Black & White: Cracking the Code

Okay, remember how I said I was sooooo frustrated and disappointed that Vic and Janine didn’t end up together in the drama when I was doing the review? I’ve solved the puzzle. They actually did end up together. YES, people are probably gasping already since it was so obvious that the scriptwriters misled us for so long with different triangles, squares, and whatever else along the way. Yet the most interesting part all along was the mystery. But it could be agreed that the majority were protesting about the relationships at the end (or lack of one) because they (the scriptwriters) did put us through so much with all those romances, right? How did I figure it out? And proofs? Um, getting there. I actually figured this one out a awhile back BUT was so delayed by other stuff that I didn’t get to conjure up a post until now.

Anyway, awhile back, I was trying to go back and do caps of Vic and Janine (which got delayed again or I wouldn’t need to borrow images for this post, lol). Then I got carried away with re-watching some of their scenes instead of doing caps. So I ended up watching their ending scene–or the scene before the final battle where they parted ways and each had his or her own mission to go to. It was their last conversation, which if listened carefully, had said it all.

After Xiao Ma dropped Xi Ying off, Zai Tian actually got out as well to bid her farewell. But their conversation lasted longer (much to Xiao Ma’s annoyance, lol). Zai Tian actually asked Xi Ying if it was all right that she went alone. However, he also stated that Chen Lin and Ying Xiong probably got captured already. Xi Ying assured him that he didn’t need to worry about her. He then told her that after retrieving the information from the techs, go straight to Wu Yang and not to trust anyone else. His expression said it all, he was really worried about her. But there was no other way so he told her to be careful, which she nodded and told him (and Xiao Ma) to be careful as well. After some brief staring between the two of them, Xi Ying left. However, Zai Tian called her back. When she finally turned to face him again (but didn’t walk back to him), he (after some hesitation) thanked her for risking her life to save him today. She still didn’t walk back to him, but shook her head briefly before saying that she wanted to say these words a long time already, which was ‘sorry’. The reason? Because she wasn’t able to help him with searching for ‘that girl’ (Xiao Mei) and returning her (Xiao Mei) to him. He actually said, “Forget it. She has already left. Cherishing what’s in front of me is more important.” They both smiled. He continued by saying, “We’ll be fine” (referring to their upcoming dangerous missions).

And then she finally walked back to him and hugged him, which he returned the hug. It was like he was really letting go and felt really comfortable with Xi Ying. He had always trusted her and felt a connection with her that was different from the others. It was she who understood him when he was going through such pain. Or perhaps like how I had mentioned it already in the review, she would understand because she had lost her father (also an important person to her like how Xiao Mei was to him). Even if it was a different type of relationship, but Zai Tian had always felt like Xiao Mei was like his family–regardless of romance or not. Back to Zai Tian and Xi Ying, it seemed like Zai Tian was able to relax and feel at peace when he was with her. So his previous words about “cherishing what was in front of him was more important” was believable enough for me. Then that was when I wished they hugged all night (lol) and I still do (even if it’s unrealistic). But to get back to the plot, Xi Ying eventually repeated his words, “We’ll be fine.” They finally let go of each other (and Xiao Ma looked SUPER annoyed by now, lol) and Xi Ying told Zai Tian to get in the car. He repeated his previous concern about her safety, telling her to be careful. He got into the car at last and Xiao Ma drove away. She watched the car disappeared before going on her way as well.

So anyway, how come I didn’t figure out that one before? Seriously? I was watching the Viet-dubbed version at that time and they translated some bits of the conversation wrong. It wasn’t until I hunted down the Mandarin version to do caps that I realized it. But then the others were watching the Mandarin version and was as confused? I think it was because the scriptwriters wanted to leave the ending open at that time by confusing us again with letting Zai Tian and Ying Xiong going into the hospital to wait for Chen Lin to wake up. Then the whole banter with Chen Lin and Zai Tian at the end made it seemed like they were still at it. However, I think like some people had said (and after I calmed down already), it seemed like only Chen Lin loved Zai Tian a lot and he didn’t seem to care as much. NOT that he was cold-blooded, but it was like they couldn’t click as much though they did have somewhat of chemistry at times (with the scriptwriters providing the chances for them to be together). Still, it didn’t click. Anyway, Xi Ying had to talk to Cheng Nuo so she wasn’t around or could have some scenes with Zai Tian later on. Even if Zai Tian discovered about Xiao Mei’s fake death, it made more sense that he was shocked at first yet later didn’t really react as much anymore when they got everything taken care of already with the boat chase scene. Perhaps, like he said during the separation scene with Xi Ying that night, he really did let go. He was just shocked that she was still alive and the lingering with looking at the tickets was curiosity. (Any guy would be curious. Scratch that, anyone would be curious.) Or maybe it’s just me wanting to interpret it that way. Besides, I sort of got over the whole “no Zai Tian and Xi Ying reunion” scene already. Well, it had a lot with “I can’t do anything anyway”, but also because I felt like (again) it made sense because they never really needed to say a lot throughout the drama, but the other got it. There was also the whole deal with their silent support of one another too.

But all in all, I’m dancing now! Closure at last! LOL! (AGAIN, at least for me, NOT trying to convince anyone otherwise.)

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

TW TV Series Worth Watching

I actually started this list like 2 years ago but didn’t want to post it just yet. Now, I thought what in the world, just go ahead. AND this is not an attempt to convince or manipulate people into watching it. Just something to share and add to this random blog. Some of them I attached links because I’d actually done the reviews for them at one point. Some are actually under its own categories so I won’t link it. Others? Might do discussions in the future but not sure.

This is the Taiwanese drama list – as the title indicated. I will post up the Mainland China and Hong Kong ones separately.

Ancient Dramas:

Gu Jian En Chou Ji 1984 (孤劍恩仇記) – Many people might not remember this one, but it was really good–despite being one of those with ‘lame’ settings in the days when Taiwan productions weren’t that convincing yet. But they had a great cast and the plot was really good for this one.

Bao Qing Tian 1993 – Who could forget this one, right? It was quite popular during its run, and the episodes got extended. One of the few shows that got extended but wasn’t unreasonable.

Ji Gong 1995 – Really funny but had a lot of underlying messages. So zen, so witty yet could be so crazy too.

Madame White Snake 2013 (白蛇外傳) – 40 episodes, but each episode was only about half an hour or less. It was enjoyable and sort of a parody to the “Madame White Snake” stories.

Shi Gong Qi An 1997 – It was so addicting, following the success of the whole Bao Qing Tian sagas. This also retained a lot of comedic moments to aid the plot along, so it wasn’t as depressing, but it wasn’t corny either.

Modern Dramas:

Angel Lover – 40 episodes later and I was still wanting more. Kudos to the production team for that. There were a lot of meaningful messages placed in without making it too corny. The people in here experienced very real problems in life and needed some guidance to get through and start anew, etc. The soundtrack was awesome also.

Black & White – Though when it came down to it, it was a 50/50 toss since the ‘romance’ part bugged me to death, must admit it was a really big production and they honestly put a lot of effort in the cases AND action scenes. NOT to mention the whole ‘conspiracy’ and the huge cast involved–regardless of grand names or not.

