A drama that did not have much potential to begin with, and sadly the drama just went through with that momentum. A real disappointment that did not even live to the already lowered-expectations.
Hello~~ It is so nice to be back! If you all were wondering why I just randomly disappeared, well there are a couple of reasons behind that. Some of them include a load of uni work, some full days spent at work, a day at my professional placement in an actual high school (which was truly an eye-opening and inspiring experience!) ya know, ‘life stuff’. The main reason, however, is that I was (and still am) fighting off a bad case of the flu, which gradually transformed into a fever, and has now left me with the remaining symptoms of a cold. I rarely ever get sick, but when I do, I swear I take a millennia to fight it off *sigh* I’ve just not been well to sit down in front of a computer and type endlessly for hours. So, sorry guys about that ><
Anyway, as the title may have already hinted, it is time for another review, and surprisingly enough, this is my first ever Taiwanese Drama review! How weird/cool is that?! The even-more surprising thing about this is, is that I never knew that the drama ended until a couple of days ago! Yes, I totally thought that this drama had at least another 10 episodes to go (though, plot-wise, it makes perfect sense) But, hey hey, it has ended and now comes the review! Thus, let us all start to slowly part ways with “Fall In Love With Me” (愛上兩個我)!
Name: Fall In Love With Me (愛上兩個我)
Broadcast Time: 6th April 2014 – 17th August 2014
Number of Episodes: 20
Note: Was there from the beginning, and was there right till the end (a few days later anyway LOL)
I did write a post about what I had thought about the drama initially. Perhaps it potentially has driven many to not even consider watching the drama. Whatever, all I wanted to say is that I have written a first impressions for the drama, which is linked here. I don’t want to be too repetitive, so just go ahead and read that for my initial thoughts.
Opinions about the drama:
So, our journey with Tian Xing and Le Si has finally ended. It certainly came as a shock to me when I had heard that the drama had ended, since I’ve seen from various sources here and there that it was planning to broadcast at least another 10 episodes. But, in terms of why they had ended the drama early is totally understandable. Probably ever since Xiao Lu’s real identity was revealed to everyone, it pretty much went down-hill from there, which was quite disappointing because the positioning of that reveal within the drama overall was quite nicely done. If they had dragged that point of the drama as well, I’m sure that many more people would have given up on the drama entirely much early on.
I would just have to say that I didn’t really have terribly high expectations for this drama and sadly enough, the drama didn’t even reach them. It is certainly disappointing, since so much hype surrounded the drama during promotions and ads leading up to its debut. Yes, people may complain that it was due to the casting of the “expressionless Tia” who could not compare with the talented and handsome Aaron, but I would personally like to say that the drama sort of failed more or less by the lack of a well-written plot and pacing. Anyway, I’ll get into that a little bit later on.
Alright, let’s first look at the positives ( or at least what could be found in the drama).
This is going to be a very short portion sadly…
Alright, what can be said about the drama that may seem more positive? Perhaps one positive aspect of the drama that can be (and probably is the most obvious) is Aaron Yan’s performance in the drama.
It became growingly obvious that Aaron was certainly the better lead of the main couple, probably due to his amount of experience in acting that he has, and perhaps due to the actual writing of his character that was considerably detailed. The whole “who am I?” and “which one is the real me?” aspect of the drama initially seemed really interesting, and it did lead the whole audience to think also “which is the actual person, Tian Xing or Xiao Lu?” On that note, regardless of who he was, he was just some really good eye-candy to see on the screen 75-80% of the time. Honestly, without him this drama certainly wouldn’t have had someone like me waiting around, watching it till the very end.
Also, we have to give kudos to this man, who portrayed his role very well and worked quite nicely with the other characters who either couldn’t really act, or were just poorly written characters in general. So, really Aaron, well done in that aspect.
