Back to 1989: Series Review 

Produced by SETTV

Taiwanese drama with 21 episode

My rating: 7 out of 10


The year is 2016 and we meet a handsome young man. This is 26 year old Chen Che a fairly successful stockbroker with a reputation of being cold & unfriendly. He is the only child of Chen Ya Juan a beautiful woman in her  late 40’s that gives “sad & angry waves” from a mile away. Chen Che loves his mother but has never been ok with not knowing who his father is. Every time he has asked he is meet with an angry mother that refuses to give him any answers.


Recently Chen Che & his mother were reunited  with his maternal grandfather. Unfortunately the man is very sick and in the hospital. During a visit to his grandfather, Chen Che gets a clue as to who could be his father. Grandfather keeps apologizing to Ya Juan, saying he is sorry she had a baby alone & that her mom was always sorry for not letting her marry Li Jin Qin. When Chen Chen ask his mother who Li Jin Qin is, is he his father? Ya Juan goes into hysterics and tells him to if he continues to ask these questions she will never speak to him again. He angrily says that’s completely ok with him & leaves the hospital.


He gets on his bike and starts driving and when he enters a tunnel he loses control of the bike and wipes out. When he wakes up he gets up, and does not notice his surroundings look a bit different. He tries his cell phone but it has no signal & he starts walking to look for help.

He flags down a girl in an adorable motor bike.  While trying to convince her to give him a ride, he saves her from a car that was driving erratically but also messes up her bike.


They end up on a mechanics shop and that’s were Chen Che realizes something is off. When he asks what the year is he is told its 1989!

So our story begins. The girl on the Motor bike  is Yi Zhen Zhen. She’s in her 20’s and works at a stockbroker firm. She is also best friends with a beautiful and very happy girl named Chen Ya Juan. Yes the same Ya Juan that in 2016 is Chen Che’s mother.  Chen Che is in shocked when he meets the younger version of his mom. He also realizes that he will be born the following summer in 1990. What happen to his mom that made she leave  her family & friends? where is his dad? Who is his dad?


Wanting answers Chen Chen somehow worms his way into their lives. That’s how we meet the guitar club, a group of very close friends.


Li Yi Qin is a graduate student with a humble background and a musian that often sings at the restaurant the group frequents. He is also madly in love with Chen Yu Juan. Chen Yu Juan who I’m still not sure why she was in this club. I never saw her touch a guitar. Yi Zhen Zhen, she’s adorable and she does touch the guitar. Lin Xiao Long a very tall young man with a huge crush on Zhen Zhen. Lastly we have Wang Zhong En the owner of the restaurant they all hang in, who has a secret crush on Chen Yu Juan.

With knowledge of the future Chen Che must navigate the past & find out what happened. There’s  two men that could be his father & he must decide how much he can intervene in the past. How much will change & can he handle the consequences.

Another hurdle in his trip to 1989 in Yi Zhen Zhen. He never counted on falling in love with her. How can their romance work if she’s from 1989 & he is from 2016.


I don’t want to give spoilers because finding out the answers makes this story more enjoyable. So give it a try! I’ll confess to loving 2/3 of this show & wanting to desperate fast forward the other 1/3. The otp was the big seller! Chen Che & Yi Zhen Zhen were adorable together. Their constant arguing in the beginning and then watching their feelings grow as the show progress made the show. Chen Che turning her down when she first confessed to liking him broke my heart. Their meetings in the hallway made me giddy. I loved them! I think I even fangirl when she got him a turtle. Every time they were together just made me happy.

How do I talk about the end without giving spoilers? I can’t. I’ll just say that I wanted more. So let’s leave it this way. My heart was happy but my brain demanded an explanation.

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