Bump Off Lover – I was really surprised it was that serious and dark–and was actually that good. It made me changed my views regarding TW dramas of recent and also of Angela. (YES, I wasn’t that into Angela until after I watch this one.) Probably one of those close to realistic dramas of recent years. Some elements might seem so exaggerated, especially with the twins being so different–as some people pointed out. YET it wasn’t impossible because of the catalysts involved.

Endless Love (愛∞無限) – I was surprised since I was just watching out of curiosity and because I want to support Will.

Devil Beside You – YES, for one of those rare times, I actually agreed with the general public about it being good – AND it had to do with both the storyline and the actors/actresses who portrayed the roles. I never read the actual manga SO do not know how accurate it was but the drama was good enough for me.

Home Run – One of those short and nice dramas from PTS.

Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu – Again, NOT because I’m following the crowd, but more like I really agreed with how the plot was. Didn’t read the manga either but found it pretty good for the most part. I really felt the whole school atmosphere and typical rivalry between dorms, etc. It was madness but also interesting and meaningful if the surface was stripped down.

I Do? – A surprisingly good one though it had some of the usual cliche plotlines. Interestingly enough, it was also an adaptation from a certain romance novel. From what I heard, it had strayed from the novel (as usual) but still retained some essence of the storyline, making it bearable.

Just Singing And Dancing (K歌·情人·夢) – Regardless of what happened with the ratings (which I didn’t get why but I reminded myself I no longer care to figure it out, except for daily dramas that made more sense), this was a really nice one. Focused mostly on music. Yeah, it did repeat the formula with different members of the band trying to conquer some inner demons, etc. But it wasn’t too soapy. It kept it real for the most part about family conflicts as well. The singing and dancing at random times didn’t seem to be realistic with life, etc BUT it put a lot of artistic elements into it. They used new and old songs and remixes to make it even more interesting.

Liu Mang Xiao Zhang – Many people will disagree with me since it seemed to be non-existence. YET I felt it was one of those really up there because it was really short and made its point. The characters were nicely written–though the plot could be silly at times. But it was a romantic comedy at heart, right? I’m not placing it in because two of my favorites are in it BUT because it really made an impact for me with the storyline. (Click here and here for more discussions regarding the drama.)

Love Together (愛讓我們在一起) – Despite some of its frustrating parts (and most dramas have those), I felt it was pretty good. Maybe what made it convincing was the maturity of the cast involved.

Mei Ren Long Tang (美人龍湯) – I was more than surprised. I meant I only wanted to watch because of not being able to get past a Mike drama for a while now. This seemed hopeful, but I wasn’t expecting much. Yet Mike really surprised me in this one with his really good acting (past the usual cool, handsome guy exterior). The rest of the cast were as convincing. The story wasn’t that unbearable either since some of the frustrating moments moved faster than usual, which was a good thing. I liked how the pieces of puzzles were placed in and then resolved along the way. It wasn’t too dramatic yet wasn’t too boring either.

Peak Times – A BIG surprise for me. I only wanted to check it out half because of curiosity and half because of Eric Huang and Cecilia Han Xue. But I found myself pulled in by the excitement at first. Then the suspense dragged me along for the rest of the time.

Rookies’ Diary – I didn’t put it in because many of my favorites are in here. BUT because I felt it was very informative regarding military procedures. I learned a lot. And I do know there were fictional elements in there (DUH, I know) and possibly added to accompany the plot. Yet it was really inspiring. AND what made me love this even more was seeing how they had continued with mentioning some characters from part 1 in the sequel without needing to ‘kill’ or ‘cut’ them off completely. Sure, they had to sever the ties for one of the main leads to explain why he wasn’t around anymore. BUT the rest of the relationships didn’t change, i.e. Wu Yong/Xia Zheng Feng didn’t end up with someone else just because Xiao Yan/Xiao Xiao Yu wasn’t around anymore.

Sisters (姊妹) – YES, it was 60 episodes long. Yet I felt it was worth it since they explored a lot of relationships throughout the drama and focused mostly on sisters’ relationships (obviously), but it was different in a way, especially the ending. I felt the ending had actually helped a lot with convincing us of real-life situations because not everything was about ‘happily ever after’ or ‘everything could be worked out so the main couple could reunite once again’. (Sorry, I’m rolling my eyes now.)

The Magicians of Love – Ignore the fact that it was a SETTV drama and that it had many silly attempts to extend the episodes for ratings (YEAH, typical SETTV move), it had some foundation. Not to mention how the message of breaking past obstacles to reach one’s goal at the end seemed quite addicting at times. The characters weren’t flawless because they were actually human beings so it was that spot that made it somewhat more realistic than seeing the typical heroes and heroines like in the other dramas.

The New World – Excellent planning and directing where puzzles were concerned and how the plot was crafted. However, what disappointed me was the ending. Some of the characterizations were nicely written and were worth it. However, the suspense that was built up since the beginning and along the way was all for nothing after all. Yes, it was that frustrating and I probably won’t ever get over it. Yet I must admit, they did a good job in some areas. The romance side, it was kind of messy and dragging in some areas and wasn’t enough balance for me. So what was the point of placing it in? I think considering how I placed in some other dramas that probably frustrated me too, I think this one was a push forward for suspense drama. It could have been short like Xiao Hai Da Ren with some cuts here and there, then it would be good. Yes, this was from the same team that made Xiao Hai Da Ren.

Wayward Kenting – This is truly a classic. YES, one of those rare times I actually use ‘classic’ since I’ve been so sick of people using it at every chance they get to mock other dramas. Director Niu really brought to life some of the daily problems the characters were experiencing and made it so mesmerizing and addicting to watch.

White Robe of Love – Not because I’m an Adylan fan. But because I found it interestingly addicting as well. It seemed somewhat silly at first but was real enough through its depiction and how it was laid out. It didn’t reek of the typical ‘idol dramas’ elements. (As interestingly most Dylan dramas aren’t.)

Xiao Hai Da Ren – OMG, surprisingly amazing. This is one of those reasons why I think dramas DO NOT even need to be dragged out to be good. The way it was presented was very convincing and restored my faith in TW dramas in general. NOT that I want to completely put other dramas down, but this one proved that if they wanted to do something serious without all the dramatic sequences added to just ‘entertain’, they could.

Yuan Lai Wo Bu Shuai – Some people must have dropped their jaws by now. BUT I have to say that this drama reminded me somewhat of the university days and just school days in general. Crazy conspiracy and wild theories students tossed around. Sometimes it wasn’t as dramatic as implied in the drama YET it made sense because if you’re in that particular group, you automatically focus on just that group only. School gossips and many more. Then it was also about friendships, etc. A typical comedy that needed to look beyond those obvious scenes to enjoy.

NOTE: This post will be updated from time to time. Therefore, it will be included in the ‘Helpful Posts’ section to make it easier to locate–IF anyone’s interested in following. Also, keep in mind that I back-watch from time to time, some might NOT be on the list yet. Others, call it a difference of opinions–IF I didn’t put it on there.

