Refresh Man (TW-drama) First Impression

I couldn’t get into the story until the 80% mark. Again, I blame this on my short attention span.

I did not like Ji Wen Kai (Aaron Yan) character introduction. He was mean and very unprofessional, which is typical for the lead male character. I’m not against the character type, but on how the scenes are arranged and the timeliness of it. The grading scene was horribly done. I kept on screaming “personal space!” and “harassment!” If this type of scene occur at the end, I wouldn’t be cringing so much. I like the scene where he threw away the report, and something like that should have been the beginning scene with Yu Tang. It wasn’t until the flashback that I begin to like his character. His flashback character is more interesting than his current character. I can watch an entire episode or series based on high schooler Ji Wen Kai. Aaron Yan acted well as a high school student, but his grown up character reminds me of his other character– it may be the hair.

Zhong Yu Tang (Joanne Tseng) character was a roller coaster. I like her in the first scene, pity her in the next, find her annoying in the middle and finally really enjoying her character overall at the end. Her story arc has a huge potential. She has so much character in the first episode. She is someone who did extremely well in school, but somewhere along the way, she lost her ambition. Personally, I don’t think there is a problem with the way she live her life as a Refresh Man if she’s satisfied and happy, but she is obviously not. As for the actress, I find some of her expressions strange, but I sort of expect that from a TW-drama. I also hope she improves because her character is very interesting and I can already see some range in her acting.

I don’t know what to say about the chemistry between the two leads. They did the romance staple and almost mandatory “save the falling girl” scene. I like the two characters/actors, but only when they are at least a table length away. The first episode is always tough because the actors are getting used to be each other. I kept on yelling “personal space,” so that didn’t help. ” I know it is too early to say much, and I hope they can prove me wrong.

I love Miao Ai Sha (Lene Lai.) I hope she stays awesome and have her own backstory that isn’t part of a love triangle. I am already invested in her Sue-character and it would probably stop me from watching this if it goes down that route. I can probably re-watch later, but my expectations are quite high for her character. She walks on a very fine line between like-able/detestable. I could see many people hating her character, but I actually like her. The best part about her is the impeccable poise she has after the all-nighter. I wish it was that easy in real life as it is in dramaland to not look like the girl from the Ring after an all nighter. She is a foil to Yu Tang, but we have only seen her at work. It would be hilarious if she is actually a mess in her home life.

We have a brief introduction of the Sales Team 3. I can only imagine the fun it would be to watch Tang Tang manage these brilliant misfits.

Overall: Very enjoyable if you can bear through the beginning.