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Bridgerton: 1x08 After the Rain

Jonathan Bailey's Anthony Bridgerton gets better and better each episode. I can't wait for season two. He's utterly ferocious.

Didn't like the fact that they revealed Whistledon ahead of time either. Unless that was a throwaway to lure us audience members to speculate in a completely direction...

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Bridgerton: 1x04 An Affair of Honor

In terms of chemistry between Daphne and Simon, I feel like the actress gives a lot to it, but the actor gives too little. The episodes are getting better though, after the awkwardly paced first two episodes.

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Bridgerton: 1x03 Art of the Swoon

The writing and the directing are so much better in this episode. Even the acting is better.

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Bridgerton: 1x02 Shock and Delight

Some thoughts:

  • I find Simon's/Hastings' acting a bit flat. His eyes look a bit dead compared to the others. I'm still unconvinced of the chemistry between him and Daphne.
  • There are some editing and pacing issues still. I get that they want to make sure every character has their screentime and their character development, but it's gotta be done a bit more organically.
  • Simon's backstory turned so dark at the end there, holy cow. This is the only book of the series that I didn't read, so I didn't expect that.
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Bridgerton: 1x01 Diamond of the First Water

Don't feel the chemistry just yet; there's some pacing issues; and there's some backstory missing between some characters, but it's a good start. Hope to see more of Eloise! She's so charming.

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The Baby-Sitters Club: 1x10 Hello, Camp Moosehead! Part 2

The kiss between Mary Ann and Logan is adorable.

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The Baby-Sitters Club: 1x05 Dawn and the Impossible Three

The romance between Mary-Ann's dad and Dawn's mom is soooo cute, omg. But if the writers for this entire series don't stay on for the second season or the seasons after, I'm gonna throw my own damn tantrum.

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Tree in the River: 1x20 Episode 20

The ending doesn't seem believable to me. Zhi He doesn't deserve Da Shu, and the story between Fen Ni and Qin Hao feels way more fleshed out than the main couple.

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Wishing for Happiness: 1x03 Episode 3

100% here for Tony Yang wearing a dress and trying to climb over a steel gate. Absolutely adorable.

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Tree in the River: 1x13 Episode 13

I hate it when Asian dramas insert excursions to see family in the countryside. These sort of episodes are always so tacky. I'm excited to see the House & Fenni subplot progress though!

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Tree in the River: 1x10 Episode 10

Sonia Sui is easily out-acting everyone on this show right now.

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Tree in the River: 1x08 Episode 8

I feel like Zhihe's decision to announce a divorce was a bit impulsive. I mean, sure, we heard from her perspective a lot, but she also didn't do a great job at communicating either. Idk, at the beginning of this show, she was such a charming character, but she's become so dislikable in the past few episodes, it's hard to be on her side.

On the technical aspect, I really don't understand why the mainland Chinese broadcasters felt the need to completely replace Gillian Chung's vocals – including the breathing noises she does when they're leaving the government office. That's a bit overdone imho.

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Tree in the River: 1x07 Episode 7

Zhihe's mother is a atypical manipulative mother, what the fuck. I can't believe she poked holes into their condoms, and the show presented it as a "comedic scene". If it wasn't for the fact that they had the divorce countdown graphic up the following scene, I would be way angrier about this and I would have instantly stopped watching. That sort of move is utterly despicable.

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Tree in the River: 1x05 Episode 5

Damn, Dashu must really suck in bed if Zhihe is taking sleeping pills after sex because she can't sleep afterwards.

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Tree in the River: 1x04 Episode 4

You can notice some of the actors trying hard not to break character in some scenes, but good lord, Ray Chang is just so goddamn good-looking, I don't mind looking past that minor detail. (But his suit pants are a bit short for him, eh.)

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Tree in the River: 1x01 Episode 1

The vocal acting replacement they have for Gillian Chung's character is going to drive me nuts throughout this drama series. Surely her Mandarin couldn't have been that bad that Sohu felt it needed to be replaced for mainland audiences...