The GBA Aftermath

Okay, I wasn’t even going to participate in this ridiculous, beyond childish “game” this year. Yet I had to after reading some things. I refrained from wanting to even blog or care about it after reading some news (which was my first mistake in a long time now because I had cut myself off with anything that’s related to the stretch of the media and anti-fans) last night. But I could no longer hold out after reading an exchange between Will and Mark:

(Image Credit: Will’s Weibo)

YES, it got to Will. In this day and age and leave it up to the media to add in more oil to the blazing fire, OF COURSE, IT GOT TO HIM. Thank you for those who were making things even worse. I hope you all are happy now! (YES, that was sarcasm.) Now that I got that part out of the way, I will attempt to tear everything apart one by one and beat the already “dead horse” to death again (IF POSSIBLE). These points were influenced by a collection of various discussions around the net BUT might not cover everything because I stopped reading for the sake of keeping whatever of sanity is left in me. Luckily, Will didn’t get beat down yet and will continue to strive forward.

First and foremost, who should have won? Everyone loves this question, right? Since most people (or what seems like it) have been yelling out injustice since the result was announced. Biased or unbiased, I think Will deserved every ounce of the award–regardless if the other nominees are veterans or not. Well, it’s easy for me to say because I’m some obsessed fangirl, right? WRONG, I thought James Wen would win this year–finally. Does that mean I have no faith in Will? NO, it was because Endless Love was too underrated AND the fact that the hype was built around The Fierce Wife and many others all along.

Additional reasons?

  • Picking on the new guy is just so fun. People are so against Will because he’s new. Technically, he isn’t new anymore in the industry, but at least he’s one of the new nominees and some people wouldn’t expect to show up on the list. It’s the same reason why Mark got bombarded to the point that it could be compared to a massacre two years ago. AND also the mockery that followed after Show got beat by Wu Cheng Di. I just want to say that when it comes to these things, it’s not a matter of who’s senior/junior but it should be based on that one performance only. That’s why they attached the title of the drama after reading out the nominees’ name, hence the next point.
  • Acting? The obvious reason for thinking his acting isn’t up to it. Those who think so based on Miss No Good and never watched Endless Love should not even have a say in it. After all, the award was based on his performance in Endless Love. Endless Love received some attention when it first aired–yet for all the wrong reasons (thanks to the media), but that was it. So it was hard for those who lost interest and never watched the rest of it to criticize Will’s acting. He had improved heaps since Miss No Good–if that was possible. Not to mention how with people’s first major lead role, they would end up all nervous. (AND because he and Rainie are really good friends outside, too familiar with one another that made him nervous and less natural in Miss No Good than in Endless Love.)
  • Fanbase and the personal support team. This is important because this is where everyone gets overly emotional because of course, they would be supporting their friends, favorites, etc. YET if they’re unwilling to step back and analyze the whole situation, it’s just group-bullying the winner in the end. Even more so, just because someone you support wins it means it’s fair? And if someone you don’t support wins, that means the whole thing is corrupted? More on that later.
  • Different interpretation of what ‘good acting’ is. YES, this is why sometimes we have a room full of people and they can’t seem to get along. We all have a different perception of what good acting is. SO the people on the panel are like that as well. Ever heard the phrase “9 people with 10 opinions”? (I’ll leave some other questions about doubt for later as well.)

Who handled the outcome better? Of course, it’s easy to be happy and all when you’re winning, right? YES, but Will had to deal with the combined pressure from the other nominees–and their supporters, the media, and the audience. This is one of those rare times when he rather not win. Being the winner is worse than being the loser this time around. But I must say that out of all the other nominees, Jin Shi Jie handled it pretty well, even congratulating Will based on this post. I’m not sure about Long Shao Hua since I haven’t heard much about him afterward–or the media focused less on him. NOT sure. Joseph Chang looked sad from some of the photos captured afterward–with Rainie comforting him–AND he has every right to be. Yet the most disappointing reaction must be from James Wen. He has every right–like the other nominees–to be upset yet calling injustice? Okay, here is the part where everyone would be arguing about there’s never a wrong way to react after losing since it’s hard to control one’s emotion and how it hurts to lose four times already. YET why didn’t he react so strongly before? (Okay, people are rolling their eyes and saying, “Maybe it’s because this is the fourth time.” How could I miss it when I wrote “four times” up there, right?) Lei Hong won in 2008–and no reaction just because he’s a veteran? Or was it because it was the second time (after some years) so no real effect yet (but just the whole flaunting around about “being honored with having the nomination”)? My turn to roll my eyes here. But if Eddie Peng had won over him that year, how would he feel? (Though if Eddie had won, I wouldn’t mind either because I felt his performance in Wayward Kenting was so convincing as some clueless guy. But for the record, I was rooting for Zhang Chen Guang also SO I wasn’t too happy with Lei Hong winning YET I got over it. YES, I said it that I didn’t agree with the winner BUT I wouldn’t go about bashing another for it. I just moved on.) Then come last year’s The Happy Times of That Year and he didn’t win either AND what was his reaction? Sorry that I have forgotten but most of the heat was on between the winner and Show Luo–or so it seemed. AND is this year an appropriate time to come out pondering if the audience could vote as well? (I get it the part about him being sad and disappointed that he doesn’t know where he went wrong. YET I didn’t like some of the attitude going on like he was sure he would win. No one wants to lose OR so others would be arguing right now, but he has let the whole hype get to him and building himself up too much hence not being able to accept the outcome–like some others who have taken it lightly. I’m sure it’s hard not to get pulled in because of how much The Fierce Wife Team has built itself up for getting awards, but he must understand that acting is not about awards only. Or was that his goal all along? And IF anyone wants to pull the veteran card out now, he has to understand how the industry is since he has been around for a while now.) Back to the whole questioning about the panel, he could question the panel all he wants but touching the audience? Nice move. This goes back to prove that everyone has a different opinion on how and what is good acting. YET what is he implying? (I’m sure the media could be twisting his word, but some of the reactions from him and the rest of The Fierce Wife Team are obvious already without the media adding in more.) Talking about TFW (The Fierce Wife) Team, Sonia sure disappointed me with her reaction as well. (YES, this is the part where people are saying about how it’s natural for her to not be able to control emotion because she just lost the leading actress award to Tian Xin previously–and that she was just supporting James–AND how she already apologized afterward via Facebook. YET Miss Sui was saying in this one article that she didn’t care about winning and seemed like she was taking it easy. She must have underestimated herself and reacted differently when the moment finally came and she couldn’t predict that YET it proved that the response was just a publicity stunt after all. And if what she said before had been taken out of context with her not caring about the award and she had clarified about that–aka she does care, then I’m sorry. But that was kind of not so graceful with her reaction–regardless of how much damage control was done afterward. It had allowed for the TFW fanbase to bash others since it was okay their idols were against a certain victory as well. Yeah, here comes the whole “idols couldn’t control their emotions” again, BUT they’re NOT new. People want to use the “veteran/senior card” to their advantage? I will use it too if you want to play that way.)

