Triad Princess Season 1 is a little laboured and too cheesy at times, but the Netflix Taiwanese series is worth the 6-chapter investment.
This review of Netflix Series Triad Princess Season 1 contains no spoilers.
Taiwanese Netflix Series Triad Princess Season 1 has a charming premise that is slightly clumsy to watch. It tells the story of a young woman named Angie (Eugenie Liu), who is desperate to remove herself from the shadows of her triad boss father and reach a higher level. In the opening episode, her father is asked for Angie’s services. “Is she not a kung-fu expert?” he is asked. Her father bellows that he only has henchmen.
The crux of the story is that Angie has a deep celebrity crush on Xu Yi-lang, an A-lister heartthrob whose posters and merchandise she has decorated her bedroom with. Her sweet adoration for the celebrity is masked by her martial arts skills. Angie frees herself from her father’s grip and takes on the gig as an undercover bodyguard for an agency, which gives her direct access to the celebrity. She’s keen from the opening chapters to land this role for obvious reasons.
You can forgive Triad Princess for being cheesy, but at times, it’s extremely labored and lacks the punch you’d expect from an action/drama. The Taiwanese series subjects itself to lifeless scenes. It could have benefitted from some haste, especially as Angie is getting throttled into the world of glitz and glamour — a world she is understandably not accustomed to.
But Triad Princess is worth the time investment, especially because it is only 6 episodes long. The concept is not overdone due to this small window of chapters. The Netflix series fits in a number of subplots that allow the story to at least be endurable. The production team made a wise choice to keep each chapter to around 40 minutes to prevent any chance of it sagging. With the implied humor implemented into the writing, Triad Princess is at least satisfactory and a good time.
Plus, if you like action and romance, and stories that involve breaking away from strict cultural rules, then Triad Princess Season 1 will certainly pique your interest.
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