Hong Kong Entertainment, Kate Tsui, Kenneth Ma, Oceane Zhu

Season of Love

I meant to watch this ages ago since it’s short anyway, why not give it a try, right? Yet I got caught up with other stuff so it took a while to get back to this. So how much damage did 5 episodes per story do?

First off, like the theme video because it highlighted the four seasons and its stories.

Spring: The First Love That Came Late (遲來初戀)

My favorite season, talking about season-wise. But what about the theme relating to this story?

And I seriously wanted to refrain from commenting until the end of the story. However, some details were bugging me to death. Seriously? Why was the other guy (the one the grandma had match-made Fun via her friend) complimenting Fun for looking so young at 30? Isn’t that how 30 years old look like? Or at least almost? TVB often cast people too old to play 20-30 years old characters so I think Toby looked about right for 30, maybe just a tad more mature (because it suited her character for having to take care of the family business and all over the past 7 years after her father ran out on them).

  • Him Law as Season. A famous celeb. Possibly because of his crazy fans that I felt turned off whenever he appeared. But behind the scenes and talking to his manager, I felt it was hilarious to watch. He not only had to maintain “good looks” through different beauty products but also must exercise to keep a good figure. Watching him being turned into “housewives killer” was really hilarious and pitiful at the same time. He kept complaining about how he was such a big person, how could he survive by those mini portions of his daily meals. There were many hilarious things about him as the plot moved forward. Yet I think it died down with his spoiled nature at times. Sure, he was a good son and a professional person who was serious about his work for the most part. But I found him too diva-ish to sympathize with at times. Even if I got why he didn’t want to go to those ridiculous events to be groped by those old perverts, but other times, he was a tad too ridiculous with his demands. Him was really convincing in his scenes though. He could bring you into his world, feel for him, and much more. You could laugh and cry with him and even grew with him through times as he realized what was important in his life aka his family and his true friends.
  • Toby Leung as Lam Chun Fun (林春芬). A hard-working, independent person. I liked her initially. And planning to like her from the start. Yet when she became his assistant, she just lost all her points. Seriously, she wasn’t using common sense when it came to stuff about him. I meant okay, she was super annoyed and pissed off that she had to work as his assistant for what happened earlier. Yet was she that clueless? Didn’t pay attention or think where his towels might be? Like seriously? And what was with giving him toilet paper versus napkins? (Unless she did it purpose to annoy him but it didn’t look like so since she looked clueless.) Like seriously? Yeah, again. Using that phrase again. But I couldn’t believe she lacked common sense that much. How did she survive all these years, claiming to be independent and taking care of her sister and grandma? I could forgive her lack of fashion sense since she has been working in a laborious job all these years, so switching field would be hard for her with not knowing the ins. But the other stuff? Like seriously? YES, I’m using that phrase yet again. But I just couldn’t believe it. And freaking out so badly seeing him half-naked? Like really? She’s 30, NOT 15! It’s not like she has time to have a bf OR anything like that. I’m not expecting her to drool over him or anything since that’s just plain ‘fangirling’ or whatever else. But it seems too off that she has never seen a man without his shirt on before, considering her field and how she would have met all sorts of people throughout the years with her work and all. It’s like too unbelievable. The first time she was shocked he was sitting there without his shirt, I got that. But then the whole running away was just too over. When she chased away the guy her grandma and her grandma’s friend match-made for her, I thought she was graceful and funny, but now? It seemed like she lacked confidence and was too kiddish. It was like the script-writers were making it contradictory or something. Then the whole afraid of ghosts thing was bugging me to death too. Okay, I get it that people have their moments and are superstitious and they couldn’t help it. But seriously? Too exaggerated. Then later it was revealed that she was trying to scare him so no wonder it was sooo exaggerated with her ‘scare mode’ but still, she lost ground with acting so childish. OY! I gave up. Her character became really ridiculous along with the rest of the plot. I know she wasn’t suitable for the industry and didn’t care for some of the nonsensical stuff that she saw. But it wouldn’t kill her to shut up for two seconds. It would have avoided a lot of dramas. And I meant regarding how Yoyo was in general or some people surrounding the industry, NOT stupid paparazzi because no one could win over paparazzi no matter how they behaved.
  • Nathan Ngai as Geung Siu Hung (姜兆熊). Fun’s assistant. He was really helpful and kind. He was also a supportive figure for Fun and her family.
  • Him and Toby as a couple. I wasn’t against this couple. But I felt like there’s definitely something missing. NOT saying it’s her tomboyish side either. They were a typical bickering couple who would eventually see one another’s good side. It was like how Fun’s grandma had predicted through watching those TV soaps. She soon realized how serious he was in acting and he really did have talent.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He was at the restaurant Fun and her assistant went to and gave his table to them, stating that his girlfriend couldn’t make it. He was later revealed to be a private investigator. Yet he was still too creepy. Or maybe that was the point. However, I thought I enjoyed his appearances more than others as the story progressed. He was there to expose those that needed to be exposed. I knew it was his job and people paid him to do it, but he was the reason why I hung on, trying to see what else he was able to dig up throughout. Also, found it super funny that he told Season to apologize to Fun, lol. I was kind of bummed that he stopped appearing but I thought that would mean no more dramas that needed his service. However, I was glad he appeared again at the bar to drink with Season. And I do know that he would have his own story later, but I enjoyed his creepy appearances throughout, lol. Not only did he have to play private investigator, but he had to play match-maker too? Wow! Yes, he was that talented since he pulled the other two together at the end. But seriously. Can’t wait for his actual story. It better be worth it.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was as creepy and as mysterious as Joe when they appeared together that one time. I guessed it was their style, lol.
  • Ha Ping as Grandma. OMG, she was seriously cute for a forgetful grandma. She kept saying all these random things at times. But she also used her TV dramas to reference how Season and Fun would end up falling in love, lol.
  • Kandy Wong as Lam Chun Fong (林春芳). Fun’s younger sister. At first, I thought she was kind of cute. Later, I just want to shove something in her face. NOT the actress, the character. So obsessed with celebs that she acted like she knew them. Seriously? But her character did reflect the reality of a typical fangirl worshiping a certain celeb so much that her life revolved around it and was even so protective toward him. Although, during the paparazzi situation, I admired her for backing her sister up and was willing to cut out her toxic friends. It showed how she valued her sister more and knew what was important, not attacking her sister either–even if the rumors were true. Of course, her sister verified the details to her and they talked it out. (Only the part about the rumors being untrue, obviously, because Fun said she promised him not to tell about the details of what really happened.) But I was glad she didn’t go too far with her obsession, unlike those crazies who attacked Fun previously. Then I had to really appreciate her for yelling at Season–even though she had claimed time and time again that he was her idol–on behalf of her sister. He was really shocked that he was no longer worshipped and even sat there to bear it all while she went on and on. It was hilarious yet showed her loyalty to her sister when it actually mattered. She even returned all the collectibles to him, lol. Funniest part was how he handed her the orange juice and she just drank it before continuing with her rant, lol. It was so cute. And then she took all her collectibles back after knowing that they already investigated everything and Season even admitted that it was his fault for blaming her sister in the first place, even wanting to apologize to Fun.
  • Chan Wing Chun as Wong Dai Kwan (黃大軍). Season’s driver. Only appeared at the beginning and somewhat at the part where he went back to his hometown to tend to family matters, so Fun had to take over his job as the driver. I wished he had appeared more.
  • Daniel Chau as Li Man Kit (李文杰) / Kitman. Season’s assistant. Hilarious because he would get into different schemes with Season. At least trying to cover for Season at times. Too bad his screen time got cut short because of the accident. I especially enjoy his moments and mischievousness with Season at times, and somewhat annoying Cally for it. He was so cute and funny. I was glad that to know that he came back later. Well, it was because Fun quit. But still, I actually welcomed that more. He was another good distraction from the stupid, annoying paparazzi that I had to endure.
  • Oceane Zhu as Yoyo. Season’s co-star. She tried to use him for publicity purposes. Her acting was really good at times. Because I could see her flaky nature so clearly. It was too obvious and exaggerated. But it fitted with some of the divas out there that we often see. In fact, I wanted to slap her several times. Somehow, in a twisted way, I wished she was actually the star of the show instead of Toby. Mean, but maybe she could learn what was important and pushed past that vain stuff. Or maybe if she had a background story with how she wasn’t like that in the past but had lost her way and somehow found it again through different trials? I would watch that. Perhaps, it was because I actually liked Oceane in other dramas before. So I felt it was a shame she was wasted for this role just so the plot had some type of villain along withe the other dude.
  • Jess Shum as Cally. Season’s manager/agent. Tough and try to hone Season into a true celebrity. Funny at first yet found her manipulative later. Couldn’t totally blame her and that was how the industry worked (or how it was projected). Yet I don’t have to accept it. Also, she blamed Fun for stuff happening like rumors too YET said that Season’s words to Fun were too strong? She didn’t help.
  • Him and Oceane as a couple. I didn’t want to put them in at first, because of how she tried to use him for publicity, etc. However, I swear they were more compatible. Perhaps it was because of how it was projected with their roles being an on-screen couple. But it was too bad that they seemed more matching. So Oceane’s character, Yoyo, was a real witch, but otherwise, she and Him seemed to have more chemistry than Him and Toby, even if Him’s character wasn’t the least interested in her.
  • Ching Hor Wai as Yeung Cheui King (楊翠瓊). Season’s mother.
  • Matt Yeung as Hinson. A celeb. Season’s rival within the e-circle. Seriously, I don’t know what to say. It was ridiculous with the rivalry. Why bother? There were too many actors anyway. If people didn’t like one, they would like another. Again, why bother, dude?
  • The story involving paparazzi and those other side nonsense stuff that went on and on. It was ridiculous and not really my favorite part or had hindered me from focusing on the characters and the story that actually mattered. Too bad. Because the more I watched, the more ridiculous the scenes were. Sure, that was inevitable with having anything to do with the industry. But still. It was too ridiculous for my taste. The most blood-boiling part was the misunderstanding regarding paparazzi taking that ridiculous picture and spinning their stories. It was already a lost cause with those ridiculous people BUT those stupid fans who attacked Fun? I admit that I didn’t care for Fun at some later points, but it was getting to a whole new level of ridiculousness with those obsessed fans. Idiots who had nothing better to do. The fact that Fun should feel ashamed for just being a driver of a small business was really sad too. She was actually doing honest work instead of out there selling herself like someone. NOT shaming sex workers here. AND I thought Season had some talents too regarding acting as the story let on. However, it was ridiculous with all those gimmicks to sell himself that was thought by his agent and the company to follow the trends. It was ridiculous. Since when did celebs matter more than people working honest jobs? Besides, real actors don’t need those gimmicks to shine. Viewers who are serious about watching talents would be able to see their efforts, not just seeing some pretty faces and drooling over those faces only. Once again, ridiculous. Also, it wasn’t his fault that his mother didn’t go to the hospital when she was sick, thinking that the paparazzi would give her son more trouble. It seriously wasn’t his fault. Sure, I didn’t like the way the stupid industry operated in general and he had to hide everything to shield her. I just hated those stupid paparazzi for keep chasing him. They didn’t have to do it to hurt others. They chose their jobs. Sure, one could say he chose that life also, but since when had it spun so out of control that you need to chase celebs up and down for news? Desperate much? They were just creating a problem for themselves by doing those things. Besides, they only listened to what they wanted to hear. What was the point of asking him to speak up? He told them not to bother his mother anymore and let her live a normal life. He expressed himself like that yet they still asked such ridiculous questions? Brainless bunch. What was even more infuriating was how his mother had to beg those stupid assholes to stop pestering her son so he could go home and have a meal with her? WOW! A new level of ridiculousness. NOT saying it wasn’t drawing from real-life experiences since different real-life events had shown paparazzi was responsible for various celebs’ withdrawal from the industry and even sometimes death. YET this was really frustrating to watch. It just made you madder by the second. Oh yeah, the on-par thing with them was ONLY writing about bad things or drawing up ridiculous, senseless stories YET never cared for what really mattered. That was them all right, no surprise. But it was ridiculous in general and they shouldn’t even exist at all.
  • Matt and Oceane. They were actually suitable for each other. Character-wise mostly. Both equally vain and flaky. I liked them both as stars, so not attacking them out of pettiness, lol. Was just seeing how they finally got together in here to use each other for promotional purposes. It suited them. It was a match made in heaven really.
  • Gil Mohindepaul Singh as Pual. MV director. I loved him for all his comments about saying Fun was more natural with Season, lol. Just to troll back at the other arrogant witch. But he was seriously senseless though. One minute, he was like Fun was suitable for their MV. The next? He yelled at them for wasting his time and threatened to quit. LOL! Diva master all right. But yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. Just kind of hilarious. It was like how Season said, he was playing angel and devil at the same time.
  • What Cally said about them having no ending. Or something like that. Sad but true. I wasn’t invested in them anyway. But it was still a really stupid concept. So no loss really. It was more realistic, considering how this world value celebs over hardworking daily people. So yeah. Besides, if I was in such a situation, I wouldn’t choose a celeb anyway, unless I know them way before they were one. Because, how would you know they’re not acting? Even if he said he had real feelings for her, I still didn’t believe they could work out. His spoiled nature was shown throughout. Like when they forgot to get off the bus and had to take another path. Sure, it was somewhat showing the little journey they took to the temple or more. But that thing with her having to wait on him hand and feet? It was bugging me. Oh yeah, what Cally said was because she understood the industry too well, but I didn’t like the representation of it at all. Yes, it was the truth, but it didn’t make me less upset about it. What she said about a relationship that wasn’t worth it or how it was a waste of time, convincing Season to focus on his career, etc. Yeah, go ahead and treat people as disposables just because. He could treat his career as important, but when people treat others like disposables regarding love or whatever, I don’t feel sorry when they’re finally ready. They’d chosen. Like they acted like they had so many choices. In some ways, it was better that Fun learned a lesson and moved on with a normal life.
  • Fun’s voiceover near the end. Like the title, the main purpose of this story was about first love, not the last one. Yet I still didn’t like it. Maybe because I just don’t like those casual dating or exploration stories. Also, if they didn’t pick stuff about the e-circle in general, I would have accepted it more.
  • The ending. I would have been all right with them not being together at all. Why? Am I seriously contradicting myself? No, it was more like even if I was bitter about them not matching up or whatever the excuse was, at least, it was more realistic. Why was it all right when his side decide when it was all right to be together? It was like dating him and the whole industry and not just him. But she didn’t get to decide but just waited. They tried to reassure all of us by making Joe play a part in the ending was stretching it to no end. Just stop trying.

Summer: Love and Battlefield (情場戰場)

I’m not a fan of summer, aside from summer vacation, lol. And an excuse to eat ice cream (LOL). And watermelon. But about the story?

The theme seemed to continue with some story within the e-circle? Um, keep it up–as if it wasn’t a terrible idea before. I just hope the general story would be more enduring. I do like Ron and Kate as a pairing, so I was crossing my fingers so hard when watching it.