SIDE-NOTE: I want to stop here and clarify that I really like both Sonia and James Wen. I liked Sonia since watching The Magicians of Love–even if people thought her performance wasn’t all that, but I saw the potential in her. (NOT to mention how I have included her as one of the key characters in The Dating Game series of my fanfiction–regardless of how lame and random the story-line tend to get.) James? I only watched him in bits and pieces in The Happy Times of That Year but really liked his chemistry with Sonia in there, and loved them as an on-screen couple since then. Not to mention how I think James could really act. Yet I’m just disappointed in their reaction of recent, that’s all. SO if anyone thinks it’s just my cheap attempt to defend Will by dunking both James and Sonia, that’s fine and I can’t stop you, but it’s not the truth. I will continue to support both and wish their time will come in the future. I also hope that they would both learn to handle situations better as well. (NOT to mention the whole ‘TFW Team’ also.)

Moving on…to the next point.

The results were fixed. This couldn’t be helped when an award ceremony comes around–or some sort of competition. I read somewhere that someone was mentioning about Angie Cai (the producer of Endless Love) was behind the whole thing with getting Will to win. Honestly? Someone also pointed out through the same post that: “Why couldn’t she do the same last year for Show and Hai Pai Tian Xin?” I must agree with that response. Don’t tell me because she learned better this year. Unless you can prove it, don’t even go there. It does happen in the industry at times and who knows what else behind those curtains YET unless you can prove it, it’s just a bunch of baseless assumptions. To make it even worse, someone else blurted out that Will was actually the one buying himself the award. Again, honestly? This, I could say is impossible without proof. Why? He focuses his career on music because that’s his passion, but does one drama per year (or so he had announced one time) because of fans who would want to see him in the dramas. He’s known to be one of the most extreme workaholics in the industry, never stopping even when he injured his leg performing that one time onstage. Would he resort to that method to win?

Why didn’t I defend Mark when everyone and their cousins were after him for winning two years ago? The obvious: I didn’t watch Black & White yet and could only read the news that was surrounding the matter. A lame answer to dodge out of the sticky situation, but it’s the truth. I wouldn’t want to be talking about a subject that I have no idea about because it would end up worthless when I need to back up my argument. Have you ever sit there and listen to some friends talk about a certain popular movie recently shown in the theater and they talked it to death YET you have no idea what it’s about? But you ended up pretending you do AND they cornered you with a question regarding the plot or trap you with some questions about the cast (how did you think so and so did)? The sad outcome would be they made some stuff up to test you yet you didn’t even realize it until they told you in the end, making you look like an idiot because they knew all along you were bluffing (and just want to teach you a lesson). SO, yes I didn’t want to be that idiot. Though I never agree with people targeting others, even resorting to name-calling, etc. SO now that I already watched Black & White, how about not dodging the question anymore? Did Mark deserve the win? Honestly, I think he did. I pondered about it a lot when I was watching Black & White–and if I had to go raw without any real first-hand information, I would be too blinded and biased to answer that question. But I was glad to hold my judgment while I was watching. It seemed like a slow start with Mark’s character–though there was some excitement with the cases and the chase scenes at various points. Yet there were more actions than scenes where it allowed Mark to show off his ability to express his emotions. But somewhere near the ending when the plot focused on revealing more of Ying Xiong’s identity and the trap he fell into, Mark got more chances to prove his talent. It was indeed fascinating to watch. It wasn’t Mark’s fault that there were less emotional scenes for him. It was the way the plot was built. It was just that Pi Zi had a harsh life and the ups and downs of the stuff he went through were ten times worse hence allowing Vic more chances to prove his abilities. I’m not saying that Vic doesn’t deserve it SO don’t put words into my mouth. But I’m saying that other elements must be considered before jumping to a conclusion about who deserves it more than whom. I think either one of the guys winning would already be a victory for the drama itself.

Who got it worse–Mark or Will? YES, I had to address it too. During the commotion and the announcement of the result, Mark must have gotten it worse. Though both were equally shocked and emotional to pay attention to other sideshows. Yet I think Mark got it worse after the acceptance/appreciative speech and the after-party. Just because he was right there witnessing everything. People must be whispering and some doubts are out there–thanks to the media’s interpretation as well. Mark saw it all and had to endure the whole night. Will was in China performing and was watching it on TV. Just to get some things cleared out of the way before people assume otherwise, Will had agreed to perform in China first and did not want to cancel the show just because of the award show. Some people had interpreted that he didn’t show up because he knew he wouldn’t win (possibly thanks to the media again). That might be true to some extent, BUT I think it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he didn’t want to disappoint the people who were coming to see his performance with the show in China (since he had been known to be quite considerate and always work his best with preparations for the shows). If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t even watch, right? Of course, he was beyond surprised that he won and even went into extremely shocked mode after learning that he won. (It could be seen in this clip that he included after thanking the cast and crew of Endless Love because he said the award did not belong to him only, but to them also.) To get back to the point in bold again, I think it’s about the same after the show was over and the media begin weaving stories–and the audience’s reaction. And I don’t think there would be anyone who could comfort Will better than Mark since Mark really, truly understand EXACTLY what Will is going through (like both had said in that message above).

So after all those rants from me, who should be blamed then? (YES, I know we must blame someone for our frustration, right? SO, of course, I got that part covered.) The most obvious answer: GBA panel aka the judges. It was them who determined the winner. Whatever it was said and done, it was up to them. They were the ones who people should be targeting–regardless of what you assumed happened behind the scenes. But it’s natural to blame the winners because we couldn’t change anything or have a say in the panel, right? NO! Come on now, could someone come up with a lamer reason to hate? To get back to the subject again, if the nominees don’t trust the panel OR care for the GBA, why didn’t they just file some report/statement stating that they DO NOT want to be involved in it altogether? Oh, we’re back to the whole “I thought I would win thing again.” Scroll up and it goes in circles. LOL!

To get way off-topic but still somewhat on topic, did anyone consider that some of the best dramas of the year didn’t even get mentioned? SO how could you rate the fairness of everything or feel the injustice of it all? I’m sure every one of the production team of all the dramas aired last year (and all of the years in the past, in the current, and in the future as well) did their best and put in a lot to work to create all of those dramas for us to see–regardless if we care for the genre or not, BUT they didn’t get mentioned. What I’m getting at is if you complain about those not winning, what about those who didn’t get nominated? The list goes on and on, not just the cast–or the usual upfront producer/director teams either. But the people who spent hours to put up the set and get the scenes ready for the shoot. Or say those people who spent hours after to clean up after the others are done with the scenes and already went home? Do they ever get mentioned? We know they exist, but the attention’s always on the forerunners. SO imagine how they feel when they are not mentioned at all. OR like some people thought they could carry on a show without the help of the so-called “little people.”

Am I trying to act all mighty and teach people stuff? NO, I’m just fed up with seeing so much negativity and what one human being would do to another just because of something they couldn’t change. You might think I’m making too big of a deal out of this because they’re entertainers. BUT does that mean entertainers DO NOT have feelings or deserve to pursue their dreams or follow their ambition? Every one of us has a dream or a goal we’re working toward. You might think one is silly or another. You might choose to be a doctor because you want to save lives, others could choose to become singers/song-writers/actors–or whatever you name it. But it doesn’t make one career/profession more superior than the other. We’re just all different from one another and the path we choose makes this world a place with variety.

