It was recently announced that the Taiwanese drama Some Day or One Day is getting a Korean remake. This has spurred on a wave of new watchers, and Drama Geek was one of them. There was buzz early in 2020 about this drama, but it’s possible that the beginning of the pandemic swallowed up the hype, and left this drama watcher unaware that it was a must-watch.
SPOILERS: I will try to keep the plot spoilers to a minimum because that is where this drama excels, but it might be hard to not give some things away.
The highlight of this drama is it’s well thought out plot. Many time travel dramas get lost in the twists and turns of changing time lines, and by the end the viewer is not sure which way is up or down, and what really happened at the end (I’m looking at you Nine Times Time Travel). Some Day does have layers and twists, and kept me guessing on the resolution until the end. One aspect that kept the plot moving in a forward direction is that our lead Huang Yu Xuan (Alice Ke) doesn’t jump back and forth changing things willy nilly trying to get a different outcome for the future.
Yu Xuan jumps back in time, thinking she’s really Chen Yun Ru, and starts living her life. She’s eventually pulled back to her own time, and is able to find out key things about where she had been and what happened to the girl she believed she was for a short time. When she ends up back in Chen Yun Ru’s body, she has a mystery to solve to avoid her murder, but she also just lives the other girl’s life. It’s not hard to understand why she’d be inclined to when one of the boys by her side looks and acts like her dead boyfriend.
Alice Ke does an excellent job at playing the morose Chen Yun Ru, and then the more outgoing Yu Xuan. There are moments toward the end of the thirteen episodes where you start questioning yourself on who she really is, and the actress pulls off the subtle differences brilliantly.
On the other hand, Greg Hsu is allowed to revel in his boyish charm in both roles and is a delight no matter which love interest he’s playing. Without giving away spoilers about their romance, I will say that each time you watch these two fall in love, it’s sweet and exciting. Once another aspect of their time spent together is revealed, it helps you understand the distress and sadness Yu Xuan feels at the beginning, and why she can’t move on after her boyfriend has been dead for two years.
Then there’s Mo Jun Jie (Patrick Shih). He fell for the quiet introspective girl (who penned some of the most sadly beautiful lines in her journal before her life is taken over). He sees her when no one else does, seeing the pain she was in, and wanting to get to know her better. He’s never given the chance to show her why she’d be happier with him instead of his goofy best friend. The scenes where he notices her are quiet and beautiful, and make you want the best for him in whatever timeline they end up with.
The show didn’t shy away from the moral quandary of one person barging in and taking over someone else’s life. One of the brilliant production choices is how they showed what Chen Yun Ru was doing the entire time her life was being lived for her. Yes, saving her from an early death is important, but at what cost?
The biggest question the show poses is about fated love, the huge kind that spans time and space and goes against all odds. Is that love worth a hefty body count and people mentally scarred for life? Movies, books, and dramas tell us it is worth it. You do whatever it takes to get that love. But will this show?
To find out, check out Some Day or One Day on Viki. It’s a 13-episode Taiwanese drama that may have you buckled in and staying up late to hear the song just one more time.
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