It’s an average series overall. It could be said to be a longer version of Chinese Odyssey starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Fann Wong, and Vicki Zhao, but more draggy/ stretched-out. There were good points of it however. Since they added a lot of stuffs in between with royal takeover and such. Robbers and thieves are actually the real good people who help citizens while royal people and magistrate helps rich people harass the poor, etc.
Eric Suen and Shirley Dai has great chemistry together in this series. However, their story and the triangle stretched out quite a long time and it got super repetitive regarding the whole princess having to marry off to someone else or find a better suitor made it unbearable at some points. However, Princess Bei Bei’s relationship with her mother is very touching and was a great story.
The comedy is minimal and funny at first but it gets repetitive and corny later on. As the series dragged on, I rather watch Eddie Kwan and the girl who played Xiao Xiao more. They’re very funny and cute together although their relationship should have been focused and developed more towards the end and how they met, etc. There were hints, but still not enough scenes of them together.
Overall, it’s an all right series. I must admit this is WAYYYY better than Long Fei Xiang Gong (Flying Dragon) with Eric Suen and Eddie Kwan because although the other story with the fairy is interesting, but there were too many repetitive scene and it was super slow. This one has some development and new stuffs to drive the plot better. It seems more reasonable at places to focus on certain parts more than other.
I must say I’m surprised to really like Huang Hai Bing in here and his acting is great since he was super evil in Smart Kid and in this one, he’s super righteous and funny at the same time. His scenes with Ellen Chan were way too funny but shouldn’t be taken seriously since this one is mostly comedy after all.
Last but not least, love the sub theme of the series “A Lifetime Without Regrets” sang by Liu Quan Sheng and Ellen Chan.
Posted (on Xanga): October 18, 2008
Re-posted: Monday, April 12th, 2010