I have a feeling I’m going to be the In A Good Way fairy from here on out, either until the drama ends or it goes off the rails and I jump ship. This thing has a long run ahead of us, what with only 4-episodes aired with a once-a-week-airing not to mention possibly over 20 episodes in length. I’m not complaining since I followed Office Girls for 25 episodes until the very end so it’s definitely doable. Painful and exhilarating but doable. Since I brought the MV and screencaps for the opening theme song “Good Morning Hard City”, it’s only fitting to do the same for the closing theme song. Whoever is the music director for this drama deserves a raise. It’s actually easy to pick the 90’s popular mando-pop hits for the period soundtrack since that was the glorious heyday of mando-pop in Taiwan and I can throw a rock at my old CD collection and hit upon an amazing track. I do think it’s such a fun job, sitting around listening to oldies that still sound good today while wondering how to integrate it into the narrative. The reason I think the music director is a cool cat is the two new songs chosen for this soundtrack. “Good Morning Hard City” is not just a great song, it’s uptempo beat opens this drama with energy and youthful enthusiasm. Paired with an opening MV like a road trip movie, the viewer has no choice but to be happily swept up into the excitement with the characters. The ending theme song is the exact opposite and forms a wonderful bookend with the opening theme. The ending theme is by Freya Lin called “Obviously Love You”.
Neither of the songs are released yet but I’m putting my money that SETTV will release and OST for this drama and both will be on it. “Obviously Love You” is a ballad and it took me a few listens to fall in love and now I might like it even more than “Good Morning Hard City”. The instrumentals for “Obviously Love You” has been in the drama since episode 1 but it’s used so delicately it doesn’t stand out and overwhelm the moment. The song is paired with a closing MV that is hard to watch because its all about goodbyes. In the closing MV, the foursome has concluded their road trip from the opening MV and now everyone is getting dropped off. First Bai Xue is dropped off outside her house and Ren Wei goes out to say goodbye but she keeps him at a friendly distance. Then Ren Wei is dropped off by the pier and Jia En goes out to say goodbye and tries to run after him a bit but stops and gets back into the car. Jia En is dropped off next and she peers back inside the rear window of the car to smile at Liu Chuan. She then dangles his important star necklace which is a critical sign that he gave it to her and she’s showing him that she has it. The car then drives off and Jia En waves goodbye from the side of the road. Finally the car stops and Liu Chuan opens the trunk to put on his sunglasses and grab his bag. He slings the bag over his shoulder and walks away from the car. So if the opening MV is about traveling down the road of life with friends for company and experience, the ending MV reminds us that in the end we have to walk our own path alone. I don’t necessarily think the ending MV portends any doom and gloom about the OTP. I think both MVs were filmed with an overarching narrative concept rather than specifically tied to what will come in the drama. The ending theme is still rather melancholy so to cheer everyone up I’ve translated the latest cutest BTS of RongYi from episode 4 where they were filming on the mountain. Get ready to grin until your cheeks hurt.
Ending theme song “Obviously Love You”:
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Treasure too much, care too much, want to continue too much
This chemistry between us
I would rather remain in the same place
But my tears, why doesn’t it take a break
Is silence causing my allergy
Is weakness tiring my eyes
But my thick nasally voice
Why doesn’t it give me any room
My smile is almost making me suffocate
The memory induced anxiety won’t go away
So pretending to be exhausted
Like this………obviously I love you but I keep lying to myself
Is because I’m scared my future won’t have you
No words and no conversation, no acknowledgement and no reply
Is the most cruel torture in this world
So I can only obviously love you but keep lying to myself
Lying so much in the end I don’t even believe it
My caring takes away my courage
So can I just not ask to remain in the same place where I love you.
RongYi BTS from Episode 4 (start at the 5:15 mark):
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Kirsten is running and being sprayed with water to emulate sweat and she says its freezing but its fine because in a bit she’ll be…..all romantic and falling in love. She then feigns a giggly blush. Kirsten sits with Lego and discuss how freezing it is on top of Yang Ming Mountain right now. She tells Lego to introduce how many layers he has on. The fact that she knows it already is heh heh heh. Lego is wearing three layers under his t-shirt, and then he admits he can’t move very well right now because he has two layers under his jeans.
Kirsten says this scene is very good because it’s the start of Jia En and Guo Yi……then she catches herself and corrects it and says Jia En and Liu Chuan’s romance has sprouted. Lego has this look on his face and then he asks “did it really sprout?” Kirsten replies “It did sprout.” To which Lego smirks and says “Let’s see how you behave in a bit.”Kirsten then giggles like a crazy girl and then leans her head on Lego’s shoulder. Mwahahahaha.
Lego and Kirsten discuss Jay Shih’s famous song called “The Summer Wind” and wonder why there isn’t a song called “The Winter Wind” and then they make one up. In practicing the scene where Liu Chuan wipes Jia En’s sweat, Lego starts it by pretending to give her a nudge down the slope. The PD gets nervous but then says this type of plot development would be a ratings hit. Lego wipes Kirsten and she turns to glare at him, and then pushes him playfully and yells “What are you doing!” Lego then laughs and says this plot development is even better, to fight until one of them tumbles down the mountain. They then push each other one more time just because.
During a break, Kirsten talks to the camera about how she has to say this. You hear Lego right next to her respond “what do you need to say?” Kirsten says how lucky she is to watch the sunrise and go see the city lights with the same man. In real life that has never happened before. The camera asks which guy she is talking about as Lego keeps swaying playfully behind her but the arrow keeps pointing to him. Kirsten says again she never did both activities with the same person and Lego says likewise. In fact, he’s never brought a girl to see the city lights, it never crossed him mind to do this before.
Kirsten then reveals she’s not only seen the city lights before, she saw it right here in this exact spot. Lego IMMEDIATELY asks “Who brought you here?” I’m not kidding with how fast he shoots out that interrogation question. Kirsten then wraps her scarf around her face because she’s blushing and says “Just, in the past.” and Lego cranes his head to try and look into her eyes and suss out the truth. Kirsten keeps trying to duck and says it was when she was in school and Lego asks again “Who was it?” Ha, some dude is getting his kneecaps smacked tomorrow. Later Kirsten says this view is awesome, gorgeous lights and a good looking guy. Lego then calls her “Rong Rong puppy” and walks away and she barks and runs after him. They then go forage for food with the staff.