This was a rant about the male side mostly since it has to do with Will and all. Yet I think it could apply for all of the categories that were mentioned in the award as well. Because honestly, it doesn’t make much of a difference. The bottom-line: Get over it.

Black & White

Okay, I finally watched it after much-failed attempts. I had to hunt down the Viet-dubbed version so I could watch it with my mom. (LOL!)

First things, the starring cast:

  • Vic Chou as Chen Zai Tian aka Pi Zi. Hilarious! A totally different role for Vic aside from his other morbid roles or borderline of morbid? I actually really enjoyed his role despite his character’s loud-mouth at times. Typical good guy with a smart mouth that could make others hate him, BUT I honestly didn’t. He made it so funny that it was hard to hate him. There were also serious scenes worth mentioning, quite emotional. But to be fair (since I picked on Ivy/Chen Lin too), I had no idea what his character was up to at times. Perhaps, it was the effects of his mysterious nature and not really sure if he was indeed the mole OR some other characters with an alternative aside from the surface with his laid back nature. I swear! He made it so suspicious that it got my nerves since I was so scared they did this approach–IF that was the case. But I have to credit Vic for pulling it quite well with deceiving us. And should I say it was really nerve-racking waiting for his real identity to reveal? Sure was intriguing all right. There were so much going on with the twists and turns that I felt among all in here, he was the most pitiful because everything he thought he had and was supposedly be real was not. BUT somehow he got through all of that. I’m so going to miss him in the movie sequel.
  • Mark Chao as Wu Ying Xiong. Okay, it was getting really creepy when I was trying to watch the Mandarin version because his voice sounded really like Sam Wang SO after hunting down the Viet-dubbed version, it eliminated the little distraction. Mark sure had to run a lot in here! He got to do a lot of cool stunts. Darn! I’m not sure what to say about the character really since I’m not really into the ‘hot-headed’ characters as much BUT I guess I do understand his righteous nature. (I prefer the quiet, observant type more SO it’s not like I’m siding with Vic’s character to pick on him. But I guess it’s part of the chemistry with the whole Pi Zi Yi Xiong SO Ying Xiong just have to be the hot-headed, serious one while leaving the comedy part to Pi Zi.) One thing I have to give him credit for was not caving into Chen Lin’s temptation and crossing the line. I meant okay, he liked her but he wasn’t obsessed to the point of helping her blindly, etc. He wanted to do everything the right way, not wanting to change his principle for a girl, etc. But somehow, it was a bit ironic to fall for Mu Sha’s schemes later. I guess it was understandable since they had a past and he thought she really liked him. (AND she really did later.)
  • Ivy Chen as Chen Lin. I don’t know. It was very, very hard to get into her character though I realized how cool her character could be with being able to kick ass at times too. YET I think it might be Ivy. NO, not picking on the newbie since she wasn’t a newbie technically (since she appeared in various dramas before). Perhaps it was harder to see her cute side at times or her attempted cute scenes. Oh yeah, what was even harder was seeing how her character development was going downhill after the initial kick-ass scenes at the beginning with her slamming Pi Zi/Vic at their first meeting–and then those other scenes where she fought the other guys. It gradually passed but the dragging with the relationships was killing me–or more like my patience. After all, I wasn’t so sure if it was Ivy or the character development that made it more confusing to sympathize with. SO it was colorful and interesting in its own right, but like I said before, the character totally went downhill or somewhat got side-track. Conclusion: The scriptwriters killed her character major time by trying to make it complex YET failed miserably. AND oh yeah, Chen Lin’s other crime was being mad and bossy toward Xiao Ma. (What the heck was that telling him to report to her when he found more info? That was the scene near the end where her father was kidnapped.)
  • Janine Chang as Lan Xi Ying. I actually liked her character. And how she portrayed it. A passive character yet not too passive because she only talked or acted whenever she needed to. And like I mentioned above, I usually like the observant type SO she fitted my type of favorite more. (Even if this was a male character instead of female, I still pick a character like her.) I was pondering if she was the mole at times too. I swear! Even if it made it like she was framed. NOT because that one dude made it like that was her who faked everything, but I suspected her before that. Or maybe I liked her character too much so I was afraid she might be the mole. The mole was usually the quiet ones who were being helpful and quiet (so as not to draw attention) so that was why I thought it was her at first. There was also the whole idea of her being used by the others to get information with Pi Zi’s fingerprints, etc. It was too frustrating. Like driving me insane. But I guess because she really thought those superiors were working for the good. Still, her trusting nature was too much–and I guess she had to pay for it later. The near ending scene was cool though since it was unexpected that she knew how to shoot like that. I guess it was really one of those life-threatening things and the opportunity presented itself (aka there was a gun available) versus past times when she did not have anything to fight back with.

Notable performances:

  • Kingone Wang as Gao Yi. I didn’t care if he only appeared in the first few episodes. His performance was still worth mentioning. He really convinced me with his portrayal as the psycho who unleashed the drug ‘Dreamer’ and wanting to take everyone to ‘Heaven’ as he claimed. It was creepy and it wasn’t just because of how the make-up team did a great job with the image, but his crazy behaviors throughout.
  • Paul Chun as Lao Tou. Honestly, love Paul. He never lost it! Never failed to deliver regardless of how long he appeared. This is called professionalism. This is called the love of acting. A great veteran actor as always. Love the parts where he appeared.
  • Xiu Jie Kai as Ma Xiao Ming aka Huang Shi Kai aka Q. His intro scene was hilarious! Come on now, no one would know he was some shooter, LOL! Maybe that was the whole point, appearing least suspicious as possible. His boyish aura really blocked the whole threatening vibe at times. I meant like how he was acting so innocent when they were talking to him when he was at his hotdog stand BUT he seemed so much scarier when he was out and about, lurking in the dark, etc. Oh yeah, I especially liked the stunts created for his character, like the part where he did the backflip to try and get out of Ying Xiong’s grasp. So slick! Another scene was when he was rescuing Chen Lin from BOSS and group. He was just so awesome–without even trying. So what if he got shot later? His character was just so awesome. (TO ME.)
  • Sonia Sui as Lei Mu Sha. OMG! She was so scary. She creeped the world out of me with her technique. It wasn’t just being a beautiful agent. It was her menacing looks and actions that made it so chilling. And I never doubted the emotional scenes she had with Mark the other times. A character bordering on the edge, not sure if we should hate her or pity her.

Why didn’t I list the main cast? Um…hey, they were the main cast. They got to be the main cast, so I don’t think I need to say much more. Mark also won ‘Best Actor’ and also got recognized so I think that should already say something. If I say more toward or against it, it would end up being either I’m sucking up to him OR I’m being a sore loser (aka rooting for someone else). SO playing safe to only talk about the supporting cast and/or guest stars.