  • Kate Tsui as Summer Ha Chi Yan (夏至欣). A television producer. She was so cute when she first appeared when she was feeding her fishes and talking to them, lol. Totally normal thing to do really. Her professional side? I found it amusing that Summer kept mentioning the nice things about Hong Kongers, lol. (1. Lodging complaints, 2. Easily forgetting things.) She was a true professional, managing to swallow past that incident when Uncle Wai stole her idea and just went on with the show. Probably it was because it was hard to prove and how it wouldn’t matter if she just confronted him? He would just deny it and then their boss would probably take his side anyway. It wasn’t worth it. Her strong-willed side was both her strength and weakness because it caused her misunderstanding with CK later. Although it was just a show, what Summer said was actually true regarding the guys during their different outing experiences. I was glad she learned the truth regarding the dream house before deciding anything. It wasn’t her fault because others were doing things behind her back, but I wouldn’t want her to choose the wrong person based on that mistake. But why in the world did she agree to marry that psycho though? Seriously? Because she didn’t want to spoil everyone’s mood? This was why I hated it when people propose in front of crowds. They just wanted to put pressure on the opposite party. Like no way was he/she going to say no because he/she wouldn’t want to embarrass the person who proposed. I understand she felt responsible for triggering Jack’s mental issues to come forward. However, she was just using that excuse to hide. Come on, the way it was, he would eventually erupt. It wasn’t just about her. It was good that he got help. But why did she have to be so stubborn about it? Aside from that, I thought Kate had improved heaps since her debut, which was always a good thing to see. Her emotions were well shown and she was reliable as a character throughout.
  • Ron Ng as Ng Chun Kai (吳雋楷) / CK. A photographer. He was so protective of Summer that it was kind of hilarious at times. He totally used the opportunity on the show to dunk on those three liars, lol. It was hilarious to see their expressions. So, he was partially responsible for choosing the psycho? I meant it was up to Summer after all. And it wasn’t like he knew it would come out that way. But still. Um, I take back my previous word because. He was obviously responsible for the whole situation. Why? He actually helped the psycho during the last round. That was against the rule. It was just a show. Why was he meddling? He seriously thought she was going to pick someone? I was mostly on the fence with him until that part. It had shifted him toward being an asshole. It was unfair for him when Summer accused him of stuff, but he was also not trusting her instincts on things either. Just because she was competitive and ambitious, he thought she was stupid as well? What gave him the right to decide that for her? He seriously shared her secrets to that psycho? That something that caused her to change her mind obviously. He shouldn’t have done that. Again, asshole move. what was my problem and why was I so riled up? Seriously, even if they got together later, he was unreliable because he was willing to give up her secrets to others. It was all right that he did some of the stuff to protect her because of his own choice. But when he meddled like that to give away her secret, he swayed her choice and influenced her decision. I couldn’t forgive him for that. Who thought it was a good idea? Except to stretch out the episodes even more? They almost got it for this story YET failed on that front. Also, I guess it did tie in with what CK said previously about not making a decision based on what someone did. Because those were false. Exactly how the con job was with him helping Jack. He just didn’t know he was talking about himself. Yes, I called it a con job because it didn’t come from Jack. When the final episode rolled around, I understood why he felt self-conscious as to why he wouldn’t measure up to Summer for whatever reason, but he shouldn’t have helped Jack previously. It wasn’t his call regarding that matter. He could choose to not tell her his feelings–if that was so and let her move on, but don’t try to sway her decision by helping some random guy–and this time, it turned out to be a psycho and they almost lost their lives.
  • Ron and Kate. I was actually looking forward to their story the most. Having been a fan of their pairing since The Brink of Law. Some of their other collaborations might not be my favorite but they were still one of my favorite pairings. How was this collaboration? I wasn’t disappointed and I was intrigued the minute they met. I wanted to find out more about them. Was it some ongoing competition like they, themselves, claimed? Was it like what their mutual friends said as well? It seemed otherwise, and I was right. Some of the flashbacks scenes revealed details that others might not know. The reality show that Summer starred in really brought back some old memories for both parties because of where Summer was taken or how the show was presented that had reminded them of the old days. OMG, CK never learned. Each time during their meeting, it was always the same. He should have known by now. Each time CK suggested something, Summer went and did the opposite. Yet he still wanted to suggest otherwise? Seriously. He was so slow. But seeing their reactions toward one another, I was more amused than upset. Yes, I was worried for her safety with the ongoing accidents too, and how the direction of the show had veered toward. Yet their ongoing senseless disagreements were hilarious. OMG, the part where they appeared on the show together and he said she was a Black Widow? Although I got that they were arguing and sort of where he was coming from. But it once again jabbed at women who were too ambitious (typical TVB move) so I didn’t like that. (It was like typical TVB formula to dunk on career women and acted like it was fine yet they were fine with men fighting for jobs or careers or whatever. A total double standard. Perhaps, not just TVB but everywhere in movies or TV shows that rubbed me wrong in so many ways.) Do I blame Summer for accusing CK of being the mastermind behind the crazy threats and the sending of the fake hand and all? No. Why? Because he meddled. He broke her trust. So, why should I cut him slacks? Was she wrong before for accusing him? Yes, but he now proved himself unreliable by sharing her secrets with other people. So, she had every right to be upset and even came to the wrong conclusion. I seriously believe Ron and Kate bring out the best in one another. They haven’t lost their chemistry yet after so many collaborations. I even forgive and even forget what the hell the conflict was about previously during the airport scene. I just didn’t care about all those side arguments. I really wanted them to be together with that conversation. The exchange was really touching.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He appeared early on in this story to rescue Summer from the crazy lady who attacked her. Um, now I wanted to go sidetrack and ship Kenneth and Kate again because of Speech of Silence, lol. And continuing with his creepy vibe from the previous story, he showed that he indeed wasn’t going to drop that act anytime soon. I was starting to get the Columbo vibe as well because he kept mentioning how his girlfriend liked so and so yet the girlfriend never appeared. LOL! (The only difference was in Columbo’s case, it was his wife.) Well, they were saving his story for later, but yeah, the way it was with him keep mentioning her and using it as his background story was funny. He appeared again when Summer sought him out to investigate the various accidents onset. Well, it wasn’t really accidents since she was being targeted by a certain someone. It was a good time to bring him in to get to the bottom of it. Oh cool, he posed as a security guard at the TV station to investigate matters. I was wondering how he was doing with his mission. He was once again playing match-maker for this episode because he tipped Summer off about CK’s flight near the end.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was so cute, lol. Of course, how could he be missing from this segment, right? He was the trusty assistant after all. It was funny that he offered to help Summer in the future if there was a chance and Joe reminded him that he should submit his resignation letter first, lol.
  • Kenneth and Kate. I seriously resisted so long before putting them in. Even if his scenes seemed limited for this story–as suitable for the plot, his appearance each time with Kate made me want them to be together even more. Sorry, Ron, your character just sucked. (I made this comment before knowing about what happened to CK, so it wasn’t about his leg or anything. I just hated that he swayed the result toward Jack’s way and shared Summer’s secrets with outsiders.) But yeah, I just wanted to see them together. He appreciated her job and what she did, even if he only used an excuse of saying how his girlfriend loved her show. Unlike some people in here who acted like it was criminal for her to be a career woman. The scene where they were at the restaurant together and how Joe shared what he found out regarding CK with Summer, I just thought of that as another story for the two of them instead of another piece of puzzles regarding CK and Summer. Yes, it was that bad with me wishing they were together.
  • Casper Chan (陳思齊) as Kitty. Summer’s assistant. I was really mad at her for messing things up and indirectly responsible for the other dude stealing Summer’s ideas. Yet I guess can’t do anything about it anyway.
  • Samson Yeung (楊英偉) as Ho Bit Wai (何必威) aka Uncle Wai (威叔). Summer’s coworker. I don’t know how many shades of assholery he could manage, but I seriously wanted to slap him after learning that he stole Summer’s ideas. He dared to say that it was him who had brought her into the industry and helped her throughout the years? Wow! Not too surprising with the stealing ideas thing since it happened a lot within all sorts of industries. But seriously, I hate those kinds of thieves the most. Still dared to act all innocent. Also, he was a backstabbing asshole through and through. He still dared to badmouth Summer to SK after what he did. It wasn’t that surprising with his pattern, just really infuriating. I had my suspicions it was him responsible for the mishaps at the TV station, considering how he was really jealous of Summer and all. He was acting like he was willing to admit all of that? Wow, the audacity to say that because he was still arguing they had no proof it was him. It wasn’t until he got caught red-handed that he admitted to it. And then his rant was just all about trying to distract them and grab the USB. Luckily, Joe exposed him.
  • Iva Law (羅泳嫻) as Li Hou Yee (李皓兒) / Chloe. Summer’s roommate and friend. She could be hilarious yet was somewhat aggressive with trying to pursue CK that it could be annoying. Luckily, she finally walked away when she realized he didn’t like her. Well, she misunderstood but still able to step away. I thought she would be more annoying than Kei Kei yet I realized it wasn’t so. Although she did misunderstand regarding CK and Kei Kei’s situation and ended up passing on the wrong information to Summer later, it was an honest mistake on her part. It wasn’t like she did it on purpose with intention, unlike how Kei Kei had taken actions to prevent CK and Summer from meeting up. And thank you for a little reality check–even if just a little, because Chloe admitted later in private with Summer and Dicky that she was really annoyed that Jack stole their thunder by proposing during hers and Dicky’s wedding. She even said if it wasn’t for Summer, she would have already kicked Jack for such a move.
  • Eric Li (李天翔) as Lok Wa Dik (駱華迪) / Dicky. A fashion designer, also Summer and Chloe’s friend. I like Eric so glad he was in this story. He was so funny. He always managed to drive away the intensity of the situation by making jokes or exaggerating about matters to make Summer and Chloe laugh. Definitely a reliable friend to them. I swear he was gay. Seriously. Or maybe that was telling us to stop it with the stereotypes and how each person projected themselves to us.
  • Eric and Iva. OMG, they were hilariously cute. One minute she was loving to him, the next she shoved him behind a chair to hide from Summer. I was glad that she didn’t hide him for too long, though. Chloe told Summer the truth when they were going to dinner that one time and he forgot to reserve a spot, so they ended up cooking a meal at home instead. Their sweetness was too much for Summer, lol. They got married so fast. But I guessed whatever made them happy. They were indeed cute though. The other thing I loved about them was that they didn’t just rush Summer to marry Jack or anything. They were truly sad because they knew that Summer didn’t really love Jack. The fact that they no longer paid attention to the time and almost forgotten about their trip–if Summer didn’t remind them of it–proved that they really cared for her. They were her true friends all right. They once again proved they cared by cutting their honeymoon short and came back to spend time with Summer. They even chided Summer for not telling them earlier regarding what happened with Jack. The way they persuaded Summer to go after CK was equally cute. They knew too well she didn’t love Jack so why bother, right? Not to mention how they pointed out that she shouldn’t take what happened as her responsibility but wanted her to cherish the right person.
  • Lee Yee Man (李綺雯) as Yu Ka Kei (余家琪) aka Kei Kei (琪琪). CK’s assistant. She was so mad that she only had 40% compatibility with CK? LOL! Whatever. That was seriously senseless though. What was funnier was how she plugged in Summer’s info and it ended up being 90%. She should have listened to him and forget about it. I do feel bad for her because CK had used her as an excuse to stop the shooting for Jack’s segment. Luckily, there wasn’t anything serious with her situation or it would be super awkward later. OMG, I felt so bad for her. I thought that she might be annoying with the description under her character about being Summer’s love rival. BUT she was seriously so unlucky. Even Chloe vomited on her, and also misunderstood that she and CK had already been together based on that one conversation. Or more like some words that Chloe overheard. She found it hilarious actually, but she was always around when things got awkward, lol. Okay, I held out as long as I could. When she talked CK out of confessing to Summer, I was skeptical but wanted to think it was because she was seriously concerned for CK. YET when she went behind his back to send a message to Summer to cancel the date, I was ready to attack. Seriously? What the hell? That was another level of low. She should get together with Uncle Wai for being a backstabber. (And seriously, people should lock their phones. It shouldn’t be that easy to get into his phone. Or did she know his passcode?) Even if I was mad at CK for sharing Summer’s secrets with outsiders, I wouldn’t want her to win regardless. She just became more and more unbearable throughout the rest of the episodes. I will admit, she was really smart when she said it could be Jack who was responsible. She didn’t understand why he would do that either because Jack already won regarding Summer and all and was about to get married to Summer, but she indeed came to the correct conclusion. She was right about him being crazy, though. Even if she was just guessing. And she had no right to tell CK to forget about Summer. Even if I didn’t support the pairing 100% (not because of his leg, which we only found out the truth near the end but would miss if we didn’t pay attention during the part where they had the failed date), it wasn’t her call to tell him to forget. It was CK’s right to care for someone or not, or to forget or not, NOT her call. And just because she did all of those things for him didn’t mean that he had to accept her. Again, I hate prize-winning strategy, no matter if it was the guy or the girl doing it. SO yeah, tough luck on winning me over with this plotline.
  • Chung Chi Kwong (鍾志光) as Miu Si Keung (苗仕強) / SK aka Cat Dung Keung (貓屎強). He was seriously two-faced, but not too surprising. He had to be flexible to the demands of the bosses upstairs.
  • Jack Hui (許家傑) as Dr. Lui. A plastic surgeon. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. How was the doctor? Because he was a plastic surgeon, I had this bias against him with how those doctors always want to fix people. Even if Jack (the actor, not talking about the character because I just realized one of the contestants was named Jack) was really charming with his smile and all, but the initial bias was still there. As the story progressed and how they got to go places together, he seemed genuine about caring for the little kids and all. However, one had to take into consideration that they were filming, so he might just be doing that to score points. Yes, he can’t win with me regardless, lol. I knew it! He couldn’t be trusted just based on that charming smile. LOL! Yes, finally saw the part where he was with his girlfriend and got caught by CK. (I paused it for now but my guess would be he just wants to be on the show to promote himself and his business.)
  • Otto Chan (陳志健) as Cheng Gam Hin (鄭錦賢) aka Righteous Superman (正義超人). A local councilman. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He really lived up to his nickname and also his title of being a councilman. He really cared about his community and wanted to help them. It was just too bad he was a better actor than projected. I knew it was kind of somewhat unreal because they all appeared on the show, so it was easy to put up a front. Luckily, he was discovered by CK because of the clip that he had managed to capture yet didn’t realize it until later. Now I got why (according to spoilers) that they were seriously down to less than preferable candidates for the show hence letting the crazy dude win.
  • Marcus Kwok (郭田葰) as Chong Hou King (莊浩景) aka King Sir. A financial expert. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He knew a lot and yes, he did live up to his title with all the things he listed and talked about. But I got the feeling of a show-off right from the start. Well, Ms. Lee–his old teacher– had praised him a lot for his kind heart and he tried to tell her otherwise. But still, I wasn’t that convinced with him. Okay, so I was only wrong about the councilman dude because I totally called it with this guy being flaky.
  • William Chak (翟威廉) as Jack Chan Chik (陳積). A chairman of a fitness company. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He loved all things that were sports and loved doing outdoor activities and always stayed fit. Wow, proposing during someone’s wedding is an asshole move regardless. Even if they set it up that Chloe didn’t mind BUT what the hell was that? I didn’t like him in the first place–like way before how he allowed himself to use CK’s ideas for the dream house, but that move? YUP, it brought him into the asshole category just based on that alone. Oh…Jack had multi-personality disorder. No wonder. I only read part of the spoiler, not all. So yeah, didn’t have all the info. Still. Scary indeed. Well, at least, he got help at the end, right? No one had to die. It wasn’t dramatic like those longer dramas. So, he had a chance to recover. He released all the animals in the cages and other confinements? LOL! That was hilarious and also a sign for Summer to let go and find her own happiness, lol. Corny, but someone had to do it to drive forward the ending. Those two were moving so slowly.
  • Amy Ng (吳幸美) as Da Jie (Da姐). A host.
  • Koo Ming Wah (古明華) as Chow Gung (周恭). A chef. A special guest on the reality show Summer was on. He was a pervert. It was obvious. But still a hilarious appearance with his criticism on their choices of sweet soups.
  • Albert Law (羅浩楷) as So Man Dong (蘇文東). A geomancer. A special guest on the reality show Summer was on. Kind of a fun way to distract the audience with his take.
  • The overall story? It wasn’t that bad like I thought. I think it was because of the chemistry Ron and Kate shared that made me forgive all the flaws that the story had. I just wanted them together–like I said in the couple discussion above. Also, because the paparazzi wasn’t the main focus like how it was hogging almost all parts of the story like the first one so I was less annoyed with the story. I was able to step into both of their worlds previously and enjoy their story more. I will admit around episode 3 of their story it got a tad annoying with side dramas and stupid plot lines. But other than that, I thought it was better than what I expected–after the disappointment from the first story. It wasn’t completely satisfying, but Ron and Kate’s chemistry made everything worked out and was more convincing in that sense.
  • What was Joe’s trick this time? He had Ming’s friend misplace CK’s painting of Summer on purpose, so CK missed his flight hence reuniting with Summer. (I knew it! I meant I guessed Joe had done something along the line to delay the flight or at least forced CK to miss it somehow, so CK and Summer could reunite. I suspected it as soon as CK said he couldn’t believe someone lost their belongings.) It was actually Ming’s girlfriend who helped. Joe couldn’t believe Ming had a girlfriend but he, himself, who had done a lot of good deeds for others didn’t. LOL! They disclosed how Joe was still after Toni but wasn’t successful and Ming told him to give it up. Joe was determined on his goals, lol. It was hinting at his story coming up with how he glanced down at his phone and we saw his picture with Toni once again like how the last story’s ended with having a scene after the credits to show what Joe and his assistant did each time.

Autumn: Love Withered (愛情枯萎)

My second favorite season because of the breezy feeling and colorful leaves. How did the story fend for this one?

Seriously, people? I wanted to resist all comments until the ending because of how I jumped to conclusions regarding some things the last few times and had to rethink my decisions whether to delete or not. But this time, they targeted Virgo like that. I didn’t like that Kim had stolen the blind guy’s spot on the bus like that. Now it was disclosed she was a Virgo? What were they hinting at? It wasn’t like horoscope was anything other than fun to look at. But Virgo usually gets the most misunderstood because they were different from those other outgoing signs. Not saying that there are no assholes having Virgo signs, but usually, when there was attitude involved, people blamed Virgo and other stars just got off so easily with other excuses so yeah, I had to get that out.

