Season of Love

I meant to watch this ages ago since it’s short anyway, why not give it a try, right? Yet I got caught up with other stuff so it took a while to get back to this. So how much damage did 5 episodes per story do?

First off, like the theme video because it highlighted the four seasons and its stories.

Spring: The First Love That Came Late (遲來初戀)

My favorite season, talking about season-wise. But what about the theme relating to this story?

And I seriously wanted to refrain from commenting until the end of the story. However, some details were bugging me to death. Seriously? Why was the other guy (the one the grandma had match-made Fun via her friend) complimenting Fun for looking so young at 30? Isn’t that how 30 years old look like? Or at least almost? TVB often cast people too old to play 20-30 years old characters so I think Toby looked about right for 30, maybe just a tad more mature (because it suited her character for having to take care of the family business and all over the past 7 years after her father ran out on them).

  • Him Law as Season. A famous celeb. Possibly because of his crazy fans that I felt turned off whenever he appeared. But behind the scenes and talking to his manager, I felt it was hilarious to watch. He not only had to maintain “good looks” through different beauty products but also must exercise to keep a good figure. Watching him being turned into “housewives killer” was really hilarious and pitiful at the same time. He kept complaining about how he was such a big person, how could he survive by those mini portions of his daily meals. There were many hilarious things about him as the plot moved forward. Yet I think it died down with his spoiled nature at times. Sure, he was a good son and a professional person who was serious about his work for the most part. But I found him too diva-ish to sympathize with at times. Even if I got why he didn’t want to go to those ridiculous events to be groped by those old perverts, but other times, he was a tad too ridiculous with his demands. Him was really convincing in his scenes though. He could bring you into his world, feel for him, and much more. You could laugh and cry with him and even grew with him through times as he realized what was important in his life aka his family and his true friends.
  • Toby Leung as Lam Chun Fun (林春芬). A hard-working, independent person. I liked her initially. And planning to like her from the start. Yet when she became his assistant, she just lost all her points. Seriously, she wasn’t using common sense when it came to stuff about him. I meant okay, she was super annoyed and pissed off that she had to work as his assistant for what happened earlier. Yet was she that clueless? Didn’t pay attention or think where his towels might be? Like seriously? And what was with giving him toilet paper versus napkins? (Unless she did it purpose to annoy him but it didn’t look like so since she looked clueless.) Like seriously? Yeah, again. Using that phrase again. But I couldn’t believe she lacked common sense that much. How did she survive all these years, claiming to be independent and taking care of her sister and grandma? I could forgive her lack of fashion sense since she has been working in a laborious job all these years, so switching field would be hard for her with not knowing the ins. But the other stuff? Like seriously? YES, I’m using that phrase yet again. But I just couldn’t believe it. And freaking out so badly seeing him half-naked? Like really? She’s 30, NOT 15! It’s not like she has time to have a bf OR anything like that. I’m not expecting her to drool over him or anything since that’s just plain ‘fangirling’ or whatever else. But it seems too off that she has never seen a man without his shirt on before, considering her field and how she would have met all sorts of people throughout the years with her work and all. It’s like too unbelievable. The first time she was shocked he was sitting there without his shirt, I got that. But then the whole running away was just too over. When she chased away the guy her grandma and her grandma’s friend match-made for her, I thought she was graceful and funny, but now? It seemed like she lacked confidence and was too kiddish. It was like the script-writers were making it contradictory or something. Then the whole afraid of ghosts thing was bugging me to death too. Okay, I get it that people have their moments and are superstitious and they couldn’t help it. But seriously? Too exaggerated. Then later it was revealed that she was trying to scare him so no wonder it was sooo exaggerated with her ‘scare mode’ but still, she lost ground with acting so childish. OY! I gave up. Her character became really ridiculous along with the rest of the plot. I know she wasn’t suitable for the industry and didn’t care for some of the nonsensical stuff that she saw. But it wouldn’t kill her to shut up for two seconds. It would have avoided a lot of dramas. And I meant regarding how Yoyo was in general or some people surrounding the industry, NOT stupid paparazzi because no one could win over paparazzi no matter how they behaved.
