TV review : Meteor Garden 2018

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There was no doubt that I would absolutely go for the series having watched the Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and briefly even an English version sometime back. The original version Hana yori Dango was like a cult series and I had followed the series through all its series and even the movie. Later when all other south Asian languages started creating their own version, I had followed that as well. I guess next to Japanese it was the Korean version that had managed to bring back a bit of its appeal. Although Japanese is still a class apart

Meteor Garden 2018 Drama Details

Synopsis: The story centers around an ordinary girl, Dong Shan Cai (Shen Yue) who is accepted to the most prestigious university in the country. She encounters F4, an exclusive group composed of the four popular boys in the institution – Dao Ming Si (Dylan Wang), Hua Ze Lei (Darren Chen), Yan Ximen (Caesar Wu), and Feng Meizuo (Connor Leong). Shan Cai is a girl from a family that is barely able to make ends meet. Due to the nature of her personality, she immediately clashes with F4, especially Dao Ming Si who is spoiled, arrogant, and a bully. She remains defiant even after becoming a target of Dao Ming Si and just when she’s about to give up, Hua Ze Lei always seems to show up to comfort her. Eventually, the four boys begin to acknowledge Shan Cai’s unyielding personality that is like her namesake, which is that of a weed that can never be brought down. She also begins to see the good in the boys, which paves the way for friendship and an eventual romance. However, the joyful scenario of love and friendship stops as numerous issues and circumstances from families and incidents come in the way.

Language : Chinese

Running year : July 9 – August 29, 2018

No: of episodes : 49 episodes

Cast :

Shen Yue as Dong Shancai

Dylan Wang as Dao Ming Si

Darren Chen as Hua Ze Lei

Connor Leong as Feng Mei Zuo

Caesar Wu as Ximen Yan

 

Meteor Garden 2018 RWAT Take

Meteor garden is the Chinese 2018 remake of the popular cult series but it moves completely in a different direction. In its own right it is good has its moments but I still believe that it can’t top the original Japanese version .In certain scenes you could feel that everyone is trying to contain their laughter or trying hard from bursting out in laughter in serious scenes.Some of the scenes feels so poorly conceptualised and everything seems to be done in a very half hazard manner .None of the sub plots were decently crafted out because it was more irritating than romantic. Dylan wang while was a fun to look to at at times he failed to bring out the arrogant and dark broody character.He seemed too jovial and easy going guy to play the rich spoiled brat

The comic tracks created for the same purpose failed to do so but some of the emotional scenes actually went on to make comic element .As much I hated how the second half of the series went down the fast and unscripted path , first few episodes are absolutely fabulous and well crafted . Hua lei and Shancai are powerful in their roles sorry Dylan as much as I have a huge crush on you, you have to admit this was not your best work. The character was what made both mastsumoto Jun and lee Minho superstars. The product placement in the series is mind boggling. There were so many of them that you can notice that certain scenes were created purposefully for that 

Conclusion

If you are a newbie to the series then yes perhaps you would be able to enjoy but if you are like me and have loved the classic then this won’t appeal to you as much. But yes certain scenes in the drama are absolutely swoon worthy

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