After watching Black and White and having a good first impression of Taiwanese dramas I decided to take a bigger leap of faith and choose from the piles of cutesy titles and chick flicks, aka mainstream Taiwanese romance dramas, to see what all the fuss was about. After all I already had one Taiwanese drama under my belt, why not bring it to the next level and watch something I would never have touched if not for the purpose of furthering my mastery of Mandarin. Scanning through a few reviews I stumbled upon Office Girls! With big doubts and extremely low expectations I bring to you my surprising thoughts and feelings about this romance comedy series!
Sheng Xing Ren is your typical Jingshi Department Store’s sales department employee who has the dream of saving up her money to buy a dream house for both herself and her mom. Qin Zi Qi is the heir of Jingshi Department Store and makes a deal with his father that he must survive one year as a normal employee in order to prove that he has what it takes to become the next CEO. With the two coincidentally working in the same department and team, both strive to give it their all to shine and succeed in the white collar world!
Coming into this drama from a quick Google image search reminded me to watch with low expectations, or perhaps no expectation whatsoever. But alas things aren’t always what they seem and sometimes what someone thinks they’ll hate might end up being bearable or dare I say enjoyable. Office Girls follows your typical rich guy falls in love with poor girl story, but what makes this drama series stand out is the chemistry the actors/actresses share and the loveable personalities of the characters they portray. The characters on paper are pretty much the standard fare: pure and innocent female lead meets cocky and immature male lead who then has a change of heart. Cookie cutter archetypes that won’t be breaking any boundaries or entering new uncharted territories. But not every show has to be on the edge challenging all notions of typical a typical story line structure and characters, a show can still be enjoyable as Office Girls has shown to be if it is executed properly. Just like how the most recognized pop stars don’t tend to be the most skilled, it’s all about the package and in this case it’s all about how the actors, director, producers, and the other workers on set present this typical drama on paper and package it all together for the screen.
When all is said and done, this drama is far from perfect. There are certain episodes which drag on where there is no progression in the storyline, characters sometimes seem too naive and certain emotional segments come off as too melodramatic. The story does touch upon some good life lessons for the younger audience and overall the drama has little to no suggestive scenes even amidst the budding romance. Would I recommend this to everybody? Probably not, but for those who are looking for a typical Taiwanese drama to pass the time, Office Girls is quite the choice!