Seeing the trailers, it really got me hyped for the premiere of this drama, but now having seen the drama itself I’m not sure I feel the same way. Dragon Gate is something very different from the current dramas that I am watching, though, coming to think of it, all of the dramas which I am currently watching are all of a different genre. Hehehehe! It is something that I haven’t seen from the TW drama industry since I started watching TW dramas, and I am glad for that. It is definitely good to have change of atmosphere from the love-centred dramas which Taiwan seems to continually dish out one after the other.
After watching the ep, my first thought was that it was very confusing! There is a lot that you have to get around before you can actually piece together what it happening and the different connections present. Watching it the first time around, I didn’t really understand what was going on. Only after watching it again for the second time (for recap purposes) that things started to make sense! However, despite doing so there was still quite a lot of scenes that I couldn’t get my head around, particularly with the last few scenes.
I really enjoyed the different genre that Dragon Gate is because it is definitely very different from what I have seen. This pilot ep was good in setting up where the drama will head here on out but it did not do too good of a job in introducing its character and the story. You make sense of it you really have to watch it at least two times.
It’s 10:45am at the Prime Minister’s office and Security Agency Office, Qiu Mo Yu (Alice Ke) has arrived to pick up the PM’s daughter, Ai Xin (Sharon Kwan). It’s 10:53am, and the two are walking down the parliament when an explosion strikes. Once assured that Ai Xin is safe, Mo Yu turns around in shock walking back up the parliament seeing the damage and casualties before her eyes. She voices how good it would be to stop time at that morning and never wake up from it. Then she hears a scream from Ai Xin and turns around to see her being kidnapped.
Reverse back to 6:00am when Mo Yu’s alarm goes off. She wakes, looking at the ring box on her bedside table, voicing that she will never forget that morning; the warm sun, soft wind and the promise he delivered last night. She puts on the ring and goes to open the window.
Mo Yu prepares for the day when she receives a call from her boyfriend, Zhou Huai An (Sunny Wang) asking for her answer to his present. She replies that she can’t wear it on her finger just yet, she will give him an answer when he returns.
Meanwhile, somewhere, police office, Xiao Dao (Melvin Sia) is working on the latest technological product of his.
It’s 10:38am when Security Secretary and Mo Yu’s father, Qiu Qi Xian (Tang Zhi Wei) arrives at the parliament. Fang Bao An (Zou Shou Hong) shows Security Secretary Qiu the package that has arrived and he gives the all clear to deliver it to the PM. Ai Xin encounters the two SAO (Security Agency Officer) and after some small talk she heads out to start her day.
Bao An and Officer Qiu goes to deliver the package to the PM.
Mo Yu goes to pick up Ai Xin and a repeat of the prologue shows. After seeing Ai Xin being kidnapped, she sets off to save Ai Xin. After a long pursue and her spot on aiming skills, she stops the kidnappers and successfully rescues Ai Xin. Ai Xin cries, exclaiming that she is very scared. This reminds Mo Yu of her young self when a young boy cried to her exclaiming the exact thing.
Mo Yu arrives back from scene, only to be halted from her superior, Cao Shao Qin (Hi Bi No Ling) to stop investigation of this case. Her superior also informs her that her father is severely injured.
Meanwhile, the head of an underworld inn called Dragon Gate, Jin Xiang Yu (Tammy Chen) is eyeing over her numerous computer screens. Her best minion tells her that she is working hard. She tells him that this is her most important mission since taking over the inn so she has to work well on it.
Mo Yu arrives at the hospital and meets her father on his way to surgery. He tells her to find Huai An and hands her a piece of paper with a destination on it, telling her to head there.
Ai Xin refuses food and throws a princess tantrum, trusting only Mo Yu. Mo Yu tells her the truth of what happened.
Mo Yu walks, wondering why her superior has halted her investigation on the case. She looks up on the television screen and is informed that the vice PM is currently taking over the PM position. Security Qiu is a prime suspect in this incident and Mo Yu is determined to clear her father’s name.
