Like I promised here is a mid season review for the ongoing BL series HIStory3: Trapped. I hope you like it and check out the series or continue watching if you are already watching it.
Trapped is a 2019 BL series from Taiwan and is the…wait let me count…sixth installment of the highly popular HIStory franchise. It is also the first installment of the HIStory3 series. It consists of 20 episodes and airs Tuesday and Wednesday. It is currently on episode 11 (aired on the 14th).
It tells the stories of Meng Shao Fei (played by Jake Hsu), a police officer with a temper, and Tang Yi (played by Chris Wu), a cold gangster boss. For four years Meng Shao Fei has followed Tang Yi around to find out what happened to his senior police officer without getting anything from him and Tang Yi has tolerated the police officer at his side. One day, through an unfortunate incident, they grow closer and start to develop something more than just simple interest in each other’s past…
I still remember after the three stories of HIStory got released and they announced HIStory2, people were going crazy and a lot of people (me included) doubted the producers could get us with their sweet and passionate story lines again. Well, HIStory2 broke through all those expectations and definitely proved us all wrong – it was even better than the previous installments. It was just amazing how they could suck you in with just 8 episodes (back then) and make you cheer, groan, cry, laugh, giggle and scream with the couples and their stories. Despite all the doubts they fulfilled all the expectations and made you love the couples.
Of course, when they announced HIStory3 fans were on cloud 9 again and the expectations became even higher. I mean it’s the HIStory franchise…yeah, so now you know how much pressure lies on Trapped. One question has to be asked: Does it live up to the hype?
I will not straight out answer this question yet. In my opinion an ending can make a series golden or end a show in general, so I won’t answer this question directly before watching all 20 episodes. I will try to answer the question for the first 10 episodes though.
Trapped had a lot of pressure and in my opinion, after watching half of the series, it comes out on top. Trapped starts of at a point where you don’t know where it will go at all and I read an interesting comment somewhere. The viewer had no idea what the story and atmosphere of the series was gonna be like after watching episode one. And no, that person did not mean it as a compliment. I do though. I remember watching the other installments and there are not many parts where the producers didn’t just throw you into the story and let you figure out everything on your own.
It may not sound like a compliment but it is. Being thrown into the story and not knowing all of the facts while some are just there and you have to deal with them, surprisingly brings a lot of good with it.
The best advantage? It feels more natural: The story development, the feelings between the leads, the characters, just everything. It’s not just a slow introduction like with other shows but it starts right from episode one. Also, since there are just some parts that are just “there” and you won’t get an explanation or background knowledge to it, there will always be some curiosity about it. We all want what we cannot get, right?
Another thing I liked with the new story line and characters: I really enjoy story lines where the leads do already know each other and don’t just randomly fall in love with a person they have known for 10 minutes. So bonus points for the show here.
Oh and DO NOT underestimate the show’s humor and touchy scenes. While there has not been many kisses, you feel like you get so much. And the humor is sometimes just a nice underlying humor while in some scenes it’s straight up comedy.
Big compliments to the actors. They seem so natural and their chemistry is really good. Not just the main leads but also the second leads, Jack (played by Andy Bian) and Zhao Li An (played by Kenny Chen). All of them match so well with each other.
I like that the main leads and the second leads are so different and it’s not the same thing repeated.
And for everyone who likes it when both of the leads have some…hm…let’s say sass in them: this is definitely it. While in other shows there is a clear top and bottom in the relationship… yes, it is also pretty clear in this one BUT I just love how Tang Yi seems to just give in to Shao Fei. Shao Fei is so different from Tang Yi, he is sometimes impulsive, has quite the temper and is pretty direct about what he thinks and what he does while Tang Yi seems more collected and quiet. And maybe it’s because he is like this that he seems unable to say No to Shao Fei. I just adore it!
It’s not like with other shows where the top lead just adores the passive lead and finds him so cute he cannot say No but it is actually because Shao Fei can be pretty adamant about what he wants.
I do not want to say too much about the story and the feelings, since there are still 10 more episodes but I will have to mention some things, otherwise it won’t be a review 😀
The story line is not totally unusual. There are some stories about a gangster and a not-gangster out there but the way they tell it, it does seem quite unusual. The story is not one of those dark and broody gangster BL films out there but is actually sweet and nice. Don’t imagine rainbows and unicorns just yet though.
Two things that totally make this show different than their previous installments. First, there is a lot more action (or “action-y”) scenes in it then with the other shows. I know there were some volleyball scenes in Boundary Crossing and an almost car crash in Obsessed, but this one has more fight scenes and a lot more serious action scenes at that. The second difference to the other parts and the one reason why I recommend this to every BL fan: We do not get a lot of BL shows where both leads are adults with a job (or something like that – is gangster boss a job?). No one of the leads is in college, training or at school. Both have an equal standing. Most of the BL shows out there either take place at school, in college, in training or at least started out at those places and therefore still keep some of that school charm with it (best example SOTUS 2).
Trapped does not carry anything like that with it. Like I said, both have an equal standing and since they both work in a different area of expertise, there is also no senior-junior thing going on. This show is just about two people with their own agenda who get together and slowly fall for each other. I mean a relationship can be totally different if you see the other person as a senior or junior. Trapped offers new dynamics and perspectives and gives the characters a charming grown-up vibe that blows some fresh air into the BL world.
Oh my…the drama is coming…
Overall, I think, Trapped is definitely worth a try. I do recommend checking out at least two to three episodes before deciding whether to watch or drop. Not to figure out the story, since, like I mentioned, there are just some things you won’t get with HIStory shows, but more to get a grip on the pace of the show. Just watching episode one I thought it was gonna be slow paced, especially since the show has 20 episodes, but it is actually quite fast-paced. I appreciate it, since it would have ruined the show if it was slower and more drawn out. Like this it is nice and neat even if it does have 20 episodes.
So I definitely recommend the show and depending on the ending in a few weeks I will decide if the producers fulfilled the expectations yet again (oh my god…and there are still some upcoming installments, I’m shaking O.O ) I do wanna say: the outlook is good, so if they continue like this I might have compliments coming in the final review 😉
So check out the show and tell me what you think about it! I’d love to hear what expectations you have with the show ^.^