Surprises:

  • Allen Chao as South District Director. I didn’t doubt his acting–ever. But thanks to my mom, I finally remembered why he looked sooo familiar. He used to be in those Bao Qing Tian ones, BUT I stopped watching TW stuff for a while so it didn’t catch on with me. It wasn’t surprising that he was the mole though. ‘Cause honestly, he had too much power and the way things kept happening around them. Not to mention even the North District Director was involved. It would make sense that he was involved too.
  • Xiao Lu was the mole. Eh…this was definitely something shocking. I kept suspecting Xi Ying at times, lol. BUT it made sense since Xiao Lu kept playing the role of an innocent and cute girl. And how she kept insisting on helping them, but it was just her way of asking questions and/or extracting for information in her own way.

Worth-mentioning scenes:

  • The part where Mark was climbing on the train, trying to get inside. Whoa, sure lived up to the hype of the action.
  • The part where Mark and Kingone had their fight on the train. Another intense scene. Kudos to the production team.
  • Vic tried to talk Kingone into surrendering. Then Kingone turned around and shot Mark BUT Vic shot him (Kingone) in time so Mark was able to arrest Kingone. Sort of a hint of possible collaboration for the future. BUT of course, Pi Zi had to run his mouth and ruin the bond again. That was probably for the intended formula of the show creators though.
  • Vic running after Reen when he spotted her in the bar. Emotional scene though not sure what was going on yet.
  • Vic mourning for Reen’s death. This was after the explosion. That was worth a lot of points. It was devastating and traumatizing rolled into one. (IF only someone would stop appearing and yakking too much. Lucky he escaped and mourned on his own again.) I totally felt it and almost cried with him. (ALMOST…) Then those scenes in between with his devastated state, browsing through the streets mindlessly. AND okay, I did cry at the part where Ying Xiong finally confronted Zai Tian after having found him already–all beaten up. I think only Ying Xiong had the right to yell at Zai Tian though. ‘Cause I was a tad confused if Chen Lin was addressing him as a friend or a jealous girl. Though what she said was right to an extent, I kept having a feeling she was just jealous of Xiao Mei with her implication of saying that Xiao Mei was ‘just some girl’. Too sour to even sound like a friend. But the most touching part must be where Ying Xiong finally hugged Zai Tian and comfort him and how Zai Tian finally cried out. One of the classic phrases must be the part where Pi Zi said, “None of these are real, only she is.” (Referring to his past and current identities.)
  • The part where Vic was confronting Paul regarding his identities. Totally worth a lot of points. Should I even say more about Paul’s acting? (Guess not.) But Vic was really good during the scene. I especially liked the lines used in this part too. (Kudos to the scriptwriters of course.) What if he rather lived the life that he had earlier? He still wanted the choice to be made by him, not controlled by others.
  • The part where Vic was confiding with Janine regarding his feelings of losing a family member (aka Xiao Mei). A really touching scene though it seemed so, so subtle but worth a lot of tears. She didn’t just say those comforting words about “don’t be sad” or those lame phrases. She just shared with him the time she lost her father. And the stories really tied in with one another. It made him realized they were indeed going through the same feelings. Though her father passed away ages ago, that did not mean it would fade away.
  • The part where Vic found Janine and carried her into the hospital and its following parts. Another touching scene. He couldn’t believe she went through so much for him. NOT because she had an alternative motive, but because she knew what was like to want to find out the truth, i.e. like her father’s case.
  • The part where Vic and Ivy found out they were siblings. Well, sorry to say but I never cheered any louder. Just because I didn’t have to see Vic and Ivy together anymore. It was really sad for Zai Tian since he was suddenly tortured in between being a cop, being abandoned and suddenly having a father–and a sister. Too much to take in. And how he had to choose between being a cop and going with his gangster father.
  • The part where Mark confronted Vic with crossing the line. It was hilarious yet sad at the same time since Zai Tian said how lucky Ying Xiong was, etc. Ying Xiong had no idea how Zai Tian had to choose and all the conflicts.
  • The part where Vic said his subtle goodbye to Janine in the lab. I don’t know. Every time seeing their interaction was just so touching and meaningful. Not many words were exchanged but the feeling was so genuine.
  • The part where Mark confronted Vic on the bridge. Ying Xiong had no idea. Zai Tian finally revealed his identity as Lao Tou’s son. What a shocking one for Ying Xiong really. And the hallmark of the scene was how Ying Xiong told Zai Tian to beat him. He really didn’t want to let them go yet with family, it was so hard. I finally could see the bond between the two. A genuine friendship. I was glad it took that for Ying Xiong to cave in and NOT because Chen Lin begged.
  • Mark drinking at the bar and mumbling away incoherently. Subtle, short, but said a lot.
  • Vic and Mark’s talk at Mark’s car. It was so meaningful yet not too serious. Zai Tian actually asked about Ying Xiong’s well-being with being demoted again, NOT like someone who only cared about whether she had a brother or not. (LAME!) Anyway, it seemed like their interaction was smoother than the past. I was getting more addicted to watching them–mostly as a team.
  • The part that Vic and Mark were talking in the parking lot after Mark got kicked off the force. Another scene where they were bonding. Ying Xiong could feel the irony of the situation since he always thought Pi Zi would be the one who got kicked off first, considering how he was always not serious about his work, being careless, etc. Then Pi Zi vouched that he would hunt down ‘that woman Lei Mu Sha’ and make her pay. That was really touching. It showed their bond had gone up another level. Beyond just being partners aka on the same team. But it was about being friends.
  • The part where Vic found out he wasn’t really Paul’s son AND that his world was turning upside down again. Another worth mentioning scene. Could Vic get any better than that? (Yeah, I was just amazed since this was just my second time watching his series SO…) The scene was indeed very emotional. From having a family to losing it all again. False hope was the worst of it all.
  • The part where Vic was walking along the streets and remembering about the past. I totally felt that one though there were no tears, not really. Just anger and frustration. From having a mother to seeing her pass away. From not having anything to having. Then from thinking he found his family again YET it was all one big mistake. The world tumbling down all on him at once. The world was becoming confusing again. Yet it was possibly because he was so numbed now that he no longer could cry? Just frustrated–which he had every right to. Though he benefited from all the luxury all these years, his emotional state had been so badly damaged.
  • The part where Vic made the decision to pull the electricity wire together so Ivy could open the door to save Mark. I didn’t care about her reactions since it distracted my observation of the guys’ bonding. Yet it was really something seeing Pi Zi making such a huge decision in risking his life like that. The admittance with Pi Zi afterward of losing everything was really something also. What I really liked about the whole thing was seeing how Pi Zi admitted his wrong (though it was because he was hurting) and even apologized to Ying Xiong for betraying him (Ying Xiong)–previously. Then the conversation between how Ying Xiong was asking about their mother. Indeed, they were brothers in a way.
  • The part where Sonia died. I must be crazy to even cry but seriously, it was that tragic. All the things she did wasn’t even forgivable. Yet what she said at the end was really something, which was: “I never got to choose, but now I get to choose not to kill you.”
  • The part where Mark was talking on the phone with Vic after Sonia’s death. That was really something. And yes, finally Ying Xiong was breaking through, giving up hope about uncovering the truth. An emotional scene indeed. We often saw Pi Zi breaking down a lot more than Ying Xiong but I guess Mu Sha’s death was the ultimate breakdown for him. The only person who loved him (aside from his mother) and left him just like that.
  • The part where Vic and Janine were hugging each other goodbye. Well, it was more like Xi Ying was hugging him instead of him initiating it, but it was so genuine between them. Man, I never waited for anything longer than that. Seriously, it’s mega-cute despite the situation. I was also glad they didn’t exchange those “I love you” or anything OR it would be too fake or too much. Since I knew that they were relying on each other for support and understanding because of similar situations they went through. I didn’t mind at all if they had hugged all night. LOL! But that would be unrealistic though.
  • The last battle. Totally worth the wait though I didn’t like the dragging parts in the middle. Honestly, it was too exciting! Xiao Ma’s opening scene with the battles. Then later Pi Zi scenes–of course! How could he be so careless as to get shot down so quick? Awww…I was looking forward to some awesome scenes BUT he got up again and saved Ying Xiong so I guess that should make up for it, LOL! But still, the following parts of the fight with the three guys and then the battle with BOSS made up for it all. Those scenes were awesome! Pi Zi still found time to be funny? LOL!
  • The part where Vic realized Reen wasn’t dead yet. Man, only flashback images could capture the scenes. And they did it really nice. Imagine the shock. Imagine the last piece of his life he thought that was genuine also being part of the fake picture as well.
  • The chase! Yeah, the one on the boat. But I swear it reminded me of Tokyo Raiders so much. Still cool though. Hahaha! Pi Zi was killing me with his taunting and his shooting method! LOL! And their arguments were present again.

