I’m here to help your romance drought. The pickings are slim right now so I went on the hunt for romance and found one that might just hit that sweet spot for you.
I meant to write this after I’d only watched a few episodes, but I got sucked down the fox’s hole and ended up watching the entire first season. I won’t post any spoilers though, and since the season ends at a place that feels more like the middle of an episode, it’s not really like I’ve seen any kind of conclusions.
#1 The Fox!
Tan Songyun is all kinds of cute and full of spunk. She plays a fashion designer which means they put her in all sorts of adorable outfits too. Her character Li Yanshu is sometimes pathetic because of her family situation, but she is also smart, resourceful, and extremely talented.
There is something about this actress that I love. Her facial expressions are hilarious and feel unique to Cdramas. She also does great with physical comedy and has wonderful chemistry with the other characters on the show, including her leading man.
#2 The Rabbit
Okay, so I had to get used to Jiang Chao. He has a different kind of look, and for the first few episodes I couldn’t figure out what was off about it for me. Then I realized he resembles Scott from Teen Wolf and the weirdness was gone.
His acting can be stiff at times, which does lend to his character who is supposed to be that way, but I think sometimes it’s just his acting.
His character Gu Chengze is a germophobe and a human lie detector. He gets physically ill when people lie to him. Which is why he doesn’t really look people in the eye that much, but he can’t help it with Yanshu. She tends to lie a lot. It’s usually to ward off misconceptions people have about her in the first place. Especially her evil stepsister which we’ll talk about later.
#3 The Rabbit’s reactions to the Fox
Like any good opposites attract story, Yanshu gets under Chengze’s skin and knows all the right buttons to push. They start cohabitating pretty early in the drama so there’s tons of interactions between the two. Not enough skinship for my taste, but they are still a lot of fun to watch. I also LOVE the smiles that Yanshu gets out of Chengze and they really are super cute even when they’re bickering.
#1 It’s pretty predictable and has all your usual character suspects.
The rich meddling grandma who thinks Yanshu is trash. The part that pissed me off the most is that she has Chengze running her company and still thinks of her spoiled grandson as SOOOO much better than him. I feel like she adopted him as a servant to the family, except he’s not aware of it.
The annoying second lead guy who just can’t take a hint. The way this guy says Michael drives me INSANE. He’s the only one that uses Chengze’s English name and he whines it every time he says it.
The evil stepsister. I need a really tall building so I can push this girl to her death. She’s horrible and they use her over, and over, and over again to throw a wrench in our heroines life. Unfortunately, I feel like they’re going to redeem her and put her with the second lead, but they deserve each other, so that’s fine with me.
#2 Not enough kisses!!!!!
Okay, I will admit that I’m dying for a really good romance and I would prefer it to be epic. So my judgment may be off. It took the entire season to get to our first kiss. He’s a germophobe so it does make sense, but I still wanted more.
Get ready to use your fast forward button. There are a lot of flashbacks in this drama and most of them are completely unnecessary.
If you are looking for something focusing on the romance with a great female lead, this drama may do the trick. If you’re looking for epic romance with groundbreaking plot, then you’ll have to keep looking. For me it’s a fast watch, and a second season on Viki ready for me to start. It’ll help pass the time until the next batch dramas come along.
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4 thoughts on “First Impressions & Unfiltered Thoughts: The Fox’s Summer”
She (The Fox) was the best part of that drama, but even for her I couldn’t finish….
I wished it was only the two main character living together and solving business/relationship problems without any screeching secondary characters with severe form of brain damage.
I have to agree with you. If I wasn’t in such a romance rut I probably wouldn’t have continued. Have you watched Face Off with her in it? I was thinking about checking it out.
No, I haven’t seen it. Is this the one about the swimming team? Because I read somewhere that it went downhill, real fast…
If you are in a rom-com mood try “Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar” (2015), it is not the fastest or the “bestest” writing, but the two leads are very cute, have great chemistry and the story overall is very positive.
Hi. I just finished this drama. It’s worth finishing 2 whole seasons. I loved how the characters grew and evolved. Give it another try by finishing the whole 2 seasons. 👌