dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
If you've been on my friendslist for any length of time at all, you know of my almost irrational love for the Taiwanese drama The Outsiders, about love, the Triads, betrayal, and dysfunction. You also probably remember that I started watching and blogging about the episodes of the equally awesome midquel (set during the time jump which occurs in the middle of TO) The Outsiders 2. I watched the first four eps and then stopped because, paradoxically, I love TO and its characters too much to gulp it down - I wanted to prolong the pleasure.



Tonight, I watched ep 5 of TO2 and thoughts and caps are behind cut. It's just as amazing as ever - Ah Hao and Yen Zi are full of their dysfunctional OTP perfection, the mob plots and double-crosses are as engrossing as ever, and the friendships and the characters with their traumas are just as absorbing as ever. Who knew a story of a mob killer and a formerly upperclass girl could so own me?

Caps, summary, and thoughts on ep 5 of TO2 )

Oh, and I found this cool TO video:

dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
If you've been on my friendslist for any length of time at all, you know of my almost irrational love for the Taiwanese drama The Outsiders, about love, the Triads, betrayal, and dysfunction. You also probably remember that I started watching and blogging about the episodes of the equally awesome midquel (set during the time jump which occurs in the middle of TO) The Outsiders 2. I watched the first four eps and then stopped because, paradoxically, I love TO and its characters too much to gulp it down - I wanted to prolong the pleasure.



Tonight, I watched ep 5 of TO2 and thoughts and caps are behind cut. It's just as amazing as ever - Ah Hao and Yen Zi are full of their dysfunctional OTP perfection, the mob plots and double-crosses are as engrossing as ever, and the friendships and the characters with their traumas are just as absorbing as ever. Who knew a story of a mob killer and a formerly upperclass girl could so own me?

Caps, summary, and thoughts on ep 5 of TO2 )

Oh, and I found this cool TO video:

dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
If you've been on my friendslist for any length of time at all, you know of my almost irrational love for the Taiwanese drama The Outsiders, about love, the Triads, betrayal, and dysfunction. You also probably remember that I started watching and blogging about the episodes of the equally awesome midquel (set during the time jump which occurs in the middle of TO) The Outsiders 2. I watched the first four eps and then stopped because, paradoxically, I love TO and its characters too much to gulp it down - I wanted to prolong the pleasure.



Tonight, I watched ep 5 of TO2 and thoughts and caps are behind cut. It's just as amazing as ever - Ah Hao and Yen Zi are full of their dysfunctional OTP perfection, the mob plots and double-crosses are as engrossing as ever, and the friendships and the characters with their traumas are just as absorbing as ever. Who knew a story of a mob killer and a formerly upperclass girl could so own me?

Caps, summary, and thoughts on ep 5 of TO2 )

Oh, and I found this cool TO video:

dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
I really really love TO2. What else is new?



I also love how these eps explore that Ah Hao's loyalty is his strength but also his weakness. As Yu Yen (and even Lie Lie, the 17-yr-old school girl) point out, to be so trusting in a mob is kinda insane.



Oh, and he so wants the old Yu Yen back, but that is not happening.

Caps, caps, caps and meta )
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
I really really love TO2. What else is new?



I also love how these eps explore that Ah Hao's loyalty is his strength but also his weakness. As Yu Yen (and even Lie Lie, the 17-yr-old school girl) point out, to be so trusting in a mob is kinda insane.



Oh, and he so wants the old Yu Yen back, but that is not happening.

Caps, caps, caps and meta )
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
I really really love TO2. What else is new?



I also love how these eps explore that Ah Hao's loyalty is his strength but also his weakness. As Yu Yen (and even Lie Lie, the 17-yr-old school girl) point out, to be so trusting in a mob is kinda insane.



Oh, and he so wants the old Yu Yen back, but that is not happening.

Caps, caps, caps and meta )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: height difference)
I totally cheated and watched the ending of The Outsiders 2. And of one portion of it I approve incredibly much. It certainly makes me happier than the ending of The Outiders. I know the ending of TO is not only inevitable but damn near perfect as far as drama endings go, but what can I do, I am a crazed shipper! Plus, this one is unlikely to make me bawl like a three-year-old who's just been told Santa does not exist.

