TVB Golden Couples: Part I

I meant to do this for a while now but got 200% frustrated with stuff so I had to steer away for a while so I could do it on a positive note. (I hope.) So, who’s up first? Deric Wan and Maggie Siu. I seriously didn’t think of starting right there because I thought I start from the ’80s BUT had to because of after watching this clip here. (Courtesy of llwy12 for finding it and sharing it with us here.)

First off, I don’t remember if TVB had ever declared Deric and Maggie as a golden couple, but I don’t care, lol. I just thought they deserved to be a golden couple regardless. (Probably even more deserving than some of the current so-called ‘golden couples’, lol. Sorry for that, but had to put it in.)

Anyway, since I was talking about the clip above, slide the clip to around 54:06 and you should witness a super cute scene (at least to me). So they were all called out to accept the trophy for being the highest in rating series (up to 1995), right? Then when one of the hosts was calling for Felix to step up, Felix turned to gesture for Deric as well. So they all stepped up to accept the trophy. What does that have to do with Deric and Maggie? HELLO! Anyone see the subtle yet so comfortable signs between them? When they were coming out at first, Maggie hooked her hands through Deric’s right hand and he let her, not caring to make a polite attempt to shrug her off or anything (while Felix and Kathy were just standing a polite distance from one another). What was more, Maggie actually raised her right hand up to fix her hair at one time yet still returned her hand to Deric’s afterward. She even kept it there while clapping her hands, hello. Moving on, so when Felix was turning around to gesture for Deric to come forward as well, Deric turned to Maggie and motioned for her. He even placed his hand around her waist, temporarily. So after the ‘shaking hands’ scene, Maggie’s hand returned to Deric’s side–until she had to help the others open the display case (forgot the term for it, sorry) to reveal the contents inside. Cool? Man, I had a kick with it! Wah! That’s what I call chemistry! Of course, they could just be acting out their relations in the series BUT that made my day.

Moving onto Blood of Good and Evil, I sort of wanted to talk about their interactions in there more here (since I sort of got too frustrated with some issues in regard to the ending in this other post that I didn’t talk about Deric and Maggie as much). Man, it was so addicting to watch them in Blood of Good and Evil despite how there were so many other subplots going on at once. I have to confess it was killing me to wait for the moments when they finally got together. I meant like the beginning when they started dating, not the ending. ‘Cause they met, which was strange enough, and then ran into each other again later. Then things happened but it was unfolding at an excruciating pace that I was just about to yell for it to move faster. Yeah, so sue me if I was impatient. Yet I thought it was worth it. I didn’t realize I liked their chemistry so much until later (since I liked their other pairings too). I loved her spunky personality at the beginning and mix in with his stubbornness and there we all were, lol. I don’t know. You just have to watch it to know what I’m talking about. It was kind of funny though that he seemed to have so much pride in him yet he had to chase after her time after time, even in the end when he had to find her. I guess it was like he knew she was the only one that could tolerate him despite all his unreasonable jealous episodes at times? (Yet I found it a bit ironic that she dated the doctor after their break up that one time, it was like confirming his suspicion. Okay, so I have a one-tracked mind. But it was just weird that it proved that he was right BUT it wasn’t like that at all.) Anyway, I loved those songs used for them in the series as well, it was quite memorable and a nice touch overall. (Yeah, it took quite a lot of attempts to read the lyrics and dictionary fetching for me but I got it. The things I did for my obsession over them, eh?)

As much as I like them together though, I’m sorry to confess that I won’t be returning to watching Conscience anytime soon nor will I pick up Looking Back In Anger for that matter. I hate triangles and other obstacles so do I want to agonize myself with watching the worst. I already made the mistake of watching The Breaking Point in the past SO…yeah… (And for the record, I never care about ratings, I pretty much operate on my own wavelength so don’t bring the ‘ratings’ thing in to convince me otherwise.) What to do now if I don’t even watch their series? (At least the ones they were together–for a while.) Fanfiction, hello! (Yup, one day you wake up, you might find me sharing some weird stories I managed to conjure up in that twisted mind of mine.)

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What about Jia Hao?

