Alright, I really wasn’t going to do this but after watching the first episode of Fall in Love With Me, I just can’t help myself… I’m going to have to write a review for this one so let’s get to it! Jiayou!
I suppose I ought to start off by saying that I am beyond excited to be watching another T-drama starring Aaron Yan! I absolutely loved him in Just You and I’m so happy to see him taking on a role that’s a bit more diverse than his last. Not that he wasn’t completely adorable in Just You, because he was, I just think that he has the potential to do more with a character and I think he’ll have the chance in Fall in Love With Me. I’m also excited to see so many of my other favorite Taiwanese actors taking up roles in Fall in Love With Me. Jack Li (who played Gao Zhe Xuan in Love Around), Jian Chang (also from Love Around), Xie Qiong Nuan (who played Aaron Yan’s mother in Just You) and Katherine Wang (also from Just You) all made me smile as they made their appearances in this first episode. It’s like getting all of my favorite people back together for some sort of drama reunion and it’s fantastic!
Even more fantastic is starting off a drama with a female lead that doesn’t annoy the crap out of me! I know this may seem a bit harsh but there have been so many times when I’ve sat down to start a new T-drama and have immediately rolled my eyes at the naivety or silliness of the female lead. That’s not so say that they’re all bad or that they don’t grow on me after a while (Puff’s character in Just You is a perfect example of a female lead I grew to love) but it’s nice to start off a drama with a female lead that doesn’t make me immediately want to facepalm myself. I think Tia Li is adorable as Tao Le Si in Fall in Love With Me and I’m loving the chemistry between her and Lu Tian Xing/Xiao Lu (Aaron Yan).
As for the story itself, I’m intrigued to see how this is going to play out. I can’t actually imagine the CEO of a hugely successful advertising firm suddenly walking away from it all to go and help out the competition, no matter what the sentimental ties but why be picky over something like that? This is a T-drama we’re talking about here, sometimes things don’t make sense but we just go with it anyway. (And really, isn’t that the way things go in pretty much all of our beloved Asian dramas?) Since I find the characters of this story so lovable and the chemistry between the male and female leads to be quite satisfying, I’m willing to over-look the lack of practicality here because, let’s face it, this drama is just too much fun to nitpick over. I laughed so many times while I watched this first episode, which means the writers have at least got the comedy part of this rom-com down and that makes me so happy! Here’s hoping the comedy lasts as the story progresses. We’ve got thirty episodes to get through before this drama ends and, seeing as how it’s a T-drama, things can get pretty drawn out at times so I’m hoping the quicker pace, adorable acting and the laughs of this first episode will continue as the story progresses because I’m going to be writing this review for a long, long time!
So what did you think of this first episode? Are you as happy as I am to see Aaron Yan starring in another drama? What are you most looking forward to seeing as this story progresses? I’d love to hear what you’re thinking so be sure to leave me a comment below! (By the way, if you’re looking for more in-depth discussion of this drama, have no fear, I’ll start digging into the plot and characters more in the next episode, I just had to get this introduction out-of-the-way first. And just for the record, I’m pretty sure the dog is going to be the one to blow Tian Xing’s cover, though it’s probably going to take a ridiculously long time for anyone to notice that the dog’s been dropping hints from the very beginning.)