  • Nancy Wu as Ho Chau Sang (何秋生) / Kim. A hairstylist. Because of the initial scene with her stealing the blind guy’s spot on the bus, it made me bias against her. However, Kim seemed to be the type that was straightforward and harsh with her words at times yet had a heart made of tofu. That was why she was easily persuaded and taken advantage of by others. She was seriously unlucky though, choosing the wrong person and then having to endure their unreasonableness. I liked her straightforward attitude. It was better than all those flaky caring words from a certain someone who didn’t mean it at all. What was wrong with that? Even if she was straightforward with her words, she wasn’t wrong about that. At least, she kept the basics of social structures in order to get along with others, especially obvious with her job and her professionalism. At home and out of the workplace, she deserved to be herself. At least she didn’t violate basic social etiquette. Unlike some people who acted like they owned the world and demanded she caved or they would slap her with every single label to make her feel that she was wrong. I was surprised when she sought out a private eye to help her with her suspicion, because it wasn’t the PIs would hand out discounts, lol. However, what Joe said in the restaurant was true. She was the type that wanted to know the truth regardless, so it made sense for her to choose the straightforward approach. Nancy’s acting was very good. No doubt about that. It wasn’t anything new that she couldn’t handle. She carried her character throughout. Her emotions showed throughout regardless of the things she went through at each stage of the story–whether it was the reality or the alternate version. She was also very natural in the role, with no awkwardness whatsoever.
  • Vincent Wong as Fung Sau Man (馮修文) / Simon. A lawyer. He was likable for the most part in the first version of the main story and then alternate timeline. I didn’t want to comment much on him, considering how I realized the story was going to return to its original course anyway.
  • Nancy and Vincent. They did have chemistry during the initial scenes before their lives turned out different. Then the alternate timeline showed their chemistry even more. Although she was the worst in that timeline, their scenes together were convincing enough.
  • Oscar Leung as Fong Ka Wai (方家偉) / Ray. A hairstylist. I felt bad for him initially that he was stuck between his mother and his wife and had to deal with his unreliable younger brother. But I felt he was really unreasonable later on. Sure, he had every right to be upset and worried when his mother had landed in the hospital and had to do therapy, etc. But I felt he was the stubborn, uncompromising one, NOT Kim. Kim had a soft heart and was easily moved when she realized what she’d done. She went and tried to redeem herself, unlike him who acted high and mighty and wanted to be right. He was projecting. All the things that he accused Kim of, he was it. The fact that he couldn’t see what his own mother was able to see of Kim made it even more frustrating as well. Once again, he can be mad and upset and reacted however he wanted because of that accident. But to continue with that pettiness once the other person realized it was best to compromise and try harder? That was just plain ridiculous. And these comments were made before it was revealed that he was actually cheating. No wonder he didn’t accept it that she was finally compromising. The initial parts were misunderstandings, but it didn’t help that it had turned to real and had exposed to us how he had reacted anyway. The only time that he was good was during the alternate timeline where he was Kim’s friend because he and May were married. I complained up and down about his character at various points, but I will say that Oscar never failed where acting was involved. He was really convincing throughout. I was also surprised TVB made him the star of the story and not Vincent–although Vincent did have his rising moments, the way the ending went, it was obvious Oscar was the star of the story alongside Nancy.
  • Nancy and Oscar. Interesting pairing. Have they ever paired up like this before or was it just collaboration for this one? Anyway, regarding their characters and the plot, I initially understood too well they didn’t match because of their different frame of mind. He was indeed kind and caring toward his family. I was actually annoyed at first with her for being too vain with wanting some of those fancy stuff. However, I was later upset with his lack of backbone toward his family. Yeah, I got it, it was his family after all, but if he didn’t value what she said, it was indeed infuriating and unfair for her. His lying to her about the younger brother unable to keep the mother there was ridiculous too and an insult to her. What in the world was he thinking? Yes, trying to keep peace within the household as much as he could. But using those tactics only worked temporarily. It would backfire. Also, using her words against her? Wow! And yes, I was right about the lying being senseless and unnecessary. Kim found out that her mother-in-law wasn’t afraid of dogs. Far from it, she even had four dogs at one time. (That was the excuse he used as the reason why his mother couldn’t move in with his brother aka his brother had a dog and his mom was scared of dogs.) So, yeah, not going to go well. Yup, she even had proof by borrowing the neighbor’s dog for her mother-in-law to play with. So, that was already subtle. Obviously, this wasn’t about the dog. He broke her trust in him by lying like that. He should have told her the truth. Even if she would still be upset by the current situation they were in but at least, that was the truth. He totally missed the point. He brought all the past up and it still didn’t matter. Yes, like I said before, I didn’t like her vain outlook on stuff at times, but that was who she was. He knew. He agreed to save money with her and they both went through some cuts on spending to save money. But the point was they both understood the situation and agreed on it, making the decision together. This time, it was about him lying to her and robbing her of the chance of making a decision. That was what he didn’t get. The ongoing situation with his mother and how they kept getting into arguments, I swear he had no right to criticize her. He wasn’t there and didn’t understand the context of the conversation. He always took his mother’s side anyway. So she was wrong regardless of what she said or did. It was stupid and frustrating to no end. Her omission of not knowing about why his mother was so careless when crossing the streets hence getting hit? (Or almost got hit.) I didn’t care one way or another at that point. She was equally scared of what might happen. But her initial words were correct. I didn’t care for the other family anymore. It wasn’t me being biased and sided with Kim, but he wouldn’t stand up to his family regardless. He didn’t discuss with her regarding the other thing. Now he wanted to share information? Asshole. Also, he sure took after his mother all right. Expired meat is a health issue, last time I checked. Sure, arguing over it wouldn’t help BUT not getting rid of it? You want to poison the whole family? Her sense of privacy was wrong? Seriously, what do these people operate on? How about we go through everything of his and his mother? Would they make a fuss about it then? Anything they said was right and anything Kim said was wrong? I know the meat or other matter wasn’t the issue, it was their lack of communication and their uncompromising ways. But seriously, it was ridiculous that the truth didn’t matter anymore and you have to cave in just because. So they rather be poisoned? That was the point? Die by food poisoning? That was how it was going to be? Oh, so when all failed, jump back in to blame her inattentiveness? He previously said just ignore what his mother did and just be on her way and everything would be over in half a year. Yet now he wanted to tell her to be more attentive to his mother and pay attention to her? (It was the part where he said his mother was taking meds and if she was blind to not see those medications.) You can’t move the goalposts on people just because you wanted to win an argument. Or like if it didn’t fit your principles at that moment. It was ridiculous. He still dared act all pitiful after that incident with accidentally cutting into a customer’s ear? Really? YES, I’m all out mad and all the way on her team now, so I don’t care anymore if everyone on his side dies. YES, that extreme. But it was ridiculous with them moving the goalposts all the time to suit their purpose. (And I was right as his brother passed his own duty off to Kim AND probably will somehow play the victim later too.) She was already willing to cave and compromise and tried her best to win her mother-in-law’s trust YET he still acted like she was the problem? Really? Yeah, they weren’t the best of friends previously, so he had the right to be worried. But seriously, why was it all right that his mother got to be the blunt one yet when she said true, honest words, she was the monster? It was ridiculous. Once again, using that word, but I don’t know what other word to use without cursing him to the next century. Even if he was right that they couldn’t keep holding themselves back and trying to please one another only because his world contained more people than just her, but he seriously only cared about himself. Even if using her attitude as an example, he made himself out to be the victim more than her. In fact, he made it like he was the only victim or something. I didn’t think she shouldn’t force herself to change for his sake either and was just putting a bandage on the situation, but he must be blind to not see how much effort she put in to take care of his mother and much more. Oh, of course, he wasn’t there but seriously, he always focused on the wrong thing and always managed to make her the monster just because. During the do-over of the main story, they seemed happier but didn’t last long either. This time, it was because of how fame got away from him and he got cocky. I was surprised they did the longer way around and somehow made her forgive him and they started over. It was like he could do no wrong regardless. Like if he messed up, as long as he proved himself, he was good and got the good ending. But she messed up? She had to jump through ten hoops yet was still in the wrong. I was surprised and in some ways found the ending different instead of letting her ending up with Vincent’s character instead. But it was like making me really unease with how they were all right with his lying, cheating ass as long as he repented later. But the various timelines that were played out before? She had to cave and do so much yet wasn’t to anyone’s satisfaction either.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He finally appeared in the second episode of the story at the restaurant where Kim went to. He was there for their appointment actually. Funny. Joe posing as blind person to follow Ray was another level of cleverness. He cracked me up so much. It was something I needed after all that frustration and intensity. Imagine if someone caught a blind guy trying to snap some pictures, lol. He was sure fast though, managing to grab his camera to take pictures as he was pretending to be blind and trying to navigate with his cane. Of course, he was a pro after all, so it shouldn’t be too surprising. But that was slick. He appeared in the alternate timeline because Simon made an appointment with him and wanted him to investigate Kim. Well, they knew one another personally as well, but the main reason for Simon to see him was to investigate Kim.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was so cute and funny, explaining their private detective agency’s policies and how they had a 98% satisfaction rate. When asked about the 2% by Kim, he responded by saying it was because those people were the unreasonable kind, lol.
  • Joe and Ming trying to get the pictures. Seriously, how hard was it? They thought they had it in the bag already but it was just too hard each time. The angle wasn’t right or someone was wearing a mask. But they finally got it when the Taxi driver said that the other two hadn’t paid the whole fee yet. (Some bills were missing.)
  • Kenneth and Nancy. Anyone wanted them together as well? Yes, I found it really funny that I’m silently shipping people who had nothing to do with one another than the ones involved in the story.
  • JJ Jia as Luk Si Mei (陸思美) / May. A hairstylist. She didn’t wait long to move in on him. They totally deserved one another but seriously? She sure knew when to pick the exact time to jump in. Well, the initial part was a misunderstanding and how she only wanted to help him–or so it seemed. Yet later parts? She totally had a plan to jump in. What was with getting him drunk and then trying to offer herself up? Not to mention how she kept playing the gentle and pitiful person to gain points with him even more after the misunderstanding. In the do-over segment of the story, she was seen as already married and have one kid. It turned out that she was married to Ray but the kid wasn’t his as she later confessed to him. Either timeline, she sucked. Even if she didn’t mean to BUT she concealed the secret from Ray, which caused the situation to turn from bad to worse. It turned out fine for her because she technically didn’t cheat on Ray, just that she wasn’t sure because of the timeline and only knew about it after the kid was born. Since Ray didn’t mind about that, that wasn’t a problem anymore. Her luck ran out once again when they had the do-over for the main story. She was fated to be the third party or something.
  • Susan Tse as Chiu Suk Hing (趙淑卿). Used to be a celebrity, now a calligraphy expert. Simon’s mother. She did have an air about her and how proud she was of her work. But for once, I did not blame her for some of her actions in here. She had some strict disciplines hence higher expectations. Even if I mentioned below how inconsistent the writers made Kim’s character out to be in the alternate timeline, I felt I needed to rate her based on that. Yes, working with what I have. I was surprised she even accepted the medicine Kim offer after what happened. Her reputation got tarnished after that calligraphy mishaps after all. She was already lenient with willing to accept it. Then how fast she was to accept the apology from Kim. Sure, it seemed like some time had passed, but I wouldn’t blame her if she was upset for a longer period of time. She almost died after all. What was even more, she wanted to leave the new house that was mentioned on the phone to her son and Kim. (Kim overheard the conversation but totally misunderstood and thought it was about Simon, but Amy was with her other son. She wasn’t talking about Simon.) How could she still be so calm after realizing her son was in an accident? I meant she worried and upset, but it was a surprise she didn’t kick Kim out. NOT that I wanted any more dramas, but I was surprised she had so much patience. And I spoke too soon because she finally showed traces of being upset by shoving Kim aside when Amy escorted Simon home. It was her right to be upset after all. Not to mention what she revealed afterward with how her son couldn’t have kids like he wanted anymore, just because of a senseless misunderstanding.
  • Helen Ma as So Siu Mui (蘇笑妹). Ray’s mother. How could someone be so oblivious as not to understand the basic courtesy expressed in public? Seriously. It was ridiculous. I didn’t care if she had an attitude or if she was bringing her son some of their traditional food, that was their history and culture and all. But what I did mind was what I already said with basic courtesy toward others. I thought she would at least make an effort to be nice and polite to others out in public. But no, she disregarded all public neutral rules and expected others to cave into her. It was ridiculous. I thought the older generation usually liked to keep face. Or was that just wanting respect for herself and just not others? Really? Not only that but her basic disregard for hygiene and others’ personal space was ridiculous as well. Helen’s acting was convincing, no doubt about that. It brought out the absolute worst about the character. Yet I wished there was a redeeming quality about the character itself. It was ridiculous–as I seemed to be using a lot for this review as an overall. What else? When all failed (like logic wasn’t on her side), she resorted to playing a victim in front of her son. It was ridiculous (yes, that word again) that she shifted the blame toward Kim just because Kim was right about her senseless buying habits and wasteful use of storage spaces. When she accused Kim of being spoiled because Kim tossed out all expired items, it was indeed a new level of assholery. Really? Kim warned her previously not to buy too much or they wouldn’t be able to use it in time. That was a reasonable suggestion. Now? It expired like Kim said YET Kim was the asshole for having to toss it out or they would end up with food poisoning? Yet she turned around and accused Kim? What she said regarding basic genuine and how she couldn’t live in comfort with her old habits was ridiculous too. What was that? Why didn’t she just go live with her precious youngest son then if he was so caring? Also, regarding not being able to put too much oil into food? It is a health issue and with her age, she shouldn’t put too much oil into her own food either. It would increase other health issues in the future. Yet somehow Kim was the monster for trying not to kill her? WOW! I already know she had major boundary issues yet she dared to go into their room and searched through it? (Yeah, it was the comment about the hairdryer.) Somehow, she managed to turn around the play victim once again yet accused Kim of playing the victim. Classic gaslighting. AND yet somehow, she managed to use the “old people” card to get away from everything again. So, the part where she finally gave Kim a chance to start over with her, I felt Helen’s acting was really good. Like I said before, I never doubted her acting. But that was a real turnaround. I welcomed it. At that point, Helen was able to exude and act with her eyes and her limited smile (as her character was still recovering) that showed us she was genuine about Kim’s offer of making peace and meeting halfway. I guess, she was finally able to see the good side of Kim and how patient Kim was, and Kim’s actions and what she was willing to do were more important than those harsh words previously. Her way of caring was different, the straightforward approach–rather than the overly sweet words yet didn’t carry any actions. I appreciated that she finally acknowledged and made peace with Kim when she attempted to talk that one time when Kim visited and cut her hair for her. In the do-over of the main story, she and Kim got along better because both were willing to compromise. So, there was less tension.
  • Sammi Cheung (張秀文) as Wong Lei Yan(黃莉欣) / Charlie. Simon’s wife, later divorced. She had a happy ending with Simon in the main story. When it was the do-over for the main timeline, it was believed that she cheated on him and he divorced her after that.
  • Kayi Cheung (張嘉兒) as Dan Ngai Mei (單艾美) / Amy. An ophthalmologist.
  • Hero Yuen (阮政峰) as Fong Ka Yip (方家業). Ray’s younger brother. Coward and selfish in every way. Sure, I got why he didn’t want to be stuck with their mother either. But seriously? Making all those lame excuses to guilt-trip Ray into taking their mom in? I wasn’t on Ray’s side for lying, but seriously. It was ridiculous that he shrugged it off and acted all pitiful toward Ray when approached. The other two already have their problems, he didn’t create that. If it wasn’t his mother’s situation, it would be something else. But it showed their character when he dodged from the situation and let others take care of it for him. The hospital scene was a new level of assholery coming from him too. Seriously? Where the hell was he all this time? Now he dared to show up and question the other two about the situation? He only acted like he cared, but his actions had shown otherwise. I hated him more and more as the story progressed. It was like ridiculous. He kept passing off his duties to others YET somehow got away with it just because he was family.
  • The theme. I was surprised that some characters got together so fast and then the timeline shifted forward. But I was actually a little glad it was different from the last two stories. However, it brought back the theme of an inevitable one and the most annoying. It was about in-laws and how everyone who wanted to get married had to deal with it. The most annoying one that couldn’t be bypass regardless of who. Well, unless the in-laws were already dead, then you’re clear and could face other issues instead. Yeah, I said it, but sadly it’s true. Unless you hit the jackpot with the perfect in-laws, somehow down the road, they would always be a problem. Or unless like I just said, already dead so can’t judge you and force you to change just because. It doesn’t matter it’s from the guy’s side or the girl’s side. And they totally wanted to do a fusion with marriage problems in this one or something. Because they also brought in infidelity as part of the reason that might not work out for couples, etc. AND they tossed in the formula with Kim being pregnant as part of the bonus too. Just to mess with Kim and the rest of the audience even more.
  • The shift of the story aka alternate storyline. What? Okay, good one. They totally got me. I was wondering how things would turn out that Kim would end up with Simon, but they did the alternate approach? What? It was indeed different and intriguing. Thank you for changing it up a bit with the pattern. Even if I knew that it wouldn’t turn out well either way, because of the season’s theme. Sad though. (I made these comments above before seeing how the change in the story would be but wanted it to be different. Too bad, I was right.) But regardless, I think the lesson of the story wasn’t about having a do-over. It was knowing how to deal with the situation and its outcome. Regardless of whether Kim got the ideal husband or not, she still had to deal with her problems like clashing with her mother-in-law or not knowing how to compromise regarding matters. Even if she tried to compromise and do her best with what she got, the outcome was the same. She can’t expect a do-over each time. But I found it ridiculous (yes, that word again) that Kim couldn’t fend for herself completely in that high-class society place. Because when she was in the regular timeline, she seriously had a taste. Even if her taste were expensive and all, but she loved steak and even wanted to travel all over Europe. So, that was already there before the midpoint with the change about how she ended up marrying Simon instead of Ray. So, how could she change so much that she ended up being so oblivious to expensive items and not being attentive to more valuable items? I would understand she found calligraphy boring and hard to do, but other things? It was outrageous to present such a scene and say that she would run into problems anyway. I would understand clashing with the mother-in-law regarding calligraphy or some other high expectations. But about the change in food and taste with other items? Seriously? If they were trying to make a point with no do-over, at least make it fit her current personality. Why would she do those stuff that was out of her original personality? That incident with the ketchup onto the drawing? I knew it would happen before it did. Because that was how they created even more dramas and cause trouble for Kim. Yet, it was ridiculous and once again didn’t make sense. It went back to what I said bout her not liking those types of food. She ate healthier items than that. It was based on how she had a sensitive stomach and didn’t like eating oily stuff. So, why create that scenario? Not to mention how it created the scenario with her being careless with the medicines on purpose to make a point. I couldn’t accept that. In the main timeline, she was just straightforward but right about the things she was stubborn about. How could they create this timeline and make her out to be completely ignorant to make a point? It was once again ridiculous. It didn’t match up with her personality in the main timeline.
  • What was the lesson of the story aside from don’t expect a do-over? Don’t be too honest. People rather be lied to. Kim was honest about that lady’s hair during the calligraphy show YET she had upset the other party. Should she have been that blunt? NOPE, she totally read the room wrong. However, was that her fault completely to be an honest person and try to help? NOPE. People just loved being lied to. That was why it was senseless to attend such a show. The high-class society was always about fake people and their show-off attitudes. The moving of the goalposts by the writer also astonished me. What was their point? No do-over or was it because of Kim’s uncompromising way? If it was her uncompromising way, then why would they think it was all right to make her the bad person during the alternate version with her so careless and reckless that caused her mother-in-law’s safety? But they were all right with wanting her to compromise when it was the real-time version with her not wanting her mother-in-law to be poisoned by expired food? Pick one, please. It was ridiculous with what the story was driving at. If they were so adamant to make Kim wrong, stick with one theme. She can’t be wrong because she didn’t want to poison someone (main timeline) or had poisoned someone by accident (alternate timeline). Both can’t be true.
  • The similarities and differences of both timelines. The majority of the template was there with how marriage was good at first but they had run into trouble because of some issues with the mother-in-law. Then came the possible infidelity and also finding out Kim was pregnant. However, the main timeline had Kim straightforward yet the alternate timeline made her beyond oblivious to things on purpose to make a point. It was later revealed that she wasn’t really pregnant in the alternate timeline. Because her name and another patient were similar hence the mistake. Yet what was even more tragic? Before she could go switch the results out, it was discovered by Simon. The right way was to sort it all out, but was the alternate Kim that brave to do it? She wanted to say it out yet was stopped. Yet if she really wanted to say it, it wouldn’t be hard, right? Considering her nature in that alternate timeline, right? AND how in the world did Kim not learn her lesson? What in the world? The writers were totally messing with us. Because how could Kim be so oblivious to the situation and still brag to her friends and hang out? What was the point of this dragged-out alternate timeline? Except to somehow keep piling on that Kim was wrong? It was ridiculous.
  • What was one of the overlooked tragedies of it all? You might not be worth anything to your mother-in-law if you don’t become an incubator and pop out ten million babies. Think I’m exaggerating? That friend of Kim wasn’t wrong when she said her mother-in-law changed her tune after she had some kids. It was always that. I’m not against babies in general. Just hate the concept of forcing others to have babies. Or like you’re not worth anything if you can’t pop out tons of babies. It’s a very toxic mentality. People should only have babies because they want them, NOT because of some other reasons.
  • The lesson that was said by her mom during the end of the fourth episode of the story. Her attitude because of the criticism? Granted, she was a little kid after all. Yes, it was right for the mother to tell her to dial it back and set a good example for her since little. But must she grovel to everyone in life and let herself to taken advantage of to be a good person? Goody-two shoes were the most unrealistic of this world. They seriously wanted her to be a pushover?
  • The second do-over of the main story. What? Completely confused. Thought it would return her timeline to the original time when she was at her worse and go from there. But I guess whatever worked. One of the changes that I liked was her not cutting the old man off and even offered to take him there. That was after she learned the odd couple who she kept bumping into had a completely different story behind them. I guessed the final take from these stories was that her bias had prevented her from learning the true version behind some of the reasons why her mother-in-law did some of the things she did. Also, some of the reasons behind some other people’s lives as well. YUP, it was more and more obvious that the writers wanted Kim to be a pushover to be worthy of a protagonist according to them or something. Because Kim had already compromised and was more attentive to others around her. Yet what was that price? It was still the same with everything else. Her husband was meant to cheat–whether she overreacted or not. Yet the solution to the cheating was that she hadn’t done enough? Simon wanted to respect her choice, whichever she chose, and helped her. However, his advice to her? Yeah, encouraging her confidence and helping her building herself up was fine. But it made me want to kick the scriptwriters in the teeth even more.
  • The overall story? The concept was creative enough in some ways. But I hated that it forced Kim to change so much just to be likable. It acted like men could do no wrong and she was the problem with not changing her attitude time after time again. There was either too much attitude or she was just too gentle or whatever. Or like she had to learn to know every single thing. Like learning to be perfect in others’ eyes. All those senseless etiquettes and useless techniques that only high-class society cared about. It seemed to be always her fault whatever she did. She always had to change and no one else had to change. What message were they trying to send? Don’t change yourself? Well, except for when you need to change for the world? Sure, changing her perspective helped her see some of the other people’s perspectives even more. But the key parts of the timeline didn’t change. It was poor execution regardless of timeline. Like I said before, I wanted to kick the scriptwriters in the teeth. Watching this story was the most exhausting comparing to the past two. And the fact that I didn’t like the first one said a lot. The actors in here did a splendid job. The story was just all over the place because it moved the goalpost too many times.
  • The ending? It was very unexpected. I would have thought she ended up with Simon. Yet she accepted Ray again after the do-over? Well, it seemed like he learned his lesson and became more attentive to things around him. However, I felt that it seemed he could do no wrong. That excuse with what Simon said about men cheating because they liked new things was just another excuse. Also, women cheating was unexcusable because of how Simon choose to divorce his wife. Yeah, people are probably saying that I missed the point, but it seemed like the writers moved the goalpost too much that I no longer understand the purpose of this story.