SQUEE:





Oh, Yu Yen! It's just as well that you believe this now. Considering the misery that happens in second half of TO (which continues where TO2 left off).

Also, from a writing perspective, I love how Yu Yen's ending narration in TO2 contrasts with Danzi's ending narration in TO where he is wondering if Ah Hao and Yu Yen's love really was worth everything: whether the memories were worth all the pain.

Leaving aside the fact that at the end of TO more things happened that at the end of TO2, I really think it's because Danzi is a more objective narrator, an observer, not a participant in the love story: I bet even at the end of TO Yu Yen would say it was worth it, and never let herself doubt it, if for no other reason than to say it wasn't would negate all the pain and sacrifice she went through and that would mean it was all meaningless. And of course small spoiler for ending of TO ) But objectively speaking...I have never been able to decide whether it was worth it or not, for either of them. If I am being hard-headed, probably not.

Oh, I love you, dramas!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: height difference)
I totally cheated and watched the ending of The Outsiders 2. And of one portion of it I approve incredibly much. It certainly makes me happier than the ending of The Outiders. I know the ending of TO is not only inevitable but damn near perfect as far as drama endings go, but what can I do, I am a crazed shipper! Plus, this one is unlikely to make me bawl like a three-year-old who's just been told Santa does not exist.

SQUEE:





Oh, Yu Yen! It's just as well that you believe this now. Considering the misery that happens in second half of TO (which continues where TO2 left off).

Also, from a writing perspective, I love how Yu Yen's ending narration in TO2 contrasts with Danzi's ending narration in TO where he is wondering if Ah Hao and Yu Yen's love really was worth everything: whether the memories were worth all the pain.

Leaving aside the fact that at the end of TO more things happened that at the end of TO2, I really think it's because Danzi is a more objective narrator, an observer, not a participant in the love story: I bet even at the end of TO Yu Yen would say it was worth it, and never let herself doubt it, if for no other reason than to say it wasn't would negate all the pain and sacrifice she went through and that would mean it was all meaningless. And of course small spoiler for ending of TO ) But objectively speaking...I have never been able to decide whether it was worth it or not, for either of them. If I am being hard-headed, probably not.

Oh, I love you, dramas!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: height difference)
I totally cheated and watched the ending of The Outsiders 2. And of one portion of it I approve incredibly much. It certainly makes me happier than the ending of The Outiders. I know the ending of TO is not only inevitable but damn near perfect as far as drama endings go, but what can I do, I am a crazed shipper! Plus, this one is unlikely to make me bawl like a three-year-old who's just been told Santa does not exist.

SQUEE:





Oh, Yu Yen! It's just as well that you believe this now. Considering the misery that happens in second half of TO (which continues where TO2 left off).

Also, from a writing perspective, I love how Yu Yen's ending narration in TO2 contrasts with Danzi's ending narration in TO where he is wondering if Ah Hao and Yu Yen's love really was worth everything: whether the memories were worth all the pain.

Leaving aside the fact that at the end of TO more things happened that at the end of TO2, I really think it's because Danzi is a more objective narrator, an observer, not a participant in the love story: I bet even at the end of TO Yu Yen would say it was worth it, and never let herself doubt it, if for no other reason than to say it wasn't would negate all the pain and sacrifice she went through and that would mean it was all meaningless. And of course small spoiler for ending of TO ) But objectively speaking...I have never been able to decide whether it was worth it or not, for either of them. If I am being hard-headed, probably not.

Oh, I love you, dramas!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
Finished ep 2 of The Outsiders 2 this morning.



You know, this drama shouldn't work at all, by any logical standard: it's a midquel so we know not only how the characters start but also how they end up. So where is the suspense, one may ask? And yet, and yet, the fact that most viewers of TO2 know how the story begins, how it ends up, in great detail is really what adds so much to this: we know Ah Hao and Yu Yen are thoroughly, gloriously doomed. We know what will happen to Ah Qi and Hong Do, we know the ultimate fates of the bad guys. And somehow that is what gives the story its heft, that slow slide into inevitable.

