The currently airing Friday night TW-drama Pleasantly Surprised (Love Myself or You) is one of those rare beasts that makes me feel conflicted as a drama viewer. On one hand I appreciate the low key sincerity, allowing all the characters to be fleshed out over importing extraneous conflict after another. But then the drama exists on a very placid state of being without the roller coaster emotional ups and downs we’re accustomed to with dramas. That changed with episode 12 when FINALLY the OTP make a major breakthrough. So far all of the steps towards each other have been tentative at best and at worst dreams of the male lead Ah Jie’s overactive imagination. SETTV actually had to assure viewers that the kisses (yes, more than one kiss) are both real and totally passionate. I believe them after seeing the stills (shared below) which show me open mouth and maybe some tongue, and then watching the actual kisses in the drama is even better.
Normally I would expect that of an SETTV drama but Ah Jie is one of the slowest moving male leads ever and female lead Kai Qi is about as warm as Greenland in the summertime. But I guess two slow snails can combust when there is too much pent up attraction inside and both are healthy, young, and good looking. Reportedly the kissing filming took hours to get right and a stickler for camera angles that is Puff Guo jokingly warned her kissing partner Liu Yi Hao that since he was taking the lead in the kissing he better make sure she doesn’t end up with a double chin onscreen. Poor Liu Yi Hao confessed he was under major pressure to deliver the passion the director wanted and the pretty that Puff wanted but the result turned out to be just perfect. The first kiss ended hilariously while the second one was pretty silly how they both got drenched in the matter of seconds but nothing else matters when an OTP can finally get together so sanely and devoid of unnecessary complications.
I do feel sorry for second male lead Hao Wei since a nerdy scruffy dude who carries a torch for ten years and uses One Piece to woo his girl is a rare treasure indeed. Nevertheless I’m totally onboard the OTP pairing and think once they admit liking each other there remains plenty of conflict left with Ah Jie dealing with a bitter manipulative older brother. I also worry that Kai Qi’s horrible no-good human trash of a dad will pop back out to cause more trouble for our emotionally burned Kai Qi who has just started to open herself up again.