Love Keeps Going is the third Mike He drama I’ve seen since I started watching Asian Dramas. I first seen him in Devil Beside You then in Why, Why Love and I want to strangle myself for giving him the chance to redeem himself because right now I literally want to slap him.
美樂加油 / Love Keeps Going
CTV, 13 Episodes
Broadcast Period 6/5/11 – 6/28/11
Watched in December 2011
After my raving rants with Devil Beside You, you probably want to hit me for picking this up. But I thought he might have something better to offer with this since he’s older and he’d been in the business for quite sometime now. He starred in numerous dramas for the past years so I’m thinking he improved. But then it’s my fault for expecting more than what Mike He could give. Now, here I am wondering why the hell am I ranting for something I brought to myself.
Anyway, I kind of liked this at first. Mike He and Cindy Wang‘s team up is something new. I got tired seeing Mike with Rainie Yang so being paired with a new love interest is enough to pique my interest in giving this drama a chance.
Mike’s role is the usual stereotyped, arrogant, rich, high maintenance character he frequently get cast into hence I assumed playing this role is a piece of cake. Well, I expected too much.
In the first few episodes of the drama, his acting was over the top. I was hoping that his acting would come naturally since he played a similar role in most of his dramas. I did say he always gets this rich-bad-boy-facade role, right? I wish he’d come to his senses and get a new role that’s out of his comfort zone. He should challenge his self more! I’m getting tired seeing him play the same roles over and over again.
Cyndi Wang didn’t do better. She’s also overdoing it in the first few episodes of the series and her role doesn’t fit her. Though she’s far better than Rainie Yang when it comes to acting, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. This is the first drama I watched with her as part of the cast so I don’t have much to compare her performance with.
It was a good thing that Cyndi Wang and Mike He have a good chemistry together. They looked good as a couple and if not because of this I would have dropped this drama half way through.
The plot was fairly okay—until the last 3 or 4 episodes. For goodness sake, I’ve already seen that conflict in Why, Why Love! As in the same conflict! Come on! Can’t they think of a better external conflict to make the story compelling, dramatic and interesting? The added internal conflict from Mike’s character was also the same with what he did in Why, Why Love. Ah! I want to throw the remote control at the television! (On second thought, sayang ang TV ko.)
Oh, I have to calm down. Inhale. Exhale. Ha-ha.
The things I mentioned were the serious stuff I didn’t like in the drama. I was hoping (and probably you too) that that’s the end of it but there’s this one scene I can’t get off my mind.
Yes, you’re guessing it right. I’m supposed to love that scene but I don’t. How can he have the courage to display that body? Where’s the abs? Where’s the well-toned muscles I’m supposed to SEE? Where is it?!
I remember the same scene from Vanness Wu’s Autumn Concerto—and man! I drooled over that delicious body! Mike should have that body first before showing it off to millions of viewers all over the world.
I’m giving this drama 2 Kiss Marks given that it did have an interesting plot at the beginning.
1.5 Drama Awards for the acting. But I’d still use the 1 Drama Award thumbnail since I don’t have a rating thumbnail for 1.5.
If you’re a fan of Mike He and would enjoy by merely seeing him, go ahead. I won’t stop you. Watch it for all your heart’s content.
But as for me this drama nailed it.
I Love my sanity so I’ll keep going and leave Mike He behind. I’m not going to watch any of his dramas again. Ever.
Devil Beside You
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