A few scattered thoughts on ep 2:

1. I love that Hong Do tells Yu Yen to see a shrink. Because yes, that is what Yu Yen needs, a shrink who is also a rape counsellor, to help her deal with all of this. It is not only her relationship with Ah Hao that will be affected by the trauma and suppression of it (and that is crucial and not just because of sappy OTP >>> everything type of mentality but because her relationship with Ah Hao is all she has, and that is the relationship for the sake of which she cut off all her former ties, so to have it ruined would mean she wrecked her life for nothing) but her own life, her own mental health and happiness desperately need this counselling. But of course Yu Yen never will, and Hong Do does not push. ARGH. If I had my way, I'd tie and drag her to a rape counsellor. She needs it badly.

Caps from that scene )

2. We are watching the slow disintegration of Yu Yen/Ah Hao's relationship and it's horribly painful because no matter what, those are two people who love each other more than anything. I am especially thinking of the scene after they saw Ah Qi and Hong Do off to their new house and then Ah Hao tells Yu Yen they should leave. Yu Yen's protest that they should stay and help the couple unpack is a ridiculous objection at best - clearly Ah Qi and Hong Do do not need any help (unless they are a lot more perverted than we are supposed to believe) in what they want to do as soon as their visitors get the hint and leave. And her second one of this being dark and a long walk (to which Ah Hao points out he will protect her. Um yes. He is a Triad boss) is also spurious. And she knows that. As she thinks to herself, what she is afraid of is really the great big beast of intimacy, or even the specter of it. She is obviously not afraid that Ah Hao would force anything on her (all she has to do is say no, or even hint it, and he'd stop) but she doesn't want to deal with the issue at all, and she realizes it is slowly creating this huge gap between them but she is helpless to bridge it (Go to a shrink!!!!). The scene where he takes her hand to walk home but she is so much thinking about that issue that she just withdraws her hand and stands there...painful.

Caps from that scene )

3. Ah Hao would have to be as dense as a brick to not notice how Yu Yen is changing, distancing herself (for one, even the densest guy would notice if his gf is doing everything to avoid being intimate with him) and he is not that dense (though I love that the drama, never overtly, is pretty consistent about Yu Yen being smarter generally). The scene where he confronts her with that change and she tells him she is changing to suit his environment and that she didn't want him to join the Mob but he did (and it's such an implicit reproach of course) and she had a choice to make, to leave or stay and she chose to stay, and now it's his choice: she is going to change and he can stay with her or leave her, it's a painful painful scene. They are so messed up! I am also really struck by how much courage (but also dysfunction) it must have taken for Yu Yen to conceal what happened to her and just go on living as much as usual as she can, while living with her boyfriend and concealing it from him as well and...she never really dealt with that trauma, ever. And I really am wondering if chosing to hide it was the best thing she could have done, and whether she should have done it at all. I really think Hong Do and Ah Qi should have taken Ah Hao aside and told him what happened (not before ductaping him first so he couldn't go berserk). Yu Yen shouldn't have to do it, but it might have been healthier for him to find out sooner rather than later. I honestly don't know. He is an impulsive, hot-headed mess and he goes berserk at Yu Yen's lightest scratch, so he might have gone off his head. But it probably would be better than the spaces that are happening and the way he did find out, in TO1.

Caps from various scenes about that )

4. Ah Lie, the undercover police officer is also beginning to get some dirt on him. Yup, everyone gets messed up in TO world. I am not as invested in him yet (I've had 20 eps to love or hate everyone else) but I do like his character. I am amused to see that he seems to be smitten by Yu Yen. I wonder what it is about her that makes these ultra-tough guys (Ah Hao, Danzi, Ah Lie) fall for her. Probably because she appears so fragile despite the inner toughness. I don't blame him because I kinda crush on her myself.

Caps )

5. On a shallow note, it's gotta be the world's biggest waste to have a bf who looks like Dylan Kuo, who is mad about you and who you love, and not be able to sleep with him. Yeah, I am shallow.

6. My conclusion: kidnap all the characters I like and move them far far away from Triads. Canada or somewhere. And get them lots of therapy.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
Finished ep 2 of The Outsiders 2 this morning.



You know, this drama shouldn't work at all, by any logical standard: it's a midquel so we know not only how the characters start but also how they end up. So where is the suspense, one may ask? And yet, and yet, the fact that most viewers of TO2 know how the story begins, how it ends up, in great detail is really what adds so much to this: we know Ah Hao and Yu Yen are thoroughly, gloriously doomed. We know what will happen to Ah Qi and Hong Do, we know the ultimate fates of the bad guys. And somehow that is what gives the story its heft, that slow slide into inevitable.

