So I’m feeling the Mike He love right now, which means a post in which I talk about his dramas and what I think and it’s basically an excuse to spazz.
As I mentioned before, my first TW drama was Love Keeps Going (actually the second, if you want to get technical, but it was the first one I finished). I had no idea who Mike He was at the time. I noticed some fangirly type comments about him when people recommended the drama, but I was clueless, as all newbies are when they first step into a new drama land.
And as I said before, I wasn’t impressed. It seemed as though he shouted all of his lines, and his line delivery seemed choppy. He was definitely cute enough, and the make-out scenes were nigh unto shocking compared to Kdramas, and the story was interesting enough to keep me watching until the WTH end. But I definitely did not end the drama going “I NEED TO WATCH ALL HIS DRAMAS!!” (like I did with Mizushima Hiro and Lee Min Ho and Vic Zhou and about 386 other Asian actors).
Delving more into the TW drama world exposed me to more fangirling over Mike, which made me wonder if his acting – actually, it wasn’t really his acting so much as just his line delivery – was a directing problem, and not his usual style.
Let me insert here that I didn’t find his acting lacking. Did he overact at times? Yes, but I’ve come to realize that’s a basic characteristic of all TW dramas, barring a very, very few. But I did think he was a good actor. It was the way he spoke his lines that bothered me. Sentences were chopped and sometimes felt stilted and forced, and he spoke with a raised voice. All the time.
So I decided to watch one of his older, more popular shows. Devil Beside You showed me what all the fuss was about, and made me a fan. He still had the same choppy line delivery (and he’s not the only one, so please don’t think I’m picking on just Mike), but he didn’t yell, and that made a lot of difference.
By this point I knew the dramas Mike He was most famous for. Besides LKG and DBY, there was Love Contract, Marry Me, Why Why Love, and Sunny Happiness to name a few. I followed up DBY with Why Why Love because of the cast, but I ended up fast-forwarding through the last three episodes.
I’d gathered that the general consensus was that Sunny Happiness was one of his best dramas, so I’ve been anticipating watching it. I started it a couple of days ago and I have to say, I am really loving it. And so far, Mike He is definitely at his best, at least of what I’ve seen.
After a year of watching TW dramas, I’m beginning to think that the choppy line delivery isn’t the fault of the actors or actresses; I’m starting to suspect it has more to do with the actual language itself and how they are trained/directed to speak their lines. But then I remember that I’ve watched several dramas with actors/actresses that don’t speak so choppily: Vic Zhou, Ming Dao, Berlin Chen to name a few. So I don’t know what’s up.
Whatever it is, it’s not going to stop me from watching more TW dramas. In fact, I just today discovered that Mike has a drama that’s currently airing – Mei Ren Long Tang, also called Spring Love. The nine episodes that have aired are now in my download cue. I don’t have a clue as to whether it’s any good or not. I haven’t found (yet) any discussions about it. All I can say is that I hope the ending doesn’t implode and he doesn’t yell his lines 🙂