  • Nathan Ngai as Geung Siu Hung (姜兆熊). Fun’s assistant. He was really helpful and kind. He was also a supportive figure for Fun and her family.
  • Him and Toby as a couple. I wasn’t against this couple. But I felt like there’s definitely something missing. NOT saying it’s her tomboyish side either. They were a typical bickering couple who would eventually see one another’s good side. It was like how Fun’s grandma had predicted through watching those TV soaps. She soon realized how serious he was in acting and he really did have talent.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He was at the restaurant Fun and her assistant went to and gave his table to them, stating that his girlfriend couldn’t make it. He was later revealed to be a private investigator. Yet he was still too creepy. Or maybe that was the point. However, I thought I enjoyed his appearances more than others as the story progressed. He was there to expose those that needed to be exposed. I knew it was his job and people paid him to do it, but he was the reason why I hung on, trying to see what else he was able to dig up throughout. Also, found it super funny that he told Season to apologize to Fun, lol. I was kind of bummed that he stopped appearing but I thought that would mean no more dramas that needed his service. However, I was glad he appeared again at the bar to drink with Season. And I do know that he would have his own story later, but I enjoyed his creepy appearances throughout, lol. Not only did he have to play private investigator, but he had to play match-maker too? Wow! Yes, he was that talented since he pulled the other two together at the end. But seriously. Can’t wait for his actual story. It better be worth it.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was as creepy and as mysterious as Joe when they appeared together that one time. I guessed it was their style, lol.
  • Ha Ping as Grandma. OMG, she was seriously cute for a forgetful grandma. She kept saying all these random things at times. But she also used her TV dramas to reference how Season and Fun would end up falling in love, lol.
  • Kandy Wong as Lam Chun Fong (林春芳). Fun’s younger sister. At first, I thought she was kind of cute. Later, I just want to shove something in her face. NOT the actress, the character. So obsessed with celebs that she acted like she knew them. Seriously? But her character did reflect the reality of a typical fangirl worshiping a certain celeb so much that her life revolved around it and was even so protective toward him. Although, during the paparazzi situation, I admired her for backing her sister up and was willing to cut out her toxic friends. It showed how she valued her sister more and knew what was important, not attacking her sister either–even if the rumors were true. Of course, her sister verified the details to her and they talked it out. (Only the part about the rumors being untrue, obviously, because Fun said she promised him not to tell about the details of what really happened.) But I was glad she didn’t go too far with her obsession, unlike those crazies who attacked Fun previously. Then I had to really appreciate her for yelling at Season–even though she had claimed time and time again that he was her idol–on behalf of her sister. He was really shocked that he was no longer worshipped and even sat there to bear it all while she went on and on. It was hilarious yet showed her loyalty to her sister when it actually mattered. She even returned all the collectibles to him, lol. Funniest part was how he handed her the orange juice and she just drank it before continuing with her rant, lol. It was so cute. And then she took all her collectibles back after knowing that they already investigated everything and Season even admitted that it was his fault for blaming her sister in the first place, even wanting to apologize to Fun.
  • Chan Wing Chun as Wong Dai Kwan (黃大軍). Season’s driver. Only appeared at the beginning and somewhat at the part where he went back to his hometown to tend to family matters, so Fun had to take over his job as the driver. I wished he had appeared more.
  • Daniel Chau as Li Man Kit (李文杰) / Kitman. Season’s assistant. Hilarious because he would get into different schemes with Season. At least trying to cover for Season at times. Too bad his screen time got cut short because of the accident. I especially enjoy his moments and mischievousness with Season at times, and somewhat annoying Cally for it. He was so cute and funny. I was glad that to know that he came back later. Well, it was because Fun quit. But still, I actually welcomed that more. He was another good distraction from the stupid, annoying paparazzi that I had to endure.
