Autumn’s Concerto: Episode 2

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Episode 2 was getting intense and moving the plot along with more dramas–as expected.

It was only the second episode but I already feel like I will like the character Hua Tuo Ye very much for the upcoming episodes. He sounded so sincere that I could almost disregard his silly rants with his friends from the previous episode. I think it had to do with Chris’ pitiful look but also how brave Tuo Ye was yet he was not arrogant at all. He was just sincere and willing to stand behind Mu Cheng and protect her from harm. Yet…he was just a simple guy–NOT some cool dude like in some other dramas. His character was more real in that sense. He was not trying to be a showoff or to be cool in front of Mu Cheng. He actually focused on what she liked and how to make her happy.

I also like how they did not make Mu Cheng a weakling like often portrayed in other dramas. Yes, she looked petite but she was stronger both internally and externally. She was able to protect herself. She was able to make her own decisions. Though her financial crisis was what tied her down. She was also able to protect those around her, such that of how she used herself as a shield to protect Tuo Ye.

She was also not a doormat that was easily stepped on. She would get mad like anyone and argued with her stepmother like any normal family that had problems. She was not overly optimistic with sunshine attitudes, considering what she’d gone through. In short, she was very down to earth and real, not possessing distant personalities that we ourselves could not relate to.

Guang Xi was equally intelligent, catching on to what was going on in Mu Cheng’s household within several seconds. The fact that he was sensitive in diverting the conversation was quite witty too. Making random jokes to help ease the awkward moment they were in.

That was really fast of Mu Cheng to put two and two together with Guang Xi’s little ghost story. Nice conversation right there. A lot of depth in it. And more development of the two’s relationship as well. (And I must say that Van Ness has a very nice smile. Aww…so cute…)

And he was seriously a sly dude. He had the key the whole night yet did not care to tell her? (You did not ask? Nice.)

For the first time, Guang Xi admitted defeat with the bets and carried out his punishment as was agreed upon. Mu Cheng was watching nearby and was very touched since he had the ability to whip out those photos but did not.

The thing that I hate the most about dramas is the element of third wheel. Why must it be that again? I know it will happen from reading some news, but honestly, why this again? Somehow, He Yi Qian was as equally sincere as Hua Tuo Ye but I have a better feeling toward Tuo Ye than Yi Qian for some reason. Maybe because Tuo Ye was there but did not wish to shine or make an impression, but Yi Qian was? No idea. Have to watch more to know. (Thank you, Guang Xi for asking the most obvious question! Honestly! Someone is seeking for attention major time! Not to mention having such a thick skin too. I was wondering who was the worst of it? He Yi Qian or Zhang Ai Li? At least Ai Li was forward about her witchy nature–even if she was desperate. Yea, yea….so they decided to make Yi Qian’s character as clever and witty but so what? So forced and unconvincing.)

And I was getting ready to pity the mother for having her son misunderstood her. But apparently Guang Xi was right after all. To think that someone was in such a high position within the educational system and used such methods to get out of financial crisis? She actually deserved all the harsh treatments from Guang Xi.
Van Ness got to show off his abilities by running up the flight of stairs in lightning speed. Wow! Must be hard work! (Or did someone run for him?) Crazy stuffs but had to be fast because of the circumstances.

Another touching scene between Guang Xi and Mu Cheng when Guang Xi was trying to shield Mu Cheng from harm with the gang from G Da University stirring up trouble for them once again.

Guang Xi may have stole Mu Cheng’s heart with his bravery but Tuo Ye stole the show with his deceptive tactics on the G Da University’s students. Nice move! They did not even see it coming their way.

Having received its recognition, the rating finally rise a little more for this episode from 2.89 to 3.25. Another good episode.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Autumn’s Concerto: Episode 1

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Finally, it was airing after so much anticipation. Although I would agree that Next Station, Happiness sounded better and more unique but I guess Autumn’s Concerto wasn’t all that bad either. Maybe because autumn was around the corner during the time that it began to air so it was suitable? All right, no more randomness. How was episode 1?

