I have been quite disappointed with my recent Taiwanese drama choices so I was glad that this drama was able to perk up my disappointed mood immediately. Actually, prior to watching this I was contemplating whether I should watch Office Girls instead. I was going to, until I couldn’t find it online so instead I opted for Miss Rose. I will get around to watching Office Girls whether it means I have to hunt it down or get it on DVD but for now I am content with Miss Rose.
I was actually quite amazed by how this drama holds up in the first five eps. It was exactly of what I expected to see in an office drama where there is a well-off boss and kind-hearted, helpful secretary. It wasn’t overly bizarre but instead this drama tried to retain some realism to it. It wasn’t over the top but what happens in this drama feels at ease and quite gradual which is what I like seeing. Everything has quickly fallen in place; the characters have depth and an established personality, the plot knows where it wants to head, the characters are holding connections with each other and the leads, second leads and supporting cast are all working together to gel the drama together.
I was quite impressed with how this drama started out. It was sweet and easy to fall into. It starts with the golden start to a successful and classic Taiwanese drama which is what makes it enticing to watch (plus the fact that there is the eye candy of Roy Chiu). It was simple enough to follow along. There isn’t too much complexity happening as of yet but rather it is all gradually building up to the big complication which is great because it helps to create the hype as well as making you curious as to what the complication will be.
So far, the plot is quite smooth, stable and detailed. It knows where it wants to go and everything that is happening is heading towards that direction. The character’s actions and the connections all lead to the common line of growing Cheng Kuan and Si Yi’s relationship. I think this drama is stable because the characters are quite firmly in place and they all have a role to play which make the development that much more connected. Whether it be Vivian who is the controlled girlfriend to Cheng Kuan, Xiao Ke as Si Yi’s best friend or Mummy Luo, they all play their role respectively and this is perfect to keeping the plot running smoothly. What I think is also keeping this drama stable is that there are the “good” characters and the “bad” characters which help to balance each other out.
I am a sucker for rich guy-poor girl lines because I know it is going to work (usually) and I love just watching these types of dramas. Miss Rose is no exception. It follows the typical plot and because of this it works. I love that despite following the usually plot there are little differences here and there to change up the drama. What I find myself really liking with the plot of this drama is that the girl is determined, or well kind of, but she isn’t the typical weak girls. Furthermore, I find it quite interesting where Vivian will take things. I just want to see what cards she has on her hands and what she decides to play because ultimately, what she does is going to affect Cheng Kuan and Si Yi’s relationship.
I love Si Yi and Cheng Kuan’s growth; throughout these five eps they have progressively grown from strangers to co-workers to friends and even having sparks of falling for one another. Despite Si Yi and Cheng Kuan’s meeting which was the heavily overused boy-and-girl-first-encounter-results-in-misunderstanding, I found myself loving them the more that I see them interact with each other. I think this overused meeting is what allows them to grow as a couple. Should they have met some other way, their development would not have been so smooth and enjoyable to watch.
I was actually quite surprised with how much I am already loving them together as a couple because I really did not see Roy and Megan Lai as a compatible couple. Just by looking at them I just don’t see them as a couple who would connect with each other. They don’t have this shine that I get when I look at other couples. However, they somehow work really well together when they are actually moving and in character. They just have this essence as a sweet couple whenever I watch them on-screen together. And this essence manages to lighten up this drama and give it some perks and colour. I love watching them together because they connect with each other, however, even after watching them together I still do not see the essence transferred to when I see them on paper/poster. I just see the essence when they are together and interacting with each other. When they are together, they manage to bring out the softer side of one another, another side of one another that we would not be able to see if they were not there for each other. I love that as a couple they have slowly developed a growing and strong relationship with each other. They have grown with more and more chemistry the more and more that they are interacting with each other. They have gotten to know each other better with time and when I watch them spend more time with each other it feels as if I am personally witnessing their growth!
I don’t really understand the relationship that Cheng Kuan has with Vivian but whatever it is, it is definitely no romantic. Vivian may be with Cheng Kuan because of her father’s expectation but is she really willing to marriage someone who she doesn’t love and who doesn’t love her? I really want to see the background behind their relationship and more importantly I want to know why Cheng Kuan is bound to Vivian. Why? What background do they have? And why is it that they are willing to be together even though they do not love each other? From what it seems, Cheng Kuan’s power is all from Vivian’s father, but I am sure it is much deeper than just that.
Already I am loving Si Yi’s family, especially her mother! I love that her family are all really supportive of her and encouraging towards her. They are constantly trying to help her and never did they once gave up on her. I love that when her family, or specifically her mother, discovered that Cheng Kuan was her boss and realised that they could have a potential relationship, they tried to to set them up. And I just love that. It is so nice to know that she has all this support. I love that Xiao Ke is always there for her whenever she needs it and her sister is constantly trying to help her out. Even her father is there to help her!
I can’t wait to see where this drama heads! I hope it will head on a high note though I have heard that it drops throughout the middle…