... is as sweet as the chocolate bar and as disturbing as the God of war.
How do I love Mars? Let me count the ways...
Summary: Chen Ling (Vic Zhou) and Han Qui Luo (Barbie Hsu) attend the same college. Where Chen Ling is a reckless, sometimes even ruthless young man with a devil may care attitude, Qui Luo is introverted and afraid of her own shadow. Those two unlikely people meet when he is asking for directions and she scribbles them on the back of a drawing of a mother and child she did in a park.
From then on, their lives are never the same and a love drama enfolds of Shakespearean proportions.( The following may contain spoilers )
My own take:
I love this series. Nothing has gripped me so hard quite like it in the last couple or so years. The only two series similar where I had to watch all eps and not miss a little thing, might have probably been Space: Above And Beyond
I have to admit I don't Angst too well, especially if the Angst of the OTP comes from within themselves due to quarrelling and petty behaviour. I think that is one of the reasons why I don't like a lot of Western shows, because somehow the Angst always seems to be superficially thrown in. In Mars
the Angst comes from the outside and from events in the past, the choices ppl have made and it is refreshing to see that though the OTP bickers and fights sometimes, it always presents a united front against the outside world. They don't break up over something minor as a misunderstanding, they break up for a day because Ling thinks she cannot trust him. But only for a day, because he and Qui Luo cannot exist without the other. The couple's problems are solved quickly, not too quickly or artificially, but with a care a loving couple might also do in RL. That makes the whole series believable, even though I have to admit that Taiwan sure seems to have a lax justice system ;)Mars
is one of the best series I have seen in the last ten years and I desperately wish they'd get the whole crew together for a follow-up of the series, like Ling's and Qui Luo's years as a GP racer and her as a painter who becomes famous for her race-track paintings. As that is not likely to happen I wish they'd release an English dubbed version of the series (preferably with the actor's own voices) and available overseas. Heck, I'd even settle for a dumb German dubbed version airing here in Germany to spread the greatness that is Mars
This is no teenage idol happily-ever-after fare like some other Taiwanese series. This is high drama where you root for the main leads and laugh and cry and Angst with them to the very end.
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