Ode to Joy 2

Ode to Joy 2 (2017)

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Who will Andy end up with? Will Fang Sheng Mei finally be happy? Will Qu Xiao Xiao and Zhao Qi Ping end up together? Will Qiu Ying Ying and Yi Qing be in a relationship?

  • Native title:

    欢乐颂2
  • Also Known as:

    欢乐颂第二季; Huan Le Song Di Er Ji; Ode to Joy Season 2; Ode to Joy II;

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krystalsoojungs
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Jun 10, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Having been a huge fan of season 1 of this show, I was extremely excited that there was going to be a season 2. I will try to avoid spoilers as much as possible.

Story:
I read the books the show was based on a long time ago and reread book one after I watched season one. I decided to reread book two while I was watching season two whenever I had read more the time as well, so this review will most likely be compared to season one and book two.

The story is a continuation of season one, and continues telling the story of all five women. It followed the book as closely as possible imo, however they made some significant changes in regards to Xie Tong's character and Andy's storyline. Xie Tong was a police officer in the books and not a singer, and Andy actually got pregnant before marriage in the books as well. But I think because XT's police officer character in the books did some bad things, the production team was probably afraid to paint police officers in a negative light so they changed it. Same thing with Andy, having a kid out of wedlock isn't commonly accepted in China so that's probably why they changed it as well. However, some people might think that the storyline's logic got kind of confusing because they didn't reallly clean out these changes that well.

Personally, the first half was really really good, but the latter half dragged a bit (however the second book also dragged a bit so I guess it followed the book pretty well). Not all the characters had happy endings, which I think is really nice because that's how real life is. I love how this show portrays life in quite a realistic way, especially coming from a Chinese background, so many things were painfully realistic and relatable. I think all the characters had character development, although some had more than others and some developed but then went back to point one and developed again. But I think that's the beauty of this show, not everyone can develop immediately and even real life people end up going back to their nature sometimes. The last episode is really nice, it feels that everyone made pretty smart decisions in regards to their future. Also I absolutely adored the friendship and support of these ladies!!!

Acting/Cast:
Same cast as last season so I'd say the acting was all pretty good! :D Props to Jiang Xin though, her acting for her character was great, even though her character was annoying at certain points haha

Music:
This isn't some chinese historical drama so I'm like quite sure they didn't put too much effort on the OSTs lol but it was like okay not too disracting or anything

Rewatch:
I think it's rewatchable, however, it might be easier to fast forward through certain parts when rewatching.

Overall:
Loved it! I followed this drama the day it aired and watched all the episodes the day they came out. It's a very precious drama in my life XD
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coffeerox
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Jun 22, 2017
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Story:
The second season of Ode to Joy sees the characters more developed and set in their life. Some characters return with an existing relationship, while others were ended or didn't have one. Family plays a more prominent role as the relationships with the girls and their partners become more serious.

Andie comes into Season 2 from a fresh breakup. She gets over her previous boyfriend and begins dating Bao Yi Fan read more who had a minor appearance in Season 1. Season 2 mainly revolves around her relationship with him. My biggest gripe was the the plot between or involving family. It took the characters to a point where I no longer felt immersed in their world. The best takeaway from Andie's storyline comes from her development as a character. By the end of season 2, you get the sense that she's developed into this wonderful well rounded woman.

Ying Ying starts off with the continuation of her budding romance with Ying Qin. Things seem to go really well until it hit their down point. There was nothing particularly wrong with the plot however the issue was in character development. Ying Ying does a complete 180 and regresses to her season 1 incarnation. The final result of her journey that puts that 180 into perspective is fine, but as a viewer, it wasn't pleasant to see the same mistakes from last season repeated.

Unlike the rest of the girls, Guan Guan did not have a boyfriend but she was secretly pining for one of the character's existing boyfriends. One of the unique and high points about Guan Guan's storyline is her development as a character. She begins as a naive young career woman who doesn't know anything about relationships to realizing the complexities of life. Her eventual romance with Xie Tong was the high point out of all the girl's relationships.

Qu Xiao Xiao, the character that you love to hate ends up as the character you can't help but love. Her relationship with Zhao Qi Ping goes through it's ups and downs but further solidifies them. The story with her family takes a darker tone however it was solidly executed. It felt realistic but fictional. Overall, I think that Qu Xiao Xiao's storyline was one of the highest in quality.

Finally we get to Fan Sheng Mei. Sheng Mei continues her relationship from the previous season with Wang Bai Chuan. Apart from all the other girls, Sheng Mei takes the most traditional and practical approach. Sheng Mei is put under considerable pressure & as a result, she places her pressure onto others. The resolution of events brings a realization of her character flaws but also brings forth her inner strength.

