This Episode Review Contains Spoilers in the Form of Fangirl Squees.
It has been ages since I have watched a drama of any sort. Let me tell you, I have missed it greatly. Once I was well enough to sit and watch a show then I was faced with the exceptionally difficult question of what to watch. My lovely and amazing drama blogsphere friends offered some excellent suggestions, one of which was Witch’s Romance (thank you Drama Fan!) I very much want to watch that show, however, the Taiwanese version has been on my watch list for ages. So I thought I’d start there, and since I’m such a humongous fan of Noona Romances, it just seemed to fit perfectly.
Having stepped away from dramaland for so long I forgot how campy some dramas can be, don’t get me wrong that’s one of the things that I adore about them. But, My Queen opens up and is extremely campy from the get go. The other thing that this drama reminded me of was why I love Noona Romances. Our heroine, Shan Wu Shuang, is a strong woman with a successful career who can take care of herself and is dependent on no one to thrive in a world primarily ruled by men. Just like many a chaebol lead that has the power and success, she has quite the terrible personality. Cold, uncaring how her actions affect people, with quite a temper, much like the Wicked Witch. Though we learn some of her chilly outlook on life is brought on my having lost the man she loves to the unknown. He literally leaves to take pictures of polar bears and is never heard from again.
Lucas is our Hero. He’s eight years younger than Shan Wu Shuang and is a pro-part-worker. He is carefree man who lives life to the fullest. Even with so little he has a good life filled with friends and good times. He and his partner, JJ, will do most anything for a fee. They will dress up as Santa, teach martial arts as substitute teachers, fix the lighting at temples, etc. Lucas has wisdom that is beyond his years, that he often shares with the people in his life. He too has suffered loss, though his is more permanent. The woman he loved and who loved him died in his arms.
From the get go hilarity and trouble ensue. Shan Wu Shuang’s mom prays for her at the Fox Temple and takes thirty beatings to ensure her daughter will marry. Which sets the tone for the show as a whole. Our leads are embroiled in an immediate battle because in Shan Wu Shuang’s need to reveal a political leader as having a mistress and bastard child she steals the bike that Lucas (as Santa) is giving to orphans. Despite crushing the dreams of these poor waifs she manages to destroy her enemy, Romeo’s dreams of being assistant editor by turning in her pictures on time and revealing the most love politician as an adulterer. In his chase for her Lucas is hit by a gangster’s car and ends up having to pay the scary man a large sum of money.
Not only is Shan Wu Shuang terrible to Lucas, the orphans, and her side-kick photographer Rocky, she’s a nasty piece of work to her co-workers. Even though her boss loves the piece that exposes the mistress and hidden child her co-workers hate her even more, it might have something to do with the fact that she rubs it in their faces that she beat them again. They dislike her so much so that they decide to hire the pro-part-timers to trick Shan Wu Shuang into believing that JJ likes her at the company party. The restaurant owner demands a kiss between JJ and Shan Wu Shuang and just before they kiss JJ sneers that he can’t kiss an old woman.
Not to despair, Lucas has heard of the job and swoops in while Shan Wu Shuang is being laughed at and kisses her soundly. Afterwards he takes her out of the place much to the consternation of her co-workers. After breaking down and arguing with Lucas she realizes that she doesn’t want to be alone on Christmas. So of course she invites Lucas to come home with her. Shan Wu Shuang is certain it’s a one night stand, Lucas believes he’s going to give her some company and possibly play cards. She comes out in a naughty nighty and seduces him.
However, before they can seal the deal she sees his wallet with is ID card and discovers that he’s 8 years younger than she. That splashes cold water on their intimacy and she promptly kicks him out calling him a kid and scolds herself for being naïve and desperate. Though when she assures him that they shall never see one another he tells her that he’s her neighbor and saunters off with a smile. I enjoy his confidence and the fact that he’s not really angry at for kicking him out. Instead he lets her push him away and instead chalks it up to a new experience.
The next day Lucas sees that Shan Wu Shuang’s co-workers have written horrible reviews of the pro-part-timers and he goes to confront them. In the middle of the confrontation new co-worker Jia Jia shows up. She’s an ugly duckling, shy, and clumsy. She brings with her a package for the wicked witch, it turns out to be an exploding cake. Sent by the politician that Shan Wu Shuang ousted as an adulterer. As the politician works the media to make it appear like Shan Wu Shuang’s article was nothing more than a hoax, he’s also threatening her trying to scare her off the trail. Instead it makes her more dogged, but her boss determins that she’ll need protection. Lucas is employed on the spot as her bodyguard, much to Shan Wu Shuang’s consternation.
Romeo challenges Shan Wu Shuang stating he doesn’t believe that she can prove without a doubt that the politician is actually an adulterer. She of course accepts the challenge. If she wins, Romeo comes to work in a thong. If he wins, Shan Wu Shuang comes to work in a playboy bunny outfit.