I’m slowly unwinding from riding the King Flower train and this one needs a gradual debarkation process like any other drama that gets me all worked up. MC40, who plays harmless cheery Da Li, posted the picture above last night on the Da Mouth FB page and I thought it so cute and wonderful I had to share. James Wen had really fun chemistry with Yuan Ai Fei, Yao Yao didn’t annoy me as much as her cutesy acting usually does and MC40 got progressively more charming as the drama progressed, and Nikki Hsieh and Chris Wu continue to showcase their perfect pairing onscreen and behind-the-scenes. To think that even the actors in the dramas know how it rightfully should end with these three pairs. The Jin elders really don’t deserve such sweet and awesome new additions to the family – eldest son Guan Jun and rich spoiled eldest daughter-in-law Xiao Fei, second son Da Li and plucky second daughter-in-law Ah Xi, and daughter Da Hua and perfect and even more rich son-in-law Terry. This drama has really been all about how unfair it is that the good guys suffer (Terry and President Du losing Liang Yen), and the unworthy getting all the good endings (the entire Jin family brood). While it annoys me on principle alone, the drama did a good job of making me feel like Terry learned from his tragedy and mistakes and is better off for it, so Liang Yen’s passing wasn’t in vain. He learned to let go, of Sheng Da and of Da Hua, and with it he finds the freedom he’s actually been craving just as much as Liang Yen did. When he told Da Hua his love story with Liang Yen, he chose to share their kite flying date and that was a lovely bookend to when he and Da Hua leave on that plane, literally flying away together. Liang Yen was just looking for someone to fly that kite with her, and she found him in Terry. So she died without regrets, she really wasn’t looking for an adventurous life, but a person to adventure with. In the end Terry did everything he promised Liang Yen, to live courageously and never forget her, but live his life to the fullest. In episode 1 it was Liang Yen asking for water that made Terry pull over at the store and thus met Da Hua. I like to think Da Hua was always Liang Yen’s unwitting gesture of making sure Terry was going to be fine after she was gone.
Because the production didn’t give us any OTP making out on the plane, I hereby present to you photographic proof of our OTP making out in bed after their plane landed in Australia. I love how the entire last few episodes, in addition to the viewer bitching about the pointless angst, people also went to town with all the wonky filming and product placement. Everyone now hates Clarisonic and poor Grey Bear. And you won’t believe the howls of derision over just how small and chintzy Terry and Da Hua’s aborted wedding was. Hello? Managing Director of Sheng Da, scion of the hella rich Ouyang clan? Of course half the cast was missing from attendance. I also snorted over the ridiculousness that Terry would not only fly economy class, but that plane was clearly some tiny thing that could probably only fly domestically in Taiwan. Ain’t no way that 3-3 seating is taking anyone from Taiwan to Australia. Not to mention all the viewers noticing that all the passengers stuck behind Da Hua was literally making moon eyes at Terry. I think those extras couldn’t help themselves, from their vantage point all they can see is gorgeous Chris Wu smiling that beaming smile at Nikki as they filmed, rocking a new do and looking ever so dashing in a casual sports jacket. I would have melted into a puddle in the aisle, at least those extras managed to stay upright.