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TV Review: Love O2O Episode 02

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Year: 2016
Episode: 2/30 of completed CDrama series (English sub)
Other Names: A Smile is Very Beautiful; WeiWei’s Beautiful Smile, Just One Smile is Very Alluring
Online: Wikipedia [1] & [2], MyDramaList, IMDB, DramaFever
Genre: Drama, Romantic Comedy (light)

Aha! I am back again with my impressions of the second episode of Love O2O.

After Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) asks Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang) to couple in-game at the end of the last episode ahead of a financially lucrative competition, the two arrange for the official ceremony a few days later. We get to meet Xiao Nai’s roommates, who become very interested in his new game wife. On the day of the game wedding, Xiao Nai and his friends attend a game convention in order to garner interest for a game app that they’ve created. Bei Wei Wei gets to meet his roommates in-game ahead of the wedding parade and the pair starts the parade. They then perform some wedding-related quests in order to finalise their marriage ritual. Not long after that, a series of photos with Bei Wei Wei getting out of a sports car are posted online, leading to gossip on campus. Whilst Bei Wei Wei tracks down the Language Arts student that posted the images in order to clear up the misunderstanding. She leaves him information about the woman that owns the car. Meanwhile, Xiao Nai sees the post online and recognises the bag the student in the photos is holding and recalls the girl at the internet cafe. He now knows who she is. Later, he arranges to meet with her avatar, where the two punish a douchebag that was dissing Bei Wei Wei’s avatar during the wedding parade.

Well, this episode was slightly slower than the previous one, but that is not necessarily a bad thing given what the episode contributed to the overall progression of the storyline. It introduced some new characters and also expanded on one of the side characters that we saw in the first episode. We also see multiple points of conflict both in the MMORPG life of our two leads as well as in the real life. A few of the things brought up in this episode will likely be relevant a few episodes down the track as well. Er Xi (Mao Xiao Tong) stays consistently adorable and funny to watch, but I can’t help but think that we need something more for her character to do. She seems like an underutilised resource at present.
There is something that has been bugging me since the beginning, though. The intro and outro credits are way too long and seem to cut down on a certain amount of mystery for the series. It seems like something that could have been easily remedied during production. That being said, I have seen a lot worse.

In any case, I will continue watching this series because there is a charm to what I have seen so far. I am genuinely interested in the characters and wonder what stumbling blocks that the main couple will contend with over the remaining 28 episodes. There is also the question of the upcoming competition that Xiao Nai and Bei Wei Wei will be competing in. i suppose that we will have to wait to see how it all pans out.


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