I just finished watching Blood of Good and Evil–finally. It was a good series overall. However, I felt the wrap-up was a mess. There were many twists and turns along the way. But what about the ending? I felt like we, the audience, were put through so much in regard to the story of Jia Hao (portrayed by Lam Lei/ Lin Li Yang) so there should be a better answer than just casting his character aside at the end like that. Yes, many struggles were seen and the arguments circulating surrounding his death. But it was cast aside again near the end, causing a sense of injustice from all of it. He was a good cop. He worked hard and never harmed anyone. He only wanted a normal life. He was willing to sacrifice his job and/or even possible future for love yet he was misunderstood even until the end. What made it even worse was that Fan Ling (portrayed by Yvonne Lam) never knew that he died and that he never tricked her at all. Only his mother and the others thought that it was because of Fan Ling that he died since they thought he was on the way to the airport to meet her hence meeting his fate.

I hated that his family made a big fuss over his older brother’s death and was willing to forgive the guy. The most ironic thing was that his brother, Jia Rong, was the one who killed him. Also, another reason why I lost interest in the Shi family near the end. They have become too unreasonable. Wei Ming (portrayed by Maggie Siu) was an exception though I was quite mad at her for surrendering the disc to Hao Nan (portrayed by Deric Wan) too easily. She was a strong character and quite intelligent too. Why did she take that gamble? Why did she disregard Jia Hao’s effort like that? I felt that it was actually deserved that she was blind in the end. She had eyes but did not use it properly hence losing it. I knew the reason why and should not blame her for being imperfect, but Jia Hao’s death was too frustrating and tragic already.

Jia Hao did have an honorable funeral and was recognized as a good cop. But was that enough? He deserved more than that. His death needed to be revealed as stated before. He did not die because of just an accident. He died because his cold-blooded brother made it happen. I wanted to see how the Shi family would react upon learning that fact. What would the parents think of their precious older son then? They knew he was a murderer yet they still tolerated it. (It was unavoidable since he was their son after all yet that was not a good excuse to let him continue on the path of such if he did not meet with his fate.) They just had to blame everything that happened to others. I wanted to see how they would receive the news. It would be too cruel but those people in a way deserved it since they did not seem to treasure Jia Hao enough. Yes, the father probably favored Jia Hao more but it seemed it was never enough.

Anyway, I think that Lam Lei is one of those notable actors and a decent singer (with the few songs that I actually hunted down to listen to after learning he was once in a band and then later took off a solo career). If anyone doesn’t know him but thinks he looks familiar from the caps, it’s because he has been seen in quite a few Taiwanese dramas–both ancient and moderns before. Need an even clearer image? Sum Gor from the once-popular drama The Magicians of Love.

I did not know that was him either since I watched The Magicians of Love first and just recently got the DVD of Blood of Good and Evil. But I knew he looked so familiar when I was watching the first few episodes of BOGAE. I kept saying that he looked familiar and was not sure where but settled on probably old TVB dramas that I must have missed when he was not portraying a bigger role. However, when I was just viewing some MVs that I made, I suddenly saw Sum Gor and I was like: “That’s Jia Hao!” No wonder I knew that if the guy looked older, I would know him and I was right. I began searching around for more information to verify it and I was right. He returned to Hong Kong last year to attend in TVB’s popular series E.U. Also, he managed to reunite with his band, HK’s version of The Little Tigers to perform some of their songs, which also included the once-popular TV series theme song of Police Cadet. (I included a clip below uploaded by ShiawaseForever.) That was also why he was not seen in various Taiwanese dramas anymore.

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*All images were captured by DTLCT

Yong Yuan Shi Ni by Deric Wan

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Having been a Deric Wan fan for so long, I found myself missing out on a lot of his songs and series also. Maybe it was because I was not into modern series much when I was little since I was too engrossed in the whole ‘wuxia’ world that was paved out in different novels and ancient series.

To talk more about music, I can’t believe I haven’t even discovered this song yet. (Although I do know of the Vietnamese version and knew it was from a Chinese song from the sound of it. But never knew it was Deric’s.) It’s so awesome and really I like Deric’s voice in here (like any other that he sang).

Anyway, I’ve been hunting down his old TVB series to watch, such as Conscience and The Blood of Good and Evil but can’t seem to find the latter since I prefer it more after reading a review of the first one mentioned. Maybe it’s because I’m a Maggie fan so it’s hard to accept such a plot that doesn’t plan on letting Deric and Maggie end up together. I was only watching the first few episodes but I was really disappointed with the plot and where it was heading, not to mention the many flaws that were so apparent. (I must admit that recent TVB modern series are better since it managed to cover all bases or try to do research to not make a fool of themselves too much.)

As of Deric’s recent series, I haven’t been catching up on it but hope he comes back with an awesome role soon. (Not that I mind that he portrays any role since he’s capable but would still want to see some surprises.)