A few scattered thoughts on ep 2:

1. I love that Hong Do tells Yu Yen to see a shrink. Because yes, that is what Yu Yen needs, a shrink who is also a rape counsellor, to help her deal with all of this. It is not only her relationship with Ah Hao that will be affected by the trauma and suppression of it (and that is crucial and not just because of sappy OTP >>> everything type of mentality but because her relationship with Ah Hao is all she has, and that is the relationship for the sake of which she cut off all her former ties, so to have it ruined would mean she wrecked her life for nothing) but her own life, her own mental health and happiness desperately need this counselling. But of course Yu Yen never will, and Hong Do does not push. ARGH. If I had my way, I'd tie and drag her to a rape counsellor. She needs it badly.

Caps from that scene )

2. We are watching the slow disintegration of Yu Yen/Ah Hao's relationship and it's horribly painful because no matter what, those are two people who love each other more than anything. I am especially thinking of the scene after they saw Ah Qi and Hong Do off to their new house and then Ah Hao tells Yu Yen they should leave. Yu Yen's protest that they should stay and help the couple unpack is a ridiculous objection at best - clearly Ah Qi and Hong Do do not need any help (unless they are a lot more perverted than we are supposed to believe) in what they want to do as soon as their visitors get the hint and leave. And her second one of this being dark and a long walk (to which Ah Hao points out he will protect her. Um yes. He is a Triad boss) is also spurious. And she knows that. As she thinks to herself, what she is afraid of is really the great big beast of intimacy, or even the specter of it. She is obviously not afraid that Ah Hao would force anything on her (all she has to do is say no, or even hint it, and he'd stop) but she doesn't want to deal with the issue at all, and she realizes it is slowly creating this huge gap between them but she is helpless to bridge it (Go to a shrink!!!!). The scene where he takes her hand to walk home but she is so much thinking about that issue that she just withdraws her hand and stands there...painful.

Caps from that scene )

3. Ah Hao would have to be as dense as a brick to not notice how Yu Yen is changing, distancing herself (for one, even the densest guy would notice if his gf is doing everything to avoid being intimate with him) and he is not that dense (though I love that the drama, never overtly, is pretty consistent about Yu Yen being smarter generally). The scene where he confronts her with that change and she tells him she is changing to suit his environment and that she didn't want him to join the Mob but he did (and it's such an implicit reproach of course) and she had a choice to make, to leave or stay and she chose to stay, and now it's his choice: she is going to change and he can stay with her or leave her, it's a painful painful scene. They are so messed up! I am also really struck by how much courage (but also dysfunction) it must have taken for Yu Yen to conceal what happened to her and just go on living as much as usual as she can, while living with her boyfriend and concealing it from him as well and...she never really dealt with that trauma, ever. And I really am wondering if chosing to hide it was the best thing she could have done, and whether she should have done it at all. I really think Hong Do and Ah Qi should have taken Ah Hao aside and told him what happened (not before ductaping him first so he couldn't go berserk). Yu Yen shouldn't have to do it, but it might have been healthier for him to find out sooner rather than later. I honestly don't know. He is an impulsive, hot-headed mess and he goes berserk at Yu Yen's lightest scratch, so he might have gone off his head. But it probably would be better than the spaces that are happening and the way he did find out, in TO1.

Caps from various scenes about that )

4. Ah Lie, the undercover police officer is also beginning to get some dirt on him. Yup, everyone gets messed up in TO world. I am not as invested in him yet (I've had 20 eps to love or hate everyone else) but I do like his character. I am amused to see that he seems to be smitten by Yu Yen. I wonder what it is about her that makes these ultra-tough guys (Ah Hao, Danzi, Ah Lie) fall for her. Probably because she appears so fragile despite the inner toughness. I don't blame him because I kinda crush on her myself.

Caps )

5. On a shallow note, it's gotta be the world's biggest waste to have a bf who looks like Dylan Kuo, who is mad about you and who you love, and not be able to sleep with him. Yeah, I am shallow.

