Combining two In A Good Way posts into one is probably a good idea before this place becomes Liu Chuan central. Okay, it kinda already is and who can blame me? He’s perfect, though that’s clearly giving him too much credit since he seems rather love dense. Well maybe not dense since it’s clear he knows he feels something for Jia En, but he doesn’t quite seem to be ready to put the pedal to the metal yet and pursue her. Liu Chuan is so smart and focused on the things that he’s interested in that he’s clearly turned off his love antennae despite every girl on campus crushing on him since he’s not interested in getting credits in that subject matter. But his antennae is clearly functioning because he’s only able to “receive” signals from Jia En, who is herself a love idiot if I ever saw one. I still can’t get over the hilarity of her concert date with Liu Chuan ending up with her firing him as her tutor and then a whole year of no contact between them. Could she not see his pause and disappointment? Only she would actually tell the CDU School Grass buh-bye like that. A quick Taiwanese slang tutorial – School Grass 校草 = most handsome boy in school which is the lesser known male equivalent to School Flower 校花 = prettiest girl in school, and here Liu Chuan is the 校草 and Bai Xue is the 校花.
For those not watching the drama but are keen to maybe check out a snippet, IAGW has one of the best opening song sequences in years and I can’t stop watching it. It also has a new song (not yet released) called “Good Morning Hard City” by Adrian Fu that is so delightfully easy to rock to. Check out gorgeous HD screencaps of the entire sequence and then watch the opening theme video. I’m also hear to debunk some rumors. This drama is NOT 33 episodes, never have been never will be. Whoever wrote that is smoking something. It’s a SETTV once-a-week drama, the longest those have ever been is 25 episodes and that only happened with Office Girls which kept getting extended due to super high ratings. Most are 18-22 episodes long. This is also live-filmed so the ending number is not yet set, that’s how SETTV rolls. The synopsis which says Jia En comes back in 2005 and reminisces about her college days including Liu Chuan is also wrong – that was before the drama started filming. I found the original Chinese and its written on a non-official IAGW fan site and was not released by the production. That synopsis is also wrong because the reasons for Jia En staying in Liu Chuan’s room is different. The official drama website does not have this synopsis and only says this drama is about kids in 1995 living their college days. My guess is that the synopsis was the first draft but later tweaks were made to remove the 2005 start and let this drama begin with the 1995 time line.
Li Guo Yi has no business being this good looking. He used to be cute, now he’s *@!#&*@(#*! smoking hot. Rong Rong is so lucky to work with him. *____* I’d probably need a hospital stay for heart palpitations if he stared at me the way Liu Chuan keeps staring at Jia En in the drama.
This was the rumored synopsis before filming began but SETTV never confirmed it:
2005年嘉恩回國了。他收到一封社團寄給他的邀請函，裡頭，有一張通往「月亮之地 」的藏寶圖。這封邀請函，讓嘉恩想起他的大學生活，想起流川這個影響他一輩子的男人 ，不知道他現在好嗎？ 嘉恩回想著，回想著。時光，彷彿重返1995年… 1995年，林嘉恩高三。還差幾個月就要解放。 嘉恩的父母在台北打拼，仰賴從小一塊長大的鄰居人維父母收留，人維是當地的大地主， 多一副碗筷、多一個人住，沒什麼。 嘉恩心裡充滿感激，下定決心努力苦讀，期待考上大學、離開家鄉，期待跟人維讀同 一所學校，甚至也暗暗的期待著，和人維談一場戀愛。一直以來，嘉恩有人維的陪伴，心 裡住的都是人維。 終於，嘉恩拿下比人維更高的分數，志願卡上就只填了人維的第一志願─城東大學！人維卻偷偷更動了嘉恩的志願卡，結果，人維考上台北夢寐以求的城東大學企管系，嘉恩 不幸落榜…… 嘉恩打算北上半工半讀準備重考，但卻把身上的錢弄丟了，有連絡不上父母，他來到 大學向人維求援，好不容易才在公告欄上找到人維的住宿位置。 嘉恩以為來到人維的宿舍，沒想到宿舍主人流川回來，見到一個陌生女孩躺在自己床 上。嘉恩一睜開眼，看到不是人維，更嚇了一跳！嘉恩被流穿趕了出去。 嘉恩為了再見到人維，只好等在宿舍外，人維回來見到嘉恩很驚訝，完全沒有要讓嘉恩留下的意思，把嘉恩給趕走，他們的對話全被流川聽見。流川心軟了決定收留她一夜。 從此之後，兩人便展開一段關於愛和夢想的冒險……
A quick highlight of the differences: Jia En comes back to Taiwan in 2005 and receives “The Moon Place” treasure map which leads her to remember her college life and Liu Chuan, the man who influenced her entire life. Is he doing well now? She then flashes back to 1995. In this version, Ren Wei is a total ass. He purposes changes her rank+major because she put down as first choice his first choice so he intentionally doesn’t want her following him. The dorm incident is also different, in this version Ren Wei comes back and has no intention of letting her stay for the night and sends her away. Liu Chuan sees it and takes Jia En in for the night, and thereafter the two of them embark on an adventure concerning love and dreams……. I’m so glad the first episode didn’t follow this version of events because I really like Ren Wei and it would be impossible to like if he actually screwed Jia En over on purpose just so she wouldn’t follow him, and then sent her away that night in a strange city with no money and no family. I also don’t like the 2005 start which confirms Jia En and Liu Chuan are not together in 2005 for whatever reason. I rather like letting things remain unknown as we watch it.
I love the eye-exchange between Liu Chuan and Jia En after he wins the rock-paper-scissors and then with a look and a tiniest head gesture he indicates for her to take the front seat. I’m going to say she’s his girl at this point because that’s totally a guy telling his girl “Yeah, your boyfriend won and you’re getting the front seat, baby!”
Funny bit of trivia about RongYi: Lego’s first gig was being the MV guy and it was in an early S.H.E. video so he’s actually worked before with Kirsten’s super famous older sister Selina Jen. For those shipping RongYi, it can totally happen. Both are single and there is no huge age gap, Kristen just turned 25 while Lego is 28. They are three years apart and you can tell in the BTS they act like buddies without any deferential docility on her part. Their banter in the BTS is such good stuff.
HD version of the opening song for In A Good Way “Good Morning Hard City”:
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I’ll bring the song link when it’s released, I promise!