Chen Ling was the typical school badboy and heartbreaker, he usually went for girls who were rebellious and outgoing as he was. On the other hand, Han Qi Luo is a quiet girl who spent time between classes drawing in her sketchbook and minding her own business. One day, Chen Ling was asking for directions, and the girl who helped him find the right road had drawn a breathtaking sketch of a woman and child on the back of the paper. Chen Ling, who had lost his twin brother in their childhood, is drawn to her sympathetic and understanding nature, but the times they live in are tough for teenagers who wish to be recognized as adults.
'MARS' is a compelling drama that circles around love, hate, mental illness, and tragedy. Barbie Hsu plays Qiluo, the shy and quiet lead who doesn't like men due to tragic circumstances; Vic Zhou plays Ling, the seemingly carefree man that is internally troubled by his family and the death of his twin brother. Together the two take the audience on a touching journey that divulges into the darkness each of them has faced. The character growth and development in this drama is amazing and the acting is outstanding. Even the supporting cast brings so much depth and intensity to the story. Barbie and Vic have great chemistry and their on-screen romance is one of the most realistic relationships that I've ever seen in a drama. The ending is good and wraps the story up cleanly, giving the audience a much anticipated (and wanted) happy final episode. One of the best dramas I've ever watched. Definitely the best Taiwanese drama I've finished so far.
A dark drama that looks at all the downfalls of today's society, Mars is a drama that looks at the worst of what humans have to offer in the eye. Amazing acting and chemistry by the leads, the story goes full force, never hesitating for a moment. One of the best Taiwanese dramas I've seen, it's still as thought provoking now as when it was released. If you're looking for a light drama, stay away. If you want something that's not afraid to show the world our weaknesses, this is for you.