Acting:
The breakout star this season was Jiang Xin as Fan Sheng Mei. She played a multi-faceted role where she had to present a strong confident front for the ladies of the 22nd floor while on the inside, she was a very vulnerable person. Jiang Xin did a wonderful job showing so many sides to Sheng Mei and making me immersed in her world. I also loved that her character broke the 4th wall a few times which added to the realism.

Wang Zi Wen as Qu Xiao Xiao brings a notable performance. She takes her character from quirky, fun, to being condescending, and ultimately bring her to a point where Xiao Xiao is level with the other characters.

I did not particularly like Yang Zi's performance as Qiu Ying Ying but I don't blame that on her, the actress, rather, the material she had to work with wasn't good. Qiao Xin did an wonderful job as Guan Guan. She is just so lovable from start to finish. In my opinion, Liu Tao was kind of held back by the material but it doesn't detract from her as an actress. I liked that we saw the spontaneous & lighthearted side towards the end.

One more performance I want to take note of is Yang Shuo as Bao Yi Fan. In season 1, he was this suave, charismatic guy and his acting reflects that. In season 2, as we got to see more situations unravel, the less range that we didn't get in his acting.

Music:
As I watch more and more drama, I notice that lots of tracks are reused. Ode to Joy Season 2 is no exception. I liked the music, but I just didn't like the replays. Most notably with the vocal tracks. The incidental music was fine and I think it suited the scenarios it played in.

Conclusion:
Ode to Joy season 2 is a rollercoaster ride filled with ups and downs. The ladies are as lovable as ever. Their journeys take me as a viewer into the world of 5 ladies living in Shanghai. I think that there was a perceptible drop in quality compared to Season 1 but it's nothing that cannot be fixed if there is a season 3. If they left it as it is, I'd be happy with it.
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it's a the 3rd sequel of friendship, love, and family of the 22nd floor of Ode to Joy Condo! To fully understand the whole storyline, one must start at the very beginning (aka Season 1 and 2). Happy viewing!
Recommended by chillerbark
> Second season of the drama Age of Youth. Much like this second season of OTJ.
> The first instalment has the same essence of the plot. Although OTJ is based on more mature set of women, whereas AOY is based in college girls.
> Group of girls living in a close space who eventually find friendship amongst themselves.
> Each girl has their own story, love line and issues.
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    Annalisse 29 days ago

    I was NOT a big fan of the 1st season, but I'm glad my MDL friends pushed me to watch the 2nd season. It was great! The character growth is SOOOOO much better and relatable than what I saw in season 1. And Guan Guan actually had a role. I was so upset that she wasn't used as well in the 1st season :-( Must admit, had Wei Wei come back instead of Bao Yi Fan, I would have immediately dropped this season. There was something so creepy ab his and An Di's relationship. Can't wait to for season 3 to drool over Bao Yi Fan for another 50+ eps! :-*

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    QueenCherry Aug 24, 2017

    I LOVE MY GIRLS Patiently waiting For Season 3

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    sallyrocky666 Aug 12, 2017 - edited

    could someone tell me who does Jin Dong end up with in this season

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      lily_b 29 days ago

      No one at all. He is a very minor character in this season, we see even less of him than in S1. If you want to watch Jin Dong I highly recommend The Disguiser. (Very little romance but his character is the best!!) He also is the main lead in Surgeons where there is romance and his character is so good! I'm currently watching The First Half of My Life; not sure what to think yet but I like it so far and he's a main character.

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      yarnie 28 days ago - edited

      I couldnt cont surgeons even if i really love medical dramas (us/uk) but The first half of my life was superb! finished watching in 3days last week *-*

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    Hazel Aug 3, 2017 - edited

    How is Jin Dong in 8 shows in 2017 already. Crazy

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    Hazel Aug 3, 2017 - edited

    Am I the only one who was excited upon finding out that Wang Kai, Liu Tao and Qiao Xin were in Nirvana in Fire. They must be close friends?!
    Also Wang Kai and Olivia were together in another drama!

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    Lena Allison Aug 2, 2017 - edited

    Oh my goodness, can we please stop with the crying from Ying Ying?? I'm beginning to fast forward all her whinings.

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      Hazel Aug 3, 2017

      Basically skipped all her scenes. Her character is so dumb and frustrating at times.

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    Joyce Johnson Jul 23, 2017 - edited

    I really could not get into the first one and haven't seen the second one, but I was curious. On all of the women, I am curious about what woman is with what man. Since, this drama is already through, I hope that this will not be a spoiler, if it is just put that it is a spoiler. I wanted to find out before I decide to watch it.

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      lily_b Aug 2, 2017

      I see. I agree Ying Ying is annoying but personally I found the rest of it worth the watch.

