I didn’t realize that Zhao Jun Ya’s role in the drama was that big until I forced myself to go through with it. Actually, I didn’t watch like really watch straight from beginning to the latest episode, but it was more like skimming. I gave up on it since the first episode and there were just too many good dramas currently airing that it was too hard to catch up. So I decided to do some ‘skimming’ to see what was going on, wanting to find some motivation to perhaps watch it more ‘properly’. Anyway, while the majority were fighting over whether Jin Da Hua should be with her Guan Jun Ge or Terry, I was fawning over Qin Mo. It’s not because I dislike James or Chris, because I actually quite like both of them in some past dramas. It’s just that in recent years, my focus has majorly gone to Jun Ya. So to get back to the role Qin Mo, how was he?
Qin Mo was just like the post title said, he was a mad doctor. His daring nature overruled the typical logical and compassionate stereotypes of a doctor. Qin Mo actually reminded me of Dr. House with his craziness, but his attitude wasn’t terrible. It was just that he was willing to take risks. Not to mention his happy expression upon thinking of wild theories or wanting to face major challenges.
And I so know that he was drawing up a crazy plan to help Terry’s career, among other reasons. But just look at him when he was about to help Da Hua take off the bandages. In fact, he was so into the idea of his that he looked beyond overjoyed when they were carrying out the plan of finding a replacement for Liang Yan temporarily. He was like a mad scientist wanting to execute the latest project as soon as possible and see the result. It was no surprise that he was proud of his abilities so when Terry’s driver asked him to find a way to change Da Hua’s personality, he was upset that they didn’t appreciate his effort thus far, stating that he was only responsible for the appearance front, the other matter was all up to them.
While we’re on that subject, look at him when Terry confronted him about listening to him in the first place, finding a replacement for Liang Yan, etc. Qin Mo, who was remorseful toward his actions previously–about lying to Terry and keeping Terry in the dark regarding Liang Yan’s actual health condition, totally turned insane and said he had helped Terry secure his job. Then both guys just went ballistic from there, losing control altogether, laughing out like maniacs.
His relationship with Terry? Was it just good friends or much more? The reason why I’m even putting that on the table is because of what Chris said in episode 8’s BTS. Okay, not so much as said but more like the words flashing in front of him while he was sitting there talking about their scenes together, etc. Was he talking about Jun Ya’s role or Jun Ya? LOL! But still, something to think about.
Back to the serious side, I must agree with Chris when he said that Qin Mo is a role that is hard to act. And I’m not saying that because Chris had praised Jun Ya. But it was more like I wasn’t expecting much because of the amount of screen time Jun Ya had. I was glad to be wrong this time around because it proved that the amount of screen time does not equal to significance, not all the time. Sometimes a person appearing so little could have such a big impact with the overall picture. There was little time to show what kind of character Qin Mo was and what he had to bring into the overall story. Yet Jun Ya really brought out the role well. I’m actually quite proud of him. Though it might overlap with some of the previous roles I saw of him, but this one contained more complexity than that. There was the craziness with wanting to experiment and push the limits, making some medical history. But there was also a side of him that was willing to take the blame and show whatever support that he could. His point of view was different from Terry, thinking that Terry didn’t need to know and standing by helplessly if Terry had known about Liang Yan’s real condition; Terry, himself, rather be by her side and take care of her, be with her until the last moment. Yet that decision he made for Terry didn’t make him despicable. It was his way of protecting Terry, even if it had robbed Terry of the time spent with Liang Yan. Indeed, in the end, he realized he had made the wrong decision hence breaking down completely after Terry left the scene.
One of the questions I kept in mind while watching some upcoming scenes was: Was it Qin Mo’s fault that Du Liang Yan met with her accident? Many might be saying right now that if it wasn’t for that, we wouldn’t have a drama to see. Yet I really want to address it if it were to happen in real life. Was it his fault? Because he did put in a word for Liang Yan during their meeting that one time. Putting aside the fact that Jun Ya portrayed the role since I just said I want to visualize the situation if it were to happen in real life, I didn’t think it was his fault. Why not? That was just his opinion. He can’t predict the future. And the most important thing was Terry knew he was crazy, why find him to help talk Liang Yan out of it? I’m not putting the blame on Terry here since Terry was really cautious in wanting to protect Liang Yan, like always. I’m just saying how people’s opinions shouldn’t be the sole reason for what would somehow happen in the future, i.e. Qin Mo’s crazy, don’t take him seriously kind of thing, especially anything daring in nature. Though I will say that I knew his “crow’s mouth” was a hint that something would happen on that trip. (I’m referring to the part where Terry said what if something happened to Liang Yan and he said he would cure her.) The tragic incident that happened to Liang Yan was like unpredictable really, since people go travel and hiking all the time on mountains but it just so happened that Liang Yan got unlucky. I find it a bit unconvincing that she was fine walking toward the mountainside to watch the view yet couldn’t step back as safely? Well, that was why it was called an ‘accident’ in the first place. But it was like seriously? Turning and making her way back would turn into such a mess? (I blame the unconvincing plot, not the actors/actresses involved.)
And oh yeah, the final point that I want to talk about is the one I mentioned with the whole ‘small role yet big impact’. It was the crazy Qin Mo who suggested to Terry about seeking out a replacement for Liang Yan’s spot within a year (which was the deadline he made for himself to cure ‘Liang Yan’ or die trying). Again, if there was no such bizarre plan, there would be no drama. But honestly, that was crazy. Crazy but not out of character for a person like Qin Mo. He even freaked me out from time to time with his expressions whenever he mentioned his attempts to cure Liang Yan or anything medical related. Even when he was explaining to Liang Yan’s father that he had cooked up the plan in the first place and kept Terry in the dark during the initial process, his expression was turning ‘insane’ again as he went on to say how he would ‘cure Liang Yan’. One minute he wanted to defend his friend and explain away, and somewhat showing fear of Mr. Du. Yet the next minute he looked like a maniac as he went into further details of wanting to find a cure for Liang Yan. That was why I felt Jun Ya did very well bringing into this role. So little time yet so much could be learned of the character from his acting.
Notice, I’m not using the whole ‘small role, big impact’ excuse to make Jun Ya shine and sink the other characters. Of the skimming that I did, I found that James and Chris did very well in their characters, even Nikki impressed me with her double roles. But this post is solely dedicated to Jun Ya so that’s why I only focus on his character as Qin Mo.
To think that I was saying how I was fawning over Qin Mo yet I haven’t really tied it back together. It’s not just because of Jun Ya portraying the role. Like I said before, it had to do with the fact that Qin Mo was such a complex character. He was like bordering on good versus evil. It was so hard to hate him yet so not easy to relate to either. Not totally. If it wasn’t for the focus on the triangles and many other formulas coming into play, the character Qin Mo had great potential for some expansion of screen time. Yet I wonder if that would end up ruining his mysterious aura altogether. So not to be so greedy, I decided to settle on the fact that he had a great contribution to the drama itself.
I don’t know how long this drama would be, but will Qin Mo appear again? If so, I’ll probably find some more random stuff to talk about him.
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