NOT COOL:

  • Ying Xiong didn’t bother clarifying that it was actually Zai Tian who carried Chen Lin on his back on the train scene. WHAT?! Okay, I rather see Mark and Ivy together since I was sort of rooting for Vic and Janine. BUT seriously? Why didn’t Ying Xiong clear it up with Chen Lin when she asked him? (So he cleared it up later but that was when he was so mad he didn’t care about pleasing her anymore. Still…LATE!)
  • Ying Xiong let Xi Ying edge out of the get together awkward moment on her own outside the bar. SO Ying Xiong didn’t know that Zai Tian invited Xi Ying as well. BUT Ying Xiong didn’t like Xi Ying, right? SO why would he let things drag or act guilty all of a sudden? He looked like he was guilty of something. What was even worse was how Ying Xiong offer to see Xi Ying off YET he did not have to do it AND did not have to encourage her more. (I didn’t say he had to force himself to like her since it was his choice after all, but it was not cool encouraging her at times, leading her on with not saying anything. Trying to be the nice guy didn’t help.) AND of course, she knew her case was already hopeless so she had to try and edge out of the situation and reduce the awkwardness on her own. So much for being a ‘hero’. (OR he liked Xi Ying before BUT not anymore since he found a better choice? BUT that was too lame still…)
  • Chen Lin kept nagging Pi Zi regarding how important Xiao Mei was to Pi Zi. She had no freaking right regardless of how she tried to defend herself. Honestly, to say, like he said, would she take a look at him with half of an eye IF he was still in his previous image/appearance? Like looking decent right now. Regardless of who Xiao Mei later came out to be, she was still a person of great importance to him because she did not look down on him when he was not in such a good condition. Like he said, aside from his mother, only she (Xiao Mei) treated him well.

Triangles:

  • The Zai Tian-Xi Ying-Ying Xiong triangle. I found it truly amusing at times with this triangle even if Ying Xiong wasn’t interested in Xi Ying in that way. It was funny how Ying Xiong had to protect Xi Ying from Zai Tian’s pass at times. And what was that with Ying Xiong questioning Xi Ying when he saw her using Zai Tian’s cup to drink water? Hmmm…OKAY…
  • The Zai Tian-Chen Lin-Ying Xiong triangle. Honestly, I didn’t care. Like I said earlier, I was rooting for Vic and Janine so it didn’t matter. Moreover, I found it strange that Zai Tian and Chen Lin could be a possibility because didn’t they have the same last name? Even if they were not blood-related, it was still weird. But this is just me. So, of course, I would prefer the Mark and Ivy pairing and couldn’t care less. But I was utterly confused at the beginning from time to time that Chen Lin seemed to like Ying Xiong yet she was eyeing Xi Ying with some sense of jealousy when Zai Tian was being closed to Xi Ying AND NOT because Ying Xiong was interacting with Xi Ying. Huh? Too distracting. I don’t know. It got even more and more confusing throughout–from time to time. Like it was on and off between who Chen Lin decided to be with or cared for. Too ironic. Her worrying for Zai Tian wasn’t just about friends BUT it went way past that. She needed to choose one guy and stick with him or convince better as of who she liked. (*NOTE*: Okay, so we found out later that Pi Zi was not really Chen Zai Tian aka just a fake name BUT I just didn’t want him to be the interruption or in-between factor of the other two, making others hate him.) Oh yeah, I thought she was confused with her feelings at times, which might be true YET it felt like she was using Ying Xiong to make Pi Zi jealous. It seemed that way. I don’t know. It was just too confusing and distracting–like I said before and many times already. AND then it was revealed that she actually liked Pi Zi BUT so what? Using Ying Xiong was so wrong. OR she was confused. Yet I guess it was obvious that she liked Pi Zi but that went right back to me saying how she was using Ying Xiong. SO messed up.

Pairings:

  • Vic and Janine. OMG, they were so cute! I didn’t care if they had such a short gap of time together. It was just too amusing seeing how he teased her at times. He even gave her a cup for drinking purposes, instead of using those similar glasses to the ones they used at the lab. (YUP, that experience at his first visit was already too traumatizing, LOL!) The fact that they were more in sync with one another made it addicting to watch. Yes, he was loud and all at the beginning. But as the story developed, they seemed to have more in common and understanding the pain one another went through more than anything. It was a bond others could not understand.
  • Mark and Ivy. The typical tragic pairing. I meant regarding how he was a cop and she was the daughter of some triad boss. I guess they did match. Yet I was not too involved with their relationship. Just call me confused! ‘Cause I was too distracted with other things to pay attention. AND I can’t be forced to like every single pairing out there, right? I meant regarding their story. That’s all.
  • Mark and Sonia. I don’t know. It seemed so different–OF COURSE. Yet I felt their chemistry right away upon seeing her arrival at the police headquarter. I don’t know. It was their brief exchange with her smile and his stare. This is not just because I’m a major fan of Sonia. BUT because for some weird, weird reason, it just clicked with me just seeing them together like that. (I must confess I was a bit against it while reading spoilers and not knowing the gap of the story in between. So yes, I was really surprised to enjoy their chemistry.) Regardless of how twisted their story developed and turned out, I was still more convinced in regard to a romantic relation. The most tragic scene must be her death scene, which was already mentioned above, with her being able to choose finally.

