SOP Queen: Eps 1-3
Honestly I didn’t have high expectations for SOP Queen (aka Queen of SOP) despite the awesome trailer. All too often I think a drama’s gonna be really good but it ends up sucking. So this time I was trying not to get my hopes up and I doubted that SOP Queen would deliver. BUT THANK GOODNESS, I WAS WRONG. I LOVE IT. It’s fresh & quirky, and full of fun characters that don’t seem larger than life. Surprisingly SOP Queen offers a great balance between life & romance, cliches and reality.
Before you think about the
eye candy other cast members, the first name that comes to mind is most likely Chen Qiao En. Yes, everyone, she’s BACK yet again to play the heroine, Lin Xiao Jie. Remember her back in Easy Fortune Happy Life and A Game About Love (didn’t watch Fated to Love You, but I think it’s the same sort of role), when she played the all too typical role of the super innocent kind-hearted poor heroine? BLEGHHHHHH. I cannot take her in that kind of role again. Don’t worry though, Xiao Jie is not that sort of character!
The thing I love about SOP Queen is that it takes the usual drama cliches and tweaks them just a bit. There are still remnants of the old stereotypes along with SOP Queen’s own little touches. So we still have those familiar characters we’re comfortable with, but they’re nuanced and more realistic. In Lin Xiao Jie’s case, she’s a hardworking, humble OL who’s trying to gain a foothold in her company. I know she sounds like a cliched character but somehow…she’s just not. Xiao Jie is ordinary, but not too ordinary. She’s hardworking and aspiring, but not to the extremes of your usual pure-hearted heroine. She’s spunky, but not overconfident.
Enough about Xiao Jie, am I the only one who suddenly discovered how handsome Zhang Han is!?!?!?!? I saw him before in Fall in Love but for some reason I didn’t realize how good-looking he is!!!!!!! Ok I admit it maybe it’s because I didn’t like his character in Fall in Love…and I was too busy staring at Dennis Oh…………..also misscupcakees mentioned his voice…maybe he’s more attractive now that his voice isn’t dubbed? I don’t even know but this sudden change in attractiveness has really surprised me.
But anyways, Zhang Han plays Tang Jun, a very charming and sweet guy. His smile is infectious and I dare you not to fall for him. And guess what, aside from his looks, Tang Jun is a GENTLEMAN.
The way Tang Jun & Xiao Jie meet is a bit cheesy but everything that happens after that is SO CUTE. He keeps in touch with Xiao Jie via internet, but she doesn’t know that his screenname “Tom” is actually him. So he basically starts falling for her even though they’re so far away and she doesn’t really know it’s him, etc. etc. I LOVE THIS PLOT. And this guy goes around London taking pictures of Xiao Jie’s favorite Peter Rabbit at different landmarks. HOW CUTE IS THAT??????
After Tang Jun’s cuteness and sincerity, it probably seems impossible for him to have a suitable rival. ENTER: GODFREY GAO. WHYYYYYY? Why must we choose????????
So Godfrey Gao plays Gao Zi Qi, a hot rich guy. He oozes of charisma and badboy vibes but somehow…he’s not an arrogant prodigal son/player? He actually only has eyes for his girlfriend, even though they have to keep their relationship a secret. (she’s a famous model, he’s the son of a CEO, go figure.)
Ummmmmm so while I’m shipping Tang Jun x Xiao Jie, I’m also shipping Zi Qi x Xiao Jie. I think SOP Queen will probably be more Tang Jun x Xiao Jie biased (just based off the previews, I haven’t watched ahead yet) but at this point Tang Jun and Zi Qi are on equal terms.
I think Zi Qi and Xiao Jie are absolutely hilarious together. Zi Qi always scares the daylights out of Xiao Jie because he surprises her when he pops up unexpectedly. And he tends to run into her while she’s singing off-key or doing something weird. AHAHA. I love it when he stacks up all the beer cans for her at the supermarket, and the next day, his assistant asks him, “What kind of hard manual labor were you doing?” AHAHAHA.
LOOK AT THIS. HOW CAN YOU NOT SHIP THEM? It’s a FAIRYTALEEEEEE!!!!!!! Ok maybe I’m exaggerating but Zi Qi does strike me as that sort of modern-day prince type of character. He may not be an up-front gentleman like Tang Jun is, but he has a softer side to him as well. It is the sweetest thing ever when he lets Xiao Jie go to sleep on the display bed.
That being said, I can see Xiao Jie falling for Zi Qi really fast. But judging from his family situation and his experience with his ex-girlfriend (they broke up because their secret relationship wasn’t working out) Xiao Jie & Zi Qi’s relationship might not last. I feel like since he’s such a “prince” and Xiao Jie’s getting together with him is such a fairytale, such a happy ending won’t last.
I was quite impressed by SOP Queen’s opening episodes!!! It combines:
- the OL aspect (basically all OL dramas..),
- the creative-girl-saves-a-failing-store concept (Pretty Girls)
- the fairytale in which a rich guy falls for ordinary girl (too many dramas to even name them all..)
- the secret internet friend plot (don’t remember a drama with this, but I remember there’s a manga with that storyline)
- the beautiful famous celebrity girlfriend plot (Drunken to Love You)
HOW can they fit so much into one drama?
*Note* I will clarify right now for those who are unfamiliar with my format of posting–I’m not recapping this drama, I’m only reviewing it. For recaps, head on over to A Fairytale World.