With this restrained yet tour de force performance by Chris Wu in the silliest of all silly TW-dramas, he’s officially in my top 3 TW-actors list. It was always just two guys there for the longest time (Zai Zai and Roy Qiu), but now Chris has earned his way into my affection forever. I will watch him read a phone book in Klingon while dressed like a Hobbit. I’ll recap episode 15 later, but I have to talk about Chris giving yet another drama stealing performance at the end of this episode when he revealed Liang Yen’s death to her father President Du. I like that King Flower hasn’t pulled a feint yet, when Guan Jun figured it out it happened quickly, when Da Hua slipped up to her mom it wasn’t covered up, and now when Terry finally comes clean (after trying to many times and getting dissuaded by Qin Mo and Da Hua time and again) it’s for real and HOMG so so sad. I cried for poor President Du, never able to say goodbye to his only precious daughter. And when Terry got on his knees and cried in such a raw but controlled way, I vividly flashed back to how much he loved Liang Yen and how wonderful their relationship was. If I have to castigate KF for anything, I have to add to the litany of complaints the decision to off Liang Yen. I could have lived with keeping her alive so that Da Hua’s adventure could end when she recovered and both male leads could have a happy ending.
In electing to kill her off, the drama effectively made Terry the sole main character in this story. I’m saying this to include Da Hua, who’s name is in the drama title but her story is flimsy and without emotional substance. Her face change made her beautiful and her family accepted it now so what else is there to any tension alive? The only way would be if this adventure actually made her realize she might have feelings for Terry, and then feel torn before her loyal devotion to Guan Jun and her unexpected affection for Terry. But the drama keeps treading at the line and not crossing over, with Da Hua clearly caring a lot about Terry but also cluelessly bleating at how much she wants to live forever and ever with Guan Jun. This frustration makes me want to quit this drama, but Terry’s journey keeps me checking in week-after-week because I care so much about his character. This isn’t even about any OTP anymore, I simply want his character to find closure in such a traumatic and life changing experience and find happiness when he moves on. When Terry cries, a little piece of my heart shatters and I just want to shake some sense into the screenwriter. Why write such a compelling male character when you only intend to shaft him in the end? Please prove me wrong, writer. The upcoming AWESOME kiss scene between Terry and Da Hua in episode 16 better be a turning point between them or imma going to flip some tables.
Episode 15 (part 5) – start at the 4:00 minute mark (do not miss the hella awesome preview for episode 16):