My sister introduced this drama to me. Finished this drama late last year. Lots of review backlog while there is a decreasing number of interesting dramas to watch haha.
Debut (2018) 二分之一美少年
Enjoyment: 10/10, 9/10 at times Pace: 9/10, 8/10 at times No. of times I watched it: 2
starring Ye Zi Cheng as Lv Xiang / Bai Ling, Shi Xiao Hu as Lv Fei, Jin Li Ting as Wu You You, Zhou Sheng as Bai Ying, Ao Xiang as Zhang Han, Yu Dong as Yuchi Ke
It is funny how after an accident, Lv Fei suddenly has 2 bodies he can use. Because of that, he is able to chase his dream of becoming an artiste. It is cool how he can jump very high and is flexible when in his other body. Compared to other dramas where the same person has 2 bodies, I feel that this drama has better portrayed how they are the same person. For example, how he always eats a lot and loves food, how he feels that failure is normal. As I want to watch sleeping disorders in dramas, I was kind of happy to see something similar in this drama. When one of them falls asleep, the other awakes. When one of them awakes, the other falls asleep immediately. As Lv Fei wants to have more time to practise, he needs to ensure that the other is sound asleep. He even has to feed sleeping pill to his other body to prevent him from awaking. It is cool how the one who is asleep does the same actions as the one that is awake. After knowing about it, Lv Fei continues dancing at home while the other him is in a dancing competition, and Lv Xiang sings and raps backstage while the other him does those onstage. It is funny that they also blow out bubbles at the same time when one of them is forced to drink it.
Lv Fei names his other body Lv Xiang. Liked Ye Zi Cheng’s acting. Liked how the character Lv Xiang adds humour to the drama. For example, when he is chased by some people, they run around in the carpark many times and when they are tired, he still tells them that he is going to go off if they are not going to continue chasing and to have a rest. Laughed at the scene where the Nike label flies off Lv Xiang’s shoe and sticks onto Zhang Han’s girlfriend’s face. It is ridiculously funny and Zhang Han says that it is dangerous as it will remove her make-up completely. Liked the lessons they have in the entertainment company and the events they take part in. Although Zhang Han always bullies Lv Xiang because Lv Xiang is poor and Lv Xiang gets into the debut class just because he looks like Bai Ling, had fun watching Lv Xiang somehow being able to make Zhang Han angry. For example, when Lv Xiang tries to prove himself to Zhang Han, he performs a magic trick that fails badly and makes Zhang Han’s hand very pain and Zhang Han is in shock. Another time is when Zhang Han is demoted to another class and has to serve food at the cafeteria as punishment, Zhang Han becomes oversensitive and whatever that Lv Xiang says makes him angry. Liked how Lv Xiang perseveres and even becomes better than Zhang Han for each competition. Liked how Lv Xiang is talented and learns things fast. It is funny how Lv Xiang argues with the director about how the character should be portrayed while filming for a movie.
Happy that there is enough screen time for Lv Fei so that we can understand him better. Liked the development of relationship between Lv Fei and You You, and Lv Xiang and You You. Liked how Shi Xiao Hu portrayed Lv Fei’s emotional struggle and Ye Zi Cheng portrayed Lv Xiang’s emotional struggle, regarding reality and love. It is funny how they fall for the same girl. They are jealous of each other and sad when they feel that You You likes the other more. You You often praises the other while with one of them. It is sad that towards the end, Lv Fei has to choose one of the bodies. The ending makes me feel like I just watched a KBS Drama Special. It is heartbreaking and the feeling lingers. Liked how this drama makes You You like Lv Fei. It shows that it is not about chasing societal ideals but what you love and what you need. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is sadder when Lv Fei chooses Lv Xiang’s body at the end (if I interpret the ending correctly, sry for the spoiler). Although You You knows that Lv Xiang is Lv Fei towards the end, appearance is part of the person and who she likes is Lv Fei that will never come back again. I would have liked it if the ending is that they find a way to live as both of them. But I guess that would be unfair for people with only one body.
Liked how Bai Ying takes care of Lv Xiang and gives him a lot of help. Although I dislike Zhang Han for treating Lv Xiang badly, liked how he is loyal to Bai Ling, Bai Ying’s brother who passed away. Bai Ying treats Lv Xiang well mainly because Lv Xiang looks like his brother. It is sad that Bai Ling passed away. Bai Ling seems to be important in the clique. Due to his death, Bai Ying, Zhang Han, and Yuchi Ke are all badly affected and the clique falls apart. It is funny how Yuchi Ke’s phone always rings and he is always answering his phone. His father and Bai Ying’s father should have said the truth earlier so that Bai Ying and Yuchi Ke can move on from the incident. The relationship between Zhang Han and his girlfriend is nice titbit. Although I sympathise with You You’s plight, found You You annoying at the start as she clings onto Lv Fei/Lv Xiang and says that the other allows her to stay in their house when they didnt. She also keeps waking up Lv Fei, using many methods. But I guess that gives Lv Fei more screen time. Liked Lv Fei’s apartment. It is spacious and nice for one person. Liked how Lv Fei/Lv Xiang helps a talented trainee with composing a song, even though it didnt turn out well at the end.
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