And I guess the other positive in this drama is certainly the OST. Perhaps it was due to the actual dominance of Aaron’s voice heard throughout the drama. I mean, just look at the OST list below:
- 1/2 (二分之一) by Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) feat. G.NA
- This Isn’t Me (這不是我) by Aaron Yan (炎亞綸)
- The Excessive Me (多餘的我) by Aaron Yan (炎亞綸)
- The Only Rose (唯一的玫瑰) by Aaron Yan (炎亞綸)
- Taipei Dreamin (台北沉睡了) by Aaron Yan (炎亞綸)
Apart from the songs above, only another 3 songs from two different artists sang in the drama for the OST. My absolute favourites from the OST (which I have mentioned before) is “Taipei Dreamin” and “This Isn’t Me”. “Taipei Dreamin” in particular has become one of my recent addictions to listen to before I go to bed. His soothing voice is truly beautiful to listen to when all of the lights are out, and you are just lying in bed. The song is so calming, that I just *snaps fingers* get knocked out by the first 1-2 listens. So peeps, if ya looking for a new lullaby, try this song out hehehe~
The Downright Negatives:
And now onto the section that I dread the most, the negatives, or a better name certainly is ‘the downright negatives’. Jeez, where do I start? For starters, I may just have to point out the main reason why this drama certainly went downhill even before it reached that half-way mark – the plot and writing itself.
It was just so poorly executed. The moment Xiao Lu’s real identity was revealed, everything from there onwards just plummeted and drilled a hole into the ground. Somehow, after that point, the drama shifted from being a cutesy rom-com, to a very depressing melodrama that made me feel more uncomfortable than sympathetic with most of the characters. It felt as if the writers was having trouble trying to define what this drama actually was as well. And if the melodrama wasn’t bad enough, the drama even bordered the lines of becoming a silly makjang-style drama…*shiver* urghhh the dread…
The centre of the drama should have focused on the relationship between Tian Xing and Le Si. Simple. But, the drama never seemed to allow us to focus on them for more than a 5-7 minute scene, and those scenes usually required either personnel to be absolutely torn about something, or have a heavy burden shadowing their time together. We never get a solid confession from either person as to why they loved each other, and why it was so crucial for them to be with each other. Sure, Le Si admitted to loving Xiao Lu. But, after the whole sha-bang about Xiao Lu actually being Tian Xing, we never hear from her again that she loves Tian Xing for who he is, but instead who he was; that she is willing to give him another chance since she loves Xiao Lu. However, isn’t that the whole reason why she was in a come-near-me-again-and-I-will-kill-you fight with him after the ‘shocking’ reveal? That she doubted him, and didn’t trust him enough to form another relationship with him except for a work-related one? Does anyone see how that could be confusing for us as the audience to comprehend? What are you getting at gurl??
Eventually, it just became growingly obvious that Tian Xing and Le Si were together because they have to be. You never see the progression of them actually ‘fall in love’ with each other, which lead to the whole entire drama not having a strong enough foundation for story to work through. There were just too many holes left untouched, and the writers sadly did not even bother trying to go back and fill them – they just left them as they were. For example, look at the reason why Tian Xing approached Le Si , which led to him falling in love with her. Due to the whole “your brother saved my life” scenario, Tian Xing approached her in hopes of repaying that deed, a duty that he felt he had to do. Gradually, somehow Tian Xing falls for her, but how?! Was it through her looks, her smile, her personality??? It is left unanswered, and we as the audience are just told “They’re the main leads, do not question it!” And then, Tian Xing (instead of Xiao Lu) approaches Le Si, claiming that he loves her and wants to be with her. Um, if I was in her shoes, I would certainly be slightly freaked out (since I’ve only met this guy like what, 3 times prior to this confession? And within those meetings, it was either work related, or you were trying to steal my favourite watch away from me) and confused – it is, in many ways, understandable. But still, no reason as to why this is so. They are after all the main leads and so, their relationship is an inevitable thing.
It wasn’t only on Tian Xing’s side, as Le Si made even less sense with her feelings. How she developed feelings for Xiao Lu were too vague; he never purposely did something really romantic for her (at least at the beginning; it was just a simple work relationship), and her feelings were based on the fact that he paid more attention to her than anyone else has ever had, by always being by her side. But that’s it. No more than that, and before we knew it, Le Si fell into a draggy, dumbfounding period of depression that I think left many (including myself) scratching our heads thinking “Okay, I’ve totally missed something important here, but what was it?!”
Silly, just plain silly.