  • Oceane Zhu as Yoyo. Season’s co-star. She tried to use him for publicity purposes. Her acting was really good at times. Because I could see her flaky nature so clearly. It was too obvious and exaggerated. But it fitted with some of the divas out there that we often see. In fact, I wanted to slap her several times. Somehow, in a twisted way, I wished she was actually the star of the show instead of Toby. Mean, but maybe she could learn what was important and pushed past that vain stuff. Or maybe if she had a background story with how she wasn’t like that in the past but had lost her way and somehow found it again through different trials? I would watch that. Perhaps, it was because I actually liked Oceane in other dramas before. So I felt it was a shame she was wasted for this role just so the plot had some type of villain along withe the other dude.
  • Jess Shum as Cally. Season’s manager/agent. Tough and try to hone Season into a true celebrity. Funny at first yet found her manipulative later. Couldn’t totally blame her and that was how the industry worked (or how it was projected). Yet I don’t have to accept it. Also, she blamed Fun for stuff happening like rumors too YET said that Season’s words to Fun were too strong? She didn’t help.
  • Him and Oceane as a couple. I didn’t want to put them in at first, because of how she tried to use him for publicity, etc. However, I swear they were more compatible. Perhaps it was because of how it was projected with their roles being an on-screen couple. But it was too bad that they seemed more matching. So Oceane’s character, Yoyo, was a real witch, but otherwise, she and Him seemed to have more chemistry than Him and Toby, even if Him’s character wasn’t the least interested in her.
  • Ching Hor Wai as Yeung Cheui King (楊翠瓊). Season’s mother.
  • Matt Yeung as Hinson. A celeb. Season’s rival within the e-circle. Seriously, I don’t know what to say. It was ridiculous with the rivalry. Why bother? There were too many actors anyway. If people didn’t like one, they would like another. Again, why bother, dude?
  • The story involving paparazzi and those other side nonsense stuff that went on and on. It was ridiculous and not really my favorite part or had hindered me from focusing on the characters and the story that actually mattered. Too bad. Because the more I watched, the more ridiculous the scenes were. Sure, that was inevitable with having anything to do with the industry. But still. It was too ridiculous for my taste. The most blood-boiling part was the misunderstanding regarding paparazzi taking that ridiculous picture and spinning their stories. It was already a lost cause with those ridiculous people BUT those stupid fans who attacked Fun? I admit that I didn’t care for Fun at some later points, but it was getting to a whole new level of ridiculousness with those obsessed fans. Idiots who had nothing better to do. The fact that Fun should feel ashamed for just being a driver of a small business was really sad too. She was actually doing honest work instead of out there selling herself like someone. NOT shaming sex workers here. AND I thought Season had some talents too regarding acting as the story let on. However, it was ridiculous with all those gimmicks to sell himself that was thought by his agent and the company to follow the trends. It was ridiculous. Since when did celebs matter more than people working honest jobs? Besides, real actors don’t need those gimmicks to shine. Viewers who are serious about watching talents would be able to see their efforts, not just seeing some pretty faces and drooling over those faces only. Once again, ridiculous. Also, it wasn’t his fault that his mother didn’t go to the hospital when she was sick, thinking that the paparazzi would give her son more trouble. It seriously wasn’t his fault. Sure, I didn’t like the way the stupid industry operated in general and he had to hide everything to shield her. I just hated those stupid paparazzi for keep chasing him. They didn’t have to do it to hurt others. They chose their jobs. Sure, one could say he chose that life also, but since when had it spun so out of control that you need to chase celebs up and down for news? Desperate much? They were just creating a problem for themselves by doing those things. Besides, they only listened to what they wanted to hear. What was the point of asking him to speak up? He told them not to bother his mother anymore and let her live a normal life. He expressed himself like that yet they still asked such ridiculous questions? Brainless bunch. What was even more infuriating was how his mother had to beg those stupid assholes to stop pestering her son so he could go home and have a meal with her? WOW! A new level of ridiculousness. NOT saying it wasn’t drawing from real-life experiences since different real-life events had shown paparazzi was responsible for various celebs’ withdrawal from the industry and even sometimes death. YET this was really frustrating to watch. It just made you madder by the second. Oh yeah, the on-par thing with them was ONLY writing about bad things or drawing up ridiculous, senseless stories YET never cared for what really mattered. That was them all right, no surprise. But it was ridiculous in general and they shouldn’t even exist at all.
