I cannot believe that the year is coming to an end already! It feels like it was only just the start of 2013! Oh, how time flies! It just makes you look back and appreciate all the goodness that has come out of this year. It comes to the time for an end of year review and I really do appreciate the goodness that dramaland has given this year.
2013 has been one drama year for me (every year is a drama year for me!), though it was definitely much slower than 2012. I was actually quite slack with my drama watching for the first half of the year and only began to intensely drama during the second half of the year. With a heavier school load, I had no choice but to lighten up on my drama watching and this also meant choosing wisely with what I wanted to watch, which didn’t work out quite so well with some drama choices. But I did manage to do a lot of live-watching this year, which is something that I am very proud of. I also managed to watch a 73 ep drama, which is another thing which I am very proud of. I looked back at my 2012 End of Year Drama Review where I said that one of my resolutions for this year was to watch more dramas outside of hk-dramas but I don’t think I accomplished that. Anyhoo, I’ll just blame this on school which, really, is just an excuse to make me feel better of not achieving my goal.
There were quite a number of misses rather than hits this year which is quite disappointing but there were also a number of great hits. I didn’t get to see all the dramas that I wanted to see this year but I can always catch-up on it once I find some time in life. However, in generally, I think this year was quite a miss in terms of dramas. The reason why I was quite slack in terms of drama watching for the first half of the year was that there was any dramas that called out for me to watch it and furthermore, I have read reviews which have not been so positive about those dramas. It was during this half of the year that the dramaland picked up its game, especially in the k-drama verse.
I am going to have an even heavier school load next year which means less drama time for me but it won’t stop me from dramaing! Obviously school will be my priority but nothing is going to keep me away from dramas and blogging!
For this review, I am rating all of these dramas together for this year so the ratings will vary to the ratings on my ratings page. The ratings will be out of 5 stars. Continue reading
Hmmmm, I still can’t seem to make up my decision on how I feel about this drama. This drama is just holding me in how I feel. There are times when I want to love it but can’t and then there are times when I don’t want to love it but can’t help but do so! This drama holds a complexity of feelings for me, most probably because the drama itself is quite complex.
This ep disappointingly does not do anything to ease my confusion from the first ep. Instead it creates more confusion by adding on more unanswered questions. There was more interactions between the four leads in this ep but this just creates more confusion as their relationship brings on my question. This interaction is good but it does not work well to help the plot develop with ease. What this drama has failed to do is solidify the plot which was very shaky from ep 1. In such, this leads to more confusion, and this is definitely evident in the way that this recap was written up.
The most complex element from the drama is the while Dragon Gate society, because it is essentially a country of its own. That’s not the complexity of it. The complexity of it is that this society connects with the outside society and this creates an abundance of relationships which makes everything hard to follow. Despite watching it twice, I find it quite difficult to follow. I guess you can only understand what you understand and enjoy what you understand! Though I would enjoy it more if it wasn’t this complex. Hopefully the explanations will come soon! Continue reading
Seeing the trailers, it really got me hyped for the premiere of this drama, but now having seen the drama itself I’m not sure I feel the same way. Dragon Gate is something very different from the current dramas that I am watching, though, coming to think of it, all of the dramas which I am currently watching are all of a different genre. Hehehehe! It is something that I haven’t seen from the TW drama industry since I started watching TW dramas, and I am glad for that. It is definitely good to have change of atmosphere from the love-centred dramas which Taiwan seems to continually dish out one after the other.
After watching the ep, my first thought was that it was very confusing! There is a lot that you have to get around before you can actually piece together what it happening and the different connections present. Watching it the first time around, I didn’t really understand what was going on. Only after watching it again for the second time (for recap purposes) that things started to make sense! However, despite doing so there was still quite a lot of scenes that I couldn’t get my head around, particularly with the last few scenes.
I really enjoyed the different genre that Dragon Gate is because it is definitely very different from what I have seen. This pilot ep was good in setting up where the drama will head here on out but it did not do too good of a job in introducing its character and the story. You make sense of it you really have to watch it at least two times. Continue reading