Legend of Star Apple: Episode 1

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

I never really watched this properly so I thought I start doing that.

First off, the song “A Little Fuss” (鬧鬧) to start the drama was a good choice since it insisted on a game at play while at the same time, there was some mixed emotion to it–mostly good feelings. This was a collaboration between Zhang Xin Yu and Sweety. An interesting one because their voices match so well and created a playful effect to the song but the words made it sound so innocent yet meaningful at the same time.

Secondly, the beginning of the story reminded me somewhat of At the Dolphin Bay regarding a legend. Of course, it was different in its context and locations, but I could not help but think of it.

Thirdly, that was just plain witty how the crashing of the wedding turned out to be. I meant other dramas portrayed the whole dramatic scene or emotional scene of crashing a wedding–running away, etc. But this was partially because of Tao Si’s unwilling to be defeated by some arrangement by his parents and also because of Rui Rui’s encounter with that one scary pig.

(And might I say the groom looked like he was going to a funeral more than a wedding? Not to mention that I almost thought Rui Rui was already attached to Tao Si so that was why she was shouting at the top of her lungs with the “No!” when they were asking Tao Si if he was willing.) Cute introduction of characters all the same.

Fourth, I suddenly remember why I like this drama so much although it was not the best one ever made. It was all because of Van Fan’s songs. (Well, at least that was partially the reason.)

I swear Tao Si should’ve thought of running WAY before his father caught on. Or was he having too much fun watching the scene unfold? (Or more like the wedding all ruined.) Busted, I guess… Love their expressions! (Rui Rui thought Tao Si’s father was talking about her since she was causing the mishaps–accidentally of course.)

Eh…Tao Si trying to take advantage of the situation? No, he was just trying to shush her up since he did not want to be found out. They still have time to argue? Luckily, they found shelter in time! (But it was quite amusing seeing how Tao Si was trying to climb the tree.) Awww…they looked so cute together.

And then Rui Rui just had to ruin his mood by making that comment. Oh well…at least he still had time to socialize! Getting friendly, huh?

And Tao Si, that was not how you were supposed to score points with girls. Pulling her down with you just like that so she almost broke her face was not it.

Lucky for him that they did not have much time to argue over that incident. However, it was not so lucky since they managed to find a beehive! Eek!

Then came the scene where our Little Fish was chosen for the role!

It was also revealed of Tao Si’s past. Little Tao Si and Little Rui Rui were as cute! (Ishii Mika do look like Zhang Xin Yu at some angles.)

The song “Primrose” by Sweety playing in the background the whole time made it even more enchanting.

If only Rui Rui still treated Tao Si like she used to when they were kids.

(Uh…Rui Rui….that was an accident. You might have reacted too strongly since he was supposed to be almost dead, right? Or did you check his pulse carefully?)

Nice comback, Tao Si! A red packet? That would solve the problem?

Uh…Tao Si, that was not how you thanked someone who just saved you from drowning. Pushed her over? Happy, paddle!

So the fun ended since Rui Rui had to go and rescue her Tang Tang! (Oh why did Tang Tang had to swallow the ring?)

And that was so cute of Sha Sha and Bo Lun–although she sounded too bossy. (Wei Ru was so charming and funny at the same time with her bossy nature yet it showed a sense of character all the same.)

Though it was a bit exaggerated, it was still a touching scene with Rui Rui caring so much for her piglet. Probably showing how caring she was toward the animals on the farm. Also, though Sha Sha was a bit harsh toward Bo Lun, it showed her friendship toward Rui Rui.

And it was a miracle! Tao Si finally made it to land! But I must agree with Rui Rui that he was a turtle. Seriously, it took him that long? All that build was for show? (But I guess he was a Young Master after all so can’t blame him. Not to mention his fear of water.)

So he was on the run again. Too bad not for long. So funny of him trying to use that to hide. Come on now. Unless they had really poor eyesight, they’ve seen him. (They were really blind after all.) Tao Si did it! He deceived them!

Okay, not really…since he got himself into another obstacle. Phew! So the guy was only trying to catch the butterfly…and did not mean to harm Tao Si in any way…YET!

Nice going AGAIN, Tao Si! No, he was not that hungry. Don’t you know anything at all? (Guess not.) And that was so amusing! Tao Si sure doesn’t know anything.

Wow! So he read! Okay, at least they got that sort out…

Ooooh….that expression looks so familiar! Tao Si’s up to something again! What what? Great plan!

And Tao Si, why are we stripping? Oooh, changing clothes to deceive others. Great move.

Wrong move, Tao Si! NOT the hat!

Ah…Rui Rui finally found Tao Si again! Tang Tang is indeed saved!

Tao Si, so you’re the expert now?

Talking about betrayals though, too bad Tao Si misunderstood Rui Rui! (If looks could kill.)

Still, a very funny and entertaining first episode. All the major characters have appeared.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Jia You Ba! Xiao Xiao Yu

Before she was an adorable young artist, she was a star swimmer. That was the main reason how she got the role of the cute Rui Rui in Legend of Star Apple. Before she was cast as  Cao Ke Rui, she took a small part in Chinese Paladin I as one of Li Xiao Yao’s girlfriends at his home town, the silly Ai Qie. Fellow Tangerine colleague Joanne Tseng was also seen by her side as the other girlfriend, Xiu Lan. Those who have watched Chinese Paladin might not even remember her. So Legend of Star Apple was actually her break and also her first starring role. She proved to have a lot of potentials although some anti-fans who preferred a certain pairing might disagree. She brought out the many sides of Rui Rui very well–from the simple-minded, uncouth yet cute girl at the beginning to the more matured young woman toward the end of the drama.

Around that same time, she also managed to bring out her debut album, titled A Little Fuss (鬧鬧), and coincidentally, it was also the opening theme song for Legend of  Star Apple to which she sang with fellow Tangerine colleagues Esther Liu and Joanne Tseng of the band Sweety. The album also included the ending song of Legend of Star Apple called “The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了).” Other tracks in the album showed different ranges and variety that young fans might enjoy.

As fate has it, her next drama was another collaboration with Ming Dao. However, as fate likes to play with people, she was not paired up Ming Dao, but with 5566 member Jason Hsu in Ying Ye 3 + 1. On a more positive note, it seemed that she and Ming Dao still maintained a good friendship within the set. Luck was more on her side when she brought out another album, Jia You Ba! Xiao Xiao Yu, with four tracks and a special DVD with MVs as well as clips of her working behind the scenes with the crew to make it happen. Her image for this album had transformed from the typical cute girl to the more mature girl. However, there were still traces of cuteness within her that was hard to hide.

While fans are wondering if she will bring out another album, fans could wait to catch her latest drama, Always Smile!, very soon. This is–coincidentally–another collaboration with Ming Dao. And as funny as it gets, she will not pair up with him either. Anyway, she’ll be busy–like the rest of the cast–in promoting the drama and participating in other events. I guess we can wait for the upcoming album since she’s already so busy, right?

*All images were scanned by DTLCT