Yuan Lai Wo Bu Shuai

I just thought I would watch a comedy (or it seems so) to give myself a break from all the dramatic ones that I have been tuning into lately. It wasn’t a mistake at all though I have to say it got a bit annoying near the end. Though some of the comedic parts were still placed in to ease some of the tensions that were going on, trying to maintain the ‘comedy’ part of the drama. Because of the little side drama near the end, I have to take off some points and declare this show as not bad instead of great.

The cast/characters:

  • JJ Lin as Xiao Zhuang (小莊) aka Zhuang Jun Wei (莊俊維). The supposed handsome guy who found out he wasn’t really handsome as the story unfolded.
  • Nicky Lee as Jin Si Si (金斯斯). OMG, his role was so wacko and clueless at times that was so funny.
  • Michael Zhang as Ah Kang (阿康) aka Fang Wen Kang (方文康). I must say that Michael honestly has a knack for comedy. He’s one of those guys that could exaggerate without making it too lame.
  • Alice Ceng as Cindy Xu Xin Ting (徐心婷). I didn’t know what to say about her until later. I guess she was one of those others often like to form an opinion of but didn’t really know her, etc. It was sort of cliches that she liked her sister’s boyfriend. Yet I tried to get past that and focused on her own character more later.
  • Xiu Jie Kai as Duan Zhao Wei (段兆偉). If only he appeared even more in the later parts. But that would be irrelevant with the rest of the plot. YET I rather have him appear more than some of the upcoming dramas that unfolded.
  • Jozie Lu as Shen Man Man (沈嫚嫚). I didn’t realize she was in ‘4 Gifts’ until later. But it was interesting to see her portray this role. The spunky girl within the group. She was the one with the least fake personality in here, which I really enjoyed watching. Okay, maybe second least since I just remember about Pin Xuan.
  • Winnie Zhong as Liu Pin Xuan (劉品萱). A girl who claimed she was possessed by an alien and wanted to regain her freedom. Though some of us could interpret it as her suffering from multiple personality problems because of how she was abused by her elementary teacher when she was little. I found her quite funny at times and her blunt personality was really refreshing. I didn’t care if she was mean at one point or another since it just meant she wasn’t fake. Her gentle personality was really funny as well, all shy. I think Winnie was really convincing with portraying both roles because it was so hard switching back and forth like that. Not to mention how she kept both personalities consistent.
  • Yao An Qi (姚安琪) as Cai Qiao Ping (蔡巧萍). At first, I didn’t mind her being the somewhat passive one since she wasn’t really making trouble but I forgot that the usually quiet ones are the ones to watch out for since they are even more dangerous than the loud ones. Though she wasn’t really my favorite throughout but I was okay with her around until later. I found her really, really fake. BUT it wasn’t because I was rooting for the main couple. More on that later.
  • Guo Yao Zhong (郭堯中) as Jason. SUPER fake. I didn’t care if he was being considerate to Cindy’s habits too. His whole show-off thing was such a turn off anyway. So it was wrong of Cindy to use him to get over Zhao Wei but I still find him really fake regardless of if Cindy was at fault or not. Those were too different things.
  • Renzo Liu as Club Advisor Lai Zhen Yi (賴正義). It was really funny to see him so worked up from time to time. His blood pressures were way up because of the three guys.
  • Doris Kuang as Restaurant owner. The supposedly wise boss. Yet I found her to be wrong like how Xiao Zhuang had implied of her supposed talent. YES, she was right on reading their current situation but some things weren’t as accurate when she gave advice.
  • Gina Lin as Yong Ge (勇哥). That was funny that she was a girl instead of a guy like they thought. At first I thought she was trying to con them for meals but I had to keep in mind that Man Man wouldn’t introduce someone to sabotage them. I was reassured again when I realized they were delivering newspapers and gas tanks because those helped build their strength. That was quite impressive. I guess those talented masters are usually strange regardless of their age.
  • Huang Ruo Bai (黃若白) as Principal. Only appears a bit to give the club advisor some pressures but still funny.
  • Rynn Lin as Zhuang Jun Ren (莊俊仁). Xiao Zhuang’s brother, the actual handsome one in the family–though the morphed concept ingrained in the townspeople’s mind had affected their mentality since young hence him not having confidence about his appearance and worshiped his brother since young. His jokes were the worst though since he kept scaring them about cooking their beloved Old Wang.
  • Xiao Zhuang’s cousin. I found her really funny though she was causing troubles for others. At least she wasn’t fake and all. I actually enjoyed it that she was sabotaging Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. It seemed to test Qiao Ping and made her cunning side came out.

