I am up to Ep 16 and am glad that I decided to continue after stopping at Ep 2! Watched the first episode and frankly, it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I thought the meek bumblingness of Hui Zhen was neither cute nor endearing as she was acting totally immature for her age (who wears like that to an interview in a big organization even if one is unpretentious and au naturel? At least look neat even if not polished!) and bordering mentally deficient! Her character was also totally in contrast with her younger self who was put together, self composed and confident (nothing to do with beauty mind you!) – if I was Bai Haoyu, I would have thought this messy looking girl was my childhood friend too! What gave this show a second chance for me was Hui Zhen’s crestfallen face when he walked past her on the bridge – the feels !! That made me want to know what was her backstory that made adult Hui ashen such a difference from child Hui Zhen. Well done Dilireba for salvaging my interest! I picked it up again after I could not continue with the melodrama that is Love & Life & Lie (Ep 13 yo!) and am very glad i did!!
Dilireba is impressing me here – she has definitely improved from Legend of Ancient Sword and Liu Shan Men (in the bits I saw) and she manages to imbue Hui Zhen with an earnest awkwardness that is not overly plucky but yet enveloped with a certain genuine earthy warmth despite her low self esteem. I am still not convinced that your family going bankrupt would do that a person (esp with her sister and parents all looking normal) so inhope there is more to that. From ep3, they also downplay her initial goofiness and doormatness which certainly helped! It is my first time watching Peter Sheng and this guy is so good looking 🙂 he reminds me of a younger, more Chinese looking Daniel Wu! His acting is not fab but somehow it makes the character work since Hao Yu at this stage is generally confused between the 2 Hui Zhen and stressed at work. I actually don’t find him quite a monster at work – if he only has 3 months to transform the magazine or everyone loses their job (including himself) the stakes are very high and everyone needs to buck up! I do suspect that he is sick (didn’t watch the original k-drama this was based on) so hopefully no overwrought melodrama here later.
Vin Zhang – ah, this man! I am going to watch all his dramas from here on! He is totally rocking it as Lin Yimu, the manchild with a heart. He is not overdoing his quirkiness or playfulness and manages to still look manly at the same time. Definitely second lead syndrome here so fortunately Peter Sheng is so so good looking :). Sierra Li is Xia Qiao and I like her too. She and Hui zhen have a genuine friendship which is touching but yes, she is making a big girlship no-no continuing to liaise with Haiti on the side. Somehow, Sierra doesn’t have a conniving vibe so I can’t bring myself to dislike her and actually feel a little sorry for and she is clearly conflicted although her selfishness propels her along this miserable road.
The rest of the gang at Immortal make a good team with camaderie chemistry that is not overly intoxicating but a special shout out to Zhu Ying 姐 (Wang Yi Nan) who is the most professional fashion editor I have seen portrayed – perhaps not the type that can make the magazine No.1 in sales but I like how encouraging and kind she is to everyone and Hui Zhen. Also I must mention the child actors Qu Zhi Han (Young Hui Zhen) and Zhou Bai Zhen (Young Haoyu) who are so cute as friends without that strange romantic undertone – the former was also in Shuttle Love Millenium and I loved her there too!
I am a bit apprehensive as it’s a 40 episode show and that may drag it out unnecessarily. Hopefully, it will remain a fun watchable drama!