Winter: Frozen Love (冰封的愛)

3rd favorite season. How was the story?

Um, a dream repeating for over 100 times?

  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安) aka On Gor (安哥). Finally, it was his story. How was he when he was the main guy of the story? He was so cute, lol. Such a nerd but so cute. He lived up to his character throughout and I enjoyed his story immensely and Kenneth’s acting to bring out his character’s struggles and his many emotions at each state.
  • Myolie Wu as Yiu Dong Nei (姚冬妮) / Toni. History and Culture Guide. I initially liked her. Until she ruined by forcing him to accept his father just because the guy was his father. I actually said, “How’s it working out with your father lately, huh?” during the scene where she said Joe could choose whatever he wanted as long as he didn’t regret it. Yeah, she and her father weren’t on speaking terms yet expected others to do the same? So yeah, I didn’t like her hypocritical reasoning either. Once again, the plot probably failed her because dramas often forced characters to forgive someone because of blood relations. BUT they should have known better than plugging that in for her when she was facing similar issues with trust and all. And I seriously did not mean the part where she helped him solve the puzzle of his mom’s story, but the part before that when he was painting and was still in denial of the truth. Some things might not appear the way it was presented as we learned through their investigations. However, I felt it was a bit over to see how she was criticizing him when she couldn’t get over her own obstacles with her father. I applauded her for breaking from her father’s hold on her but just didn’t like it that she was forcing Joe to accept just because of blood relations–as stated before. So was I laughing my eyes out when he did the same to her? Yes, I was. Because if you didn’t like people meddling into your business, you shouldn’t do it to them.
  • Kenneth and Myolie. Refreshing in a way. However, I thought that the other cases beforehand ruined it for me since the buildup was so mysterious and all yet it turned out so and so.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. Again, adorable. So dorky but adorable with trying to stall for Joe. Then his obvious concern for Joe when Joe was missing.
  • Bowie Wu (胡楓) as Yiu Xue Yan (姚學仁). Toni’s father. I knew he was a better liar than his wife. His lies and excuses were really pathetic too. Finally disclosing stuff because she already remembered and found out the truth? That wasn’t revealing the truth. That was just latching onto the moment and trying to gain sympathy. I didn’t care for his reasons. He was a hypocrite through and through. I didn’t care for his pitiful acts later on, even if he claimed he didn’t want his daughter to worry for him, etc. thus forgiving him based on that. If it were reversed with how she’d done wrong against him, people wouldn’t judge lightly. Yet because he got the golden ticket of being a parent, he was automatically forgiven. So yeah, I didn’t care for it.
  • Chun Wong (秦煌) as Chu Ka Shing (朱家成). Joe’s father. I felt so bad for him, lol. He kept getting pestered to remember something that happened in 1997. It was driving him insane. He did get some good food and fun memories along the way, but seriously. So his story turned out much more than just a character to help Toni at times with her missing past, etc. His acting was really convincing as always.
    • Anthony Ho (何遠東) as Young Chu Ka Shing.
  • Pauline Chow (周寶霖) as Chow Siu Wai (周小蔚). Toni’s cousin. I don’t know what to say. But I found her really annoying in here. Her rants at times just made me feel icky. And her desperate attempts to get with Joe. It was ridiculous and unrelatable. Even if we found out later that Joe wasn’t really allergic to eggs but it was a psychological issue, she totally risked his health and well-being so she could kiss him? How pathetic and toxic was that? I didn’t find it a laughing matter at all. So I was just glad that she didn’t appear much more than intended in the story.
  • Cecilia Fong (方伊琪) as Yu Pui Lai (余培麗). Toni’s mother.
  • Quinn Ho (何君誠) as Kong Hou Lam (江浩林). Toni’s ex-boyfriend.
    • Brian Chu (朱敏瀚) as Young Kong Hou Lam.
  • The ending? It was cute with the two meaning to give one another a camera or film roll for their goodbye gifts during their parting scene, but they missed one another. I guessed it was better than expected but I thought the middle parts killed it for me, so I was still taking points for the overall story.

Overall feelings? I initially wanted to put winter as the favorite story because of Kenneth’s character and the mystery involved with him helping Toni finding out the past. However, it spun into some outrageous story all over again with forgiving people because of blood relations so that took all the points away from it for me. After I tossed their story out, it was a struggle between summer and autumn. I chose summer to be my favorite story in the end because, despite its many annoyance with some characters, I liked both of Ron and Kate’s characters and their journey throughout. I could almost forgive CK for his insecurity and wanting to sell Summer off to the highest bidder just because he didn’t think he could measure up to Summer. It was his blind spot after all. Autumn? The story was intriguing with the “what-if” storylines and alternate endings, but it was very emotionally exhausting that I had to take an extended break before finishing out the series overall. So yeah, it went down a notch. I never had to make a decision to like spring’s story from the start because I couldn’t get over Season’s spoiled nature regardless of how annoying his agent was. And the story was so boring at times that it was forgettable by the time summer’s story rolled around. So yeah. That was the verdict for me. I think you could watch it by the story that you preferred with the cast and still not miss anything. Considering how only Kenneth’s character and his sidekick were seen throughout the other stories before his story became the main focus. So yeah.

Charmaine Sheh, Hong Kong Entertainment, Kenneth Ma, Michael Miu

Line Walker: Bull Fight

This followed the story of Line Walker and Line Walker: The Prelude. This season tied up the last two installments by having characters from both merged and worked together for different cases. The elaborate planning to tell the backstory of some characters with another was kind of nice to see. Although, it also created some complications and repetition–as I will be going into more details below. I appreciated the efforts of joining the teams together and see how they worked with one another. However, some parts were so unnecessary that it should have been like 30 episodes instead of 37. They were stretching it out on purpose with some people that I didn’t think was necessary in any shape or form.

Main Cast:

  • Michael Miu as Cheuk Hoi (卓凱). His principles weren’t so cut and dry anymore. It wasn’t about how he had interacted with Chum Foon Hei either. Or how he cut the corners when he tried to save his wife. His conversation with Ah Mui when she offered to stay and help him said it all. It highlighted some of the key points that they had visited in the past two seasons. It wasn’t just plain black and white with everything. There was a gray area that was often brushed aside because many didn’t care to think of it. Like Cheuk Sir said, there was also white in black as well. Everything wasn’t so clear. After all that was said and done, Cheuk Sir had emphasized that Ah Mui didn’t have to help him. They joked about it a little, but he was serious that they weren’t going to get some type of compensation, except this was a way for him to help society in general. If someone wanted to redeem themselves in any way, he was willing to take the chance. He wasn’t going to be held back by the old ways of thinking anymore. He wasn’t going to lose a chance to convert someone to conduct in a more legal manner with businesses by clinging on to the old ways. In short, prison had changed him. He saw many things there was to see while he was in there and realized how if people were presented with more choices or proper guidance, they wouldn’t choose that path either. In a way, he wanted to be a good role model or be the person that was there to pull someone back from the pit. At this point, do I need to go out of my way to praise Michael’s acting anymore?
  • Raymond Lam as Suet Ka Keung (雪家強) aka Bao Seed (爆Seed). Strange to see Ray with such a hairstyle. But I guess it made sense that he changed over the years and had become a handler even. They gave him a more mature image in a sense. Yet he didn’t lack his sense of humor when called for. I feel like his comeback brought the balance back where the leads were concerned. I meant Michael’s performance had proven solid already, no complaints about that. But Ray’s return also cranked the drama up several more notches. It was obvious they needed him like how it wouldn’t be the same without Michael, Charmaine, or Benz either. They were the golden four for the series and missing one or two wouldn’t be the same. Substituting others in and building an interesting story did help. But missing them as characters made the series felt it was lacking something. Yet I seriously don’t want to be greedy, so I would settle for three this time. Having Ray back felt like the series was lifted up even more. The character still had lots more to develop. His grace, his charm, his natural moves. It was what the series needed. A boost. Oh, what was clever was having him continue to pose as a gangster and only came into contact with them from time to time as an informant. Only some knew about him being a UC. So that kept him safe for the most part. But how did they explain the information leak from the other part? Or was it by saying the leak was fake? Or that it didn’t get to release his name yet? Because he was protecting Ah Ding at that time, so I guessed her name was the one being exposed, not his. It was explained in episode 20 when they met up with Tai Reis to discuss business together. Tai Reis mentioned Bao Seed once dated a cop, etc. Bao Seed said that they broke up because he found out she was UC that tried to investigate him. So, it answered that she was the one getting exposed with the list being released, not him. His reaction to knowing Ding Jie was dead showed Ray’s acting skills. It was indeed a very emotional moment. Who could blame Bao Seed for reacting? Luckily, Cheuk Sir pulled him back. His mourning for her after in private? Another heartbreaking scene. He didn’t want to believe. Who could, right? His complete breakdown in front of Cheuk Sir brought all their links back into consideration all over again. The flashbacks contributed nicely to their past relationship. It wasn’t overdone. It reminded us a little about their stories yet said so much more. Cheuk Sir was probably the other person who understood. So that scene was well done for both of them. Vouching to avenge Ding Jie’s death? Hello, Dark Bao Seed is back. Well, he was always known to be a rogue character regardless. But his dark side was back. He had tried to stick to the codes since Cheuk Sir made the sacrifice for him. But now? It was fair game. Having him back was a much-needed move like said before, but it made me so addicted to seeing what was to come.
  • Benz Hui as Chum Foon Hei (潭關喜). He was one of the golden four who made the series so much livelier and more enjoyable overall. Benz once again delivered brilliantly with his character’s cunning nature at first but later had become one of their companions in the very end. He’d become even wiser over the years. Well, he’d been through a lot and his intelligence was shown many times already. No one needed to prove that. But his deep talk at times with various characters in here showed that he’d seen a lot and had come to realize what was more important. I was so scared they took him out of the game. If they did, there was no way the fourth installment was going to happen without taking a major hit. His plans at the end with building more schools for kids and doing more good deeds got Cheuk Sir joking about him trying to make money out of it somehow was funny.
  • Priscilla Wong as Cheng Shuk Mui (鄭淑梅). Funny that she seemed much more interesting now that the timeline moved forward, lol. That was sad, but I could see her transition from a newbie cop to a much more experienced one in general. Even if she wasn’t a cop anymore but was an investigative journalist now, she seemed more confident of herself and what she did. It showed she was at a good place in life. Also, possibly because of the time between the prequel and this, Priscilla seemed more comfortable with her acting as well. It showed. I was glad. It was visible with how she interacted with Michael versus in the past. She’d always been comfortable interacting with Benjamin so I never doubted her scenes with him. But I always wondered whenever she interacted with Michael (like I had said in the previous review). So yeah, this sort of proved my point that she seemed uncomfortable with him, not just initial scenes like how she panicked at first either. It was awkward in the past. It seemed more natural for this part. Not to mention her emotional scenes were more convincing as well. The scene where she and Tin Tong finally talked about their feelings showed the depth of her acting. She sure improved. However, her character got dragged down when they revisited trying to develop a good romance story for her. I didn’t need that. I was fine with her not being with Tin Tong. She was so strong and awesome away from Tin Tong. I liked their friendship too. But I just didn’t like how the scriptwriters tried to pull them together just based on history. So, that had dragged her story down in general for me.
  • Benjamin Yuen as Tsui Tin Tong (徐天堂). I don’t know what to say about him anymore. Mixed feelings for him throughout. I think it was because he got overshadowed by both Ray and Kenneth. Yes, I believed that was indeed true because I think he was fending fine in the prequel. Then his interest factor went down several notches. The story around him and his past and how the Internal Affairs Bureau dragged him through hell were interesting. However, it also got somewhat sidetracked and distracted by other elements in the story. Like how I wished he was with Ah Luen even in the present timeline than Ah Mui. So that was a terrible idea that the scriptwriters didn’t think through. I also was more interested in Ah Mui being Wing-Cheong than him. So yeah, it turned into a mess. After his past was explained and sorted out? His side story just went into flames. Because it lacked energy after that, even till the end. So yeah.
  • Kenneth Ma as Wai Chok Wing (韋作榮) / Ngai Tak Lai (魏德禮) / Klein. The thing that made it really anti-dramatic about his character was that we knew he was the younger brother of Victor from the start. So that took away all the suspense. We already know the who. It was only the how now. I think my brain’s too wired into the “who” part that I became less interested in his character than expected. I mean we already knocked out the who and the why during his brief appearance in the second installment. So whatever he did, it was for Victor and his family–as he claimed. Kenneth’s acting was solid though, no doubt. But I was never that interested in Victor anyway, so having another family member in the picture didn’t interest me with that branch of the storyline as much. Also, bad hair runs in the family or something, because his hair in here reminded me somewhat of Moses’ hair in the other one. Seriously, lol. Circling back to Kenneth’s acting for a bit, I think his portrayal was the sole reason why the character became much more interesting later on. The previous comments I made were like for the first few episodes. However, his portrayal somehow cranked the character up a little more. So I think I was more curious about what his character would do later. And technically, he was just a killing machine to his grandpa. The old man had no use for him aside from that. It was pathetic to say that no one wanted him except his grandpa. Or like no one mattered except his grandpa and his older brother. That was his own skewed version of how his grandpa told him. Who knew if that was the truth about his mother as well. He was just used like his brother to carry on the Ngai empire’s legacy. His grandpa was getting old and feeble, he needed mini replacements hence grooming the next generation to take over for him. In that sense, I do pity both siblings for it. But both still sucked in my book regarding killing people to advance their agendas. They had a chance to travel the world yet their views couldn’t be changed? Yeah, constant brainwashing and grooming did that to them. But it was pathetic to see their demise without trying to change their own fate. Well, in some ways, Klein did try really hard to do it, but he was too far gone to even try to undo it the normal way. Instead, he resorted back to violence whenever he was threatened. If he didn’t want to let go, there was nothing anyone could do to convince him.
  • Mandy Wong as Cheung Kei Gee (章紀孜) aka Madam G. It was a different role for Mandy, considering how the mental disabilities she had and her childhood traumas. I found that Mandy had done a good job. However, I couldn’t get into her character regardless. It was hard. I didn’t want to pick on her so much since I did like some of her past performances. It wasn’t because she took the bullet for Klein either. But some of the things she did earlier in the drama made it very hard to cut her some slacks just because it was portrayed by Mandy. I got it why she ended up being bias or crashed emotionally because of what she found out regarding her sister. But I felt she didn’t cut other slacks when it was their weak spot, so I didn’t do it for her either. Fair game, right? What I was surprised about was the writers almost killed her. Or I thought it was an all-out killing with the ending closing up and the writers just wanted to give up with the killing spree. It had a major vibe with the ending of the second installment where Victor was going all out. However, she survived and was in a wheelchair, which they didn’t explain too much if it was permanent or not. Saying that she needed to make the best of what she had wasn’t much. It could mean that she had to move on after all that happened. To back up a little bit, I didn’t like how she put Ah Dau on the spot for the mission earlier in the story. She was a terrible handler. It reminded me of the handler who Chum Foon Hei had that eventually forced him to choose to go rogue instead of hanging on for the sake of the mission. Sure, it was Ah Dau who agreed to go back and continue her mission, but Bao Seed made the right call by pulling Ah Dau out of there and waiting until she cooled down. Because Bao Seed was better at reading the situation, he used a better method to help. I once again remember how Ah Dau had asked Bao Seed if Bao Seed wanted her to sleep with Pong too if it came to that for the mission, and Bao Seed obviously didn’t want that. Sure, when Madam G watched the first time they reunited and Ah Dau finally accepted Pong, they were only kissing. But how far was Madam G willing to go for some piece of information? This was why I didn’t like it that she was part of the CIB team. She was an effective boss to the others for enforcing the rules because she was good at sticking to the books. But she was a terrible choice for reading more sensitive situations. Also, the writers were getting really lazy with some of the female characters or something. Because Madam G totally was channeling her inner Madam Chan when she pulled the “trump” card on Cheuk Sir to help CIB. Yes, Ah Mui did break the law by using Madam G’s identity to get inside and seek some info, BUT knowing how to hold back and use that card until later was seriously something Madam Chan did. So yes, I was saying how lazy it was they made those two similar and hateful in that sense. I seriously thought it was Madam Chan pulling that move to force Cheuk Sir into helping. Madam G worked under Madam Chan and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she ordered her to do that. But Madam G didn’t deny it was her own plan, so I took her word for it. The saddest thing about her character was how she became the weakest link in here. I think the writers overestimated themselves and gave her too much mystery with her mental disabilities and how she would overcome it etc. In the end, she broke down and was taken out of the game until almost the end. It was a nice turnaround and Cheuk Sir was right to say that she was their last hope. Yet it seemed weak. Well, she did choose differently than how Scarlett did with Victor, but that was about it.
  • Sisley Choi as Dau Nga Hei (竇亞希) aka Ah Dau (阿兜). At first, when I was reading the news about her replacing Charmaine or other rumors, I felt unease and had this bias. It was mostly due to the fact that they returned to the main timeline instead of doing a prequel. So yeah, not sure what to think. I tried to put it aside but it was kind of hard. However, when I actually started the series, I liked her immediately.  It was really strange. I looked up her past dramas and realized that I actually liked her in quite a few of the ones I did watch in recent years. So, I was glad that she showed consistency and was able to hold one of the lead roles in here. By the time I got to episode 9, I learned that she had won TVB Awards for best actress. I was so happy for her. It was strange to be excited about someone’s award for a while now, so yeah. I felt like if Sisley had appeared more, the plot would have been more interesting. At first, I didn’t want her to appear too much to hog the scenes because that might have backfired and caused her character to become annoying. But the more the others appeared after her case was done and she was out of the way, for the most part, it felt boring to death if it wasn’t for all the backstabbing with various parties. Her character was tenfold more interesting than some of the major characters in here. Sisley’s strong acting had lifted up the series at the beginning and her character also helped that she was so lively. Even at her worst character-wise and how she felt guilty after her case was over, her recovery journey was much more interesting than some subplots in here, which was sad.

