Happy New Year! There’s plenty of dramas premiering over the next few days, so I thought I’d cover them all in the same post. Which ones are you looking forward to watching the most?
On a side note, I just started watching time-loop drama Reset, and it’s pretty good so far. It’s not the thriller I was expecting, though I do like how it spends time developing the backstories of the other bus passengers as well. Plus, it’s only 15 episodes long – what can go wrong? Try the first episode here.
Mirror: A Tale of Twin Cities 镜:双城 – 2 episodes every Sunday to Wednesday beginning Jan 16th on Youku, Tencent (WeTV)
The fantasy angsty romance drama stars Li Yifeng as King of the Seas who wants to lead his enslaved people to freedom. Chen Yuqi plays the queen of the noble Bai clan, and Zheng Yecheng costars as the crown prince of the ruling kingdom (and the third wheel).
Coming from the writer of Joy of Life, Sword Snow Stride follows a youngster’s (Zhang Ruoyun) journey from a good-for-nothing noble to swashbuckling hero. As this is only the first season, I don’t think we’ll be able to see the hero getting involved in any warfare as a powerful general. This is why I hate seasonal formats, especially when the first season is already 38 episodes.
Dream Garden 沉睡花园 follows the romance between a tsundere psychologist (Gong Jun) and an influencer who gives relationship advice online (Qiao Xin). The 16 episode drama airs Mon-Wed on Hunan TV’s evening time slot.
A Little Mood For Love, previously known as Xiaomin’s Home, stars Zhou Xun and Huang Lei (who is also the screenwriter of this show) as divorcees with kids who decide that they are each other’s one true love. I did like the relationships between the characters in A Little Reunion, so hoping this one is equally as good. The drama airs daily on Hunan TV.
Love Like the Galaxy 星汉灿烂 stars Zhao Lusi as Cheng Shaoshang, a pragmatic and intelligent noble lady who pretends to be a useless fool in front of her greedy and wicked aunt. Wu Lei costars as the emperor’s godson and her love interest.
2021 seemed to be a year where the drama in C-ent was more gripping than the fictional stories playing out onscreen, but I still went through a fair share of interesting television shows. Which ones did you love the most or love to hate the most?
Lady of Law stars Jiang Shuying as a hotshot lawyer who is initially in it for the money, while Liu Mintao plays the more experienced lawyer who believes in justice for all. From the trailer, it seems like the drama will focus on cases related to discrimination against women
Who Is The Murderer is the latest mystery thriller from iQiyi, and stars Xiao Yang, Dong Zijian and Zhao Liying in the lead roles. There haven’t been any stand outs from the iQiyi’s Light On series this year – let’s see if this one will do the trick. [Extended Synopsis]
The 16 episode miniseries releases 2 episodes every Sunday to Tuesday.
River of the World 天下长河 (lit.) stars Luo Jin as the Kangxi Emperor and Huang Zhizhong as the honest and frugal polotician Jin Fu, who is tasked with flood-control works for the Yellow River. Yin Fang costars as Jin Fu’s trusted subordinate.