What if Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu Became Qiong Yao Stars After Meteor Garden II?
Watching Meteor Garden all over again out of nostalgia, I was thinking of how the two carried out their love team in both seasons. And after watching the 1986 version of Romance in the Rain, I was thinking that Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu could have nearly become an overused love team like the classic Qin Han/Brigitte Lin pairing or the one I'm more familiar with, Qin Han/Liu Xuehua pairing. I thought Jerry Yan really has the charm, an aunt of mine calls him "Qin Han Jr." And I thought Dao Ming Si's relationship with Shan Tsai in Meteor Garden almost felt like Shuhuan's relationship with Yiping in the 1986 version of Romance in the Rain.
The possibilities for Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu would probably prompt the remake of other Qin Han classics. Qiong Yao might pick "Ting Yuan Shen Shen", "After Many Red Sunsets" and then she might also cast Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu also with other remakes like "Zai Shui Yi Fang" and "Seagull's Home" which were all Qin Han and Liu Xuhua pairings. For Jerry Yan he felt like he had Qin Han's charm, Barbie Xu has Liu Xuehua's charm.
Acting wise, Jerry Yan and Qin Han are both debonair leading guys, being able to portray passionate lovers quite well. I was thinking that Jerry Yan could play Qin Han's characters in any remake rather well. As Dao Ming Si, he really made me think he could have acted as Shuhuan in Romance in the Rain. Jerry Yan will really get a haircut away from his Anime hairstyle and get his classic "Qin Han" hair which he had before his career started.
On the other hand Liu Xuehua and Barbie Xu are able to carry both soft and tender as well as panther ladies with much expression. I mean, Liu Xuehua as Yiping in the 1986 version of Romance in the Rain shows she can act as a strong weed, compare Liu Xuehua's beaten up by a whip scene with Barbie Xu's beaten up by bullies scene. Both of their "swearing revenge" scenes are pretty classic.
For pairing, well both Meteor Garden and Romance in the Rain gives you the impression that the heroine should end her abusive relationship with the leading guy. Qin Han lifting up Liu Xuehua and pinning her against a fence? Really what kind of boyfriend is that? And for Jerry Yan, his character can't treat Barbie Xu's character right!
But yeah, I guess Jerry Yan may have refused to become a Qiong Yao star and so did Barbie Xu.