Panda Impressions #11: Delicious Destiny and A Chinese Odyssey: Love of Eternity

Only managed to catch two new shows this week, both of which I don't intend to keep watching. But with Live Up To Your Name Dr. Heo ending, I'm going to be in need of a new drama fix real soon. What are you guys watching? 

Delicious Destiny

Panda Impressions Delicious Destiny

Mao Xiao Tong (from Love O2O), her character of Song Jia Ming is a feisty girl who meets the arrogant chef Li Yu Zhe. His car knocks her scooter's mirror off and doesn't stop, so Jia Ming already dislikes him from the get go, but she has to play nice because she needs him to guest star on the cooking show! The drama starts out very well with all the cuteness and spunk but throws in the cliche plots of jealous childhood friend, the chef's disapproving parents, all scheming to break them up, while ruining Song Jia Ming's career over and over again. The storyline gets a bit boring since Song Jia Ming falls for the same schemes over and over again. The drama has a great cast but the storyline tends to fall short with predictable melodramatic storylines. - Contributed by Judy. 

Panda Impressions Delicious Destiny
There were parts where I dozed off and then there were parts that took me right back to the story, and they were mostly whenever Mike D'Angelo and Rachel Mao Xiatong were sharing the screen and bickering endlessly with each other. The show seems to be trying to be too many things all at once from being about food and romance to a business drama among other things. 

Zhang Yu Jian plays the supporting character secreting plotting revenge (he seems to be in the wrong profession, as the director of a cooking show). He's also stuck in a one-sided romance with the second female lead played by Maggie Chen Xinyu. I can't say that there's anything particularly special about this drama that's like a cliche on top of more cliches, but if you like the cast, then I'd say give it a go because the cute parts are cute and the two leads charismatic.

A Chinese Odyssey: Love of Eternity

Panda Impressions A Chinese Odyssey Love of Eternity
Where do I begin? I hope I don't get bashed for saying this, but I feel like anyone who loved the Chinese Odyssey movies by Stephen Chow best stay away from this because it's impossible not to compare. The drama opens with the most iconic scene from the movie where Joker aka Zhu Zun Bao professes his love for Zixia while Monkey King watches from a distance. Somehow, I find myself watching Huang Zitao and Zhao Yi and then thinking that Stephen Chow and Athena Chu are truly irreplaceable. In their defense, I think it's just because the new leads are too green to take on such a classic, and the narrative feels all over the place as well. I really couldn't get very far with this, but I actually thought Yin Zheng was a breath of fresh air and utterly hilarious as Tang Monk. 

Panda Impressions A Chinese Odyssey Love of Eternity
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2 comments:

  1. I am SOOOOO glad Delicious Destiny is finally coming to an end... I started off watching for Mike and Mao Xiao Tong but i stopped watching halfway. The scheming for this show is endless, after one problem ends, another starts right away. Like seriously, Zilan, such a nice girl like this became a scheming evil bitch lol. And not to say the endless possibilities of coincidences happening in the drama. I've never seen a drama so dark, so heavy, even palace scheming dramas doesn't go as irritating as this show can be. Then again, we all know why it's a 56 episode long drama. :)

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