I always welcome a good daily drama which feels like an unassuming watch that takes nothing out of me. Commitment is not needed since one can stop and go without missing much, and it’s perfect as treadmill fodder. In the last few years, the best SETTV daily is probably still Inborn Pair while Love, Now started off promising but that didn’t last long. Two Fathers was cute but I liked neither female lead so the romance fell flat. Ti Amo Chocolate was a dull dud and both Sweet Sweet Bodyguard and Lady Maid Maid drove me insane within the first few episodes. I hated Second Life‘s entire cast and story concept while Love Family would have worked with a different female lead actress. I didn’t even bother with either Fabulous 30 or Tie the Knot, which leaves me quite excited that the upcoming Love Cheque Charge (Chinese title 幸福兌換券 Happiness Voucher) looks all sorts of up my alley.
I like leads George Hu and Yuan Ai Fei not to mention Kun Da works best as a second male lead as he does here. Supporting alterna-couple Smile Wen and Jay Shih bring back all my In a Good Way feels even if their characters are totally different. The drama is arriving faster than I expected with a premiere date next week on September 3rd. The bickering leads have been done to death not to mention George plays the arrogant ass while Yuan Ai Fei gives off the plucky Candy heroine vibe, but for some reason watching the first teasers made me smile even if I’m watching nothing new. As long as it’s charming without being too silly then this might just be my ticket back to daily drama land. I do wish the English title was less of a mouthful, plus its frustrating that even when the Chinese title doesn’t have the ubiquitous “love” in it the network finds a way to wedge love into a clunky English name.
First teasers for Love Cheque Charge:
“Three minutes. Any matter needs to be solved in three minutes. If not then you… are just a loser. A loser.
Mister, you seem to owe me something.
I’ll only give you three minutes.
I don’t want three minutes, I want this (pushes check forward that says “I will marry you before you turn 30”).
Interesting. I am looking forward to it and see if it captures me. I watched love family (was good but coulda been really good with another actress), skipped fab 30 and am sorta watching Tie the Knot. The drama is so flat and Nylon just doesn’t do it for me as a male lead. No spark for me as a viewer, not to mention the storyline.
So I am hoping for something better in LCC. And what kind of title is the English one? It sounds clumsy. Anyhow, while none of the actors jump out at me, a good story and nice chemistry will always draw me into a twdrama. Anyhow hope it’s good.
Taiwanese dramas these days aren’t as good as the last time . I totally agree with you that inborn pair is still the best T daily drama in recent years. Really excited for this drama because I love both the female and male lead. Love now and love around became really boring in the middle of the story so I hope this drama will turn out different and will be as good as inborn pair.
Oh, thanks! Looking forward to this one but…did George Hu just call me a loser? O_O
Yay. Cannot wait for this! How many episodes are there?
It’s a shame that you didn’t try Fabulous 30, it’s actually one of the rare recent SETTV’s daily drama that’s been gaining positive reviews from Taiwanese netizens. It’s worth a try since it’s so entertaining and stay true to the tone even until the end (unlike most SETTV dramas which go downhill after a certain number of episodes). It actually gets better and better towards the end.
Two Fathers is decent but I like it more for its bromance and family love but Fabulous 30 is really one of my favorite daily drama from SETTV. Love Now has great chemistry but the plot is just URGH, I don’t understand the appeal of Inborn Pair, it’s decent but I do feel it’s kinda overrated, maybe because I ended up buying Annie’s chemistry with Chris Wu more than her with Chris Wang.
I don’t know why the lead actress was made to act that way. This is the first time I’m watching her so I don’t know if she really acts with an open mouth all the time. I can’t get pass episode 5. Too bad since I like George Hu. Yuan Ai Fei is the only one acting in that style. Even the kids acted better.