I just read that The Dream Makers is going to air on Malaysia’s Astro channel from 11 July onwards. Yayy!
A word of caution: This post contains spoilers from episodes 1 – 8.
We’re approaching the one-third mark of zzsf, and the general sensing from newspaper reviews and daily tweets is that it’s been a while since we’ve had such a drama. Indeed! Though I think that thus far, most of the action seems to be centered around Kang Li and Weiyun (played by Chen Li Ping and Zoe Tay respectively).
Zoe Tay as Zhou Weiyun
2 episodes into the show, Weiyun finds out that her boyfriend of 4 years (Zhi Ming) has been hiding an affair from her. At this point, she thinks she has hit rock bottom, and is driven to her wit’s end as she decides whether or not to forgive Zhi Ming. She has no clue that 2 episodes later, under the unforgiving eye of the public, she will realize that she has actually been the third party all this while.
I think her character is given the most air time for individual reflection, but that comes at the expense of the “happening” scenes. Prime example from episode 3, when all of the following happen onscreen within 60 seconds: Weiyun witnesses firsthand Zhi Ming’s dishonesty as he sends his supposed mistress off in a cab. Zhi Ming then promptly receives his morning call from Weiyun. His harmless question about whether she has reached the office is answered in the most sour and abrupt manner as Weiyun reveals that she is in his estate. Weiyun walks up from behind, gives him a slow-mo slap, and walks away. All of this happens within exactly 1 minute, and in the blink of an eye, we are transported to a completely unrelated set of a variety show with an evidently irritated producer shouting “cut, cut, cut, cuuuut, cut cut cut!”. 太匆忙了吧! Not enough time to develop the mood! (That said, although this introductory scene for Rui En’s character unceremoniously yanked us out of Zoe’s emo-ville, it is still my favourite character introduction thus far xP)
Chen Li Ping as Yao-Zhu Kang Li
Kang Li seems to be given less individual scenes as compared to Weiyun, but makes up for it with more captivating action. After a relatively uneventful first 4 episodes with her family, things start to ramp up when Kang Li discovers that Naonao is autistic. Almost immediately, the viewers are let in on her husband (Jianguo)’s undisclosed way of avoiding his family problems – sleeping around. This privileged knowledge we have over Kang Li doesn’t last long, as Kang Li starts imagining things and sneaks out the CCTV footage from her husband’s office to satisfy her curiosity. I wish they had let the situation at this point remain a little longer, so that we could team up with Kang Li and go all CID on Jianguo!
Unfortunately, by that same episode, Jianguo finds out that Kang Li is checking on him through the clumsy trails that she has left. When is Rebecca (Aunty Lisa) going to meet Jianguo???
Kang Li vs Weiyun – Surface rivals, Underground friends
LOVE IT! We first see the outermost layer of their masks when they clash head-on as Senior VP of Drama and Senior VP of Variety in the most drama mama fashion. Then there is that game-changing car scene where the viewer finds out that their acquaintance dates way back to their JC days, and wonder if there is a glimmer of warmth beneath the mask of cold attacks they have been dishing out on each other as work rivals. The viewers finally get their answer in my favourite Kang Li-Weiyun scene thus far:
Over a very long hand-wiping session in the toilet, Kang Li distastefully hurls insults at a heartbroken Weiyun, unknowingly driving Weiyun to her breaking point with each insensitive remark of hers. Weiyun finally decides that she is done with wiping her hands, and concedes defeat in this mini battle by snapping at Kang Li before storming out of the toilet. Just when we think that Kang Li is about to celebrate for pushing her rival to her breaking point, the look on Kang Li’s face snaps us out of battle-mode. Finally, we catch a glimpse of human concern between these two surface rivals. To reaffirm this secret concern that the two rivals have for each other, Kang Li discovers her staff gossiping about Weiyun and sarcastically offers to give them more work since they have nothing better to do. Then, with the same authority she used to warn her EP that she would not accept production delays, Kang Li warns them never to gossip about Weiyun again. First layer of mask – uncovered.
How many more masks will Kang Li and Weiyun unveil? We have 22 more episodes to find out!