At last! Another great drama had ended. It’s sad when a series you patiently waited and watched until the end will bid its farewell. Just as I often said, I am very particular and meticulous in watching a drama series. Be it Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Filipino telenovelas. Honestly, I never liked the Meteor Garden 2001 nor its other adaptations. But I did watch some of it for comparison purpose, so I could come up with this review.
Meteor Garden 2001 and the rest of its adaptations were heavily dramatized. Those years were the golden era of heavy dramas. But since the heavy influence of Korean dramas, light dramas are the norm nowadays. Yes, heavy drama is a thing of the past, or I should just put it as not a trend anymore. Going back to today’s Meteor Garden 2018. Its finale is somewhat unexpected but heavily cliched. But I preferred its finale today, given that Daoming Si and Shancai’s family ties and values were highlighted in this adaptation more than the romance of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai in its past adaptations.
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I preferred the retaliation and redemptive effort of Daoming Si’s mother in the ending more than the vague-barcelona-scene-tourist-guide-camera-fell-DaomingSi-appearance-out-of-nowhere ending. The drama gave us the mother’s change of heart because she loved her son through Doaming Feng. The great Daoming Feng is still a mother with a heart after all, which was portrayed in this adaptation. The re-enactment of Daoming Si’s arrogant behaviour to check if Shancai was a gold digger during the first episodes is something creative, memorable and at the same time re-assurance that Shancai is indeed not for Daoming Si’s fortune. I liked that unexpected part.
I made my intial review before but now that I watched all of its episodes, I would say that there was a character development both on Dong Shancai and Daoming Si’s part. Initially, I said that Shancai was more immature in my first review, but the last episodes made her mature, but still selfish. Selfish in a way that, she is willing to fight for real for her love to Daomimg Si unlike before that she was selfish for herself and always playing the victim card. Unlike the Meteor Garden 2001 that the romantic moments of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai was limited.
I thought it would end that same way but 2018 adaptation’s romantic scenes were highlighted in the later to final parts which I could say is befitting and fans were eagerly waiting more of it. Shancai and Daoming Si deserved those scenes which was nowhere in its previous adaptations. The Perseid meteor shower ending was superb. It reminded me of the Japanese anime movie ‘Your Name’, which is one of my fave anime to date. Sadly, it was an emotional moment in 2001. The amnesia plot is over the top in today’s drama.
Lastly, Shen Yue and Dylan Wang gave justice to their roles. I would also commend the other characters, they all did great! There should be no comparison among its adaptation and it boils down to one’s preference. But personally, this adaptation is the best for me. Overall, it’s just light and there was a bit of realism, which caters the generation today. The romantic moments were there and the family relationship was highlighted. It wouldn’t disappoint both the previous fans and the new fans.
Kudos to all the casts and crew. You all did great!