If you get past the first five minutes or so of the stepmother’s shouting marathon, it was actually very good. It was surprisingly good although it still carried some elements from other idol dramas. If I didn’t know about the cast changes several times around, I would’ve thought it was written for Ady because of her background in piano and how it reminded me of The Outsiders too much for obvious reasons, especially how the little Mu Cheng was playing with the fake piano which she drew on the table. (It was a huge reminder because Yu Hao and Xiao Yan Yi drawn the piano while they were decorating their house.) It turned me off because of the similarities but I held on a little longer and continued to watch the scenes, trying to see more into it. The theme song of the drama saved it the most since Della’s voice was just so unique and it brought something special into the song itself. That was definitely something to stay for. It reminded me that soundtrack contributed majorly to these Taiwanese productions because those actually drew me into the drama more and made it bearable to watch through any situation.

Back to the drama, I must say that it was a bit more refreshing–at least from what I’ve seen from TW dramas–to make Mu Cheng’s occupation in association with fishes and the fish market in general. Though it was another typical ‘rich guy, poor girl’ storyline. Another thing that was kind of typical was the whole introduction of Guang Xi and how he was going through a phase of self-destructive mode. And then it told us the real reason behind Guang Xi’s actions at the bar meeting up with his juniors. (Another typical move.) So the supposed player was not really a player.

But it was all right since I did not expect Mu Cheng to still stick behind like she did that one night. I was thinking that she would eventually get abandoned by her stepmother but that was not it. So it was something to stick around for. There was mixture of predictability along with its unpredictability also. That was something else.

Oh yeah, did I say that it was too typical to have Mu Cheng’s father die in a car accident? It was another thing that reminded me of those people and their carelessness. Or because it was typical so they wanted to go along that path so viewers could relate to rather than making it too far-fetched?

I must admit that I loved the script-writers for making Mu Cheng so careful with protecting herself against that freaky man. She knew what was going on and she did all she could to protect herself. If it shall happen, she won’t be called a dummy for being clueless. Her intelligence was what made her character admirable thus far.

I actually liked how they diverted the story into the direction of rivalry between the universities and different activities they were involved in. It brought on a lively trait to the educational atmosphere that contained other factors aside from academic subjects. It gave a sense of what could happen at any university. Like the whole prank playing or the bets between Guang Xi and his friends. Or the part where Guang Xi was reminded of the rumors being spread about his mother and his lawyer. It was part of the education process that most of us go through–yet those were unwanted extras that we could do without.

The scene where Guang Xi remembered back to what happened to his father and their short-lived bond was very touching and well done. Van Ness showed his acting skills at that part, the torture that he went through and how he was only able to live in past memories with his father. The pain of having to live with the rumors surrounding him about his mother and his lawyer. The little scene at the piano with Guang Xi repeating Bach’s “Air on the G string” continuously was very touching as well. Worth a few tears even.

On the other hand, it was a bit disturbing to see how the university operated with favoring Guang Xi because his mother was the dean but somewhat portrayed how things were. It was funny too that Guang Xi ended up unscathed yet the scholarship student was in trouble for being involved in a fight.

It was a bit funny to see Figaro portraying such a role since I was used to seeing him as the kind and hard-working guy in I Do.

The best quote in this episode so far: “It looks like you haven’t woke up yet. You’re still in your pajamas.” (LOL)

It was more of a misunderstanding since Guang Xi and Mu Cheng were both covering up their true feelings but it was still really cute to see them together during the scene on the ice.

Although the rating only averaged to 2.89 for the first episode, it actually won over its other two competitors,  花樣男子流星花園 (中視) and 紫玫瑰 (華視), with its rating being 1.86 and 0.27 respectively.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Next Station, Happiness?

So news has it that Ming Dao has dropped out of the drama due to some schedule conflicts. (The real story: It was Sun De Rong.) If this keeps up any longer, Ming Dao might be dubbed as the ‘arrogant’ dude who is too good for some productions. Let’s hope that news is confirmed soon since it is believed that Van Ness Wu is taking over Ming Dao’s role as the male lead. (The reason why I have to say ‘wait for further confirmation’ is because there could possibly be some dramas going on behind-the-scenes again and everything won’t be for sure–just like last time.) If it is true, then it will be interesting to see the collaboration between Van Ness and Ady. (I suddenly have this evil thought of hoping that IF there’s a chance that Dylan would join Ady instead. But I’m all for new pairings too!)

It seems like there hasn’t been any luck surrounding this production so far. First, it was the female lead having communication problems with SETTV. Then they were back to searching for possible candidates as the female lead. Now that they finally found her, the male lead pulls a ‘disappearing’ act on them.

Is it because of the title that’s making it ironic all the same? When will the production team find their happiness? (Cliche, I know.)