Friendships:

  • Xiao Zhuang, Si Si, and Ah Kang. They are seriously the highlights of the show, of course. Every time they got together to discuss about matters, it was so crazy. Two would always team up together and bully the other one. Watching Si Si and Ah Kang fight over food was seriously funny as well. Yet I found it really nice to see that they would stick by one another’s side when needed. They often talked about their problems and gave advices but was so funny with adding in side remarks as well. That made it more realistic than just the overly corny lines.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Man Man. It was interesting how they shared some likeness with one another too, especially that one time when they got drunk together–more her than him.
  • Cindy and Man Man. They were seriously friends. Regardless of how they seemed to make poor decision at one time or another, they didn’t desert each other–or judge. Though Man Man had stressed that she wasn’t siding with anyone when she had that conversation with Qiao Ping near the end, but I think she has every right to side with Cindy since she knew Cindy longer. But must admit she kept her words since she treated both girls equally–as friends, not attacking Qiao Ping for pulling such selfish stunts.
  • Everyone had some link with one another. Not just because they were in the club together or knew one person through another. But it was like they could bond at one point or another through different circumstances.

Couples:

  • Xiao Zhuang and Cindy. To be honest, I was taking in Ah Kang’s words too much at the beginning and felt like they were better off as friends. But through different scenes that unfolded, I got more attached to them though didn’t have high hopes since they seemed to be from two different worlds. Then came the flashbacks that Xiao Zhuang had with the two of them, it seemed like they were so in-sync with each other–regardless of how outsiders would feel odd seeing them together. I guess her past baggage was too much and she didn’t realize Xiao Zhuang for the right one for her until she step out of the whole scene. She didn’t know if Xiao Zhuang was just a good friend when she needed him for support–or was he the one for her until later. But glad they ended up together all the same.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. At first, I thought they were more suitable for one another than Xiao Zhuang and Cindy yet I was wrong since the scene in the restaurant when Xiao Zhuang remembered back to how he had asked Cindy about the joke, she had gotten the right answer instead of Qiao Ping’s clueless response. It was then that I realized Xiao Zhuang and Cindy were more in-sync with one another regardless of outer appearances. When Xiao Zhuang’s with Qiao Ping, it seemed like he was more serious but it also meant he was uncomfortable and the guilt was present (like he later mentioned). It was so wrong. This showed that what they think might work wasn’t so. Not to mention how she knew of his deep feeling for Cindy so it was harder and harder with the trust thing. It wasn’t totally her fault for being jealous but it was better for both not to be together since she knew too well about Cindy so it was hard regardless of what both tried to do to make it work. The big difference between them was he didn’t resort to other means when he saw some threats. YES, I didn’t expect her to be perfect since Man Man and the other  girls in here get jealous at times too but I found it too much of a joke when she said she was unwilling and felt it was unfair with how Xiao Zhuang was able to move Cindy but she can’t move Xiao Zhuang. Maybe it was because Xiao Zhuang never blamed Cindy or anyone, but himself for not succeeding BUT Qiao Ping was too calculating. (Like how she was keeping tallies of how long it would take to win Xiao Zhuang over versus how Xiao Zhuang didn’t care–as long as Cindy was happy. It took a lot for him to get over certain failures but he didn’t resort to other means like Qiao Ping had chosen.)
  • Si Si and Pin Xuan. Too crazy for words yet I guess if they didn’t end together, I don’t know what else. But it was too funny seeing how he was trying to act normal when she was talking to herself (aka her other personality).
  • Ah Kang and Man Man. They were too addicting to watch. I’m so serious here. They are like my favorite couple. They were too hilarious, always fighting and giving one another a hard time. Yet it wasn’t too typical of the whole fighting couple either. Ah Kang was trying to avoid her at all cost after realizing that she liked him YET he didn’t realize that he was falling for her himself, so bad. Possibly way more than he realized because all he could focus on was her and brushing off all possible threats. I found it funny that she ended up attracting more and more guys at the end because she had changed her style and he was fending off his threats. LOL!
  • Club Adviser Lai Zhen Yi and the restaurant owner. That was so funny that he became all nice and kind to the others because of her. Then he even went and helped at her shop.

Recommended? IF you really want to watch for kicks and NOT because you wanted to watch something so-called ‘deep’. It is deep to some extent because it addressed some major issues in life that one might encounter. You can’t just look on the surface and make a conclusion. Sure, it was exaggerated at some points because it was a comedy at heart, but there were lots more than just that. I enjoyed it since it had succeeded in making me laugh. But it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

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