What’s Playing: Meteor Garden

Viewed: 2018. 09/30-10/20

Netflix episode list and trailer available here.

This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Netflix.

Sorry everybody, I meant to get this posted on Friday and it’s a couple of days late, for anyone eagerly awaiting my next foray into Chinese romantic dramas, here you go…

Meteor Garden was far from a disappointment. This series was originally a manga, although unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate it in print yet.

Dong Shancai (Yue Shen) may come from humble origins but when she lands entrance into one of the best schools of the country, it opens up a whole new world for her. Dong Shancai is accompanied by best friend, Chen Qinghe (Yinhao Liu), who would follow her anywhere. At school, the most popular group of boys, F4, are known for being masters of bridge (sometimes called poker in the series) and for punishing any students who lose bets against them.

There is Feng Meizuo (Connor Leong), the perpetual lover, never settling on a single girlfriend for long; Ximen Yan (Xize Wu), the tea-drinking enthusiast who strategizes romance like a general; Huaze Lei (Darren Chen), the quiet, artistic one; and Daoming Si (Dylan Wang), the defacto leader of the group and the meanest of the bunch.

When Dong Shancai offends Daoming Si, it begins a tumultuous love-hate relationship that spans the series (with multiple romantic triangles) as she pursues love and culinary excellence in her chosen field of study. I love cooking competition shows anyway so seeing a romantic drama with one built in was really quite a treat for me, although it’s far from the focus of the series, most of which revolves around life at school, and the attempts at relationships of the members of F4, with various romantic partners.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, I do recommend that you check it out. If you do, or if you’ve already seen it, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Got any other recommendations similar to this series? Don’t be shy — let me know! I’m always looking for the next bingeworthy series on Netflix. Have a terrific day and remember to keep reaching higher.

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