Two Fathers: Ep 1
After my disappointment with 300 Days to Meet Happiness, I set out to find a new Taiwanese drama to watch. Two Fathers is a really funny and sweet drama that takes a spin on the raising-a-kid story. Plus it has lots of bromance! Oh, and let’s clarify this from the get go–it is about two straight bachelors who raise a daughter together.
Just the opening scene of the drama was enough to get me hooked. It is quick, to the point, and funny. The odd thing is..is that the premise of the drama also sounds sorta plausible. O_O Xiang Xi (LEROY YOUNG!!) and Zhen Hua (Lin Yo Wei) are both the possible fathers for their daughter, Wen Di. The mother bailed on them and she left a note saying that she doesn’t know who the real father is. Xiang Xi & Zhen Hua stubbornly claim to be the father and refuse to back down. Eventually they end up becoming fathers together and raise their daughter Wen Di.
A lot of people are wondering, gee what about a paternity test? And if they did get a paternity test, then why are they still raising their daughter together? I think the point here is that we don’t know if they got a paternity test, and we don’t know why they made this arrangement. This part has been cut out for a reason, and it will probably be addressed in the later episodes.
I think they did get a paternity test, but decided to father the child together anyways. Really, just getting a paternity test and confirming who the biological father is doesn’t solve everything. Even if they know one of them is the dad, could that dad raise Wen Di all on his own? Can he balance his job and taking care of a baby? In this case, Xiang Xi & Zhen Hua may have decided that they couldn’t raise Wen Di alone, and so it would be better for them to help each other out.
I didn’t know this two fathers concept could be so good. It is really heartwarming and sweet to see the two of them fussing over Wen Di, fumbling with diapers and baby milk formula, doing homework together, shopping together, etc.
Xiang Xi & Zhen Hua are not in a relationship, but they do take on the different roles of the mom/dad. It may seem a bit cliched but it works because the bromance is off the charts. Xiang Xi is clearly supposed to be more like the dad while Zhen Hua is like the wifey. Xiang Xi is more lenient when it comes to parenting Wen Di and tries to be fun and spontaneous. He is a bit immature, but is also very protective of his daughter. It is so funny when he hears that Wen Di got into a scuffle, and the first thing he asks is if she won. AHAHA. Zhen Hua is the mom, the one that is gentler, is a bit more strict, and calmer. I LOVE ZHEN HUA, OMG! I LOVE XIANG XI TOO BUT…ZHEN HUA IS JUST TOO SWEET!
Ah yes, the bromance. As I said before, it is absolutely amazing. Leroy & Lin Yo Wei have SUCH GOOD CHEMISTRY TOGETHER!!!! Every scene with these two is gold! And every time someone gawks at them, they will always say in unison, “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!!”. PFFFT. Sometimes Xiang Xi will even give some curious onlookers fan service, like when Xiang Xi acts all lovey dovey as Zhen Hua ties his tie for him. (YES, ZHEN HUA HAS TO TIE XIANG XI’S TIE.)
There is also a romance storyline with Jing Zhu (Megan Lai), who is Wen Di’s school teacher. I think she’s going to be paired with Xiang Xi just because the two of them are like oil and water. But maybe there will be a love triangle since it looks like she might start crushing on Zhen Hua. (and I don’t blame her) This begs the question, what happens if Xiang Xi or Zhen Hua gets married????? Then what will happen to their family?!!?? I wonder if maybe they laid out the conditions of their partnership so that they know what to do if this happens.
Anyways Jing Zhu is actually pretty fun even though we didn’t get to see much of her in episode 1. The funny thing is that her very first introductory scene is when she is trying to park, but crashes into Xiang Xi’s car in the process. And then she goes, “oh darn it, that’s the fifth time this has happened!” ASIAN DRIVING EVERYONE. YOU CAN LAUGH ALL YOU WANT, BUT IT IS TRUE. I’M JUST LIKE JING ZHU.
Before this drama started airing, there was a huge uproar over its possible homosexual romance. Some people thought that it would be about two homosexual guys raising a kid. I think it would’ve been interesting if it was about a homosexual couple raising a kid, but guess what..that’s not what the drama is about and I don’t think we should read too deeply into things. I feel like some people are going into this drama with the preconception that there is some sort of homosexual angle, so they end up looking for it in the drama. But that’s not to say that this drama isn’t saying something about the traditional family structure. This episode has shown that a kid can be happy with two fathers and that they can create a good environment for the kid to grow up in.
Thankfully this drama is doing justice to Leroy, after the disaster that was Love Forward. T__T Also this is the first time I have seen Lin Yo Wei, but he is ADORABLE. Seriously the casting is amazing, Leroy & Lin Yo Wei make the bromance feel so natural! As for Megan Lai’s character, she is awesome but I can’t help but get the feeling that the romance part feels a bit forced into the drama. The bromance & the family dynamics is the meat of the drama, while the romance felt like an afterthought. But then again, maybe Megan will end up having good chemistry with Leroy! *hoping*
By the way, this drama is being subbed by viki AND it’s in HD. This is seriously the best quality video I have ever seen for a tw-drama. There is no distracting banner in the corner, no headlines going across the video, nothing! I am AMAZED.