Another thing about the writing of the drama is, the Li family are just crazy. All three of them are just not functioning upstairs, and it was something that erupted so suddenly that I even asked myself “Wait, I’m still watching the same drama, right?” Maybe they should consider visiting the world of “It’s Okay, That’s Love” and book a couple of appointments with Hye Soo hehe :3 But, in all honesty, it was unbelievable how the remaining half of the drama turned out to be. A girl who would sacrifice her own life to get married to someone who doesn’t love her, a man who became obsessed and paranoid about a company which doesn’t belong to him entirely, and a clueless narrow-minded mother who placed the blame on everyone else but herself, equated to the Li family – a family who definitely was in need of some more quality family-bonding time. The characterisation of all three shifted too quickly for any one of us to catch up on, and it’s sad because some exterior conflict was needed, but certainly not on this scale of absurdity *sigh* No more, no more.
I won’t comment further on the ending (since I will try and not spoil it anymore than I already have lol) but it didn’t make too much sense, especially the very last scene. It made me question exactly who did Le Si actually love…was Tian Xing really the person she loved and wanted to be with, or was he not? I didn’t see the need for that ending, and it just inserted even more questions than it already had.
Oh my gosh, that was lengthy~ Despite the slight amount of potential this drama had initially, it never impressed me at all. By never meeting these already lowered expectations, it just made the whole experience even more disappointing. Too many questions were left unanswered, development of characters was lacking and finally the unorganised, ridiculous plot left me feeling and thinking “Why did I even bother for these 20 weeks, why?” It is sad that it has come to this, but this drama certainly was not the best Taiwanese drama I’ve ever seen in a long time~
Borrowing the rating system from the lovely goddesses of Kdrama reviews (yes, even though this is a Taiwanese drama, the rating system is made for dramas specifically, regardless of nationality lol) themselves Javabeans and Girlfriday, I would rate “Fall In Love With Me” as:
How much I liked it: 5/10
How good was it objectively: 4/10
Okay, I think it’s about time I put this
rant review away for good. It has been fun while it lasted Aaron Ge-Ge but, hopefully I won’t have to suffer with you through something like this again. I’ll be waiting!!
Thank you all for staying and reading this review even though it was not a review that perceives this drama in a positive light, but this was my honest opinion about the drama. Anyone who wants to disagree, or share their opinion about the drama, please leave a comment below so that we can all discuss it together!
I will be back very soon with a K-pop review, so please stayed tuned for that. Thank you all for reading, and I will be catching up with you all soon~
❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~
August 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm
I absolutely agree with everything you said there! I’m surprised you still gave it such a high rating though, because the drama was barely bearable for me. Fall in Love with Me might have started off with a good premises, but right from the get-go, it was executed properly. The whole “Xiao Lu” identity was absurd to begin with and in addition, they took foreverrrrrrrr to let that come about.
Urgh, at least there was Aaron as eye and ear candy. Hehe. As much as I love him, the drama kinda placed his songs from his new album on overkill. Now whenever I hear those songs my mind just rings with FILWM associations.
August 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Hey misscupcakes! Hehe I finally got this darn thing posted, hooray!
As for the rating, I just thought personally that it could have been worse, simply by perhaps prolonging the ‘Xiao Lu’ reveal, or if Le Si went into an even longer period of unfathomable depression (or if the Li family went on a killing rampage or something, I don’t know). I guess I’ve watched so many bad dramas before this one, that when I compare them to this one, this poor drama doesn’t come out as the rotten apple out of the bunch *shrug*
I personally found that the split identity thing was cute, but yes it certainly was a ridiculous thing to begin with. However, I simply thought that this is just (maybe anyway) the male version of a gender-bender scenario??? For some reason, I can’t seem to find some logical reasoning to back-up my case…it will get there, promise!
Thank heavens for the Aaron Yan factor, but yes, the OST of Aaron dominance was definite overkill. He sounds nice and all, but there is a certain reason why dramas NEVER use the same artist for practically the whole soundtrack. That may be why I got sick of the others so quickly apart from Taipei Dreaming (even This Is Me is starting to come off as ‘meh’ for me)
Anyway, thank you for agreeing with me on this! I actually went back to check on your post and I realised that we both had a lot of similarities regarding the drama! I guess great minds think alike kekeke~ Hope to hear from you soon!
August 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Ahahaha, probably! But I definitely don’t think that this drama is worth a 5. 😛
Yeahh, I’m not really sure that there was another way that the drama could have proceeded. They placed themselves in a dead end when the decided on this concept. But they went ahead and played 20 eps on it.