6. My conclusion: kidnap all the characters I like and move them far far away from Triads. Canada or somewhere. And get them lots of therapy.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
Finished ep 2 of The Outsiders 2 this morning.



You know, this drama shouldn't work at all, by any logical standard: it's a midquel so we know not only how the characters start but also how they end up. So where is the suspense, one may ask? And yet, and yet, the fact that most viewers of TO2 know how the story begins, how it ends up, in great detail is really what adds so much to this: we know Ah Hao and Yu Yen are thoroughly, gloriously doomed. We know what will happen to Ah Qi and Hong Do, we know the ultimate fates of the bad guys. And somehow that is what gives the story its heft, that slow slide into inevitable.

A few scattered thoughts on ep 2:

1. I love that Hong Do tells Yu Yen to see a shrink. Because yes, that is what Yu Yen needs, a shrink who is also a rape counsellor, to help her deal with all of this. It is not only her relationship with Ah Hao that will be affected by the trauma and suppression of it (and that is crucial and not just because of sappy OTP >>> everything type of mentality but because her relationship with Ah Hao is all she has, and that is the relationship for the sake of which she cut off all her former ties, so to have it ruined would mean she wrecked her life for nothing) but her own life, her own mental health and happiness desperately need this counselling. But of course Yu Yen never will, and Hong Do does not push. ARGH. If I had my way, I'd tie and drag her to a rape counsellor. She needs it badly.

Caps from that scene )

2. We are watching the slow disintegration of Yu Yen/Ah Hao's relationship and it's horribly painful because no matter what, those are two people who love each other more than anything. I am especially thinking of the scene after they saw Ah Qi and Hong Do off to their new house and then Ah Hao tells Yu Yen they should leave. Yu Yen's protest that they should stay and help the couple unpack is a ridiculous objection at best - clearly Ah Qi and Hong Do do not need any help (unless they are a lot more perverted than we are supposed to believe) in what they want to do as soon as their visitors get the hint and leave. And her second one of this being dark and a long walk (to which Ah Hao points out he will protect her. Um yes. He is a Triad boss) is also spurious. And she knows that. As she thinks to herself, what she is afraid of is really the great big beast of intimacy, or even the specter of it. She is obviously not afraid that Ah Hao would force anything on her (all she has to do is say no, or even hint it, and he'd stop) but she doesn't want to deal with the issue at all, and she realizes it is slowly creating this huge gap between them but she is helpless to bridge it (Go to a shrink!!!!). The scene where he takes her hand to walk home but she is so much thinking about that issue that she just withdraws her hand and stands there...painful.

Caps from that scene )

3. Ah Hao would have to be as dense as a brick to not notice how Yu Yen is changing, distancing herself (for one, even the densest guy would notice if his gf is doing everything to avoid being intimate with him) and he is not that dense (though I love that the drama, never overtly, is pretty consistent about Yu Yen being smarter generally). The scene where he confronts her with that change and she tells him she is changing to suit his environment and that she didn't want him to join the Mob but he did (and it's such an implicit reproach of course) and she had a choice to make, to leave or stay and she chose to stay, and now it's his choice: she is going to change and he can stay with her or leave her, it's a painful painful scene. They are so messed up! I am also really struck by how much courage (but also dysfunction) it must have taken for Yu Yen to conceal what happened to her and just go on living as much as usual as she can, while living with her boyfriend and concealing it from him as well and...she never really dealt with that trauma, ever. And I really am wondering if chosing to hide it was the best thing she could have done, and whether she should have done it at all. I really think Hong Do and Ah Qi should have taken Ah Hao aside and told him what happened (not before ductaping him first so he couldn't go berserk). Yu Yen shouldn't have to do it, but it might have been healthier for him to find out sooner rather than later. I honestly don't know. He is an impulsive, hot-headed mess and he goes berserk at Yu Yen's lightest scratch, so he might have gone off his head. But it probably would be better than the spaces that are happening and the way he did find out, in TO1.

Caps from various scenes about that )

4. Ah Lie, the undercover police officer is also beginning to get some dirt on him. Yup, everyone gets messed up in TO world. I am not as invested in him yet (I've had 20 eps to love or hate everyone else) but I do like his character. I am amused to see that he seems to be smitten by Yu Yen. I wonder what it is about her that makes these ultra-tough guys (Ah Hao, Danzi, Ah Lie) fall for her. Probably because she appears so fragile despite the inner toughness. I don't blame him because I kinda crush on her myself.