  • Matt and Oceane. They were actually suitable for each other. Character-wise mostly. Both equally vain and flaky. I liked them both as stars, so not attacking them out of pettiness, lol. Was just seeing how they finally got together in here to use each other for promotional purposes. It suited them. It was a match made in heaven really.
  • Gil Mohindepaul Singh as Pual. MV director. I loved him for all his comments about saying Fun was more natural with Season, lol. Just to troll back at the other arrogant witch. But he was seriously senseless though. One minute, he was like Fun was suitable for their MV. The next? He yelled at them for wasting his time and threatened to quit. LOL! Diva master all right. But yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. Just kind of hilarious. It was like how Season said, he was playing angel and devil at the same time.
  • What Cally said about them having no ending. Or something like that. Sad but true. I wasn’t invested in them anyway. But it was still a really stupid concept. So no loss really. It was more realistic, considering how this world value celebs over hardworking daily people. So yeah. Besides, if I was in such a situation, I wouldn’t choose a celeb anyway, unless I know them way before they were one. Because, how would you know they’re not acting? Even if he said he had real feelings for her, I still didn’t believe they could work out. His spoiled nature was shown throughout. Like when they forgot to get off the bus and had to take another path. Sure, it was somewhat showing the little journey they took to the temple or more. But that thing with her having to wait on him hand and feet? It was bugging me. Oh yeah, what Cally said was because she understood the industry too well, but I didn’t like the representation of it at all. Yes, it was the truth, but it didn’t make me less upset about it. What she said about a relationship that wasn’t worth it or how it was a waste of time, convincing Season to focus on his career, etc. Yeah, go ahead and treat people as disposables just because. He could treat his career as important, but when people treat others like disposables regarding love or whatever, I don’t feel sorry when they’re finally ready. They’d chosen. Like they acted like they had so many choices. In some ways, it was better that Fun learned a lesson and moved on with a normal life.
  • Fun’s voiceover near the end. Like the title, the main purpose of this story was about first love, not the last one. Yet I still didn’t like it. Maybe because I just don’t like those casual dating or exploration stories. Also, if they didn’t pick stuff about the e-circle in general, I would have accepted it more.
  • The ending. I would have been all right with them not being together at all. Why? Am I seriously contradicting myself? No, it was more like even if I was bitter about them not matching up or whatever the excuse was, at least, it was more realistic. Why was it all right when his side decide when it was all right to be together? It was like dating him and the whole industry and not just him. But she didn’t get to decide but just waited. They tried to reassure all of us by making Joe play a part in the ending was stretching it to no end. Just stop trying.

Summer: Love and Battlefield (情場戰場)

I’m not a fan of summer, aside from summer vacation, lol. And an excuse to eat ice cream (LOL). And watermelon. But about the story?

The theme seemed to continue with some story within the e-circle? Um, keep it up–as if it wasn’t a terrible idea before. I just hope the general story would be more enduring. I do like Ron and Kate as a pairing, so I was crossing my fingers so hard when watching it.

