Meteor Garden is a Chinese remake of the eponymous 2001 Taiwanese series. The story centers around Shancai, a middle-class Chinese girl. On her first day at Mingde University, she, unpleasantly, comes into contact with F4, the four most popular boys of her school. They’re all handsome, tall, smart, rich and usually very unreachable for a “commoner” like herself. She, however, manages to draw their attention, build a friendship and she even gets romantically involved with one of the guys. You go girl!
As we said in the introduction, after years of all-American series, it’s both weird and refreshing to watch a “made in China” TV show. We didn’t fully realize we got used to some sort of on-screen reality until later. A thing we found extremely odd is the fact that couples barely kiss, let alone have other kinds of physical contact. After 25 episodes, it almost felt like we were watching a children’s program. Besides that fact, Meteor Garden was fascinating and introduced us to a country and culture we’d like to know more about.
Side note: this show wins the award for best dressed male actors, by far! Props to the stylist.