So it was a while ago that I first heard about the far-fetched exploits of 杉菜, 道明寺 and 花泽类 and their loyal kakis. A good friend introduced me to them rather forcefully (she was full of 流星花园 trivia – like, say, how the 道明家族 was the richest, most powerful of the F4 四大家族 and like, how F4 like to fight, and 道明寺’s the best fighter), and after occasionally watching parts of episodes here and there and reflecting a bit and comparing the show with its 偶像剧 peers that I sometimes caught, I came humbly to realise that, yes, 流星花园 is a good, even moving show – even if it’s toe-curlingly melodramatic at times.
The best part of 流星花园, of course, is its first original soundtrack. F4’s unaccomplished yet maddeningly catchy theme song becomes a forgiveable lapse when one considers Sheena Easton’s Almost Over You, Tara McLean’s Settling (the imagery of the leaves being let go by the tree or swept away by the wind is really quite evocative), 瘐澄庆’s 情非得已 and 戴佩妮’s 你要的爱 (another one of those maddeningly catching tunes). As with all popular things, the 流星花园 OST’s concept of matching hit Western songs to the serial’s themes was imitated by most if not all of its peers. I think none of them chose songs that, as a whole, were as touching or fitting though.