Teams:

  • Vic and Mark as Pi Zi and Ying Xiong. Okay, that was hilarious. Typical approach with putting them into the same team. Yet I guess they achieved the effect. One of the funniest scenes must be when their boss tried to think up of a name for them, BUT then he scratched it off as being too long so he changed it into two words instead, LOL! The numerous times where Ying Xiong had to yell at Pi Zi was so funny too. I don’t know! Aggravating Ying Xiong was just too priceless SO it might be the reason why Pi Zi kept doing it in the later parts of the drama? LOL! At first, I found it hard to get used to them but around episode 16, it was a different story. I found their bond more genuine after seeing Ying Xiong let Zai Tian go at the bridge scene. It was because he knew what it was like and how Zai Tian had to sacrifice himself to save his father, save the only family he had left. The previous parts with the plot and the crazy triangles were too much of a distraction to see their bond.
  • Vic and Xiu Jie Kai as Pi Zi and Xiao Ma. I don’t know. Their chemistry was just more convincing for me. (Though I don’t disregard the formula the creators tried to lay out with the other two.) Perhaps because they’re good friends outside as well. Their constant exchange of words were amusing. Especially found it somewhat strange that Xiao Ma was the one taking Zai Tian home when he was devastated with Xiao Mei’s death that one time. Interesting part. Subtle but something to think about. And not to mention their collaboration during the time when Xiao Ma saved Pi Zi and Xi Ying; and the two guys ended up attacking the base with Xiao Ma’s guide. It was really something. I just love their collaboration. (AND man, I was so glad that my mom mentioned it since that meant I wasn’t the only one thinking they they looked alike in here. I swear!)

Questions:

  • Three guys liked Chen Lin? Unbelievable. NOT because she wasn’t pretty nor wasn’t spunky enough for the guys’ attention. But I was still not convinced. It was missing something. I could believe why Ying Xiong would like her since opposite attracts but Pi Zi and Xiao Ma? Maybe Xiao Ma liked her because she was so lively. BUT I still didn’t get what was the big deal about her. The inconsistent about her character made it harder. (Blame the scriptwriters for not covering that part well.)
  • They put us through the drama of the triangles because…? I don’t know. YES, I guess all movies/TV series have to have some degree of romance or it would turn out too bland (for some people) BUT what was the point if no one end up at all? OR perhaps they were trying to clear the schedule for the sequel? OKAY!
  • NO Pi Zi/Vic and Xi Ying/Janine unite scene? Okay, this was more of personal opinion since I felt robbed when the ending parts didn’t include a follow-up with the talk. I meant with when Pi Zi and Xi Ying said goodbye before the last battle, there was the talk and then the hug. What about after they succeeded? Come on now! At least give us a scene! OR maybe because they understand one another more than any words or actions? And that any other side talk was unnecessary because they didn’t need it like the others in here? I don’t know. Like I said, personal opinions!

Other thoughts? So it was worth the attention it received thus far, considering how everyone worked so hard to make it happen. It was sure an action pack! For the most part. Also, the cast was really huge all right since they needed a lot to make it more convincing and the whole powerful vibe between several parties. I guess I must cut them some slacks with letting us down at some parts. The whole large scale of everything was already something to think over and how they did with the set and all.

I guess the most puzzling question going into the sequel must be: How in the world are they going to work Pi Zi out of the script? I meant okay, my mom was suggesting how it would be with saying he had to work on another case so couldn’t chase these people with Ying Xiong anymore. I thought of that. OR he could have died. (Which would be a lame one.) OR just not mention him? Why was it hard to imagine if they were to pull one of those scenarios? Pi Zi finally found out that Xiao Mei wasn’t dead. With all the things that had been leading up to the ending, would he just walk away like that or agree to work on another case instead of finding out the truth? OR at least the whole face to face confrontation? If he died, it would make more sense as to why he wasn’t around anymore to get to the end of it. BUT that would be too typical and reminded me too much of a TVB easy exit for those formulas with cutting an important character out of it all. It was not about Vic, BUT about the smooth transition of the plot. There were a lot of draggy parts in this one so it wasn’t perfect with the series. (I made it through so I don’t care anymore.) BUT it must at least make sense with some of the parts with the continuation. So good luck!

Love Buffet: What happened?

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With the drama’s unavoidable delay due to the weather at first and numerous other reasons coming up–either weaved by the pen of the paparazzi or assumptions from others, it was still an excruciating wait for everyone involved–directly or indirectly. In the most recent post, I mentioned that filming had resumed yet it was delayed again due to other factors. The paparazzi took it into their hands to draw up more stories, such as “Qiao Qiao looks too old for the role” or she looked older than her two male leads. (She is actually 21 years old if anyone wants to know. But they said “looks” and not the actual age, right? Although her appearance has matured since the early days of her debut, she still looks quite compatible with the two male leads.) Another reason listed and was actually found out to be true later was schedule conflicts. It sounds more reasonable, doesn’t it?

After much debates–both heated and/or excitement of finally learning some actual news of a possible replacement, it was later confirmed by GTV. The new female lead of the drama is actually Reen Yu (who was last seen in the much-hyped police drama Black & White). Many fans agreed on her resemblance to Qiao Qiao. GTV probably made a good choice since after all, they were aiming for the image of Xiao Feng. A press conference was pulled together to introduce the new female lead and she seemed to blend right in with her two male leads as they posed for pictures together.

The last bit of reality finally sank in and probably a closure for fans who have been waiting was when Qiao Qiao finally blogged about what really happened in regard to the changes. She named the entry “Goodbye Ai Si Bai Hui”, which she expressed her feelings for what had happened. Although she was both sad and disappointed but she did not forget to show her encouragement and support for the new team and the production team to continue the journey and finish it at long last.

What are my actual thoughts about this? Very disappointed at first and a sense of bitterness but after actually reading Qiao Qiao’s explanation, I think that I could finally let go. I also noticed how much Qiao Qiao has matured over the years. She was known to some people as immature or whiny or whatever that they wanted to call her but she showed a great sense of consideration toward the cast, crew, and production team in general. She admitted that she was disappointed but she did not forget to encourage others on, having been through the hardships of the filming process thus far. She has always been seen as too straightforward at times, showing both good or bad reactions (depending on one’s point of view) yet she has shown great changes in her attitude in how she has handled this situation. One of the reasons I like Qiao Qiao is because she’s not perfect. But I like it even more because she’s not molded into acting a certain way or behave in a certain way on shows or other appearances in public. She has made mistakes in the past and we could witness her growth and maturity over the years consistently. It is known that she’s not perfect so people wouldn’t be saying “Where did that come from?” in the future, considering it often happens with the so-called “perfect celebs” in the past. I’m not implying anything or pointing fingers at anyone in particular (but just in general of seeing how hard celebs have to maintain their image at times) but I just feel happy to see this.

A little off-topic, but anyway, like Qiao Qiao, I wish the production team of Love Buffet the best also. They seem to be doing so well thus far from various news clips so hopefully, their efforts will finally pay off.

On the other hand, there have been words with Qiao Qiao’s upcoming project since last month. The drama is supposedly called Water Maze (水迷宮), another GTV drama, and it is supposedly a reunion with Ming Dao since their last collaboration, The Magicians of Love. However, that little excitement soon faded since any traces of the drama has been deleted from the original post. Qiao Qiao fans should not be too discouraged though since the latest is that she’s collaborating with Baron Chen in a joint production between Mainland China and Taiwan.