Most Beautiful Time: Eps 1-4 & Why I Stopped Watching
(Also more commonly known as Best Time, alternate title is Secrets Hidden By Time)
Most Beautiful Time / Best Time has been a highly anticipated drama due to the casting of the popular Janine Chang & Wallace Chung as well as the fact that this is an adaptation of one of Tong Hua’s novels. (Author of Bu Bu Jing Xin) For me the main draw was Janine & my lack of currently airing c-dramas to watch. I’m not a huge Janine fan but I was curious to see how she could handle this role and whether or not her acting has improved.
As you can tell by the title, I actually decided to stop watching Best Time right after episode 1. I skimmed through episodes 2-4 out of curiosity & the possibility of the drama improving, but it basically did nothing to change my decision. So my review will be about my initial impressions & why I decided to stop watching Best Time, since after all I did write up a very enthusiastic and hopeful anticipated-drama post about it. >__< ***Please note that the purpose of the post isn’t to discourage you from watching Best Time, nor is it to criticize the drama overly harshly. These are just my own opinions of the drama and I do not mean to deflate anyone’s own opinion.***
I’m sorry to say that even Janine as the heroine, Su Man, is not enough to make me stay to watch Best Time. In fact the big problem is that I don’t even like her character at all!!! Su Man is a very successful corporate employee, lives in a swanky house that is only possible in dramas, and…surprise surprise, she’s dwelling on her unrequited love, Song Yi. Right from the beginning I felt very iffy about her character because in the very first scene of ep1, she dreams that Song Yi is about to kiss her but then her dream gets interrupted. She spends like the next 5 minutes complaining on and on about how horrible it is that her dream was interrupted because..OMGAWD..SONG YI WAS GONNA KISS HER. NO ONE CARES, SU MAN!!!!!!!
Ok ok so maybe Su Man’s complaining about her dream is a very trivial matter. My main issue isn’t her very ideal and romanticized view of love but rather the things she does to pursue this love. For instance she finds out that Song Yi is now in town (she actually has a blind date with him but she screws it up because she didn’t know it was going to be him T_T) so OF COURSE the logical thing to do is to quit her job and take on a new job at his company to try to get close to him! (sarcasm) OMG what is Su Man thinking!?!? Why does she have to give up her whole career just to chase after a guy who doesn’t even remember her!?!? ARGHHHH.
Things get worse when Su Man schemes various things to try to get closer to Song Yi, ranging from coincidentally bumping into him at the office to pretending to drown so that he will save her and give her CPR. T_______T” I am not amused by this at all even though it is trying to be humorous. I could see this happening in a high school rom-com but why in the world is this happening in a rom-com with adults. Just why. =_= So, my main impression of Su Man is that she is being immature and trying to manipulate her way into Song Yi’s life all with the justification that this will help her achieve her ‘dream’/win the love of her life. I can’t root for her because really, who wants to see her playing damsel in distress, constantly chasing around Song Yi, and butting heads with Li Cheng (the other male lead) for the WHOLE DRAMA?
Well, some of you might say, ok maybe Su Man is not a very likeable heroine but hey…AT LEAST THERE’S EYE CANDY..RIGHT? I can confirm, YES there is eye candy AKA Wallace Chung as Lu Li Cheng and Jia Nai Liang as Song Yi. Li Cheng and Su Man are like oil & water right off the bat and, if things are going to go according to drama-rules, they will probably end up together. However it’s been debated because in the actual novel, Wallace’s character is supposed to be more like the 2nd lead. I’m actually not a big Wallace Chung fan because I actually think I haven’t seen him in any other dramas. O_O But I do think that his acting is better than Jia Nai Liang’s so far..although this might be because Lu Li Cheng is more prickly and sarcastic whereas Song Yi is like a stoic perfect gentlemen. And I ADMIT IT…..I was mainly gazing at Song Yi throughout eps 1-4, AHAHAHAHAA. SORRY WALLACE……
Unfortunately, despite the eye candy, the chemistry between the main leads is lacking. I actually felt more for the bromance between Song Yi and Li Cheng than I felt for the love triangle of Song Yi/Su Man/Li Cheng. o_o I am not expecting sizzling chemistry right from episode 1 but considering that I felt nothing during all of Su Man’s scenes with either leading man, I’m not sure how the chemistry will be in the future episodes. (Man all of those stills looked really intimate and sizzling though…… O_O If the chemistry gets better later on let me know! 😉 )
Other things that are lacking are the office scenes; not only is Best Time a romance, it is also partly an office drama. It kinda feels like something out of SOP Queen where everyone just wears pretty clothes and works in a very sophisticated office building. T___T There is nothing interesting about the office scenes at all and I’m not looking forward to all of the office drama that is bound to ensue from Su Man’s inevitable relationship with either Song Yi or Li Cheng.
AND!! What is up with the dubbing?!? I am quite used to the dubbing in c-dramas and I think I’ve seen both the worst & the best of Chinese dubbing..but seriously in the 1st episode I got so annoyed by the voice that they chose for Janine that I didn’t feel like watching it anymore. O__O” I got more used to the chosen voices in eps 2-4 but still, the dubbing here is an obvious miss and I wish they had chosen more natural sounding voices for the lead characters.
Again, I know I’m being very critical in this post, but I’m not trying to burst anyone’s bubble. In fact if you are enjoying Best Time that’s great and if not well then welcome to the club. I guess I was hoping that Most Beautiful Time would be a higher quality c-drama because hey, shouldn’t it do justice to the original novel? But so far it seems like Best Time is your average c-drama just with a big name cast. I think that for now, I will just resign myself to looking at all of the pretty stills. T_T”