“HIStory 5: Love in the Future” First Impressions (Ep. 1 & 2)

Taiwan’s new HIStory series, Love in the Future, is here, the fifth installment a fantastical journey in time with two promising couples.

Starring actors Sean Chang (Te Chi Ni/Johnny Dai), Linus Wang (Hai Yi), Anson Chen (Liang Wen Hsen), and Jason Tauh (Lin Huai En), the first two episodes don’t offer much.

Viewers are primarily introduced to each of the characters, starting with Te Chi Ni as he finds himself transported from the year 2000 to 2022. There, in the future, he meets a mysterious person who appears in several guises and seems responsible for Te Chi Ni’s time jump.

Under the new name Johnny Dai, Te Chi Ni, settles into his new life as he searches for a way to return to the past and the grandmother he so adores. In the process, he meets Hai Yi.

Fate plays a heavy hand in Love in the Future as Johnny Dai also crosses paths with orphan Lin Huai En while Lin is preparing for a job interview for a company he’s longed to work for, a company that is managed by the young and handsome Liang Wen Hsen.

As with most of the HIStory series, I was most drawn to the secondary couple. It’s immediately evident manager Liang is somehow familiar with the shy orphan Lin, and the mystery of how is more enthralling than the main storyline for me. While I find time travel a fascinating concept and the mention of the Hollywood Back to the Future franchise fun, the slow pacing and Hai Yi’s isolation makes it hard to connect with our two leads. At times, I found myself tempted to skip forward.

That said, there is serious potential. The end of the first episode promises a better pace and the start of two exciting relationships.

For a BL that takes a trip forward through time to explore two different romances, check out HIStory 5: Love in the Future now on Gagaoolala and Viki.

Rating- 3 out of 5


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