  • Kate Tsui as Summer Ha Chi Yan (夏至欣). A television producer. She was so cute when she first appeared when she was feeding her fishes and talking to them, lol. Totally normal thing to do really. Her professional side? I found it amusing that Summer kept mentioning the nice things about Hong Kongers, lol. (1. Lodging complaints, 2. Easily forgetting things.) She was a true professional, managing to swallow past that incident when Uncle Wai stole her idea and just went on with the show. Probably it was because it was hard to prove and how it wouldn’t matter if she just confronted him? He would just deny it and then their boss would probably take his side anyway. It wasn’t worth it. Her strong-willed side was both her strength and weakness because it caused her misunderstanding with CK later. Although it was just a show, what Summer said was actually true regarding the guys during their different outing experiences. I was glad she learned the truth regarding the dream house before deciding anything. It wasn’t her fault because others were doing things behind her back, but I wouldn’t want her to choose the wrong person based on that mistake. But why in the world did she agree to marry that psycho though? Seriously? Because she didn’t want to spoil everyone’s mood? This was why I hated it when people propose in front of crowds. They just wanted to put pressure on the opposite party. Like no way was he/she going to say no because he/she wouldn’t want to embarrass the person who proposed. I understand she felt responsible for triggering Jack’s mental issues to come forward. However, she was just using that excuse to hide. Come on, the way it was, he would eventually erupt. It wasn’t just about her. It was good that he got help. But why did she have to be so stubborn about it? Aside from that, I thought Kate had improved heaps since her debut, which was always a good thing to see. Her emotions were well shown and she was reliable as a character throughout.
  • Ron Ng as Ng Chun Kai (吳雋楷) / CK. A photographer. He was so protective of Summer that it was kind of hilarious at times. He totally used the opportunity on the show to dunk on those three liars, lol. It was hilarious to see their expressions. So, he was partially responsible for choosing the psycho? I meant it was up to Summer after all. And it wasn’t like he knew it would come out that way. But still. Um, I take back my previous word because. He was obviously responsible for the whole situation. Why? He actually helped the psycho during the last round. That was against the rule. It was just a show. Why was he meddling? He seriously thought she was going to pick someone? I was mostly on the fence with him until that part. It had shifted him toward being an asshole. It was unfair for him when Summer accused him of stuff, but he was also not trusting her instincts on things either. Just because she was competitive and ambitious, he thought she was stupid as well? What gave him the right to decide that for her? He seriously shared her secrets to that psycho? That something that caused her to change her mind obviously. He shouldn’t have done that. Again, asshole move. what was my problem and why was I so riled up? Seriously, even if they got together later, he was unreliable because he was willing to give up her secrets to others. It was all right that he did some of the stuff to protect her because of his own choice. But when he meddled like that to give away her secret, he swayed her choice and influenced her decision. I couldn’t forgive him for that. Who thought it was a good idea? Except to stretch out the episodes even more? They almost got it for this story YET failed on that front. Also, I guess it did tie in with what CK said previously about not making a decision based on what someone did. Because those were false. Exactly how the con job was with him helping Jack. He just didn’t know he was talking about himself. Yes, I called it a con job because it didn’t come from Jack. When the final episode rolled around, I understood why he felt self-conscious as to why he wouldn’t measure up to Summer for whatever reason, but he shouldn’t have helped Jack previously. It wasn’t his call regarding that matter. He could choose to not tell her his feelings–if that was so and let her move on, but don’t try to sway her decision by helping some random guy–and this time, it turned out to be a psycho and they almost lost their lives.
