Ben Wong, Hong Kong Entertainment, Shek Sau

Dressage To Win

I must say that this was not a bad series at all although it might not be as good as Heart of Fencing since HOF was interesting from the start. Ironically, this series was about horse-riding, but the side stories–regarding family, romance, and friendship were even more interesting than the actual theme itself. The story did pick up right around the end of ep.4 since there was an actual depth behind the story. (The attempted humor of the previous episodes were a bit lacking in the charm department, plus its nonsensical element made it even more corny in every way.)

I really liked the story between Ah Him and Kimmy the most–although Ben and Michelle were actually the main couple. It was because Ah Him and Kimmy had this funny yet sweet chemistry overall. Maybe because Michelle Wai’s acting was of lacking so it made it less appealing as of her story and Ben (Ken). Not to mention that Him Law’s acting did help a bit–since he does have the potential–although Kimmy Kwan’s a bit forced but not that bad–comparing to some newcomers. My second favorite couple must be Nel and Boy since they were just too funny. Third was actually Peter and Mary because they represented the mushy-slash-cheesy couple but still kind of cute and funny at the same time.

The funniest part–aside from the part with Fiona Sit as the crazy patient–must be where Nel and Boy sneaked out near the woods to have a little night stroll and then they bumped into Ah Him and Kimmy! And then there was also Peter and Mary walking by as well! (Talking about finding a deserted place or a location where NO one would be present.) It was funny that they began to keep secrets from each other from there on!

The other things that I enjoyed for this series were:

  • Shek Sau as the principal: It was funny that I really enjoyed him as the hilarious principal in here. He represenetd both the humor and the serious side.
  • The various guest stars: Although some of the guest stars I really don’t care for but really nice to see people like Edmond, Hui Siu Hung, Ben Wong, Ella Koon, and so on.
  • The music: I loved how they still maintained some of the songs from the previous one as a transition into this story as well. There were other refreshing youth music also, which made it a suitable drama for young people and had the spirit of it.
  • The length: Yes, like its traditional pattern, it liked to take on a short path with stories and NOT overdo the whole series with stretching story or creating too many dramas. It was actually necessary for each obstacle or downfall of character(s) in here.

I must admit that it was part  the ‘4 Clover Leaf’ collection, but the mention of the leaf itself was a grand total of sadly–ONE. I thought they should at least put in the importance of that leaf more with the relationship. It wasn’t overdone in part 1 at all with mentioning it all the time, but it let us know through various details of the story. In this one, they forgot about that and put the focus on it so little that it seemed non-existence. I understand that they must have exhausted with the emphasis of its significance by now since this was the 3rd series in the collection, but it didn’t have to be that subtle. Other than that, it was actually a decent series for a little light heart drama and refreshing with the young cast.

Posted (on Xanga): January 4, 2009

Re-posted: Friday, March 19th, 2010

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