I’m used to the 2-episode a week format for K-dramas, and the even more painful 1-episode a week format for TW-dramas and J-doramas. But when it comes to C-dramas, I’ve been spoiled on the 5-episode a week format so much that watching 2-episodes a weekend of Drama Go Go Go has been so so so painful because the drama has been just that good. It’s a rom-com complete with all the romance tropes but done in a way that is self-deprecating and self-aware, not to mention with a sweet sincerity that belies the understanding that the tropes may have been stale and overused but the genesis of them all come from a place of dreams and hopes for romantic satisfaction. While it appeared the ending was headed for a reversal of fortune with Ruby Lin’s character Wang Ming Ming choosing not guy 1 or guy 2, but instead the super smexy older guy 3, in the end guy 1 Eason played by Jiro Wang pulled out the well-earned and oh-so-lovely win and won back the confidence and faith of his beloved Ming Ming that their celebrity-nobody younger guy-older woman love story could have a happy ending. I enjoyed every minute of DGGG, with the drama in turns funny, down-to-earth, softly romantic, and thoroughly well executed. All the characters were fleshed out and well integrated into the story and the journey was crafted with careful consideration and meaningful twists and turns. This is one drama I can safely recommend as totally worth watching and doesn’t miss a beat from beginning to end. DGGG is a triple win for the books!
I don’t know how this drama did it, but it created three equally compelling male leads with their own unique story and chemistry with the leading lady. I can’t say I was always rooting for male lead Eason to get the girl, but I felt reassured by the end that when they did get together after all they went through, they really earned the right to say they picked each other after thoroughly understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses and still wanting to be together. As the drama progressed, I could always understand everyone’s motivations and pressure which made the angst really realistic and low key. There wasn’t a single makjang element thrown in and instead everyone tried to balance expectations and realities while making the choices that would make them happy. All three male leads had very compelling reasons for why Ming Ming should pick them, and all three wowed me with their straight forward and upstanding affection for Ming Ming.
In the end, she picked the one she loved the most, and I wasn’t left crying over the other two who lost one. Little brother Tong Shao Tian had all the playful bantering and great camaraderie with Ming Ming, but ultimately she never saw him as a romantic interest. Hu Bing’s mature and warm Fu Yun Kai was sexy and gentlemanly with patience and understanding, but being the perfect man didn’t mean Ming Ming could easily pick him for that reason alone. Through the course of Ming Ming helming her first solo drama scriptwriting project, Eason climbing out of the idol D-list and achieving newfounded stardom as an actor, Shao Tian trying to woo the women he’s called older sister for half his life, and the rest of the interesting denizens of that little corner of the showbiz world, DGGG successfully created a rom-com that allowed the romance to ebb and flow naturally while the comedy was peppered deftly throughout.
DGGG had a fantastic OST, a really talented director at the helm keeping the story visually flowing without any awkwardness, and a cast that was firing on all cylinders in terms of acting ability and chemistry with each other. There wasn’t a weak link in this drama and it really is all thanks to leading lady/producer Ruby Lin, who has proven she has the smarts and great intuition to assemble a pitch-perfect group of folks behind and in front of the scenes to deliver one of the rare C-drama rom-com wins in recent memory.