  • Ron and Kate. I was actually looking forward to their story the most. Having been a fan of their pairing since The Brink of Law. Some of their other collaborations might not be my favorite but they were still one of my favorite pairings. How was this collaboration? I wasn’t disappointed and I was intrigued the minute they met. I wanted to find out more about them. Was it some ongoing competition like they, themselves, claimed? Was it like what their mutual friends said as well? It seemed otherwise, and I was right. Some of the flashbacks scenes revealed details that others might not know. The reality show that Summer starred in really brought back some old memories for both parties because of where Summer was taken or how the show was presented that had reminded them of the old days. OMG, CK never learned. Each time during their meeting, it was always the same. He should have known by now. Each time CK suggested something, Summer went and did the opposite. Yet he still wanted to suggest otherwise? Seriously. He was so slow. But seeing their reactions toward one another, I was more amused than upset. Yes, I was worried for her safety with the ongoing accidents too, and how the direction of the show had veered toward. Yet their ongoing senseless disagreements were hilarious. OMG, the part where they appeared on the show together and he said she was a Black Widow? Although I got that they were arguing and sort of where he was coming from. But it once again jabbed at women who were too ambitious (typical TVB move) so I didn’t like that. (It was like typical TVB formula to dunk on career women and acted like it was fine yet they were fine with men fighting for jobs or careers or whatever. A total double standard. Perhaps, not just TVB but everywhere in movies or TV shows that rubbed me wrong in so many ways.) Do I blame Summer for accusing CK of being the mastermind behind the crazy threats and the sending of the fake hand and all? No. Why? Because he meddled. He broke her trust. So, why should I cut him slacks? Was she wrong before for accusing him? Yes, but he now proved himself unreliable by sharing her secrets with other people. So, she had every right to be upset and even came to the wrong conclusion. I seriously believe Ron and Kate bring out the best in one another. They haven’t lost their chemistry yet after so many collaborations. I even forgive and even forget what the hell the conflict was about previously during the airport scene. I just didn’t care about all those side arguments. I really wanted them to be together with that conversation. The exchange was really touching.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He appeared early on in this story to rescue Summer from the crazy lady who attacked her. Um, now I wanted to go sidetrack and ship Kenneth and Kate again because of Speech of Silence, lol. And continuing with his creepy vibe from the previous story, he showed that he indeed wasn’t going to drop that act anytime soon. I was starting to get the Columbo vibe as well because he kept mentioning how his girlfriend liked so and so yet the girlfriend never appeared. LOL! (The only difference was in Columbo’s case, it was his wife.) Well, they were saving his story for later, but yeah, the way it was with him keep mentioning her and using it as his background story was funny. He appeared again when Summer sought him out to investigate the various accidents onset. Well, it wasn’t really accidents since she was being targeted by a certain someone. It was a good time to bring him in to get to the bottom of it. Oh cool, he posed as a security guard at the TV station to investigate matters. I was wondering how he was doing with his mission. He was once again playing match-maker for this episode because he tipped Summer off about CK’s flight near the end.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was so cute, lol. Of course, how could he be missing from this segment, right? He was the trusty assistant after all. It was funny that he offered to help Summer in the future if there was a chance and Joe reminded him that he should submit his resignation letter first, lol.
  • Kenneth and Kate. I seriously resisted so long before putting them in. Even if his scenes seemed limited for this story–as suitable for the plot, his appearance each time with Kate made me want them to be together even more. Sorry, Ron, your character just sucked. (I made this comment before knowing about what happened to CK, so it wasn’t about his leg or anything. I just hated that he swayed the result toward Jack’s way and shared Summer’s secrets with outsiders.) But yeah, I just wanted to see them together. He appreciated her job and what she did, even if he only used an excuse of saying how his girlfriend loved her show. Unlike some people in here who acted like it was criminal for her to be a career woman. The scene where they were at the restaurant together and how Joe shared what he found out regarding CK with Summer, I just thought of that as another story for the two of them instead of another piece of puzzles regarding CK and Summer. Yes, it was that bad with me wishing they were together.
  • Casper Chan (陳思齊) as Kitty. Summer’s assistant. I was really mad at her for messing things up and indirectly responsible for the other dude stealing Summer’s ideas. Yet I guess can’t do anything about it anyway.
