about this new direction, “father” Tu Songyan reiterated that family relationships will remain to be the show’s primary focus. And as for the romantic angle, he said “I haven’t fallen in love in a long while. I don’t have anything to say about this. I pay more attention to the familial aspect of the show.”