One Step Beyond

It was one interesting, unpredictable series. It was actually one of those series that is hard to come upon these days. It was unpredictable in that it was crazy yet did not follow the typical pattern of TVB series nowadays. The acting was just so awesome also that you can’t really hate any one character for so long. Although it was 20 episodes, it felt so fast with a lot of things going on that you could not feel the drag of it at all since it never stopped long enough for you to think. This was one great Deric, Fiona, and Dicky collaboration. Both guys are great singers and having them in the same drama was sort of a plan to promote them at that time. However, their acting was really good also–not just singing. I especially love Deric’s song for the series. It was really touching and nice.

Anita Lee showed a surprising performance near the end of the drama since I thought she was just portraying another typical role–in those TVB days. However, she convinced me of her acting at that point, not just recently. Rain Lau did a good job also and it was a bit funny seeing that she was portraying Dicky’s sister in here since they were paired off in The Mystery of the Twin Swords II.

It was a bit funny to see lots of the typical TVB faces in those days still taking on minor roles or guest starring to contribute to the drama, such as Lui Fong, Alex To, Carol Yeung, and Andy Hui. Derek Kwok was still being robbed in those days but at least there was the definite good acting fiber in him right from the start–even if he was just playing the typical baddie as it was in those days.

Recommended for those who want to watch crazy slash humorous ghost plots. There were ups and downs of the series but it was not for long.

Posted (on Xanga): October 23, 2009

Re-posted: Sunday, April 4th, 2010

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Shade of Darkness

Wow! This was so good I’m still feeling the chills. This is actually one of TVB’s better series even though it has such a tragic ending. Yes, it was justified what happened at the end, but it was somewhat too sad. It was probably intentional also for the purposes of the storyline. Moreover, I think this was one of the best horror series ever made. And not to mention that it actually worked even if the main character ends up dead at the very end. When first heard of, most people would think that it would suck big time to make the main character die, but it actually made sense with how things turned out.

Like Factors:

  • Canti Lau as Lo Leung/ Chan Man Bok: I think Canti’s one of TVB’s (and not to mention HK’s) most lost cause. It’s a shame that what happened in the past and it ruined the whole thing. He’s one of the greatest actors at that time and also a potential singer. Too bad. Anyway, as both characters in conflict with each other, he was really good. (And also the scenes where he was possessed–it was really scary.)
  • Fiona Leung as Wai: I really miss watching her on TVB screen ’cause she’s one of the most missed actresses. She can really bring out her character in here without trying too hard or over-reacting. Her eyes are always full of emotions and show different stages of what her character’s going through. I really like that and miss this type of acting.
  • Ada Choi as Canti’s cousin: This series showed potential for Ada and she could really act. It was really convincing to see her in this role as the pitiful girl with such a tragic past. She’s one of the few ones who can act pitiful without you feeling it is too fake. (That’s really good.)
  • Kenix Kwok: Just her performance as both characters because I don’t like the first character very much. However, this series showed great potential for Kenix also. It really paved on a path for her thus leading to her success with upcoming series.
  • The friendship between Canti, Fiona, Elaine, the young cop, and the reporter: Although they have their differences and come into conflicts from time to time, they do learn to appreciate one another’s differences and each’s personalities.
  • Effects: That was way too creepy watching the scenes. The lighting is right for the eerie atmosphere. Not to mention those creepy sound effects.
  • The moral etched right into the series: This is one of those rare times where I don’t mind TVB slapping those “moral slogans” into a series. It really freaks people out and scares you into not making the wrong choices. (But of course, people don’t believe in such supernatural events so it would mean nothing anyway. Like I completely believe in it but still something worth note-worthy.)
  • What happened to Chan To in the end. I really like it that they didn’t make him die in the hands of the ghosts because that would probably be too cliche. He died because of karma. It really was a great kick in the end. He never saw it coming. He always thought it was Canti.

Complaints (yes, this is hard to avoid when one is watching a TVB series):

  • Medical knowledge/ anything involving hospital scenes: WAY TOO FAKE. Why? Come on now, anyone would know that you don’t perform certain procedures like that even if you’re not a doctor. When they were trying to revive Kenix’s character during the hospital scene, it was super painful to watch. Seriously, he’s a doctor, right? Why didn’t he know that you can’t just perform the procedure like that? She was under thick blankets not to mention layers of clothes. This was the director, scriptwriter, and producer’s fault though. They should know the flaws. There were many other errors as well. It was ridiculous to see those flaws considering it’s not hard to learn the basics of medical procedures just for the purpose of filming those scenes. (Luckily, recent series that involved medical scenes improved.)
  • Kenix’s character: Her original character of course. I’m glad that she was in this series but her character sort of didn’t contribute anything to the story although it was leverage for Ada’s character at one point to experience and live once again. The scenes with her in it and some parts in the middle of the series was kind of draggy and repetitive. Luckily it wasn’t super annoying though.

So what was the ultimate moral of this series? If you win the lottery, DON’T ever tell anyone. Not even your own family, considering this scary world we live in today.

Posted (on Xanga): February 17, 2009

Re-posted: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010