At the inn, Xiang Yu deals with her potential business partner, Ah Ni Gi. The potential business partner tells her to hand the person over and he will give her any price she wants. However Xiang Yu is not falling for his trick and shoos the guy and his minion away like flies.
Xiang Yu goes to check on the person of which the business guy wanted to retrieve. She tells him that his undercover police identity has already been revealed. If he wants to protect himself he has no choice but to join her society.
Shao Qin and vice PM decides that they need someone to be the scapegoat for the disappearance of the PM and that person will be Mo Yu.
Mo Yu arrives at the office to take her thing. When she leaves her superior tells her to stop putting her foot in this investigation but she is determined to find the truth out herself.
Mo Yu wonders if she should tell Huai An to return. She knows of what his dream is. His training is almost complete, and if she asks him to return now all of his efforts which has put into succeeding this dream will be wasted.
Huai An is working diligently on his training, managing to deactivate a bomb. He then finds out of what has happened to Mo Yu through the internet.
Mo Yu has just finished her shower when she goes out to find some guys trying to kidnap Ai Xin. She successful take them all down and drives off with Ai Xin. She tells Ai Xin that this time the kidnappers has intention to kill her. She recalls the destination her father gave her and says that this is the safest place for now.
Huai An has returned from his training. He sneaks his way through the hospital to see Daddy Qiu. Daddy Qiu tells him the most important thing to do now is save the PM, but more importantly he is worried about his daughter’s safety. He has sent her to Dragon Gate where she will be safe. He also tells Huai An that he wonders that the town’s fire of that year is no accident. Those people who were homeless from that fire now reside with Dragon Gate, maybe sending Mo Yu there will allow her to uncover the secret that no one knows. Huai An recalls that year’s fire where his aunty saved him, telling him to remember not to take revenge. Daddy Qiu wants him to enter Dragon Gate so that he will be able to help out Mo Yu. Daddy Qiu wants him to investigate a person called Mo Yu Qing.
After some bribing, Mo Yu finally arrives at Dragon Gate with Huai An. There they witness their first biggest event of the night. Xiang Yu makes her way down the stairs and talks her way with her business partners. Seeing Mo Yu, she realises that trouble has finally arrived, and she is determined to make her stay.
There is some bidding going on and after everyone has laid their bid, Mo Yu finds Ai Xin being taken away. She goes after Ai Xin but is halted by a gun pointing at her. A fight then erupts between the business partners.
Hmmmm, this is very interesting and things seem like it will only continue to grow so. Things will definitely be more interesting as Mo Yu and Huai An enter Dragon Gate. The whole drama is about Dragon Gate so this is where all the drama will happen. That will also be the place where the different character relationships will really start to take place and thus begin the complicated relationship lines.
I enjoyed how the drama started off with a prologue. That actually took me by surprise in more than one way. Firstly, I did not expect it but I quickly accepted that to be how the drama started and I was just waiting to see the drama go on from there. Secondly, it left me questioning what is going on. I just went into the drama unsure of where it is going to head and that left me more unsure. This prologue worked well to further develop a background story to the drama. I actually enjoyed how the drama took us back in time to allow us to see what actually lead to the prologue. This is a very creative technique to build tension and then ease this tension.
This is a very good jumping ground which the drama has created. It had moments of excitement, shock and awe. If used well I am sure that this drama will be able to take off in the right direction. Although this first ep may have been confusing but it really helped to set up the drama. It gave background information how the drama evolved to be, and it did so in a very strong way. It gives a pathway for Mo Yu and Huai An to take and it also helps to hint what Xiang Yu has up her sleeves!
Out of the two leading ladies, I have only seen Alice act before so I am not sure how Tammy’s acting will compare to her. This drama is centred on these two leading ladies so they really have to hold the drama together. I have only seen Sunny in In Time With You but his acting wasn’t so good, so here I am hoping that he will have improved and help to allow the leading ladies to shine. (:
I wouldn’t mind to see some more of these action. This will definitely something to keep me pumped up!