I was a little hesitant to watch 致，第三者 To the Dearest Intruder at first because it was obviously about dysfunctional relationships and I’m not a big fan of Amber An nor Aggie Hsieh. I’ve always tried to avoid Amber’s dramas because her character is frankly always quite annoying. However in the end I gave into my boredom and took a peek at it. This drama is actually quite good even if you can predict how problematic and frustrating things will become later on, after all it’s about how everyone can become an intruder into a relationship.
After watching some of it, I think they chose a pretty good cast, though I always wonder who else could play the character, Yan Hao (currently played by Melvin Sia). Amber’s acting has improved a lot as well as Aggie’s, although her heavy accident always makes me cringe a little, then again she can’t really help it. What’s frustrating in the story is that Yan Hao and Shao Qing (Aggie Hsieh) hid their feelings for so long JUST because they were afraid of hurting Jia An (Amber An), when if they had told her from the start, things would not have become so problematic. But I guess, what’s the point of the drama then right? One of the things that had me avoiding this drama in the first place, other than Amber’s appearance, is the fact that Yan Hao gets randomly shot in the preview. I originally thought he’d be dying the drama and they just gave it away in the preview, although he just lost his memory. But even if he doesn’t die, it’s still so random and I think there could have been a more relevant way for him to lose his memory.
It’s interesting how although Shao Qing and Jia An view each other as intruders in their relationship with Yan Hao, when Yan Hao was actually an intruder into their friendship. I originally actually quite liked Shao Qing’s personality, very upfront and cool, before she left for ten years. After she comes back, she becomes a little psycho especially after she successfully separates Jia An and Yan Hao. She is constantly paranoid about Yan Hao going back to Shao Qing because she doesn’t completely trust him. Jia An on the other hand becomes slightly more bearable and I’m looking forward to the fact that Zhang Zhen Lun (Marcus Zhang’s character), Yan Hao’s lawyer, who originally liked Shao Qing, is beginning to warm up to Jia An. Jia An’s denseness and stupidity throughout the drama before she discovered Shao Qing as the “intruder” was just annoying to watch. She couldn’t see how Shao Qing and Yan Hao were around each other and just went about in her clueless ways to try to get Yan Hao. EVEN after Yan Hao leaves Jia An, she pretty much allows Shao Qing to sort of bully her and humiliate her which is so frustrating for the viewer. But Yan Hao isn’t at all blameless either. He married someone he didn’t love for who knows why and then proceeded to hurt her by having an affair after Shao Qing returned. Even after he gains his memory back and divorces Jia An and marries Shao Qing, he still constantly thinks of Jia An and meets up with her but then goes back to Shao Qing which hurts them both.
ALRIGHT, so I finished the drama! And man I don’t know what the hell the writers were thinking with the ending. To put it short, right when Jia An is about to get back together with Yan Hao, she gets hit by a car and dies. Makes NO sense whatsoever. There’s a heartbreaking scene at the hospital with Shao Qing over her death bed and everything pleading her to wake up and feeling incredibly sorry. In the end, Zhen Lun decides to leave Taiwan saying that Shao Qing has found her direction in life. However the next scene is her acting like Jia An, definitely went crazy. I don’t know why the writers wanted to end it this way. Did they think it was too shallow to have a slightly happier ending? I don’t know.