Well hello there! I may not have been blogging here for a good five months but you can be sure as hell that I’ve been watching TV!
Meteor Garden 2018
Boys Over Flowers…Taiwanese, Korean…..Japanese…Japanese version again….there seems to be no end to the adaptations of this classic girl meets boy story.
To add further to this list – lo and behold, Netflix sprung on me 6 episodes of the new Meteor Garden this morning.
And yes, I HAVE WATCHED ALL SIX EPISODES ALREADY…don’t judge me.
The revamped drama brings with it, a much higher budget and it clearly shows. It looks GORGEOUS.
The drama addresses a lot of things I didn’t like about the F4/red card thing. Particularly the bullying and the violence from previous versions. I never really understood WHY anyone would fall in love with someone who was clearly an unapologetic bully.
Meteor Garden 2018’s Daoming Si is still the same arrogant guy but a slightly more ‘gentle’ version. There is no focus on bullying coming from F4 because they don’t do it (which is great!). There are no red cards. Just POKER cards from which F4 deliver when they want to challenge you to a card game!
I think Dylan Wang who plays Doaming Si is excellent and super easy on the eyes. He’s got the right balance of portraying someone who is secretly lovable but yet also completely incapable of expressing themselves properly. The rest of F4 I’m kinda ambivalent about but eh, it’s only 6 episodes in. There are plenty more episodes to find out about them.
Shen Yue, plays Shan Cai! I love her too. She’s perfectly feisty.
And oh, the dynamic between the two leads is GOLD. They are so good at THE FEELS. I am hooked.
Unwittingly, I have now committed myself to a 48 episode drama! YES WHY 48? I have no idea. I’ve never watched a drama as long as this one. I just hope the rest of the episodes hold up well.
Please don’t fail me Meteor Garden 2018! You are in the makings of being a new classic.
So which version of Hana Yori Dango/ Boys Over Flowers / Meteor Garden do you prefer? I’m team Hana Yori Dango for now!
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