  • Samson Yeung (楊英偉) as Ho Bit Wai (何必威) aka Uncle Wai (威叔). Summer’s coworker. I don’t know how many shades of assholery he could manage, but I seriously wanted to slap him after learning that he stole Summer’s ideas. He dared to say that it was him who had brought her into the industry and helped her throughout the years? Wow! Not too surprising with the stealing ideas thing since it happened a lot within all sorts of industries. But seriously, I hate those kinds of thieves the most. Still dared to act all innocent. Also, he was a backstabbing asshole through and through. He still dared to badmouth Summer to SK after what he did. It wasn’t that surprising with his pattern, just really infuriating. I had my suspicions it was him responsible for the mishaps at the TV station, considering how he was really jealous of Summer and all. He was acting like he was willing to admit all of that? Wow, the audacity to say that because he was still arguing they had no proof it was him. It wasn’t until he got caught red-handed that he admitted to it. And then his rant was just all about trying to distract them and grab the USB. Luckily, Joe exposed him.
  • Iva Law (羅泳嫻) as Li Hou Yee (李皓兒) / Chloe. Summer’s roommate and friend. She could be hilarious yet was somewhat aggressive with trying to pursue CK that it could be annoying. Luckily, she finally walked away when she realized he didn’t like her. Well, she misunderstood but still able to step away. I thought she would be more annoying than Kei Kei yet I realized it wasn’t so. Although she did misunderstand regarding CK and Kei Kei’s situation and ended up passing on the wrong information to Summer later, it was an honest mistake on her part. It wasn’t like she did it on purpose with intention, unlike how Kei Kei had taken actions to prevent CK and Summer from meeting up. And thank you for a little reality check–even if just a little, because Chloe admitted later in private with Summer and Dicky that she was really annoyed that Jack stole their thunder by proposing during hers and Dicky’s wedding. She even said if it wasn’t for Summer, she would have already kicked Jack for such a move.
  • Eric Li (李天翔) as Lok Wa Dik (駱華迪) / Dicky. A fashion designer, also Summer and Chloe’s friend. I like Eric so glad he was in this story. He was so funny. He always managed to drive away the intensity of the situation by making jokes or exaggerating about matters to make Summer and Chloe laugh. Definitely a reliable friend to them. I swear he was gay. Seriously. Or maybe that was telling us to stop it with the stereotypes and how each person projected themselves to us.
  • Eric and Iva. OMG, they were hilariously cute. One minute she was loving to him, the next she shoved him behind a chair to hide from Summer. I was glad that she didn’t hide him for too long, though. Chloe told Summer the truth when they were going to dinner that one time and he forgot to reserve a spot, so they ended up cooking a meal at home instead. Their sweetness was too much for Summer, lol. They got married so fast. But I guessed whatever made them happy. They were indeed cute though. The other thing I loved about them was that they didn’t just rush Summer to marry Jack or anything. They were truly sad because they knew that Summer didn’t really love Jack. The fact that they no longer paid attention to the time and almost forgotten about their trip–if Summer didn’t remind them of it–proved that they really cared for her. They were her true friends all right. They once again proved they cared by cutting their honeymoon short and came back to spend time with Summer. They even chided Summer for not telling them earlier regarding what happened with Jack. The way they persuaded Summer to go after CK was equally cute. They knew too well she didn’t love Jack so why bother, right? Not to mention how they pointed out that she shouldn’t take what happened as her responsibility but wanted her to cherish the right person.