Supporting Cast:

  • Owen Cheung as Pong Ho Yeung (龐浩洋). He had some ambitious goals to reform Sung Luen Society. Too bad that his plan was thwarted by both people within the triad and also the cops. But in the end, he did learn a lesson with turning around–mostly by his own father–and the promise that he will keep with turning a new leaf once he got out. I actually got a little teary-eyed during the brief reunion between father and son in the hospital.
  • Tony Hung as Wong Wing Cheong (王永翔). An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. I was so glad he had a story in here and a tie-in with some of the characters that appeared in here. However, I was still very sad that there wasn’t any teeny-tiny bit that he could still be alive. Because I liked his character even more than some of the ones who appeared in here. It lifted up the series and became a shining part to look forward to whenever Ah Mui received a new package.
  • Shiga Lin as Cheung Yuk Luen (張玉瑄) / Birdy. An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. I also liked how they included more stories for her in here like how it was with Wing Cheong. It made me have this same reluctant feeling of wanting her back for this series in general as in the present timeline. Too bad.
  • Serene Lim as Lam Lam (藍楠). I thought she was going to be Bao Seed’s neighbor and someone who would end up being in some weird business rivalry with him based on their first encounter. Yet it turned out that she was really gentle and patient after working at his massage place. She was quite cute at the beginning and quite thoughtful as it showed later with helping him. It was also quite unexpected that she died. Seriously, it was so random. It made sense, but it was sort of overkilled with getting rid of half of the cast involved. They sure wanted to clean house and start fresh with the fourth installment, lol.
  • Elena Kong as Mok Sin Ching (莫羨晴) / Katie. Her death was probably the most shocking and the saddest for me. Why? It was at the beginning of the series. I didn’t realize they would kill her off so Cheuk Sir had more time to browse around and get himself into various conflicts in here. I guessed the Korean soap pattern continued with her liver disease. So dramatic. Aside from that, she indeed wasn’t able to live with herself nor could she allow herself to become a bargaining chip for Klein’s own good against her husband. A solid character throughout yet had ended that way. And how sad was that? She was cut out of the show? Did she not want to be involved in the series anymore? Or was there a conflict in the schedules again? I haven’t paid attention to TVB-related stuff for years, so I’m seriously confused, not being snappy here. Too bad though.
  • Geoffrey Wong as Leung Kin Pong (梁健邦) aka Leung Sir. He was funny at first. It seemed like he was there for the comic relief of the show mostly, considering how he scolded Bao Seed for being so young and rash and all, which Madam G pointed out that he was using the 60-ish as middle-age range, lol. But when the series got serious, he sure proved that he was a reliable boss and a person with strong principles. He rather quit than betray the UCs.
  • Kelvin Yuen as Lui Hup Sing (呂合星) aka Lui Sir. Ching Chik’s stepfather. Mixed feelings throughout. I didn’t like his smug look and his mocking of Madam G at first (since it was mocking her disability). I didn’t like his high and mighty vibe either. Well, he didn’t know. But still. Later, though, when he finally realized what was going on and had the talk with Bao Seed, I realized that was his redeemable point. He was just too stubborn and by the book at times. At least, he was honest in that sense and was willing to admit his blind spot, unlike some people in here.
  • Li Shing Cheong as Wai Kit (韋傑). The founder of Sung Luen triad. He was the only person who wanted to help Klein after Klein had nowhere to hide or run to, but was shot by Klein because Klein didn’t believe him. It was indeed tragic. Sure, some might say it was karma for all his past deeds. But hadn’t he paid for it in prison all these years?
  • Anthony Ho as Mui Sze Kwai (梅小貴). He always acted like he was the boss, lol. He was a great comic relief for the show though. His chiding at times made it funnier. Oh yeah, Bao Seed kept calling him Moose Kwai so some of them ended up calling him that too. What was a bit off was that he wasn’t there for Lam Lam’s sent-off scene. It would make sense if he was there, considering their bond at the massage parlor throughout.
  • Alex Tse as Chow Man Ding (周文鼎) aka Ding (). Chum Foon Hei’s right-hand man. Really dislike him at first. Mostly it was because of the rivalry between Cheuk Sir and Chum Foon Hei. But he was all right later. At least, he was helpful.

Others:

  • Eddie Koo as Hon Kin Yi (韓建義) aka Dr. X. He was a ruthless leader and a creepy doctor. He was seriously even more powerful than Victor could ever dream of. Sorry, lol, to stomp on Victor too much. But I think this was because of Eddie’s experience of over four decades of acting that backed his character so nicely. He scared the world out of me too with his gradual change of character. I swear, I thought he was portraying a regular doctor this time. I actually was convinced when he said that he and Bao Seed were similar regarding holding knives and all. But then bam, he changed his tune just like that. His brief appearances actually creeped me out more than Victor’s appearances throughout the second season. And that said A LOT.
  • Mimi Kung as Fan Hiu Wah (范曉華) / Madam Fan. It was so interesting and somewhat funny to see her back with TVB after all these years. Not to mention how I thought she was just passing by as a guest star yet she became a key character for one of the cases. She, obviously, didn’t disappoint. And was anyone laughing during the scene where Cheuk Sir confronted her at the church? Okay, it was a serious situation and it was heartbreaking for Cheuk Sir with what was happening and his wife was equally heartbroken after they were given false hope. However, I was thinking about their relation in other past series they’d been in together and she’d never got to be with him, so now it was major revenge time for her? Just kidding here, but yeah. Character-wise, she sure was crazy. Yeah, I get it, who could stand it when their loved one was dying and the feeling of helplessness was the worst. Yet to sacrifice another human being for that? I think I could say that Cheuk Sir was not really in the right to scold her either. I meant, sure, it was just that his wife didn’t need a heart hence no one needed to die to save her. But he crossed the line too. So the others could scold her but not him. (And Bao Seed was right when he said he understood why Cheuk Sir did it BUT wouldn’t trust him in the future to be more involved with the case.) Mimi sure delivered. I didn’t realize she was back with TVB. Also, shows how much I’ve been paying attention to TVB series in general nowadays.
  • Savio Tsang as Yam Sheung Yu (任尚宇) aka Yam Sir. Madam Fan’s husband. This was one of his last full roles. It was really sad when I heard the news. Was this a jinx? I mean he’d more tragic roles before. It wasn’t news. But it hit a bit closer to home when I watched it and was thinking of him. He delivered well once again. No doubt about it.
  • Lam King Ching as King. Pong Ho Yeung’s assistant and also his best friend. He was stingy and reckless at times. However, he was really loyal to Ho Yeung so I guess it was hard to blame him. He was in a gang after all. How could he take the high road? I swear he reminds me of Roger Kwok. Especially his various expressions at times.
  • Oscar Leung as Cheung Muk Wing (張木榮) aka Muk Sat (木蝨). He appeared in one of the flashbacks stories and one of the reasons why he became so loyal to Bao Seed later on. Well, there was a betrayal situation but it wasn’t like he wanted it. He was really apologetic and all. Glad to learn that little story.
  • Brian Tse as Tat Q. I really liked him in the previous installment as comedic relief for the show. So I was glad to learn another backstory about him. What was hilarious was his run-in with Mut Sat.
  • Joseph Zeng as Yan Tin Hup (殷天俠) / Madman. I said it before and I will say it again. He looks like a very young version of Felix Wong. Did Michael make the connection when they were filming together? Did anyone else? LOL! All in all, though, I was surprised to know he was participating in this production. I was looking forward to his appearance. I saw some BTS interviews. He was so cute, all shy when one of the fellow cast members complimented his Cantonese but he was saying how he could learn so much more from everyone. So humble. His role? Very creepy. He looked so harmless during the scene he got captured yet he did it on purpose to see who the opposing party was. Then he totally hexed Nine-Fingered Keung up. That was soooo creepy. His nickname wasn’t wrong after all. He was indeed crazy. If what he said was true about killing Ding Jie already, that meant TVB just killed Charmaine’s chance of coming back to the series–if they decided to make another installment, that was. Then again, they plugged in the side story to distract us about him actually being a UC from New Zealand. So? It was a gray area because it created doubt. It reminded me of that time in the first season when one of the UCs defected and they had to test her. He wasn’t an agent but was posing as one. So, who could take his word for anything? It was kind of surprising that they didn’t test him though. Or was it because he was too experienced with being an international threat that it was hard to catch? Considering how they were focusing on too many factors. Then I realized why. It was such an elaborate plot. Then he died out of nowhere. So that was hard to do anything else until later. I must admit, though, he was a nice addition to the already complicated plot. It wasn’t overdone though. It made sense as to why Chum Foon Hei was investigating the organization and he became another piece to the whole puzzle. Solid acting. No doubt about it. He got shot and taken out of the game by episode 24, but that wasn’t really it. It was shown in the final episode that he wasn’t an undercover agent nor Madman. He was someone completely different. And the others didn’t know. So, that was why. That meant he will return in the fourth installment if they make one?
  • Lee Kwok Lun as So Chi On (蘇子安) aka So Sir (蘇Sir). He seriously was greedy and crazy. I didn’t have any empathy for him at all. He killed his own daughter. Well, considering how his crimes and all. But usually, don’t those people usually use their loved ones as excuses for committing those crimes? Like “I did it for you to have a better future” kind of talk? Or like “If it wasn’t for me, would you be so well off right now?” kind of guilt-trip technique? Or just capture her and detain her for the time being. Yet he went all the way and sacrifice her. She became another pawn to use against his supposed enemies. We found out according to the flashbacks that it was an accident but if he wasn’t so adamant to stop her, it wouldn’t happen. It was inevitable.
  • Emily Kwan as Madam Chan. She was a real piece of work all right. She should be looking in the mirror with her accusations. She pimped Ah Luen out to investigate Tin Tong yet came back to accuse Ah Luen of sleeping with Tin Tong hence taking his side now? What a bitch. That was what her head was always thinking of hence projecting on others. Also, Ah Mui was right when she said Madam Chan’s only purpose was protecting herself and trying to advance her career. Not to mention how she had a fallout with So Chi On hence now using Ah Mui to take So Chi On out. The whole power play was pathetic, to say the least. She was no victim. She knew everything yet allowed Tin Tong to take the fall for it. She deserved prison or worse for her part in the whole scheme. I knew it even before So Cho On said it that Madam Chan was full of it. Her actions and behaviors during flashbacks said it already. She was just covering her ass and trying to beat So Chi On to a promotion or some higher-ranked position. Like she was always so righteous or something. Seriously. So sickening. Hated her throughout regardless of her intention. So her half-ass apology at the end to the team wasn’t really that convincing to me.
  • Penny Chan as Lee Man Hung (李文雄). He was part of the CIB team and shown his support for Cheuk Sir from time to time whenever they discussed Cheuk Sir.
  • Bak Piao as one of the gang members of Sung Luen Society. It was hilarious to see him there and participating like that.
  • Chan Wing Chun as the advisor of Sung Luen Society. It was hilarious really. Because when he was talking and Cheuk Sir showed up to expose Nine-Fingered Keung, I was thinking Chor Lau Heung and Wu Tie Fah were reuniting, lol. Aside from, brief appearance but I guess that was how the plot was.
  • Sophie Yip as So Miu Miu (蘇淼淼) / Melanie. So Sir’s daughter. At first, I didn’t know where the plot was going and if she was in it with her father too. I mean everyone in here was mysterious one way or another so yeah. When I realized where it was leading toward, I felt really bad for her for being used like that. Even if Tin Tong admitted his guilt in using her to extract information, but I didn’t forgive him for that one. I guess that sort of tainted how I see him since then too. I meant in the past, we saw him using different means to woo the ladies to tell him various secrets too while he was UC. But now? It repeated again and it had caused her life. Even if he didn’t do the killing, I felt it didn’t help. Sure, she chose to help, but she wanted to prove a point. Not to mention how her feelings for her were real. Even if he didn’t do the actual killing, I thought his short time in confinement sort of was payback for using people. Or were people thinking what happened to her was karma for her father? Because she was innocent and didn’t deserve any of that. She tried to stop him–for his own good–and paid with her life. It was tragic.
  • Ron Ng as a customer at the massage place. It was hilarious. Ron was so cute. Being random and asking Ray stuff. He also said at the part where they were taking pictures, “Hey, you look like Lam Fung.” LOL! It was kind of lame to plug that in, but I forgive them because of the brief reunion between the two.
  • Matt Yeung as a customer at the massage place.
  • Tsui Wing as a customer at the massage place.
  • Raymond Chiu as a customer at the massage place.
  • Akina Hong as Cheung Kei Wan (章紀泓) / Wendy. Madam G’s older sister. The Core’s owner. OMG, I almost couldn’t recognize her. It shows how long I haven’t watched anything TVB, lol. Um, her sister’s introduction of the boyfriend was seriously a shocker, lol. Not laughing as in something funny but how tragic was that and Madam G brought it up like it was nothing. And how nice was that? Her organization worked with Infinity or collaborated in the past. Interesting how things turned out. Almost everyone was connected, one way or another. I thought she was just an extra character to give Madam G a side story, like some of their stories were in here. Yet she created another mystery to the already crazy web. OMG, I was literally on the edge of my seat when she walked to Klein’s car. Really, lady? Are you crazy? OOoo, so Infinity funded The Core? Wow, okay, rich background story. Too bad they were all crazy together. Oh well, the mystery lasted for about five minutes. Oh yeah, it would have been really a kicker if she had defected and was just by Klein’s side to search for the seal while pretending to still be loyal to him because he had funded her education and was the one responsible for the establishment of The Core. It would have been a real surprise. At least, I thought that was more interesting than having weak subplots dragging out. It was revealed later that she was the one who called the cops on her father. However, it wasn’t the merit for her to become a criminal later. She couldn’t bear the abuse anymore and had to do it to save them both somehow. What she did later was what mattered. She admitted that she hurt her sister and somehow finally realized she should have left, which was too late. But she did leave some evidence for them.
  • Kent Cheng as Sun Chi Kin (辛志堅) aka Kin Gor (堅哥). One of the founders of the Cheung Hing triad. Funny intro but we all know most innocent-looking characters in here aren’t that innocent so yeah. He was the co-founder of Cheung Hing and got kicked aside? Served those idiots right for being so arrogant. Who got the last laugh now? He is still alive. Over half of them are dead already. Also, his appearance made things tenfold more interesting when he appeared to take over the story versus the other boring subplots. They needed him to carry the story and the ending home. Because I’m sorry, Kenneth couldn’t do it alone. Even if Kin Gor failed in the end to get Klein BUT the point was they needed Kent with his strong performance to carry them past a certain point. The other already strong characters couldn’t carry all the dead weight alone. No pun intended, considering how Kin Gor turned out.
  • Michael Tse as the sniper who killed Klein. What? It was somewhat a repeat of the prequel’s ending. Well, it was different because Klein was just using the gun to aim and vouching for revenge. But same vibe. Who was this character? Was he part of another mystery organization? Possibly Ah Hup’s organization?

