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5 people found this review helpful
Jul 31, 2017
30 of 30 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
To Be With You is a fun, light drama to watch if you can handle some ridiculous or cliche scenarios and some stiff acting. I really liked the futuristic, virtual reality game aspect of the show and thought it was very well-paced with an interesting plot that kept me guessing.

The show is focused around a virtual reality game called Alpha Territory. Initially, we follow Chang Yu Qi as she enters the Alpha company and tries to become what is essentially a professional video gamer, and the development of her romance with her love interest Feng Zhou. But later the show focuses more on some corporate conspiracies that Yu Qi and Feng Zhou discover.

I really liked the corporate conspiracy plot in the show. I thought overall the show was very well-structured. It never got very boring and the drama never got extended or dragged on for too long. The conspiracy kept me guessing with a lot of characters who had questionable motives, and I found myself second-guessing whose side the characters were on, which is a good sign in and interesting plot.

The protagonist Yu Qi is one of my favorite characters. She's optimistic, strong-minded, and very true to herself. Unlike in many dramas, she doesn't act irrationally, and instead is always true to herself. I like that she is very much an equal and partner to her love interest and is able to stand up for herself. She is a very strong heroine and very easy to like. The actress who plays her, Bai Xue, has one of the best acting performances on the show and was very genuine.

Most of the other acting felt very stiff and unconvincing. I found Feng Zhou, the love interest, to be a rather boring character and the actor Ray Chang gave a pretty stiff performance. Angela, who starts out as a seemingly nice famous character but is soon revealed to have a mean streak, also has a very stiff performance and is hard to sympathize with even though the show does try to give her a redeeming backstory.

There are some ridiculous (think Meteor Garden) and cliche scenarios and characters, but overall I found To Be With You worth the watch if you are able to get past those parts of the show.

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Details

  • Drama: To Be With You
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 30
  • Aired: Jun 21, 2017 - Jul 6, 2017
  • Original Network: Youku
  • Duration: 43 min.
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 14 users)
  • Ranked: #89810
  • Popularity: #13071
  • Watchers: 440

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