Caps )

5. On a shallow note, it's gotta be the world's biggest waste to have a bf who looks like Dylan Kuo, who is mad about you and who you love, and not be able to sleep with him. Yeah, I am shallow.

6. My conclusion: kidnap all the characters I like and move them far far away from Triads. Canada or somewhere. And get them lots of therapy.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
I have finished the first episode of The Outsiders 2 and it is excellent. So excellent.



In fact, it's so excellent that my heart just breaks for Yu Yen all over again, making some scenes almost viscerally uncomfortable to watch because her reactions to her trauma are so real: from her being haunted by nightmares of that night and waking up and hitting the punching bag over and over and over, sobbing "I hate you" as she collapses, to her buying the pregnancy test and praying and crying gratefully in the bathroom when it comes up negative (I didn't think about it before, but oh yes, that would totally be an awfully possibility) to her realizing that logically her withdrawal from Ah Hao and her barriers (and I don't think she means just sexual) do not make sense as he is not the one who hurt her and is the one she loves, but not being able to do anything about her instinct...

And oh my OTP! Ah Hao is trying so hard to earn her forgiveness and to be extra nice (because he feels guilty for slapping her a week or so ago, because he feels guilty she got assaulted by his rivals (though he of course does not know the whole horrible truth)) and yet he keeps hitting this wall and he can't think anything other than she still hadn't forgiven him and he is slowly realizing his Yu Yen is this new, unknown person and he doesn't know how to deal with it.

Some caps )

And now onto ep 2!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
I have finished the first episode of The Outsiders 2 and it is excellent. So excellent.



In fact, it's so excellent that my heart just breaks for Yu Yen all over again, making some scenes almost viscerally uncomfortable to watch because her reactions to her trauma are so real: from her being haunted by nightmares of that night and waking up and hitting the punching bag over and over and over, sobbing "I hate you" as she collapses, to her buying the pregnancy test and praying and crying gratefully in the bathroom when it comes up negative (I didn't think about it before, but oh yes, that would totally be an awfully possibility) to her realizing that logically her withdrawal from Ah Hao and her barriers (and I don't think she means just sexual) do not make sense as he is not the one who hurt her and is the one she loves, but not being able to do anything about her instinct...

And oh my OTP! Ah Hao is trying so hard to earn her forgiveness and to be extra nice (because he feels guilty for slapping her a week or so ago, because he feels guilty she got assaulted by his rivals (though he of course does not know the whole horrible truth)) and yet he keeps hitting this wall and he can't think anything other than she still hadn't forgiven him and he is slowly realizing his Yu Yen is this new, unknown person and he doesn't know how to deal with it.

Some caps )

And now onto ep 2!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
I have finished the first episode of The Outsiders 2 and it is excellent. So excellent.



In fact, it's so excellent that my heart just breaks for Yu Yen all over again, making some scenes almost viscerally uncomfortable to watch because her reactions to her trauma are so real: from her being haunted by nightmares of that night and waking up and hitting the punching bag over and over and over, sobbing "I hate you" as she collapses, to her buying the pregnancy test and praying and crying gratefully in the bathroom when it comes up negative (I didn't think about it before, but oh yes, that would totally be an awfully possibility) to her realizing that logically her withdrawal from Ah Hao and her barriers (and I don't think she means just sexual) do not make sense as he is not the one who hurt her and is the one she loves, but not being able to do anything about her instinct...

And oh my OTP! Ah Hao is trying so hard to earn her forgiveness and to be extra nice (because he feels guilty for slapping her a week or so ago, because he feels guilty she got assaulted by his rivals (though he of course does not know the whole horrible truth)) and yet he keeps hitting this wall and he can't think anything other than she still hadn't forgiven him and he is slowly realizing his Yu Yen is this new, unknown person and he doesn't know how to deal with it.