Relationships/ Friendships/ Romances, etc

  • Michael and Elena. Loved them. If it was possible to love them even more. I didn’t agree with his resorting to other ways to save her, because it made him looked like a hypocrite when he scolded Fan Hiu Wah. However, what they’d been through and tried to work things out, it was nice to see. Perhaps, it was somewhat refreshing in the past few years with watching Michael mostly and his pairings didn’t really click for me. Even if it did fit, but some other parts of the plot killed it for me. This one gave me a balance that I preferred. OMG, their ending was the saddest. Again, Korean soap material. Seriously. It made sense with what happened but didn’t make it less sad. Their last dinner, their last dance, their story as an overall. The song brought back from season 1 aided their moments and summed their story nicely. This was one of those times I didn’t mind the flashbacks because it has been a while since season 1 and it was suitable for such a moment. Both of their acting was really on par at that point. Okay, I admit, I cried buckets. It was really tragic. Seriously? Frustrating, but also really worth a few tears. Okay, maybe lots of it. Just grab the whole box of tissues–just to be safe.
  • Raymond and Charmaine. Although she wasn’t around but was mentioned a lot and some of the major characters were looking for her. Not to mention how he thought of her at various points throughout the story, so I thought it made sense to put them in here. For once, I want to give credit where credit is due and the writers made the right call for not replacing her yet hence their relationship was still ongoing. The mourning for her and the memories of them, so many things happened and he thought he lost her more than once. We could see their relationship through his point of view. What about the ending when he had the showdown with Klein? He thought of her before he lost consciousness. And the song that once again used to tell their story along with flashbacks was used, instead of saying any more words to drag out the scene. It was nicely done.
  • Michael and Benz. Round 3, right? LOL! It was hilarious that they were eating together again and how they actually joke about it, lol. I meant after the previous encounters? Ten years since they ate together? LOL! Cheuk Sir brought up the past by saying Chum Foon Hei went back on his words after Victor’s death, lol. What about this third time bumping into one another? It obviously wasn’t simple. Interesting how they kept hopping back and forth between sides. Well, it was for the first part of the story when they were backing the opposing sides for the seat of the chairman regarding Sung Luen Society. But it was hilarious to see them once again facing off. It became even funnier when they were almost working together to see what Eternity was about. Their exchanges and different methods that they would use to achieve that goal. Obviously, Chum Foon Hei was too driven at times and didn’t want to be patient with the regular path, so he did doublecross Cheuk Sir by using Tin Tong and Ah Mui to get Cheuk Sir to go along with it. Yet in the end, somehow, they were on the same side where the others were concerned?
  • Raymond and Benz. I always wondered why Chum Foon Hei never exposed Bao Seed as an undercover cop. Sometimes, I suspected if there was a plot hole somewhere in there. However, I realized that was on par with Chum Foon Hei. After all, he didn’t want to play all out with everyone. In case there was something down the road, he needed a way out. Maybe an unlikely ally as well. Somehow, though, they once again reunited later to find Ding Jie. That was their common goal and their link to one another. They had a few drinks together after learning of Ding Jie’s death. I think they needed that moment. The other time they talked, it was with Cheuk Sir. That time, it was just the two of them. Chum Foon Hei really knew how to pick the time. Because Bao Seed was ready to seek out revenge for Ding Jie. Or did Chum Foon Hei already predicted the move? That was what I initially thought. Then Chum Foon Hei went into this rant about how Cheuk Sir was wrong about retribution. Sure, he was upset that Ding Jie died, but he wasn’t helping with fusing Bao Seed’s determination even more with his revenge plans. Then Chum Foon Hei just brought the topic to the surface. It was unlikely of him because he loved those subtle hint games. Yet this time, he was honest with Bao Seed. Their mystery and their link to Ding Jie might have done that? When Chum Foon Hei just wished Bao Seed luck for the upcoming mission, I wanted to scream. I thought for Ding Jie’s sake, Chum Foon Hei would stop Bao Seed from doing anything rash or less helpful to the main mission. They were so close after all with trying to unearth the mystery behind Eternity. Yet when he handcuffed Bao Seed, I cheered. Because that was so on par with someone so sneaky like Chum Foon Hei. This time, his move was much welcomed. He knew talking Bao Seed away from the plan was useless. So he had to try another method. What Chum Foon Hei said to Bao Seed afterward also made sense. Their connection was too strong. Ding Jie was his god-daughter after all. He couldn’t let go either. Yet he couldn’t let Bao Seed be the person making that move. He wanted to protect Bao Seed, even reminding Bao Seed that he was a cop. It was almost like what Cheuk Sir did for Bao Seed. Because Bao Seed wasn’t tainted like them. Not yet regarding breaking the codes or cutting some corners at times to achieve their means. Even if Bao Seeed did go rogue during some events leading to the ending of season 1, but it was still not to the point of no return yet. And what Chum Foon Hei said was almost an answer to what Cheuk Sir asked him a long time ago. That conversation they had in the prequel with Cheuk Sir asking him if his revenge for his wife was worth it. It was worth it to him, but he also knew he had strayed so far that he couldn’t really return versus how Bao Seed still had a long path ahead of him.
  • Michael and Eddie Koo. It wasn’t until episode 6 when they had their confrontation aka their first meeting that I started laughing. Because I realized they were both in an old Taiwanese series called Flaming Phoenix (浴火鳳凰) together. They were love rivals. So, it was hilarious seeing how they were once again facing off, but for different reasons. I don’t know if they were in other series together in recent years but like I said, I haven’t been watching TVB stuff or paid attention for the past few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were.
  • Benjamin and Priscilla. If you don’t succeed, try again, I guess. Because the writers really tried to push those two for this series. If the writers wanted these two to be together, it should have been in the second installment where their story would have worked out better. However, they chose to strike during the third installment and ended up reaching too far that it became some duplicate versions of the other characters’ stories.
  • Owen and Sisley. They were the cutest and probably my favorite couple in here despite their tricky relationship initially. It started as a trap but she realized she’d fallen in so hard it was hard to pull out. I knew it would turn into tragedy. But I low-key wanted it to work. Like somehow, my optimistic side wanted his plan to work with going clean and all. It was indeed a good teaser for the production team. They had a decent story though, which was also the reason why it was harder for both during the confrontation when he found out that she was spying on him with the phone. She couldn’t let him go either because of her duty as a cop. I knew it was a slimmer chance that they would somehow accept one another because of how the plot had steered away from them and it was also going off the cliff with killing so many characters. In short, it was hard to recover from the intensity of it all. Yet in the end, they managed to work it out. Or at least, they have some sort of ending. He had already forgiven her or he had said that he should have seen it coming as a gang member. She was promised to wait for him. Hey, they got the best story to tell their grandkids, right? Something like, “How did I meet grandpa? Well, he was in this gang and I was a UC. I had practically helped put him in prison. But then it was cool. I waited for him to get out before we got married.” LOL!
  • Kenneth and Mandy. If it was any other circumstances, I would have rooted for them. This? Nah. It was really boring. Klein and Madam G were like two robots learning to be humans. Mean. But seriously. The way they talked and operated. I was surprised she didn’t agree with Klein’s assessment about how it was more reliable to use technology for analysis versus leaving it up to humans for errors.
  • Tony Hung and Priscilla. Hear me out, what if those two were together instead? I meant it was too late now with them both dead already. But what they could have done to revive his character in this season was say he somehow made it out of the building or when it exploded, through some outrageous mean, the explosion tossed him outside so he was just unconscious and lost his memory but was safe. Yes, I know if using the memory loss formula, it would be too overkilled. But that might explain why he was missing for the longest time. Then if they want to stretch it and bring Ah Mui back, they could have said she wasn’t really dead. Someone wanted to experiment on her, so they took her body out and actually somehow resurrect her. Hey, we all thought Ah Hup was dead too and he wasn’t dead. So? Anything was possible. Seriously though, I thought if Tony and Priscilla were together with how their characters were, I would ship them more. They were getting along so well with those brief scenes. It was a romantic comedy formula waiting to happen with how they met, bumped into each other, joined forces (sort of) to go against the person who snatched her stuff. So, yeah. Too bad.
  • Benjamin and Shiga Lin. Once again, hear me out, I swear they had more chemistry than when they were with the supposed partner that the scriptwriters wrote for them–supposedly the endgame. I liked them together when watching the flashbacks of years ago. So, they had a rough start and there were misunderstandings. She was just doing her job to check out some leads for her boss but soon learned that he wasn’t like what her superiors thought. I could see their chemistry before they were together for real. They promised to get back in touch and travel together once their missions were over. That scene when he cried in the rain because the lady who got up on the scooter and rode away reminded him of her, I could feel his pain and all for her and how she lost her life just like that. They also lost their chance.

Likes:

  • The songs. I’m soooo glad that Ray got to sing for the third installment. Because I was surprised he didn’t participate in the soundtrack for the first season. With his return, there was a bonus along with it. I was also glad that they used the song “Love is Not So Easy” (越難越愛) by Jinny Ng only for the characters in season 1, because that would have killed me (NOT really, but still) if they allowed that to be used for the new characters too.
  • Ray and Ron reunited briefly in one of the scenes at the massage place. Ron said to Ray, “Hey, you look like Lam Fung.” LOL! Corny but funny. (As I said above, I forgive them, lol.) The group of friends told Ray to join in with the group picture, lol. That was kind of crawling over to the lame side with their tangent moment but kind of fun to see a Ray and Ron reunion–briefly. Did Ron volunteer to enter the scene so he could troll Ray? Just wondering, lol.
  • The Shadow Warriors team. Although it was set up by Madam Chan initially to cover her own ass and to further her agenda by claiming the credit yet the majority of the members were a true team. They’d been through so much together. Soooo funny when Chum Foon Hei arrived, everyone was giving him a long face. He said it was all right they didn’t throw a party to welcome him, but giving him that long face? LOL! He was hilarious really. They were acting like he was the one bringing bad luck. Great to know he wasn’t being forgotten as one of the key characters. They needed him. And when they were celebrating–sort of, only Ah Mui was trying to celebrate, Tin Tong was trying to act sweet to Ah Mui and Chum Foon Hei reminded them that there were other people around too, not just them, lol. He couldn’t stand the sweetness anymore, lol. Poor dude. What was worse was how Madam G said that was how Klein treated her behind closed doors AND Bao Seed was yelling for her to stop because no one wanted to know what they did behind closed doors, lol. Tin Tong was a pervert and wanted to know, lol. Ah Mui couldn’t say that about Tin Tong though, she was with him, right? They also joked about how Klein was a savior because he took in Madam G. Those were the days before they found out the truth about Klein though.

Intriguing subplots:

  • The investigation into Tin Tong in the past. Ah Luen and Tin Tong met and we got to discover some of their backstories before coming into the events of their timeline, which led to them finally landing in the current situation. Wing Cheong also had to investigate Tin Tong, which led to them meeting and becoming friends. It was really fun to watch how they all linked together one way or another. Too bad they didn’t know they all knew each other one way or another. Also, how Ah Mui knew Wing Cheong as well. It was just too bad that they didn’t know anything else aside from some details here and there.
  • Joseph Zeng’s roles as Madman or Yan Tin Hup. He was neither since it was revealed in the final episode. However, who was he really? The person who worked for Michael Tse’s character? Or was Michael just a sniper for some other big boss? But his appearance also created another mystery for the overall series. It led us into believing there was something else out there. Also, a hint for season 4, obviously, lol.
  • Kin Gor’s return to take over Hong Kong and manipulate the world in general. It was a good one. Because it forced the story to move forward and drove it into the ending. Because I think the story died down a bit after some hype here and there. It needed a boost that some of the major characters couldn’t save.

Subplots that were a complete waste of time:

  • Tin Tong and Ah Mui’s love story. If the only purpose of their story was to teach the rest of us a lesson about not wasting our time and cherish one another, then okay. But other than that, I didn’t see the purpose of their characters getting together. Apart, I liked both of their characters. Together, it was sooooo boring. Besides, I already discussed above that I preferred them with the characters mentioned before, so yeah. Not to mention how their story was somewhat a copy of both Bao Seed and Ding Jie and somewhat a version of Kobe and Yan as well. That scene at the hospital trying to find each other and it got super dramatic and dragged out? It reminded me of season 1 when Kobe rescued Yan from that explosion and they found each other afterward, except Kobe and Yan’s version wasn’t forced. It was indeed intense and I finally appreciated Sharon’s acting more than ever because I realized Priscilla couldn’t carry through–and neither did Benjamin. I’m sorry. It just felt so forced. And when I say they resembled Bao Seed and Ding Jie was because they couldn’t catch a break with spending some intimate time together, it was never the right time, etc. It was funny when Ray and Charmaine did it even if it was a tad cheesy at times YET I felt once again, I’m sorry, Benjamin and Priscilla couldn’t carry through. They were playful, etc. I think I should blame the scriptwriters for the poor planning. Because season 1 allowed for those scenes to be included at the right interval of the story, unlike this one where they were captured or were just at an intense part of the story. The hospital scene was supposed to be really tragic and sad but I wasn’t affected at all. Only Michael’s and the others’ reactions made it seemed tragic enough. Also, that scene became the reason Bao Seed cracked the code regarding Ah Hup’s gesture before he died. It was when Tin Tong placed the ring on Ah Mui’s finger that he figured it out.
  • Bao Seed’s son. Aside from distracting us, there was nothing there really. He chose to return to help the others, that was it. So, it wasn’t like there was much to go on. It was a side plot to increase more episodes. Sounds harsh, but it didn’t contribute to the major plot even if you take it out. That was how terrible it was. The idea was nice and a good distraction, but that was about it. Not to mention how it stole from Kobe and Yan with having a child without the former knowing yet this son survived, obviously. But it was a wasted plot. I mean Ray’s acting was good and we saw another side of him as portraying a fatherly role and their interactions were cute, but it was a weak subplot overall. Like I said, if you take it out, it wouldn’t make a difference to the overall picture.

