The sexy spy in Black & White returns to the small screen (didn’t watch her other works.) Sonia Sui abandons the gun and picks up a baggage, playing a confident woman in her mid thirties. All I ask is that she’s more Dal Ja Spring and less pity party Ruby Lin. So far, so good. Our girl isn’t a leftover, she simply needs to tie up one stringy romance before moving on. She doesn’t need help in that area.
Episode 1 First Impression:
Our leading lady, Ji An Lei (Sonia Sui), is a hot 34-year-old woman, strutting down the streets in her wonder legs and mini short shorts (Really, how short could these get?) It amazes me that she doesn’t get hit on 24/7 walking around like the hottest cake in the bakery store. She has a stable job, a friendly family, so what’s holding her back from pursuing marriage? A suitable partner. The premiere drives this point further by having Lei Lie’s only niece, Gu Xiao Yun (Xin Le Er) preparing for her marriage with boyfriend, Zhou Da Kai (Lin Bo Hong), at the blossoming age of 22. What’s the hurry kiddo?
I think it’s cute how Xiao Yun met her husband. Flashback: She’s an art student and Da Kai was the hired nekkkkkid model. 😛 How should I describe this convenience? Gateway to the goodies? Distracted and bothered, she wasn’t able to draw a single line of his healthy body the whole hour. The Assisting Professor, our male lead, Huang Yi Kang (Tony Yang), stepped in and ordered her to focus, after the other students have left. So she shyly peered and drew….and scored a date with the eager young lad at the end. And the rest is history.
As the hour continues, we learn what’s tugging at Lei Lei’s unsettled feelings. Turns out Lei Lei has an unfinished chapter with her former love. The culprit of her cardiac knot is He Ting Wei (Zhuang Kai Xun), who has dated and broken up with her three times in the past 14 years. Fate is an arse, isn’t he? Every time Ting Wei returns to Taipei, the annoying winged kid would pull them together. The pattern of dating and eventually falling out is due to his nature. Ting Wei enjoys traveling the world and doesn’t really consider Lei Lei’s position and feelings as the person left behind.
The third time they broke up, he left her with a ridiculous offer, “If you’re still single at 35, marry He Ting Wei.” Dude, really? Who told you to set the rules of marriage around here?
That’s my reaction but Lei Lei lives her life remembering that suggestion. She reads his postcards, replies to his emails, and even carries a picture of them together in her wallet.
In the last ten minutes, two bombs are dropped. While anticipating her promotion to become the next general manager, Lei Lei’s expectant face is crushed by her boss’s decision. He gives the job title to his daughter, Shen Hai Lun (Aggie Hsieh) and has the nerves to ask Lei Lei to stay with the company forever. The second grenade is in the form of He Ting Wei. Indeed, he has returned to Taipei and confirms with Lei Lei that he’s here to stay. He wants to spend the evening with her.
After having a terrible day at work, Lei Lei’s face finds a different shade of gloom the moment Ting Wei introduces the woman who has made him consider settlement for good – Shen Hai Lun.
Ah, so nice. Job and man gone in one day. What Lei Lei doesn’t know: she has a new roommate at home, waiting to be discovered. 😉
Kappy: First thing first, it’s not impossible for a woman as attractive as Lei Lei to be alone at that age. Her problem is she can’t move on until her romance with Ting Wei comes to a closure. That chapter of her life is left unfinished, placing him in her mind restlessly over the years. Time has changed but society is still very much unkind to older women. Is there a drama for men in that age range looking for love? Being called out and made fun? Not as many as there are for women. Why is that?
Sonia Sui. She’s good when she’s broody and deep in thought. The ending scene when her heart was stomped on and her head dipped slightly was pitch perfect to describe her broken dreams. And that added wistful smile? Nice touch to keep things classy. Her weakness comes out when she has to be loud – such as that scene with Tony Yang where she was over-the-top and appeared a bit too eager, shrieking and bulging her eyes. She isn’t a natural in that area.
To complicate matters, Shen Han Lun is also the ex-flame of Huang Yi Kang, which means a rectangular love is on its way to dock. Not sure I like how connected everyone is but I do like the characters enough to continue watching.
The other thing that I like is the theme song. By Your Side by William Wei. Listen & Download below:
I do have a question, what does the chicken man represent in Lei Lei’s mind?
How are Tdramas this season? Anything to recommend?