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      yarnie 29 days ago - edited

      @Joyce Johnson for ying ying: try skipping her parts im really glad that there will be season 3 cause i cant wait for her karma to arrive...

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      Joyce Johnson 29 days ago - edited

      I wanted to like the first drama,because it was about women and their daily lives; but no matter how I tried, I just couldn't get into it. I got to episode 15 and I just found it boring and Ying Ying silliness. I am also not into romance, which I know a lot of women would think that is crazy because I am a woman; but I like suspense, horror, mystery, and action. I usually give a drama at least two episodes and if it doesn't get my attention in those two episodes and make me want to continue watching, I usually drop it. I gave this drama more attention than I would have any other drama. I am the same way about movies. I will give it maybe 20 minutes and if something great doesn't happen to make me want to watch more; I will drop that too. I get bored easily and have had a subscription to Dramafever, Viki and OnDemandKorea for over 4 years, but have maybe have only watched a total of 250 dramas since then due to boredom.

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      yarnie 28 days ago

      @Joyce Johnson ohh i see :o then this really isnt the drama or tv serie for you...
      Maybe you can check medical dramas like Chicago med. its not asian drama but its really interesting to watch each episode has different patients and problems and all lead characters in it is nice *.* I have to add that Fringe, House Md & Grimm for you :D some of my faves!

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      Joyce Johnson 24 days ago

      I usually like anything where people are backstabbing each other. Greed, corruption and anything that makes it interesting. It has to keep my interest, right off the bat. The three genre I do not ever watch in any asian dramas are medical, military and high school. Just not my cup of tea. I have watch Grimm, which as always been my favorite from the beginning, but I didn't see season 5 or 6. I also watched a little of House before because I like the actor that portrayed the doctor in it; but I only watch maybe four episodes of it. I have watched all of Fringe. I actually stop watching a lot of American tv, when I first started watching Asian dramas because there is too much sex in them. I also really like anything that is strange.

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    nuka Jun 22, 2017

    I loved this season even more than the first one all the girls developed and grown up and I learnt alot looking at them. I thing Ying Ying still is the weakest character of them all. and Xiao Xiao WOW I never thought she could be grown to such a diverse character...very well done. now I am wating for the season 3... seriousely 2019?/??

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    BB78 Jun 21, 2017 - edited
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      nuka Jun 22, 2017

      I have the same feeling about him. he is the same age of Sheng Mei but yet have nothing and it wasn't sheng mei who put all her burdon on him he was the same too...huuum I hope they put other options for her in season 3. I love last episodes' Fan Sheng Mei, storng and bright.

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    Daylight4 Jun 18, 2017 - edited

    Is there ayone here who has read all of the books and can tell me if this is really the ending or if they are going to film a season 3? Thank you in advance.

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      Daylight4 Jun 21, 2017

      Thank you! :) I heard about it but I wasn't sure if it was just rumors or not. Wow. That is a going to be while but I understand. I've read some spoilers already.

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      Sami Jun 30, 2017

      can you tell me where can i read them?

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      Daylight4 Jul 6, 2017

      I'm sorry. I'm not too sure. Maybe you can try googling it to see if anything pops up?

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    Lisa Jun 16, 2017

    Is it true that there will be an upcoming season 3? Is there any news about it?

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    Mary28 Jun 14, 2017 - edited

    Yes, Ying Ying is a sweetheart, silly and an honest person but gosh she irritates me. She's the most annoying character. It always her and Sheng Mei that annoy me but she takes the crown. She knows she's unreasonable and I think that's the fact that irritates me the most. She has her head stuck up her ass, I am done waiting for her to mature I just don't think it's possible.

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      coffeerox Jun 15, 2017

      I am still totally stunned that they wrote an entire season around Ying Ying going completely backwards & dragging everyone down w/ her. Other characters made notable improvements. Namely Guan Guan and Qu Xiao.

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      Mary28 Jun 15, 2017

      Exactly!! Qu Xiao is my girl so I love her character. Guan Guan had the most change and I am just so happy for her.

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    lilunnie Jun 13, 2017

    Guan Guan x Xie Tong: ma haaaaaaaaaaaaaaart <3
    re: ep 42

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    Mekaki Jun 13, 2017 - edited
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      coffeerox Jun 13, 2017

      FFS click the spoiler button

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      yarnie Jun 21, 2017
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      Benedict Jun 22, 2017
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    Deanz Sofiah Jun 11, 2017

    Episode ends at 55. Watched it at dailymotion without subs. Awaiting subs in drama3s

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    55
  • Aired:

    May 11, 2017 to Jun 12, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Dragon TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 239 users)
  • Ranked:

    #18357
  • Popularity:

    #417

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