Discussions:

  • Katie’s luck with actually finding a boss who finally has a backbone. Good luck with that! Seriously. The asshole expected her to grovel? He was an asshole through and through, not even hiding it at all. Well, I guess the previous boss had bigger fishes to fry, so of course, he kept some sense of secrecy and patience initially. This one just didn’t care to show his true face just like that. And I clap her on once again for not caving. Well, she was floored by his request and was still thinking. But then she couldn’t live with it since she was struggling inside the whole time. So she finally chose to stay with justice’s side. Brilliant! But that high only lasted for like two seconds because thanks to Wai Chok Wing, I also remembered why it was really a bad idea to call Fan Hiu Wah as well. Ugh. Life, right? It was also really frustrating that she was forced to walk back on her stance regarding justice and all. It was indeed heartbreaking and frustrating. When Bao Seed went to talk to her, it highlighted their feelings vividly.
  • Raymond Lam/ Bao Seed vs Kenneth Ma/ Klein – LOL! I wanted to laugh the first time they met up. It was hilarious. I meant they worked together in a bunch of series already. But just funny to see them again like that. Oh yeah, CIA vs SIA, lol. I thought that scene was hilarious. At least the initial exchange. Bao Seed asking if Klein wanted him to join CIA and Klein was saying, “It’s SIA.” Bao Seed was like it was about the same, just one different letter. LOL! He wasn’t wrong, lol. Still an intelligence committee.
  • When the old team met the new team. Interesting or what? LOL! It was funny to see their interactions and reactions to one another. Bao Seed trying to bring up his status on the team YET failed somewhat because according to the timeline, Ah Mui was actually his senior. LOL! Even if that was really funny though, I felt that the writers did that on purpose timeline-wise made it too much of a stretch. Bao Seed, obviously, was more experienced as an undercover cop regardless. He only cracked near the end. Like who wouldn’t? They were at a dead-end. However, the rest?
  • When Bao Seed found out Cheuk Sir wanted to go rouge and help Pong Ho Yeung to claim the Sung Luen’s leader seat. It was hilarious to see Bao Seed’s expression. It was like, “Seriously, man? You were the one who told me not to cut corners or cross the line. Now you’re playing this game?” And the fact that Cheuk Sir pointed out that they might become enemies if Bao Seed was going against Pong Ho Yeung. That was why the betrayal regarding Ah Dau was even more heartbreaking. Bao Seed reminded Cheuk Sir what Cheuk Sir told him previously and how Cheuk Sir had steered him toward the right path. So how could Bao Seed be calmed to face such a change with their roles? Cheuk Sir was right that he was no longer a cop. But that didn’t hurt any less. Cheuk Sir had a point when he said that he had nothing to lose with the way things were, so he was much freer to do what he wanted. Even if he failed, it was just him. However, what a way to mess with Bao Seed’s head. That was a powerful confrontation between both, though. Even if it was all an act from Cheuk Sir, but it still made everything more complicated than before. Like I said, it was messing with Bao Seed’s head big time. We all know this was a short fallout comparing the rest of the madness later on. But at that time, how was Bao Seed supposed to act?
  • The main cast seemed a tad bloated. However, I thought it cranked the hype up a bit compared to the prequel. The shifting back and forth between various characters made it interesting. But I thought the writers got a bit cocky and some of the subplots got away from them hence some subplots were less desirable than others. It was discussed in the points above already. So I don’t want to rehash again.
  • When Ah Dau confessed to Bao Seed that she’d fallen for Pong Ho Yeung and wouldn’t be able to do her job properly. It was indeed a change. I thought she would sneak around until it got out of control. She’d been struggling for a while. It wasn’t like she didn’t know what was going on. But that moment was indeed different from other dramas with how she went out of the way and said it. Bao Seed, obviously, already knew. And his reaction was why he was the most suitable to her handler and not someone who couldn’t care less about her and her well-being, except to be able to climb the ranks and all. Their talk after the whole operation went down without his involvement said it all as well. He was indeed a very good handler, taking in all angles, considering her feelings. Because he used to be a UC and still is, he could understand all the complications going on everywhere and how UC work was very hard. He didn’t use her to exploit the chance, knowing it would be very hard for her to pull out and deal with the fallout afterward. His words to her summed up his philosophy: UC is human after all. Many had forgotten, especially what happened to past UCs. So, yes, it indeed needed to be said, even if it seemed obvious. They moved on to talk about Ding Jie and how it had subtly hinted that Ah Dau was never going to replace Ding Jie regardless of the situation. They were all waiting for her to come back–whenever that was.
  • Leung Sir and Madam G as mentor and student. The first time I saw Madam G showed real emotions toward anyone–aside from her sister. The part where Leung Sir quit and Madam G wanted to follow him yet he told her to stay. She promised but had clung onto him. Many might think that was a childish gesture but that was her way of showing her emotions and how important he was to her. He was her mentor and partially the reason why she’d been around for so long.
  • They killed Goblin! I was watching the one with English subs so he was listed as Goblin. OMG, they were going all out on killing everyone to let us see how terrible the situation was or something. I was surprised that he was apologizing to Cheuk Sir and saying how he couldn’t say no to the grand reward prize. However, he was just using that as an excuse and later diverted attention away from Cheuk Sir and onto himself so Cheuk Sir could escape. I liked him. He was a fun addition to the cast and comedic relief for all of us when it got too intense.
  • They never mentioned Moose Kwai again at the end when Bao Seed told Lam Lam he was going to seek out Ding Jie? Really? They dragged out some other stuff yet didn’t give us some clue as to where he was going after that? Just a tad, considering how he did appear at some hilarious scenes throughout. I mean, I’m sure he would be fine looking for another job. But he was part of the massage place and cared for Lam Lam deeply as a friend as well. He would want to know or would cry over it.

Recommended? I thought it was worth it for the major plot and some of the subplots with the new characters. Plus, there were some gaps they needed to fill to tie it together for some characters involved and how they all got to that point. There was also a cliff-hanger which would lead into the fourth installment. So, you know, you could wait until they actually make a fourth one so it would be less of a wait? LOL!

General

Year 2015 in Recap

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Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015:

365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took the challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressive than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.

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Times Updated on People on the Poll:

284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Tseng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

Books Reviews:

Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations:

I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like a major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates:

130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuff. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

Dickson Lee, Hong Kong Entertainment, Law Lok Lam, Ruco Chan, Vivien Yeo, Yoyo Mung

Ruse of Engagement

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I must say that this was one of the most anticipated dramas for me since it was delayed for a while. I can’t wait to see a collaboration between Ruco and Ron. However, it was a disappointment, to say the least. Sure, it started out nicely and built the suspense bit by bit. But it began to crumble just as fast as it gained my confidence that the series would do well. Mostly because of certain characters. It picked up in the suspense department later on but fell short of being an epic drama because of how much frustration was going on throughout the series. Sure, frustration was one of the key elements contributing to the suspense but they didn’t have to depend on it to drag out the episodes. Why did they drag us through all that to end with such a tragic ending? Not like I couldn’t accept that since it was all possible with how things turned out. Yet some things didn’t make sense. Where to start?

Main Cast:

  • Ruco Chan as Carson Chong Yau Ching. Very arrogant and hot-headed at first. However, he wasn’t all bad. He was mischievous and not as obedient as some people. But he was indeed quite smart and resourceful. He was also capable of enduring all types of pain to take the most dangerous missions. I felt this role was quite good for Ruco. Yet the side things made it kind of frustrating, mostly in the romance area. But his acting was awesome in here, compensating for past senseless roles that he had to endure to finally take lead roles.
  • Yoyo Mung as Yip Ting. One of my favorite Yoyo roles up to date. In many ways, she was unpredictable so I felt hope for the series. Yes, she was a reporter but she wasn’t too annoying. There were many layers to her character and not so one-dimensional like other reporters in the past. She was stubborn but was also quite intelligent. There were times she needed rescuing but there were other times that she was able to fend for herself. She wouldn’t go down without a fight.
  • Ron Ng as Alfred Chong Yau Kit. Disappointed. I was looking forward to this role of Ron and didn’t care to read spoilers. Yet I felt they (the scriptwriters) didn’t need to throw Ron under the bus for this. Sure, I got that not everyone could be a hero and they were trying to make it different for this one. But I think there were too many plots with brothers competing (both for capabilities and girls) so for once I wish they would lay off this. Also, NOT cool that he was moving in on Jessica briefly after his brother’s death AND the most despicable of all was using his brother’s tactics to win over Jessica. Things didn’t turn out as he wished later but Carson sure was right in accusing him of wanting to get rid of Carson because of Jessica. (Although that was all misunderstandings, I felt since Alfred idolized his brother, the least he could do was believe his brother AND to remember what happened the last time and consider it was all undercover or some other reason.)
  • Aimee Chan as Jessica Chung Yat Ka. At first, I thought her character was cool. But she lost ground for me when Carson supposedly died. She was at a vulnerable moment of her life, but I felt it was just too easy to move on with Alfred shortly after Carson’s death. So when she was jealous of Carson and Yip Ting when Carson was just helping Yip Ting that one time and taking care of Yip Ting, I didn’t care. Jealousy didn’t have to make sense, BUT I felt like hey, who was she to act like such? Then I think that some things didn’t make sense in the end. I felt that it was too fast trying to make Jessica crazy and trying to end it on a tragic note since she suddenly wanted to do the same as her father with selling the stuff to foreign countries or other shady parties? Um, yeah, I got it that through various points, it seemed that Jessica was really fake. But we, the audience, only got it as we see, they (the scriptwriters) need to work on the plot better to let them (the characters) see that she was the cunning type, not suddenly going crazy and taking the easy way out after declaring that Carson had betrayed her. Well, he did BUT it was like everything was rushed and all jumbled in the last episode. OR something. Other than that, I felt that Aimee did a very good job for the role.

Supporting:

  • Eddie Kwan as Steven Shum Chi Ngo. Their boss but was suspected throughout as the bad guy.
  • Lai Lok Yi as Fu Wang-leung. He was said to be the mole later on YET was only used to further others’ agenda.
  • Dickson Lee as Paul Sir. One of the bosses. Tough.
  • Kenny Wong as Ko Wai. One of the bosses. I’m so sick and tired of seeing him everywhere and playing important roles. That was it.
  • Louise Lee as Tong Shuk Fun. Carson and Alfred’s mother.
  • Law Lok Lam as Kiu Kim Hang. Yip Ting’s adopted father.
  • Lee Kwok Lun as Chung Lai Him. Jessica’s father.
  • Vivien Yeo as Yeung Lok Man. Seduced and used Kiu Kim Hang at one point to further her agenda. Although Vivien’s acting was fantastic I felt it was a waste of time for her. It was just another bad girl role. So at least it wasn’t senseless, but still not worth mentioning since they (TVB) kept sinking her.
  • Leanne Li as Betty / Beauty Yeung Yan Mei. One of the AFT members.
  • Fred Cheng as Eric Lee Kam. Another waste of time. I don’t know. He was just there.

The ending? Seriously? Okay, I didn’t have a hard time believing that Carson truly loved Jessica. I just have a hard time believing that Carson was that irresponsible to leave his mother behind for Alfred to take care of. He had always been very filial to his mother–regardless of situations. So why did he do it? Well, he was devastated after how things turned out and how Jessica had accused him of betraying their love. Human behaviors are indeed unpredictable, but seriously? I got why Carson didn’t accept Yip Ting and actually felt it fitted his stubborn nature and how loyal he was to Jessica despite Jessica’s accusations. Yes, he did betray her trust by using her to extract some information yet he was trying to patch things up and somehow let her off easily. She was the one who went right to his brother after his supposed death the first time around, hello, in case anyone wanted to point fingers. I also felt the ending tried too much to make the whole Carson and Jessica thing worked that they had unknowingly throw Yip Ting under the bus. I didn’t think it was in Yip Ting’s nature to force Carson to accept her that fast right after Jessica’s death. So her offer proved that Carson wasn’t easily wavered, showing how loyal he was to Jessica. However, it didn’t fit with Yip Ting’s personality. Sure, she was upset when it seemed like he was sacrificing her for whatever was going on previously. But she wasn’t the type to just jump right in like that after all the chaos.

So recommended? Unless you want to choke to death with the ending, don’t. If you want to watch Ruco and Aimee as a pairing, I heard Outbound Love (單戀雙城) is a much better choice. (I haven’t watched it yet but will leave up it to the fans for that one.) On the other hand, I felt robbed because I actually quite liked the collaboration between Ruco and Ron, however, it was ruined when they decided to let the brothers fight over the same girl. Then there was the thing with crafting Yip Ting’s character so nicely to be tossed aside totally in the end. I understood why some of the stuff happened and Carson was too in love with Jessica to care about the other girl, but I felt it was such a shame that there was nothing going on between them except for the conspiracy they were in at one point. I totally would watch if one day Ruco and Yoyo collaborate again. Perhaps a better script, not just compensation for it like some other past pairings (and failed). Maybe it was better not to try too hard to make the main leads end up together or something. Yet I felt the whole throwing Yip Ting under the bus was already a stretch. Because I quite liked it that Yip Ting continued to strive forward at the end on her own. Just that the last bit to wrap up in favor of Carson and Jessica’s story made it kind of low.

Hong Kong Entertainment, Kate Tsui, Law Lok Lam, Ruco Chan, Wayne Lai

Forensic Heroes III

I just finished watching this so I wanted to talk about it. This was probably one of 2011’s better series. Though some might disagree, I wasn’t disappointed at all–even if I had some doubts at first. I was probably in the minority group that didn’t care about the cast change (because it was associated with the last two parts). Look at it this way, this is another team out in the field working, not just always the same team. Or it’s okay. I wouldn’t want to force anyone into accepting. I must say that the result was pretty good because it made sense for the most part. The cases weren’t that complicated yet it wasn’t that terrible either. If you compared it to the first two, the complexity had gone WAY down regarding how it was planned, etc at times. However, it didn’t mean that there was a lack of planning in some cases. Most were relating to accidental deaths or impulse killing/those in the moment of the heat or anger type. Yet don’t those cases happen more often in real life than those super complicated ones? We like to watch more complicated ones because it makes us think. And these ones, some were so stupid after we found out the result or how it had happened in the first place, but don’t half of those reflect real-life situations? I swear it’s not going to get that interesting. Because of the too messed up world today (whether we want to admit it or not), sometimes killings happen for senseless reasons OR just some dumb argument. It’s scary that it’s just that simple and some people couldn’t control themselves. But wasn’t too dumb. To turn back to the cases though, the way they handled the forensic parts and investigation wasn’t too lame.

The Team:

  • Wayne Lai as Pro Sir. OMG! A clever and witty character yet didn’t turn out disappointing at all. I was so scared that his character would go downhill by the time his wife returned. Yet he was so firm on his belief and it was so consistent with his character that I had to clap the writers on. Should I even compliment Wayne even more? Hey, I’ve been supporting him since forever so no need. LOL!
  • Maggie Cheung as Mandy. Maggie was really on par with Wayne’s character in here and they didn’t lose a beat. That was so cool though. Her character was consistent enough and Maggie made it both cute and clever at the same time.
  • Ron Ng as Wind. What can I say about Wind? It was really funny at first. Then it got even sadder for him since the whole incident with his family. But lucky all of that passed. Yet I still liked to see his humorous side more. His ‘NG47’ nickname was so funny as well. I meant, come on now. Was that a hint? Interestingly enough since I was watching Wax & Wane at the same time, I found his performances so different. I’m so serious here. It was like he was much more comfortable and more natural in here. Okay, so the cool character helped. But did anyone notice the ‘rocking motion of his body’ in the other one, especially when he was talking to Roger or the others in Wax & Wane? (Except with Kate since after several collaborations, he should be quite comfortable with her.) In here, he was like more laid-back and more composed. I don’t know what happened. Even if he did appear a lot in series this year (2011), I still noticed some differences. Just don’t want to take points off just because TVB scheduled series back-to-back just like that.
  • Kate Tsui as Ada. At first, I had some doubts about Kate being a madam. So unfair to her but I still wanted to see how it would work. Though I already saw her as a cop in A Great Way to Care, she wasn’t a madam in there so it would be interesting to see how that went. I thought she was convincing enough as the leader since she did manage the pose at the appropriate times. Then she was also relaxed off-work. That made her character not too one-layered. SO I was glad the scriptwriters didn’t try to make her into another ‘Madame Leung’ or ‘Madame Ma’.
  • Edwin Siu as Ken Ho. Interestingly, he got an important role in here. NOT that I oppose it since I actually wanted to see him in different types of roles too and this role really suited him. OR he made it convincing enough.
  • Aimee Chan as Angel Chiang. A tomboyish role for her. Kind of repetitive but it was all right. I liked it that she didn’t stand out so much but still had some sort of story. I so didn’t know she would die later but honestly, that was SAD. Kind of somewhat unexpected and unnecessary BUT I guess I’m not so sore about it anymore.
  • Ram Tseung as Paul Yau. After watching his portrayal in Twilight Investigation, it was interesting to see him back on this side of the scale. LOL! (Not that it wasn’t fun to see how he could portray the other one so convincingly.) I liked how he was a veteran and amazed how his character was experienced in so many areas. It was funny that he was telling his stories when the others asked, thinking they were worshiping him but when he looked, he realized they had gone back to work already! Awww…but still funny. And I had a good scare thinking that his son was actually involved but glad he didn’t have to suffer too much.