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Triad Princess

Got my hopes when I saw on Netflix that they released a six-episode Taiwanese romantic comedy just four hours long because Asian dramas have a tendency to drag out their stories, but whomp whomp, the first season is just build-up for the second season. It's still a cute four-hour binge watch, and it's probably higher quality and more succinct than most Asian dramas of this genre, but man, some of the pacing and tonal switches during the show could still use some work.

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Triad Princess: 1x05 We Had a Deal

All the side plots are more interesting than the main plot with Angie and Yi-hang. I'm more interested in the story about Sophia and her ex-husband, as well as the development between Ding Ding and Ling Gui.

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Triad Princess: 1x04 Let Me Tell You a Secret

Really was not expecting that LGBTQ+ plot twist! So cute.

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Triad Princess: 1x03 The Scumbag

I fast forwarded all the bonding scenes between Angie and Yi-hang. They could have been edited shorter and they would still have the same effect.

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Triad Princess: 1x02 Elephant Studio
Life Plan A and B: 1x01 Episode 1

This episode is so slow, good god. It drags on and on about Rainie Yang's life in Taiwan, and how conflicted she is about her current situation. This episode is a whopping 90-minute long, and that's all it goes on about. It doesn't help either that her boyfriend - played by Kenny Yen - is legit the most naive and whiny boyfriend ever.

That entire scene where he tells the "prelude" of how he met her was so creepy. He took paparazzi-style photos of Rainie Yang eating in the convenience store in front of his office (with an actual DSLR camera!) for nearly a month before he had the courage to go up to her. Creepy as fuck. And he called his photo-taking as "romantic". How can anyone call that as romantic?! What the heck.

The editing for the fast-forward time cut is done poorly too. I didn't realize that the episode had flash-forwarded to Rainie Yang's imagination until her child suddenly appeared on screen. That episode construction was messy.

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The Honourable Woman

There are some pacing issues in the beginning and middle of this show, but Maggie Gyllenhaal puts in such a stunning performance, you'll be willing to ignore it. Lubna Azabal is also incredible in this. Good spy thriller for those interested in learning about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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I Don't Love You Yet
I Don't Love You Yet: 1x16 Let's Be Best Friends Forever

I feel like they tried to work far too many plot points into this last episode. It goes from Yo breaking up her engagement with Ryusei to Yo and Ren moving out together -- all within 45 minutes. There's also a few awkward fade-to-black frames inserted in that felt really unnecessary. The two leads have great chemistry together, so I think they could have extended this one more episode. I mean, we spent eight or so episodes in "conflict mode" (with Ryusei as the perpetrator), so having just one episode as the "conflict resolution" makes the series finale feel really unsatisfying.

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I Don't Love You Yet: 1x15 I Don't Love You Yet
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Spoilers2019-09-02T13:28:41Z— updated 2019-12-12T05:22:42Z

Maki making an appearance in Shanghai was really unnecessary. Her flying all the way to China added nothing to the overall story line.

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I Don't Love You Yet: 1x14 Goodbye, My Dearest Best Friend…

The amount of time it took for Yo to teleport from Tokyo, Japan to Suzhou, China is worthy to be in the last two seasons of Game of Thrones.

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I Don't Love You Yet: 1x09 Birthday Is the Time to Confess Your Feelings

Damn, they've really dialed up the love triangle in this episode. Those angsty looks from Ren...

I can't believe Maki is back in the picture again though. Ugh. When will she leave the main story line?! Also -- I've said this previously -- the actor for Ren is infinitely better looking with glasses on.

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I Don't Love You Yet: 1x07 The Return of the Worst Ever Ex-Boyfriend

Maki's New York City cousin is hilarious omfg. The way he went out of his way to pronounce all the English terms in this clear American accent. "I SUE YOU!" What a joke, bwahahahah.

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