Some caps )

And now onto ep 2!
dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
I started watching The Outsiders 2 and am halfway into the first ep. Love. So much love. The Outsiders 2 is not a sequel but that rare beast (that I haven't seen elsewhere in the drama world), a midquel. It takes place in the two missing years in the middle of The Outsiders, i.e. during the time jump. It starts on the day that Yu Yen spoiler for up to ep 10 of The Outsiders cut because I am not sure ambergold is spoiled ) At least I am safe with the lives of the core four: Ah Hao, Yu Yen, Ah Qi and Hong Do all survive because they are in the post-time-jump part of The Outsiders (Danzi is in jail thus not in TO2). But I do not feel nearly as sanguine about Shaw Luo's happiness (he is a major new character). TO and TO2 is made by sadists, after all.

So what is the story of TO2? We get to see Ah Hao and Ah Qi rise in the Triad world, we get to see Yu Yen steel herself and become the tough and broken mob girlfriend she is in the second half of TO. We get to see Ah Qi and Hong Do develop their funny, quirky relationship (they only started dating at that point of TO) and we see Ah Hao and Yu Yen fall apart under the burden of her secret and his life as a mobster. And then there is Shaw Luo's character - an undercover policeman sent to infiltrate the gang who ends up finding out that the guys are not really quite as bad as he thought and might even become friends with them...

Some caps of gorgeousness:

Yu Yen:



Ah Hao:



My angsty ship:



A lot more Pics here )

And then I had to run!
dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
I started watching The Outsiders 2 and am halfway into the first ep. Love. So much love. The Outsiders 2 is not a sequel but that rare beast (that I haven't seen elsewhere in the drama world), a midquel. It takes place in the two missing years in the middle of The Outsiders, i.e. during the time jump. It starts on the day that Yu Yen spoiler for up to ep 10 of The Outsiders cut because I am not sure ambergold is spoiled ) At least I am safe with the lives of the core four: Ah Hao, Yu Yen, Ah Qi and Hong Do all survive because they are in the post-time-jump part of The Outsiders (Danzi is in jail thus not in TO2). But I do not feel nearly as sanguine about Shaw Luo's happiness (he is a major new character). TO and TO2 is made by sadists, after all.

So what is the story of TO2? We get to see Ah Hao and Ah Qi rise in the Triad world, we get to see Yu Yen steel herself and become the tough and broken mob girlfriend she is in the second half of TO. We get to see Ah Qi and Hong Do develop their funny, quirky relationship (they only started dating at that point of TO) and we see Ah Hao and Yu Yen fall apart under the burden of her secret and his life as a mobster. And then there is Shaw Luo's character - an undercover policeman sent to infiltrate the gang who ends up finding out that the guys are not really quite as bad as he thought and might even become friends with them...

Some caps of gorgeousness:

Yu Yen:



Ah Hao:



My angsty ship:



A lot more Pics here )

And then I had to run!
dangermousie: (The Outsiders night)
I started watching The Outsiders 2 and am halfway into the first ep. Love. So much love. The Outsiders 2 is not a sequel but that rare beast (that I haven't seen elsewhere in the drama world), a midquel. It takes place in the two missing years in the middle of The Outsiders, i.e. during the time jump. It starts on the day that Yu Yen spoiler for up to ep 10 of The Outsiders cut because I am not sure ambergold is spoiled ) At least I am safe with the lives of the core four: Ah Hao, Yu Yen, Ah Qi and Hong Do all survive because they are in the post-time-jump part of The Outsiders (Danzi is in jail thus not in TO2). But I do not feel nearly as sanguine about Shaw Luo's happiness (he is a major new character). TO and TO2 is made by sadists, after all.

So what is the story of TO2? We get to see Ah Hao and Ah Qi rise in the Triad world, we get to see Yu Yen steel herself and become the tough and broken mob girlfriend she is in the second half of TO. We get to see Ah Qi and Hong Do develop their funny, quirky relationship (they only started dating at that point of TO) and we see Ah Hao and Yu Yen fall apart under the burden of her secret and his life as a mobster. And then there is Shaw Luo's character - an undercover policeman sent to infiltrate the gang who ends up finding out that the guys are not really quite as bad as he thought and might even become friends with them...

Some caps of gorgeousness:

Yu Yen:



Ah Hao:



My angsty ship:



A lot more Pics here )

And then I had to run!
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

Dylan Kuo and Ady An are making another drama together, Ai Zai Huang Huo Zhen. Ming Dao (of the 183 Club fame) is co-starring.



OMG. Please, please let them end up happily together this time.