Others:

  • Ruco Chan as Jim Fong. Was it just me or was it since he returned to TVB, he didn’t look so hot anymore? (OR so people like to use with ‘hot’ or whatever.) Not that I would like him any less. But I think he needs to sharpen it up a bit more, not get too comfortable. It was like they had given him certain parameters and how he returned to the ‘box of TVB’, not so impressive anymore. YET not disappointing either. Perhaps I would restore my faith in him when I muster up the courage to watch The Other Truth. But we’ll see. It wasn’t like his character wasn’t great. But it was like his acting style got crammed, like not allowing so much creativity anymore.
  • Nancy Wu as Eva Chow. I honestly think Nancy’s better with those roles where she’s the semi-villain. I meant she wasn’t technically bad in general. YET she possessed those fatal personalities with being so driven by her ambition and would do anything to achieve it–regardless of techniques or consequences. She showed that side quite well. Yet what I was thinking the whole time (and thanks to my mom for pointing it out) if it was her acting or the script with the part where she was celebrating too early and sort of smiled and Pro Sir saw her. It was the scene in court where she heard that the witness couldn’t come and she smiled. (The girl was portrayed by Lily Ho.) If according to her character, she was a clever and cunning lawyer, so why would she let such a small detail make her celebrate so early and smile just like that in front of everyone? She had to repress herself upon hearing that right? Or did they, the scriptwriters, need something for Pro Sir to suspect hence making her character smile like that? Too contradictory so I could only think of it as script error. AND I so thought or guess that she was going to get killed by Felix Lok later YET I was wrong. I meant she messed with fire so she gotta pay? I thought the plot was steering in that direction. But okay, whatever works. Lesson for this one: Curiosity kills the cat. She should’ve walked away when Pro Sir warned her of danger, etc. Or was her pride getting in the way again? (Aka proving to him and others that she could crack the case. We all know she was capable, didn’t need to prove it too much. Or was it for fame? Still not worth her life.)
  • Geoffrey Wong as CIP Jason Ko. Another silly role for him. It was so funny that the others had misunderstood him AND they kept thinking that Wind would beat him yet it wasn’t so. They finally get to witness his famous ‘shadowless foot’ technique. LOL!
  • Yuen Wah as Pro Sir’s father. So funny. What made it funnier was him keep trying to matchmake Pro Sir with others YET ended bringing trouble upon himself. I got a good laugh out of that. Always liked Yuen Wah since the old days so enjoyed his performance.
  • Angela Tong as Rebeca. Hilarious! I found it extremely amazing that she was able to make her character so funny. Though just a few scenes here and there but she made my day more than some characters in here.
  • Mary Hon as Ada’s mother. Mixed feelings. I don’t doubt Mary’s acting since I’ve been seeing her act like forever. NOT that long but it has been too long. What bugged me was her character at times. I found her extremely funny for using Wind as her handyman at first and all. Yet it was quite disturbing when she took those packages of goodies from Wind’s mother. It sort of made her and her daughter look bad. Fine if she didn’t like the woman (and I didn’t like Wind’s mother either) BUT that move made her less graceful. She scolded the woman and then took her things? The least she could do was paid in full so the other party wouldn’t think of her as some flaky person. (OR so it seemed.) The other thing that was funny of her was how she was arguing with Mandy’s grandfather and mistaken Jim for Ada’s boyfriend that one time.
  • Rosanne Lui as Wind’s mother. Annoying. Not sure if I was still biased against her since after watching Be Home For Dinner but her performance in here was similar even if the character was different. I don’t know. I used to be less bugged by her though saw her in other series already. BUT for some reason, she has been bugging me lately. OR was it because she got more important roles and couldn’t handle it? Too ironic that she was disappointing, considering her age. I guess this was one of those cases that veteran artists did not mean good acting? I don’t know. Her character didn’t help her case either.
  • Law Lok Lam as the main villain. Well, sort of since he had to do with the last case. Creepy. I swear I thought they had to deal with Felix Lok’s character since he was mentioned as a character that wasn’t easily messed with. BUT it was Law Lok Lam’s character. Haven’t seen him in an important villain role for a while now. (At least I probably didn’t watch the right series, LOL…) He was convincing as being creepy all right. And I must say after watching Be Home For Dinner with his silly role, this was proof that he hadn’t lost it with being versatile since he looked so silly (or funny, lol) in the other one yet this one was like quite chilling to the bones.

Pairings:

  • Wayne and Maggie. It had been a long time now since I’ve seen a favorite couple. I meant it more in terms of characters than as actor and actress yet it could just be both. If I hadn’t mentioned it before (though I’m sure I did), I always like it when couples would match wit-per-wit instead of having one extremely smart and the other brainless. OR at least have each with a strong area instead of those helpless weaklings (or make the main girl/guy dumb on purpose). SO it was really enjoyable to watch for me with these two. They were so in-sync with one another when they were still partners and/or friends. That was so amazing. Then when they were finally a couple, they showed both respect and love for one another that made it even more special. They didn’t just say those words yet proved true throughout. I was so scared they would make his character so wishy-washy when his ex-wife return and all. After all, they were married for years before. YET he had made his point clear and what was really priceless was seeing Pro Sir always bringing Mandy along on trips when Eva demanded his attention or some type of meeting. It was sad for Eva, BUT I was glad he didn’t cause any misunderstandings by leading Eva on accidentally–if he had appeared alone, etc. I was glad the scriptwriter didn’t reduce his character to nothing for once. I was so sick of the recent main guys always making the ‘oops’ because they thought it was unnecessary to inform the current gf about stuff if the ex-gf/wife had pulled some stunts–and the typical thinking he shouldn’t trouble her. I was soooo glad they steered away from that formula. Though I’m sure Mandy was the understanding type and wouldn’t be swayed or feel threatened by Eva’s subtle threats yet I found it necessary to see those scenes with how Pro Sir had always made it clear. It let us–as the audience–see that Pro Sir was determined to make his relationship work with Mandy–and how his character was consistent throughout with him being smart, etc. One of the scenes I loved the most was seeing how in-sync they were at that one restaurant/bar when he ordered her drink and food for her already and later when she finally came, he asked about the lectures, then they shared the food, etc. It was so cute YET showed their tacit interactions. SO wrong of me to enjoy it when Eva was there but it made me so convinced that Pro Sir and Mandy belonged together. Not to mention how the scene repeated itself later on too, not just that one time. Wayne and Maggie sure made the effort to build this chemistry. (Because I wasn’t so sure on this pairing at first though I wouldn’t mind seeing this fresh pairing. Now I’m convinced.)
  • Ron and Kate. How many times have they collaborated already? Well, as a pairing. I guess TVB’s still compensating–or trying to compensate–us for that one time in The Brink of Law AND I think it’s WAY over now. Once in a while is good, but too many times a year? I love them together–and that’s saying something about current pairings. But please spread it out. LOL! I enjoyed their chemistry in here, of course, and found it different–or so they managed to make it work. It was so funny that she was so wacko when she got drunk. Scared the world out of him the first time around. She even dragged him into all those crazy things, LOL!
  • Edwin and Aimee. Mmmm…would never imagined them together yet I got into the storyline. It depends on people’s taste, but I thought I was fine with it. Then the ending just brought forth more tears than ever. Mostly because of Edwin’s convincing act with the mourning and all. I didn’t know why they killed her off until the last scenes of him remembering back to what she said to him at various times.
  • Wayne and Nancy. Seriously, that was odd. Maybe because it was the age lapse or they just looked weird together. They were the correct choices for their roles BUT extremely odd together. I sort of cringed when they were being intimate at various points at the beginning. I don’t know. It was so odd for me. NOT picking on one or the other. I guess it was just one of those couples that didn’t work. Their story was all right I guess. However, what I found was odd was why she loved him so much YET was willing to give such a promising marriage up for that one job? I meant okay, it seemed to be projecting that she was lured in by those luxuries (jewelry store scene with her taking that watch) and the mansion (Felix Lok took her to the mountainside and told her to look down at the row of houses at this one place). OR was her pride getting in the way? Like how she was trying to prove Pro Sir wrong with how he was saying it wasn’t good to mix the other dude? NOT too sure but I’ll just let it go since it’s not worth getting mad over. BUT it wasn’t too unrealistic with couples suddenly breaking up out of nowhere.

The two worlds – FH I & II vs. FH III.

YES, had to include this section since I know people love to compare. And I’m somewhat curious too.

  • The LEADERS: Bobby vs. Wayne – Tim Sir vs. Pro Sir. NOT bad on both counts. I swear they did look cool as the boss. And were equally intelligent–with their own methods. Though I must say I prefer Wayne over Bobby. NOT the characters, but the actor. Maybe it was because I never abandoned Wayne before–even if he was in the shadow in the past all these years versus Bobby (whom I lost track for a while). It’s my own personal lapse AND not because Bobby was not cool.
  • The DOCTORS: Frankie vs. Maggie – Dr. Koo vs. Dr. Chung. Yes, I chose Maggie to represent the doctor side though technically both she and Wayne were. YET Wayne had to represent the leader spot. Character-wise, I actually felt Frankie’s character was crafted more complex and had a better foundation. Perhaps his life wasn’t so dramatic. But that wasn’t Maggie’s fault for getting the role of a victim in some case as well. But what made it interesting was how he was also an author. Dr. Chung was very creative and intelligent in her own way, but Dr. Koo’s character was really well written and more unique. However, I thought the love story with Dr. Chung was crafted better. Why? I guess being paired up with the main guy made it a better advantage since she was the first female lead. Dr. Koo’s love story was all right I guess but I didn’t care for it much because of his other half. So it was half and half for both instances. But I like Frankie and Maggie equally so no choosing there.
  • The MADAMES: Yoyo vs. Charmaine vs. Kate – Madame Nicole Leung vs. Madame Bell Ma vs. Madame Ada Ling. Madame Leung was strong and independent, and not to mention aggressive. That made her name ‘yau’ (柔) even more ironic because it meant ‘gentle’. She was also a ‘no-nonsense’ type of person. Madame Ma looked aggressive and was intimidating at one point yet she had a soft heart at others (and had developed her strong exterior because she had to protect her mother). Madame Ling, on the other hand, was more tolerant of her subordinates when they got random and were messing around during meetings. Though there was no doubt she could use her power to make the others work. But I thought Yoyo was the more powerful one with the vibe that she exuded. Not that Charmaine and Kate didn’t look aggressive enough since both were shown as capable leaders as well. I just felt like Yoyo pulled it off better as a ‘madame’. Not bringing Charmaine or Kate down because I actually liked both (by now if I hadn’t in the past), but that was what I felt. However, I must say I like all three equally in their own way so no points lost actually.
  • The SIDE-KICKS: Raymond Cho vs. Ron Ng – Shum Hung vs. Wind. Shum Hung, they didn’t say much about him in all the two parts that he appeared? I forgot already since that was years ago since I watched both installments. YET he really stood out as Madame Leung’s side-kick every time he appeared. And his rash personality made him all the more lovable. Not to mention how he had such a sense of humor as well. I couldn’t remember quite well with his capabilities either. But I swear he got robbed–even if he was still up there in the cast list. I think with the character development, Wind had it made out better with him being the side-kick and how his background story with him being a rich boy, NOT just a typical cop. Not to mention how he also knew taekwondo and competed in this one competition with Ko Sir. All in all though, I liked both characters just fine. They were different in their own way. Acting? Raymond Cho’s actually the better one here. I’m not saying that because Ray’s like one of my favorites. But Ray started out better than Ron and is still so–even if he kept getting pushed aside at times. The other thing was how little information Ray had with his character but was able to make his character shine out, making it memorable. Perhaps his loyalty to Madame Leung and his colleagues made it the most memorable.
  • The ROOKIES: Linda Chung vs. Aimee Chan – Lam Ding Ding vs. Angel Chiang. Honestly, I didn’t want to put them in since it would get too personal. But since I already put the others on the table, why not? I thought both developments of their characters were about enough, not too much and not too little either. So people shouldn’t even complain about it. Both characters were meant to be cute and charming with their curiosity, etc. Both died as well. Though I must say even if they dressed Linda in cute outfits and letting her wear those braids, I didn’t like her that much either. I meant the character, SO don’t say I’m picking on Linda. In fact, I never forgive her for sneezing into that one evidence while Fred (Madame Leung’s brother) was doing the test for it hence causing it to become invalid, and not to mention causing trouble for Fred. (YUP, he got scold at–though he was nice enough to not blame her.) Angel, though she was too silly with her different views at times and even clash in cultures, but was more professional. Her death, I swear made sense even more–though it was frustrating. Who do I prefer then? Aimee actually. Because I never liked Linda since she started. People are throwing stuff at me for making that decision since everyone’s putting dirt on Aimee right now. Yet I felt Aimee exuded the cute look better though she was the tomboy type of character in here.
  • The OTHER FORENSIC TECHNICIANS: Fred Cheng vs. Edwin Siu – Fred Leung vs. Ken Ho. Yes, interestingly Fred was also named Fred in here though his Chinese name was different. (PHEW!) Anyway, Fred was sort of a pushover because of having a madame sister–and to complete the irony of it all, his name was actually ‘kong’ (剛)–meaning strong. Though he was really hardworking. Ken Ho, on the other hand, was a funny type of guy who wouldn’t mind striking up an argument. I thought that his character somewhat reminded me of Ray’s Shum Hung. OR was that it but they just tossed him toward the forensic side so it was less obvious? Yet both managed to deliver even if there was lack of screen time for Fred.
  • The OTHER GIRL COPS: Vivien Yeo vs. Jessie Shum –  Josie vs. Calorie. Lack of memory, but I remember Vivien’s character, Josie, being in the background most of the time, except it was until she had to help the others retrieve statements from different witnesses, etc. Yet I liked her being around with the rest of the team. Calorie was the loud one in here but still had her own moments.

Goofs/Complaints/whatever else:

  • The tip of scale between both teams. Though I soon got used to the teams. But I must admit the tip of scale at times for both teams–cops and forensics. Why the tip? The reason was putting both Wayne and Maggie on the forensic side (though under different specialized areas). They should have separated the two to maintain equilibrium. However, was the creators’ intention to make it different from the other two installments? NOT sure. Probably so though since putting both Wayne and Maggie on the same side paved the story for their characters better as a couple, how in-sync they were, etc. But I didn’t think that Ron and Kate were useless even if Wayne and Maggie had put most of the pieces of the puzzles together. Because this was after all ‘forensic heroes’ so they had to put more stresses toward the ‘forensic’ side. Ron and Kate had action scenes when it was needed or necessary for the cases. So both teams actually collaborated quite well with one another. Not too bad actually if analyze a bit more.
  • CSIs DO NOT carry guns. During the 7th case when Angel was in one of the rooms (the study?) collecting evidence, Hilbert (Wind’s uncle) walked in and was chatting with her on how she helped him one time in New York running after a culprit with a gun. He had assumed that she was a cop, but she explained to him that she wasn’t because the difference between CSI of both New York (or the States?) and Hong Kong was that NY CSIs could carry guns while Hong Kong CSIs do not. YET that was basing it on the TV Series, NOT real life. Because technically in real life, CSIs DO NOT carry guns regardless in the States. SO, therefore, that little detail was a glitch. Were the scriptwriters basing it on those TV Series instead of doing actual research on the real CSIs in the States? CSIs could only carry pepper sprays–if they wanted something to protect themselves. I wanted to let it go. YET I couldn’t because they repeated it again in a later episode so I didn’t want to let it go.
  • A Hana Kimi took over? I’m so serious here! I know it was a coincidence and could happen to anyone (or probably from other series too). But I couldn’t help thinking of it when they mentioned Ken Ho’s character not being able to drink wine or he would go crazy. Later it was revealed that he would go on a kissing rampage. Same as what happened with Quan in Hana Kimi when he got drunk (and had kissed the main girl too).
  • Eva’s death and the aftermaths. Was it just me or it seemed like they moved forward in two shakes? YES, Pro Sir did blame himself for not answering to her suggestion/request YET Wind had told him to not feel guilty but focused on solving the case to seek justice for Eva. SO that part made sense. Yet I honestly hoped the ending was like several months later OR until Pro Sir and Eva’s kid recovered. ‘Cause she cried like mad when her parents divorced and all. SO it would be too strange to see her all happy and looking forward to Pro Sir and Mandy’s wedding. According to some exchanges between them and Ken Ho that Ken had asked for a leave to go take care of Angel’s situation and returning the ashes to her parents in the States. SO I hope some time had passed for everyone to recover regarding Eva as well.
  • Were the cases too easy? This was NOT a complaint on my part but more like I heard some people talking about it. I think it was in a sense. YET the deduction made it fascinating. Even if the cases seemed too brainless or weren’t as complex as the cases in the first installment but it wasn’t too unreasonable either. Why not? If comparing to CSIs/Criminal Minds or those other ones, not every one of those cases had to be so mind-blowing to make it a case, right? Let’s just file these under the everyday type of crime. It wasn’t too unreasonable because people nowadays might just kill for no reason. NOT good or reassuring to know what type of messed up environment we might live in. Yet it wasn’t too off either. The only complaint I had was Wind’s case was toooo long. Okay, maybe I was just impatient that the family just pissed me off so much with their inconsiderate nature, except for Wind. SO yeah… (I put this up there at the beginning of the review already, BUT thought I would ‘bullet point’ it too! LOL!)

What made up for it all? The technology actually. And the way the deduction was made. They really managed to take advantage of the technology all right. It reminded me of one of the most recent seasons of Criminal Minds where everyone was carrying a tablet with them. Pretty cool to think about. (Though not sure if everyone was as equipped in the real environment, lol.)

Recommended? NOT recommended if you’re going to compare it to parts 1 and 2. I did it too, I know. YET I didn’t have a problem with it. Why? It was a cop series. But I must say that it was the only series from 2011 that I managed to finish. What about the others? Dropped halfway through or somewhere along the way. OR I didn’t bother. So that said something. But maybe because I’m too easily rattled. Your choice really.