Truth be told – I started this series in 2011. Back in March 2011. I finished this series last week. It took me a year and four months to finish this series. Sad, isn’t it? But honestly, I had no decent site to watch it completely until DramaFever went and licensed the drama. Whee – thank you DramaFever for feeding my Ethan Ruan addiction!
So suffice to say, I truly enjoyed this series.
My Queen is sort of an introspective look on the 33-year old career woman’s mindset. It’s very much like Dalja’s Spring, and while Cheryl Yang’s character Shan Wu Shuang is actively trying to get married to avoid being labeled an old maid, it is more because she is trying to move on from a crippling heartbreak that has stagnated her life. And the only person to bring her out of that period of stagnation is Lucas (Ethan Ruan), a 25-year old who also is stuck in life after having lost his girlfriend in a terrible surfing accident.
To summarize, Wu Shuang meets and falls for Lucas, but she tries very hard not to because he’s so much younger than her. She can’t help but be caught up by the fact that he’s 8 years younger, and society would look down upon it. He gets hired as her assistant in her magazine company anyways, so they spend a lot of time together. A fresh-faced rookie at the company, Jia Jia, also seems to vie for Lucas’ attention, until it’s revealed that he’s his ex-girlfriend’s younger sister from the States.
Jia Jia and Lucas grow close, but while he sees her as a sister, she sees him as a potential boyfriend. However, he can’t stay away from Wu Shuang…
Wu Shuang’s ex-fiancee, Song Yun Hao (James Wen) returns to Taiwan after a 6 years’ absence and leaving Wu Shuang at the altar. At first, she hates him, refusing to hear out his reason for leaving her. However, Lucas discovers the truth: Yun Hao had gone to Somalia to photograph the war, and ended up with an injury that put him in a coma for four months. He missed his flight back home, and missed their wedding. Wu Shuang was never notified because Yun Hao’s assistant had written a letter on his behalf, stating that he was leaving her. Therefore Wu Shuang thought they were over and sent the ring back; when Yun Hao saw it, he thought she was leaving him.
So after all that misunderstanding, Wu Shuang and Yun Hao reunite, much to Lucas’ displeasure. He tries several times to win her back, but she adamantly sticks by Yun Hao’s side, thinking that she ought to be with him. But their love has changed, and Yun Hao can tell that Wu Shuang cares a lot about Lucas.
Jia Jia grows jealous, and she spreads a rumor to a rival magazine that Lucas actually killed her sister. The person who fed her this poisonous lie in the first place was a sexy swimmer who wanted Lucas for herself, and her pettiness led to hiding Lucas’ ex-girlfriend’s inhaler when she most needed it. The asthma attack led to her death. So Lucas’s name is smeared, and Wu Shuang does everything she can to reveal the truth – and reveal she does.
Eventually Wu Shuang and Yun Hao set the date for their wedding, but Wu Shuang is late, working on the article to save Lucas’s name. Yun Hao realizes he doesn’t love Wu Shuang – not in the same way as before – and that she doesn’t love him back. He leaves her again, and this time, Lucas leaves her too, wanting to be his own man.
Six months pass, and Wu Shuang buries her head in her work. She is still a rival to Romeo, another editor who wants to be the chief editor and have the cover story all the time. She is still the competitive girl who wants to be number one. However, she doesn’t take a break, and the stress takes a toll on her. Her boss sends her off on a forced vacation and Wu Shuang decides to bike ride around Taiwan – a goal she once had but never did.
On the way, she sees beautiful sights, gets mocked at by some teenagers, and breaks the chain on her bike. She’s close to giving up, and that’s when she receives a call from Lucas to not give up. He’s actually been watching her the entire time, and being her protector. He wants to be a man for her, and has decided to stop being a part-time worker, and go back to medical school to be a doctor. For her, he’ll do anything.
And they embark on a new love. There are some difficulties – such as overcoming their age gap and dispelling others’ doubts about their relationship – but they eventually realize that their love is strong enough for anything. Lucas even goes abroad for two years on an intensive medical program, and Wu Shuang waits for him, starting a long distance relationship. The two of them come together for Wu Shuang’s mother’s wedding (to her chief editor no less!) and Lucas proposes again. but Wu Shuang declines.
Their love doesn’t need a marriage to seal the deal.
I really loved the way the series presents Wu Shuang. She’s strong and independent, but it’s a mask she wears to hide her vulnerabilities. It makes her a more interesting character, and sometimes you just wish she could show those vulnerabilities a bit more. Lucas is the only one who can make her shine and grow as a person. I have to say that Cheryl Yang and Ethan Ruan played their roles pitch perfect. I really felt for these characters, and I really wanted their love to succeed. Yun Hao and Jia Jia just brought these characters down, because it made them stop growing, and it made them revert back to their period of stagnation, where they’re just going through the motions and not caring about their own happiness. They were too busy making sure others were happy.
Sometimes, it’s worth being a little selfish.
I also loved how the script was cheesy, but not too cheesy. I think I have to credit that to the delivery of the line, and how sincere they were.
The series did get a little draggy once Yun Hao came back to Wu Shuang’s life, and it was because we went for about four episodes of Wu Shuang waffling back and forth, and Yun Hao struggling with his jealousy. I actually wanted Yun Hao to go away, because he didn’t have the zeal that Lucas did when protecting his love. I was also frustrated with Wu Shuang at that point because she wouldn’t take Lucas seriously. It took her a very long time to trust him as a man; she was never sure if he was a flippant kind of guy, or if he was sincere. It’s understandable why she would think that way, being cautious that she is, but sometimes I wished she would throw her worries away in the wind.
The end of the series was so touching that my tears welled up. Again – it’s all Ethan Ruan’s fault; he managed to convey everything that love meant to him. The situation of the last episode was highly dramatic – an explosion that leads to Wu Shuang’s body being missing – and it made me feel like the last episode was a little rushed and random. However, I’m going to guess that it’s the writer’s way of emphasizing that hey, these two people are so perfect for each other. I’m glad that they don’t marry in the end; marriage is not the end for most romances. In fact, I love that their romance is always starting and restarting in this drama. They love each other, then they’re separated, then their hearts grow fonder, then they learn, then they reunite as better people, and the process repeats again.
Verdict: 8/10 – definitely recommend this series.