[Review] HIStory 5: Love in the Future

This review is going to be so short because honestly…I don’t really know what to rate this. This series started off with a lot of potential but went downhill the more episodes I watched. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t necessarily bad either. It was just overwhelmingly mid, and I find that sooo disappointing. Idk what has been going on with HIStory these last few years, but I have not been impressed with what HIStory has been dishing out these past two releases. I liked HIStory 1 (not including Obsessed), enjoyed HIStory 2, absolutely adored HIStory 3. But then HIStory 4 came along and I hated that one so much. Now HIStory 5 has aired and it’s just…MEH. That’s it. It was meh. It wasn’t overwhelming or underwhelming. It was just….whelming.

So, if you don’t know, here’s the summary:

Tai Che Ni is a cheerful and diligent delivery worker in the year 2000. He has been given an item to deliver to a man named Hai Yi. But something very strange happens to him – and he suddenly finds himself transported 22 years into the future…to the year 2022! He finds Hai Yi, the young heir to a massively lucrative business group empire. At first, Tai Che Ni is utterly distraught by the fact that he has been brought to the year 2022 – and longs to return “home” to 2000. But as he begins to spend time with Hai Yi, he starts to become attracted to him – and discovers a tender side to the business heir that many of his acquaintances have never seen before. Could he find happiness here in 2022? Or will the pull of the past separate this duo? Meanwhile, love could also be set to bloom between a seemingly cold-hearted company manager Liang Wen Hsen, and the office’s newest recruit – a tender-hearted orphan named Lin Huai En.

Tai Che Ni and Hai Yi. HIStory 5

That sounds like it would be so interesting, yes? Well it wasn’t. Like I said before, there was potential there. But it fizzled out pretty quickly the farther into the season I watched. Tai Che Ni also got more and more annoying and confusing as a character. Hai Yi was the only one that actually had any character growth between them. Can I also just say that I didn’t like them as a couple?? I seriously was not convinced that they even liked each other, let alone loved each other. And the display of emotions across the entire series was just…confusing. Especially coming from Tai Che Ni.

Lin Huai En and Liang Wen Hsen. HIStory 5

As for the second couple, I don’t really know how to feel about them either. For the most part, they were cute and they definitely had on-screen chemistry. But there were some moments where they got on my nerves or did things that I just didn’t agree with and it would effect how I felt about them as characters, (such as kissing a person while they’re drunk!). Lin Huai En was a bit too naive and childlike for my liking and Liang Wen Hsen wasn’t even the cold-hearted company manager he was advertised to be. Or maybe I’m just too used to the stern aloofness (and sometimes downright meanness) of the men I see in Thai dramas who are supposed to be cold-hearted and tsundere. By the end of the series, I was just bored with this couple. But I’m sure that’s because I was annoyed with the series as a whole.

Ye Xing Si and Fu Yong Jie. HIStory 5

Lastly, the fact that the main couple from History 4 was in this made me want to scream. AND THEY GOT MARRIED YALL!!! I repeat: MARRIED. That’s right. Ye Xing Si married his rapist and younger brother, Fu Yong Jie. Smh, I just can’t make this stuff up. I seriously wanted to throw my computer.

Overall, I don’t have much else to say about this series. If there is going to be a HIStory 6, I am still hoping for the best. However, these past two releases have been big disappointments for me. I miss the days when I absolutely loved the HIStory stories. Maybe they just need to change it up or something. Let’s get a HERstory! Tell a GL story for once. That could be nice.

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