Trueeeee! I really enjoyed it at first but after 20 eps of hearing Aaron, I just got sick of it! Plus, there’s all this connections with the drama itself so I just don’t enjoy listening to those songs as much any more.
Hehehe! I was going to mention that before! Like minds do think alike!
September 2, 2014 at 2:32 am
I liked the split identity thing too, and it could have gone better. I thought it was like dating twins, it was cute. I think what went wrong was the everlasting crying and whining done by other actors, suited to child like behavior. It was the most common complaint in the comments… and even tho I am very patience kind of person, I too got fed up… and it just assaulted my ears… I grit my teeth to go thru to the end.
saying all that:
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE AARON YAN IN ANOTHER GOOD DRAMA….. sigh… He was the reason most people stuck with it to the end…. and yes they suddenly cut the episodes to race to the end…. so… but I love Aaron as an actor and performer, would love to see him again…. SOOOO AARON, BABY…. . FIGHTING !!
September 2, 2014 at 9:08 am
Hey Jasmine! Yes yes, I agree! The crying was urgggghhhh so annoying by episode 8-9, when Le Si slumped into that silly wave of depression. It was probably from that point that many just turned away from it all >< And, good on you for sticking with it till the end. We all know that that wasn't easy at all *high five*
Aaron was definitely the main reason that many stayed behind and continued to try and make sense of this mess. The ending was so rushed (which is why I was so shocked when I found it was ending!) and as I've mentioned, too many questions (for my liking) were left unanswered. The writes must have just gave up on it all lol. I guess all we can do now is pray that Aaron's next project is both great and successful! Aaron jiayou!
Thanks again for commenting Jasmine; it is always a pleasure hearing from you 😉
July 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm
I know it’s been years since this was posted, but I’m just now watching it on Netflix and needed somewhere to vent about it lol. Maybe nobody will read this, but it’ll make me feel better.
So my main problem is the Li family as a whole, and why Tien Xing just put up with their psychotic behavior. Almost all of the drama could’ve been prevented if he had acted like an adult and taken legal action into getting his aunt removed from being able to control his investments. After she admitted to changing his shares, I would have immediately called a lawyer and gotten it taken care of. No more problems for OZ. No blackmail into getting married. Etc. The entire Li family are all psychotic and need professional help. I’m questioning the sanity of Tien Xing too for putting up with it for so long and not having the guts to stand up for himself. Where I live people would be damaging their property and causing bodily harm over that bullshit. Just watching this made me want to hit every single one of them. And I wanted to knock Huan Huan out of her wheelchair. I wanted so badly for that truck to run her over. Maybe I’m a terrible person, or maybe people in Taiwan just don’t know how to get mad the right way. At some point respect goes out the window, I mean grow some balls. Stand up for yourself, stand up for the woman you love instead of walking around with your tail between your legs crying. Okay I feel better, rant over. Thanks.
September 16, 2017 at 5:25 am
I always hate to be one to make negative reviews but these are usually the ones that prompt me to write because they asre so bad and I would love to save other veiwers wasting valuable time watching. I maust say I agree with you and by episode 21 I was so annoyed with the horrible script, the downright “bad” actress lead Tia and and the entirely ridiculousness of the drama. I am not a quitter but I may have to take drastic measures and sever the ties with the nauseating show. If you have not started watching, please don’t and just get a picture of the lead actor or another film he showcase his acting skills and leave this one alone.
November 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm
Ugg! I just finished binge watching this show on Netflix. I stuck it out, but barely! It was so fun and cute the first half but then it all went sadly downhill. The crying! The screaming! I’m surprised how the cast were able to pull off all those tears. And don’t get me started on the repetitive songs!🤦♀️Next time before I invest so many hours of my life watching something I will definitely read the reviews beforehand! Lesson learned🙅
September 10, 2018 at 11:32 am
I think the script was bad, yes it didn’t make sense why he fell in love with her. She is not that good looking, dresses ugly, and stupid. Now, SHE has plenty of reasons to fall for him after EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE FOR HER. AARON YAN ACTING IS THE BEST I SEEN IN ASIAN DRAMAS, HE MAKES ME CRY. GREAT ACTOR AND SINGER. I SEEN REFRESHMAN, AND ANOTHER ONE. I WOULD WATCH ANYTHING JUST TO SEE HIM, THIS MAN IS NOT JUST HANDSOME, BUT HIGHLY TALENTED!!!