I know, I know, I’m a very behind with Boysitter but I’m not sure whether I want to continue with it. I’ve already written a recap on the first ep of but I just have more to say and long time readers of my blog would know that my first impressions doesn’t just stem from the first ep, but rather the first few eps when there has been a solid introduction of the drama. So here’s my first impressions on the drama.
Falling in love with Boysitter was much easier than I expected but falling out of love with it was just as easy. Airing on the relatively new Taiwan cable channel TVBS, which despite it being relatively new on the market has produced a number of well-received and high quality dramas including Kiss Me Mom!, Rock N’ Road and the recently concluded and acclaimed drama The Way We Were, Boysitter has a lot to follow through with. It started off really well with a very nice introductory episode but then the story just didn’t know where to head after that. Boysitter is basically about a career-driven woman, Yuan Fei (Annie Chen) who is stuck in a relationship between two men: her immature ex-boyfriend, Hao Jian Ren (River Huang) who she still has lingering feelings for and a playboy but meticulous businessman, Wen Hao Ren (Melvin Sia). However, it just didn’t fall through after the introductory episode with the storyline falling very quickly to a standstill.
I think the biggest letdown for Boysitter is that it seems like it dived into the story half-way through. While I enjoyed the introductory ep, charging ahead at full speed, the subsequent eps just came to a halt. In the first ep you could see the story unfold but then there was nothing left to unfold for the subsequent eps. The basis of the drama was set about in ep one and the subsequent eps are just of Yuan Fei and Jian Ren’s on-off relationship. They clearly still have the hearts for one another and want to get back with one another but they’re just dragging their relationship out. I’m currently up to ep seven and straying away from first impressions, this is already half the drama that has aired but despite that, it feels like there has been no progression from the first ep to the current ep with the same draggy story of Yuan Fei and Jian Ren’s relationship that will probably drag on for another eight ep. While the drama might be draggy, I don’t think it is necessarily dull. The drama just would be a lot more interesting if there is more substance to the storyline and if it moves along faster.
I really enjoyed the first ep, and I especially loved the colours used and the cinematography about it. The first ep is a standalone ep because the eps that came after it fell in terms of everything. This is particularly due to the fact that the drama dived half-way into which made it hard for the story to fall in place. The first ep was very pretty to look at but it was quite hard trying to grasp what was happening because we weren’t given the smaller details to piece together the story surrounding the backstory.
Yuan Fei and Jian Ren have been separated for six years and while their relationship speaks of love on the surface, it’s not conveyed on-screen. I don’t know, but for me their relationship does not speak of love other than verbally. I don’t really feel the chemistry between Annie and River. That’s not to say that they don’t have chemistry though, they do, but the chemistry feels more like something written into the drama than something that flourished in their relationship. The last time I saw Annie was in Love Around where she starred opposite her rumoured boyfriend George Hu and they had a lot of chemistry together. However, Annie and River can’t even seem to capture half of that which is such a shame for a drama that strives on the romance story between the two leads. Annie and River just don’t have that sizzle between them. Annie has more sizzle with Melvin despite not sharing much scenes together. I like her chemistry with Melvin even though it doesn’t exactly pop. It’s a chemistry that doesn’t feel forced and that really helps to take the drama away from something that started off from paper.
I also find Boysitter over the top some times if not a lot of the times and throwing in steamy scenes for the sake of it. The drama tries really hard to be light-hearted with forced humour from the supporting cast, especially with the accidental-non-accidental secret reveals while leaning towards being melo with the whole Di Bao part of the story. I’m not even sure what the drama wants to do with that part of the story. Boysitter is relying purely on Yuan Fei and Jian Ren’s love story but there isn’t much to their story. Despite that though, the drama is stretching their story to the extent which is why it feels quite draggy.
I don’t really like how Yuan Fei and Hao Ren’s friendship was written about. It progressed very abruptly with them creating a bond very quickly without much backstory to their friendship. They met as acquaintances one moment and the next they were spending the night together. In fact, I didn’t even understand where the writers were trying to head with the whole “spend a night together” phase. It was amped up but nothing came out of it except for their friendship which came as a way to introduce a love competition.
I don’t dislike Boysitter as such, I just find that watching it is quite frustrating with that the way the story and characters have been written. It’s all just a back and forth game between Yuan Fei and Jian Ren with people surrounding them who are either trying to break apart their relationship or help them rekindle their relationship. Hopefully the drama can get a move on and actually put something more into the story because it’s getting quite repetitive and becoming draining to watch.