In Time With You

我可能不會愛你 / Wo Ke Neng Bu Hui Ai Ni

Cast:

  • Ariel Lin as Cheng You Qing 程又青
  • Bo-Lin Chen as Li Da Ren 李大仁
  • Jassie Chen as Maggie
  • Sunny Wang as Ding Li Wei 丁立威

Year: 2011

Episodes: 13 (75 mins)

Ratings: 2.58 [As of December 4th]

Opening:  Hai Shi Hui (還是會) by William Wei

Ending: Wings (翅膀) by Ariel Lin

Story/Synopsis:

On her 30th birthday, Cheng You Qing received an email on “the symptoms of premature aging” from Li Da Ren, her best friend of 14 years. Unable to accept that Li Da Ren is like a fine wine that will get better with age and she is like a grape that will dry into a raisin as years go by, she made a bet with Li to see who will get married first before they turn 35. As she looked around for a potential husband, she discovered that she was surrounded by unacceptable candidates, like gay assistant or cheating ex-boyfriend. The only man who could love her despite her ill temper and stubbornness is her best friend. The only problem was that they both swore that they were not or will ever be romantically attracted to each other.

Essbee’s Opinion

83%

I heard that this drama would be the last for Ariel Lin. I remember I used to hate her when I first saw her in It Started With A Kiss, but throughout the years, I enjoyed watching her acting more and more. Even if I did not know much about this drama, I still felt that I had to watch it.

When I understood the concept of best friends for 14 years and develop a new type of relationship, I was quite impressed. I have never seen a this type of plot in a Taiwan drama. I also actually figured out that the ‘good guy’ actually could end up with the girl. That’s quite a big change.

So this drama’s protagonists are You Qing and Da Ren. You Qing is this 30 years old woman who is still searching for love. However, she is a very intelligent woman who understands everyone. Her advice are always full of philosophical thinking. I really love her character, mature and yet, very youthful. She’s not superficial at all. I feel that her character could not get more realistic than this. Da Ren is very similar to her. He is a very gentle person who really care for people around him. He actually had been in love with You Qing since high school, but he never confessed.

After they made the bet of getting married before 35, Da Ren meets Maggie. He tries to get into a stable relationship with her. However, he realizes that he actually really likes You Qing. I think that this Maggie is quite annoying. She has to get over this “need to find the perfect boyfriend” issue. Her character was just very out of the ordinary.

As soon as Da Ren decides to confess, You Qing’s ex-boyfriend comes back. They go back together and refreshes a new period of love. These usual, bad guy who seduces nice girl type of story. I found this really thrilling, since that was the type of story I actually loved. He was really masculine and seductive. However, I soon realized that… he was not for her. I preferred the best friend, much much better.

I really liked the whole plot and all the characters in it. However, I really liked the philosophies in this drama much better. Turning 30 is a big change for anyone and I loved the perspectives from this drama. We see friendship, of course, family issues, collegues at work and a lot of ‘battle against time’. Even if at some point, I found the story to be a little dull, I never lost interest. The overall feeling was very refreshing. There was no crazy up and downs that complicated the whole thing.

On the down side, I would say that the OST was not very amazing. I enjoyed listening to Ariel Lin’s Wings, but the rest were very… so-so. But I loved the camera effects that the production team did. You know, when You Qing and Da Ren call each other or when they think of each other, even if they are really far from each other, it was as if they were in the same room. Or even when she looks at herself in the mirror, and can face herself and her true feelings.

So I really enjoyed watching the drama. 13 episodes made the whole. If there were more, I would think it’s too much. I loved how the produced concluded the story. With a touch of humor, the protagonists showed quite an extreme level of mutual understanding for each other. This could make the viewer quite jealous…

TRAILER with English Subs

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