SOP Queen: Why I stopped watching (Ep 14+)
**Please note that the purpose of the post isn’t to discourage you from watching SOP Queen, nor is it to criticize the drama overly harshly. I am trying to give closure to the dramas that I am no longer reviewing.**
^Sadly enough, I can’t even keep on watching for the sake of Zhang Han.
So, before when I first started watching SOP Queen, I was elated. Looking back at my previous posts, particularly for episodes 1-3, I was REALLY into this drama. I thought this drama was “THE ONE,” my next obsession. It was fun, I liked the office feeling and the fairytale feeling as well. But eventually, I just lost interest after watching about 12 episodes. SOP Queen wasn’t horrible at the time I stopped watching. It wasn’t going completely downhill and it wasn’t making me facepalm every other minute. (*cough* Last Cinderella *cough*) But somehow, I just couldn’t get the motivation to keep on watching it.
Part of the problem is…Bai Bing and Zi Qi. OMGGG. These two are not the only reason why I dropped the drama, but they certainly didn’t help me like it any better. In general, I think SOP Queen is an enjoyable watch (at least, for how much I saw of it) but everytime these two came on the screen it made me want to fastforward. They were obviously gonna end up together, they were meant for each other because they are so darn similar. What annoys me the most about Zi Qi is that he leads on Xiao Jie and he doesn’t consider her feelings. He is selfishly using Xiao Jie just to ‘get back’ at Bai Bing. I was not a fan of this storyline and it made it hard to even root for Zi Qi as the second lead. Because he is a jerk.
That being said, I really love the character of Xiao Jie and ~TANG JUN~. I really wanted to keep on watching because their chemistry is great and Tang Jun is just so swoony. Chen Qiao En really nailed it as the character of Xiao Jie and it was great seeing her sorta break out of her usual roles of the down-to-earth poor girl. It is really refreshing seeing her playing a more mature character. Zhang Han is also super handsome and charming as Tang Jun, and I just had to watch every scene with him. But somehow, even the awesomeness of CQE and ZH didn’t make me HAVE to watch every episode.
I think the problem is that SOP Queen felt too polished, almost as though it was perfectly packaged into a cliched fairytale rom-com. I said before that I thought SOP Queen defied the stereotypes, but eventually it only felt like it was trying to put in all the right ingredients for a normal rom-com. I also had fears that, with SOP Queen’s long length, it would get too much into the office drama and Tang Jun’s family issues. Which, according to some other people who finished the drama, it did. Perhaps if SOP Queen had shortened its length as well as its scope (really, leave out the family issues. Why does every male lead have to be rich?) I would’ve found it to be much more appealing.
SOP Queen is not a horrible drama, it’s not a flop, but something is missing from it. I just did not have enough emotional investment in the characters. I loved Tang Jun, yes, but I still felt very distant and detached from what was going on in the story. Overall, it’s slick, it’s modern, it’s not groundbreaking or anything but it is a step up for Chinese rom-coms. I would recommend SOP Queen if you want a cute rom-com with a fairytale feeling, or if you want some eye-candy. Its main draw is probably its great cast with ZHANG HAN and CHEN QIAO EN. Godfrey Gao was an extra plus as well, but Zhang Han clearly outshone his character above and beyond.