Ode to Joy 2 – Final Impressions

Not much has changed from my initial impressions in this second season of the story, except to say that the addition of sexy VP Bao as Andie’s love interest was a success in terms of casting and compatibility. Giving Guan Guan a chance to blossom was enjoyable, and the relationship between ‘Flirty Zhao’ and Qu Xiao Xiao was even more so. But I still find the actress who plays Ying Ying annoying as hell in her interpretation (please god don’t tell me people think that kind of behavior is cute!), and I really wanted to slap Sheng Mei more than once before she wised up.

Season 3 is already underway, and this time I’m hoping they work Jin Dong more into the story! I know he’s really just a supporting cast member, but let’s change that, okay?

If you saw season 1 and are curious how the story continues, give this a look. If you didn’t, know that it doesn’t spend all that much time on filling in the backstory, which might be a good thing (if it means you spend less time on Ying Ying). Otherwise, you could get the gist of things in a sketchy fashion and just pick up new if only to enjoy Big Bad Bao.

#jiang-xin, #jin-dong, #liu-tao, #ode-to-joy-2, #wang-kai, #yang-shuo, #yang-zi

Picked up Suspicious Partner

I was in the mood for something lighter and romantic and since time is ticking for our dear Healer to go into the army I thought this would be perfect.

First of all let me say how wonderful he looks…I love everything about him here..his hair shows off her attractive face and isn’t covering that noble forehead..lol..he looks very sharp in his suits and he is just too awesome for words….she’s..ok too…lol.

I must say that her look has definitely improved with each drama that I see her in..the girl has beautiful hair and uses it her her advantage and the rest of her isn’t bad either.

Ok..with that out of the way…I purposefully didn’t read up on it ahead of time because I always like to go in with a blank slate..they do have a very crisp and interesting chemistry and that’s helped along with really zippy and witty dialogue..it almost reminded me of those bygone days of Hollywood. Though they got off on the wrong foot..totally her fault of course…I liked the fact that he rose above his understandable anger and chose to help out a damsel in distress – even when he really didn’t have to. I like his character..I like that what he does makes sense once we know his background…. As for her..as usual..like many a heroine..she’s way over the top and I’m waiting for her to settle down..I know she can do it and I’m willing to wait..while I have eye candy to distract me.  Of course as the episodes (I’ve seen two) go on some things are just predictable..maybe it’s just because I’ve seen too many similar scenarios?

Things suddenly got serious really fast at the end..certainly didn’t see it coming and I feel like I’ve got whiplash..trying to adjust from a light romcom to a murder mystery so we shall see where it goes but I’m willing to overlook alot if I can see my Healer for a little while longer..

#ji-chang-wook, #jin-dong, #nam-ji-hyun, #suspicious-partner

How men should dress always?

This is from the second season of Ode to Joy (and yes, I will be FFing thru any part that includes the annoying character Ying Ying) and Andie has a new love interest. The character’s name is Bao Yifan, played by a guy with incredible dimples and a whiskey and cigarettes voice, by the name of Yang Shuo and here he is, stalking her in Thailand dressed like a maharajah!

If he weren’t so damn charming and sincere about being totally gobsmacked by her, and willing to just let her keep her secrets (til she’s ready to share) and a good cook, he’d be annoying. But since he is those things, his scenes with Liu Tao are the best part of the series.

Oh, and Wang Kai.

Of course.

Jin Dong is in it for cups of coffee (or is that tea and sympathy?) but it looks like he gets to continue being nothing more than the loyal pal and boss to Andie. That’s okay. He looks just fine 🙂 and it’s fun playing “spot the cast of Nirvana in Fire” too!

#jin-dong, #liu-tao, #ode-to-joy-2, #wang-kai, #yang-shuo

Surgeons – Final impressions

Of course, I’ll avoid anything spoilery…

I was surprised at how much I got into both the main plot (Jin Dong’s nurse mother accused of a medical error causing in family tragedies) and the secondary plots in this series, especially as I was not impressed with the “surgical” scenes featuring the same “incision” surrounded by layers of gauze with a fairly hot pinkish-colored “blood” stain. Note: they do include a few shots of what looks like real medical work done, e.g., stitching up a wound — not that I’d want anyone who sutures like that working on me!

They keep the issue going right through the whole drama, rather than fixing it early, and my feelings as they worked through it all were engaged — and I wanted to reach thru the screen and slap the perpetrator(s) more than once — so yes, I cared!

What I especially liked though, and I’ve mentioned it already, is that Jin Dong and his costar Bai Baihe have a nice chemistry as actors, but more than that there characters offer a really fresh ‘opposites attract’ take — yes, they’re both excellent surgeons and share a passion for medicine and science, etc., but she’s really outspoken and forthright and he’s one to play things much closer to the vest. She’s been raised as the darling of the hospital and he’s felt more the pains of the past. I loved how very direct she was in her approach to her relationship with him and the way she takes the initiative when he is more reserved (because he has secrets).

I also enjoyed some of the interactions with her goofy pal, an ER doctor, who moves into her 3-bedroom apartment to balance things out. He’s a character and has some very entertaining lines.

Yes, there are Meaningful Messages about the Noble Work done by medical professionals, but it’s also a look into the crazy working conditions that they endure. Much like the way Divorce Lawyers was a picture into the customs of marriages and divorces in China today, this one is a strangely fascinating look into how… oh, how can I say this diplomatically…? I can’t, so I’ll just say it — how ignorant and backwards and shouty and even violent the patients and their families often are. It’s almost as if they see doctors as performing voodoo and can’t figure it all out, and then have to yell whenever they damn well feel like it. Kind of like a Western ER on a full-moon Friday payday night… times 2.

I enjoyed watching a lot of Jin Dong too — not the little bits and pieces we’d get of him in The Disguisers or Ode to Joy, but lots of him. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that!

#bai-baihe, #jin-dong, #surgeons

Making the surgical nonsense worthwhile


Yep, watching Jin Dong being a standup kind of guy and Bai Baihe being a talented surgeon with an ego but not a lack of humility.

#bai-baihe, #jin-dong, #surgeons

Jin Dong, I’ve missed you!

You intrigued me in Nirvana in Fire but made me swoon in The Disguisers (but I won’t even talk about how you were not used to full advantage in Ode to Joy or the goofy Candle in the Tomb) but now a doctor? Or should I say one of several…


Okay, you look fine, you’re the lead, and it looks like there’s romance for you. I’m in, but be on call in case you break my heart if it’s not up to the caliber I expect for you.

The subbed trailer has had the plug pulled on YouTube, so here’s an unsubbed version. He’s become a surgeon, returned to his home and is working to uncover a mystery involving a possible (probable) wrongful death and medical coverups. His co-star Bai Baihe is also a surgeon and they share a history thru their ties to the mystery.

A number of other familiar NiF faces too make an appearance.

#jin-dong, #surgeons