For those who don't know, Dylan Kuo and Ady An are Taiwanese stars, and probably my third favorite drama on-screen couple (after fellow Taiwanese stars Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu, so awesome in Mars, still my favorite drama, and the Japanese stars Yamapi and Horihita Maki).

They were the doomed, star-crossed, complicated lovers in The Outsiders (and The Outsiders 2, which I am so starting ASAP), one of my Top 3 dramas, where he was the tough, yet oddly innocent gang leader, and she a delicate-resilient upper class girl. Read my The Outsiders ramblings for more. They were also in White Robe of love but I am skipping that one, because there is only so much of 'he dies and leaves the to mourn' action I can take.

Seriously.

OMG.

This is based on a manga 'Honey Lavender.' No idea what it's about, but please, please PLEASE make it happy. I have cried as much as I can with The Outsiders, and yelled at the screen, too. Hell, I'll settle for a drama where he doesn¡¯t die, or she tries to slit her wrists, or she is raped, or he is locked in self-loathing because he got her into such an environment, or or or or or...­

Here are pics of them from some event/ads. Horrible clothes, but whatever

Pics behind cut )
Oh man, there are RPShippers for Dylan and Ady? (As I found on boards). Why am I not surprised?

ETA: The Ady/Dylan people seem remarkably sane, when compared to the crazy Joe Cheng/Ariel Lin RPShippers I found on the same boards. They sort of scare me. A LOT. People, they are actors. I don't care how awesome ISWAK (or The Outsiders, for Dylan/Ady) were. It doesn't mean they love each other in real life, or would make a perfect pair. Seriously, I almost wish Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu never hooked up (or Lee Dong Gun and Han Ji Hye, or a handful of other celebrity couples) because it is like fodder for the crazies. Yikes.

This said, I do like Joe and Ariel as an on-screen couple and can't wait for ISWAK2 (which is going to air at the end of November, I think). They are awesome together on screen only.

Oh, man. He is SO MUCH TALLER than she is. *swoon*



More ISWAK 2 pics )
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

Dylan Kuo and Ady An are making another drama together, Ai Zai Huang Huo Zhen. Ming Dao (of the 183 Club fame) is co-starring.



OMG. Please, please let them end up happily together this time.

For those who don't know, Dylan Kuo and Ady An are Taiwanese stars, and probably my third favorite drama on-screen couple (after fellow Taiwanese stars Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu, so awesome in Mars, still my favorite drama, and the Japanese stars Yamapi and Horihita Maki).

They were the doomed, star-crossed, complicated lovers in The Outsiders (and The Outsiders 2, which I am so starting ASAP), one of my Top 3 dramas, where he was the tough, yet oddly innocent gang leader, and she a delicate-resilient upper class girl. Read my The Outsiders ramblings for more. They were also in White Robe of love but I am skipping that one, because there is only so much of 'he dies and leaves the to mourn' action I can take.

Seriously.

OMG.

This is based on a manga 'Honey Lavender.' No idea what it's about, but please, please PLEASE make it happy. I have cried as much as I can with The Outsiders, and yelled at the screen, too. Hell, I'll settle for a drama where he doesn¡¯t die, or she tries to slit her wrists, or she is raped, or he is locked in self-loathing because he got her into such an environment, or or or or or...­

Here are pics of them from some event/ads. Horrible clothes, but whatever

Pics behind cut )
Oh man, there are RPShippers for Dylan and Ady? (As I found on boards). Why am I not surprised?

ETA: The Ady/Dylan people seem remarkably sane, when compared to the crazy Joe Cheng/Ariel Lin RPShippers I found on the same boards. They sort of scare me. A LOT. People, they are actors. I don't care how awesome ISWAK (or The Outsiders, for Dylan/Ady) were. It doesn't mean they love each other in real life, or would make a perfect pair. Seriously, I almost wish Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu never hooked up (or Lee Dong Gun and Han Ji Hye, or a handful of other celebrity couples) because it is like fodder for the crazies. Yikes.

This said, I do like Joe and Ariel as an on-screen couple and can't wait for ISWAK2 (which is going to air at the end of November, I think). They are awesome together on screen only.

Oh, man. He is SO MUCH TALLER than she is. *swoon*



More ISWAK 2 pics )

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