2017 was a much better year for dramas in general (I’m actually more excited for 2018-2019, as all the movie actors are returning to the small screen), with several shows hitting it out of the park in terms of ratings and/or online popularity.
Web dramas really started to gain traction this year – in fact, I’m marathoning tworight now, and each one stands out for various reasons, whether it be high production values or tight storytelling. These online shows have become an outlet for creativity due to the strict censorship rules applied to television dramas, though SARPPFT has decided to nip it in the bud by making web dramas undergo the same rigorous process before premiering online. Hopefully the streaming sites continue to come up with quality fare in the future despite the roadblocks that are being put in place.
Potentially the weirdest drama I’ve seen in a while, but also one of the cutest.
Let’s Shake It颤抖吧，阿部！ is so strange that it works. The female lead is an alien slave trader, the male lead trains people to smash their heads with bricks, the other male lead is a cat half of the time, and the director interjects the drama with random scenes of little kids poking fun at the plot.
When alien human traders Abu (An Yuexi) and Meow (Wang Yanyang) crash on Earth, they take over the body of the recently murdered Tang Qingye and a cat to survive. As they try to get rescued from Earth, they slowly uncover the real reason their spaceship was attacked and a plot to harvest humans for world domination. Watch as Abu gains sympathy for those she once thought sub-alien and even falls for her human adopted brother (Zheng Yecheng), who it turns out may be the heir to the throne.
Before leaving prom, the boys poses for a photo to remember the night.
Let’s Shake It 颤抖吧！阿部 has started filming, based on the novel of a similar name by Feng Diuzi (颤抖吧，ET！). Starring An Yuexi and Zheng Yecheng, those looking for a different style of drama may want to give this a go.
More stills and (WARNING!!) spoilers at the bottom of the post.