I apologize for being so late in writing about a batch of new dramas that I’ve watched recently, the first of which is the new Taiwan daily drama Love, Now starring George Hu and Annie Chen. I swear that little lady is a rating good luck charm because LN premiered to solid numbers and quickly broke 2 in ratings which is stellar for a daily drama. Male leads George Hu and Harry Chang made a vow that they would piggy back the two female leads and their onscreen love interests Annie Chen and Vivi Lee up the staircase at the SETTV studio if the ratings broke 2 and now they are going to make good on their promise next week. I can’t wait to watch the hilarity ensue! While Inborn Pair had fantastic ratings when it aired last year, its follow up dramas Ti Amo Chocolate was a soggy mess and Gong Hay Fat Choy was a huge bust so it must be a relief for SETTV to win back the audiences with LN’s brand of cheery sweetness. Having watched 7-episodes of LN, my verdict is as straightforward and undeniable as the drama itself – it’s an easy-on-the-eyes-and-ears sweet love story that flows with a low-key breeziness well suited for a daily drama pace. In short, go watch it now, its uber-cute! I don’t think LN has the depth and breadth of IP to keep a strong story churning but for now its decently entertaining in a harmless affectionate way akin to watching a puppy frolic.
I can’t say that LN is a genuinely good drama since the characters are not very well developed and I’m still wrapping my head around the personalities of the two leads Yang Yi Ru (Annie Chen) and Lan Shi De (George Hu). If I were to lay LN side-by-side with IP, 7-episodes in IP is the superior drama all-around. One of the reasons IP was so lovely was because the two leads were decent relatable people who happened to meet cute and have great rapport with each other. So far LN has meet cute and great rapport, but I’m not feeling connected with either lead character. Yi Ru is a workaholic who isn’t very interesting, while Shi De is swell but controlling guy. George and Annie’s chemistry, as well as the fast-paced story and directing, help keep this drama buoyed high but I worry that once the charm wears off not much will be left remaining.
George and Annie look gorgeous in this drama and their chemistry is indeed as good as the promos indicated. They are really carrying the show not just in terms of screen time but mostly because none of the other characters are terribly interesting. The two families are cute enough, but the second male lead is a total douchebag and the second female lead is just alright. This story needs to beef up its supporting cast to ground the show in something more than just a love story between the OTP in order to not stretch itself too thin with likely 80 episodes to fill.
LN gets a huge break because the first 5 episodes are the whirlwind romance of Yi Ru and Shi De set in the gorgeous Philippines, evoking comparisons to Scent of a Woman, but without the actual dying from cancer bit. Because the drama starts off with all the good stuff, so to speak, it then needs to back track and allow the quickly married Yi Ru and Shi De to actually figure out what their relationship is going forward once they are back in the real world and she’s not going to die soon. It’s here that I worry the drama will rely on silly misunderstandings to keep them at a distance, but if the writing manages to remain believable then it’ll be fun watching them fall in love slowly this time and validate their initial feelings for each other. Check out the gorgeous opening and closing theme songs from the drama and if this drama is subbed I definitely recommend it as a frothy whipped dessert.
Opening Theme for Love, Now:
Ending Theme for Love, Now: