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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2018] Only Side By Side With You 南方有乔木

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Just finished the drama. Overall, it was an OK drama. On the plus side: I liked that we had a happy ending for NQ and SY, and NQ achieved her dream. Also liked that each of our side couples had a happy ending as well, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more attention paid to the CJX and Wendy relationship. I thought the characters were interesting and the acting was pretty good.  Really liked the character of NQ-breath of fresh air. Plot was interesting.

On the minus side: Drama was too long and bloated with episode filler. Endless repetitive flashbacks and many minutes devoted to episode recaps hurt the drama and obscured the positives. Romance was underwhelming between the leads, and for side couples as well. Ending a bit rushed, which frankly made no sense since drama had large number of episodes to be able to end things properly. Writers failed on this-they could have cut out the filler/flashbacks to focus on writing proper ending. 

 

Question: In last episode, NQ Dad is suddenly supportive of SY and also of NQ/SY relationship. Did I miss something because all I remember is he wasn't happy about things? What made him change his mind? Also, what happened to NQ sister's relationship with her husband? Was that ever resolved? 

 

Anyway, I enjoyed everyones' thoughts and insights on the drama.

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10 hours ago, Table122000 said:

Just finished the drama. Overall, it was an OK drama. On the plus side: I liked that we had a happy ending for NQ and SY, and NQ achieved her dream. Also liked that each of our side couples had a happy ending as well, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more attention paid to the CJX and Wendy relationship. I thought the characters were interesting and the acting was pretty good.  Really liked the character of NQ-breath of fresh air. Plot was interesting.

On the minus side: Drama was too long and bloated with episode filler. Endless repetitive flashbacks and many minutes devoted to episode recaps hurt the drama and obscured the positives. Romance was underwhelming between the leads, and for side couples as well. Ending a bit rushed, which frankly made no sense since drama had large number of episodes to be able to end things properly. Writers failed on this-they could have cut out the filler/flashbacks to focus on writing proper ending. 

 

Question: In last episode, NQ Dad is suddenly supportive of SY and also of NQ/SY relationship. Did I miss something because all I remember is he wasn't happy about things? What made him change his mind? Also, what happened to NQ sister's relationship with her husband? Was that ever resolved? 

 

Anyway, I enjoyed everyones' thoughts and insights on the drama.

Hi. I agree with everything you wrote. And I found NQ character breath of fresh air, too. I laughed out loud at one point when NQ suggested to SY that she'd be the bread winner and he could stay home and be the "beautiful flower." :D Would like to see more work from Bai He if she's playing women like this.

 

I could have done without the sappy gangster chick and that whole plot line. I hated that even more than those endless flashbacks. More drone stuff, and more romance with the three couples would have been better IMO. I loved the sweet drone romance between the leads.  I liked all three couples. NQ's nephew was fun, too.

 

I don't know what happened with NQ's dad either and why he came around. It seemed at the end to me as though he was telling NQ's sister that it was ok to divorce?

 

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11 hours ago, Table122000 said:

 

Question: In last episode, NQ Dad is suddenly supportive of SY and also of NQ/SY relationship. Did I miss something because all I remember is he wasn't happy about things? What made him change his mind? Also, what happened to NQ sister's relationship with her husband? Was that ever resolved? 

 

Anyway, I enjoyed everyones' thoughts and insights on the drama.

 

Haha I also couldn't figure out the daddy part. Somehow SY was standing outside his house with that military stance and then the daddy suddenly relented?

 

About the sister with her husband, yah I think it was as what @ihyw mentioned, he was telling her to make her own decision about her marriage, and if she chose to divorce, he won't stop her.

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17 minutes ago, olivegarden said:

 

Oh wow you are good, I have heard 6 other 'rumoured' new projects that William is supposed to undertake but have not come across this. Not too sure about how true it is, I guess we have to wait for the official annoucement. 

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On 4/19/2018 at 9:49 PM, ihyw said:

Hi. I agree with everything you wrote. And I found NQ character breath of fresh air, too. I laughed out loud at one point when NQ suggested to SY that she'd be the bread winner and he could stay home and be the "beautiful flower." :D 

 

Exactly! Love your example here of the fun dialog that was in the drama and the refreshing character of NQ. I don't understand the critics of the character that called NQ "bland and boring". 

 

On 4/19/2018 at 9:49 PM, ihyw said:

I could have done without the sappy gangster chick and that whole plot line. I hated that even more than those endless flashbacks. More drone stuff, and more romance with the three couples would have been better IMO. I loved the sweet drone romance between the leads.  I liked all three couples. NQ's nephew was fun, too.

 

I'll agree with you that the An Ning plotline wasn't as strong and well done as other parts of the drama, but I thought her character was important to the overall storyline and to SY character growth. Totally agree with you that they could have increased the romance with all three couples. For a drama that was publicized as a love story, not much love going on, frankly. Very disappointing. It would have been great to see all three lovelines properly developed. I also would have liked to see a little more development of the SY & CJX relationship.  Even though we only had a few scenes to illustrate their friendship ( which were played over & over again) I enjoyed the relationship between SY & CJX . I'm not usually too into "bromance" plotlines, but I really felt for both SY & CJX in this drama. You could feel how their friendship ( and the loss of it) really affected both characters and how they both missed each other, which explained that lightning fast reconcilliation between the two. It would have been so great if  the drama had given us more and different scenes to provide some depth and further explore the relationship between those 2 characters. William Chan & Li Xian were able to do a lot with just a handful of scenes, so imagine what could have been done if there had been more scenes and development since that relationship was such an essential part of the drama. 

 

On 4/19/2018 at 10:08 PM, Prettysup said:

 

Haha I also couldn't figure out the daddy part. Somehow SY was standing outside his house with that military stance and then the daddy suddenly relented?

 

About the sister with her husband, yah I think it was as what @ihyw mentioned, he was telling her to make her own decision about her marriage, and if she chose to divorce, he won't stop her.

 

I couldn't understand either why SY left to go stand at attention outside, and then the Dad told NQ to have him come inside and give him some of the dad's clothes to wear. The whole scene was strange. Thanks for explaining what happened with the sister. 

 

 

 

 

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On 4/17/2018 at 9:33 PM, angelangie said:

 

now i can consider start marathoning :D 

I actually stopped at ep 15 and just picked it up again. loving it. :) I can see why it was so popular. The drama definitely could have shortened and stopped at ep 20ish because there were so many unnecessary fillers and flashbacks.

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2 hours ago, thunderman1 said:

I actually stopped at ep 15 and just picked it up again. loving it. :) I can see why it was so popular. The drama definitely could have shortened and stopped at ep 20ish because there were so many unnecessary fillers and flashbacks.

 

i havent finish it off yet cause im stuck with a pillow book recently lols

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Men  I truly stuck with this drama only because William smile is gold. The freaking drama consisted of 90% flashback what the heck was that about ? 

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On 4/24/2018 at 6:10 PM, angelangie said:

 

i havent finish it off yet cause im stuck with a pillow book recently lols

I am waiting on Zhang Han new drama released 4/30/18. :D

14 hours ago, Darrkn3ss said:

Men  I truly stuck with this drama only because William smile is gold. The freaking drama consisted of 90% flashback what the heck was that about ? 

Yeah.. downnside about this drama unfortunately that half of it was flashbacks with no progression... 

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6 hours ago, thunderman1 said:

I am waiting on Zhang Han new drama released 4/30/18. :D

 

Yeah.. downnside about this drama unfortunately that half of it was flashbacks with no progression... 

 

 

hmmm....i thought no go? :D 

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13 hours ago, thunderman1 said:

 

Yeah.. downnside about this drama unfortunately that half of it was flashbacks with no progression... 

It's was truly ridiculous, the story started with so much potential.

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On 3/30/2018 at 7:04 PM, vlvl1 said:

Love how YS in eps 12, how he just watches her and smile. He seem so at peace and safe when they r at the office. Whoever set the background piano music is perfect for the mood. :wub::wub::wub:

 

 

I agree. This is the song: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTOcfxTHv-0

 
This is where you can listen to the entire OST:
 
But I can't seem to match it. :dissapointed:
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