  • Lee Yee Man (李綺雯) as Yu Ka Kei (余家琪) aka Kei Kei (琪琪). CK’s assistant. She was so mad that she only had 40% compatibility with CK? LOL! Whatever. That was seriously senseless though. What was funnier was how she plugged in Summer’s info and it ended up being 90%. She should have listened to him and forget about it. I do feel bad for her because CK had used her as an excuse to stop the shooting for Jack’s segment. Luckily, there wasn’t anything serious with her situation or it would be super awkward later. OMG, I felt so bad for her. I thought that she might be annoying with the description under her character about being Summer’s love rival. BUT she was seriously so unlucky. Even Chloe vomited on her, and also misunderstood that she and CK had already been together based on that one conversation. Or more like some words that Chloe overheard. She found it hilarious actually, but she was always around when things got awkward, lol. Okay, I held out as long as I could. When she talked CK out of confessing to Summer, I was skeptical but wanted to think it was because she was seriously concerned for CK. YET when she went behind his back to send a message to Summer to cancel the date, I was ready to attack. Seriously? What the hell? That was another level of low. She should get together with Uncle Wai for being a backstabber. (And seriously, people should lock their phones. It shouldn’t be that easy to get into his phone. Or did she know his passcode?) Even if I was mad at CK for sharing Summer’s secrets with outsiders, I wouldn’t want her to win regardless. She just became more and more unbearable throughout the rest of the episodes. I will admit, she was really smart when she said it could be Jack who was responsible. She didn’t understand why he would do that either because Jack already won regarding Summer and all and was about to get married to Summer, but she indeed came to the correct conclusion. She was right about him being crazy, though. Even if she was just guessing. And she had no right to tell CK to forget about Summer. Even if I didn’t support the pairing 100% (not because of his leg, which we only found out the truth near the end but would miss if we didn’t pay attention during the part where they had the failed date), it wasn’t her call to tell him to forget. It was CK’s right to care for someone or not, or to forget or not, NOT her call. And just because she did all of those things for him didn’t mean that he had to accept her. Again, I hate prize-winning strategy, no matter if it was the guy or the girl doing it. SO yeah, tough luck on winning me over with this plotline.
  • Chung Chi Kwong (鍾志光) as Miu Si Keung (苗仕強) / SK aka Cat Dung Keung (貓屎強). He was seriously two-faced, but not too surprising. He had to be flexible to the demands of the bosses upstairs.
  • Jack Hui (許家傑) as Dr. Lui. A plastic surgeon. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. How was the doctor? Because he was a plastic surgeon, I had this bias against him with how those doctors always want to fix people. Even if Jack (the actor, not talking about the character because I just realized one of the contestants was named Jack) was really charming with his smile and all, but the initial bias was still there. As the story progressed and how they got to go places together, he seemed genuine about caring for the little kids and all. However, one had to take into consideration that they were filming, so he might just be doing that to score points. Yes, he can’t win with me regardless, lol. I knew it! He couldn’t be trusted just based on that charming smile. LOL! Yes, finally saw the part where he was with his girlfriend and got caught by CK. (I paused it for now but my guess would be he just wants to be on the show to promote himself and his business.)
  • Otto Chan (陳志健) as Cheng Gam Hin (鄭錦賢) aka Righteous Superman (正義超人). A local councilman. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He really lived up to his nickname and also his title of being a councilman. He really cared about his community and wanted to help them. It was just too bad he was a better actor than projected. I knew it was kind of somewhat unreal because they all appeared on the show, so it was easy to put up a front. Luckily, he was discovered by CK because of the clip that he had managed to capture yet didn’t realize it until later. Now I got why (according to spoilers) that they were seriously down to less than preferable candidates for the show hence letting the crazy dude win.
  • Marcus Kwok (郭田葰) as Chong Hou King (莊浩景) aka King Sir. A financial expert. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He knew a lot and yes, he did live up to his title with all the things he listed and talked about. But I got the feeling of a show-off right from the start. Well, Ms. Lee–his old teacher– had praised him a lot for his kind heart and he tried to tell her otherwise. But still, I wasn’t that convinced with him. Okay, so I was only wrong about the councilman dude because I totally called it with this guy being flaky.
  • William Chak (翟威廉) as Jack Chan Chik (陳積). A chairman of a fitness company. One of the contestants on the reality show that Summer was on. He loved all things that were sports and loved doing outdoor activities and always stayed fit. Wow, proposing during someone’s wedding is an asshole move regardless. Even if they set it up that Chloe didn’t mind BUT what the hell was that? I didn’t like him in the first place–like way before how he allowed himself to use CK’s ideas for the dream house, but that move? YUP, it brought him into the asshole category just based on that alone. Oh…Jack had multi-personality disorder. No wonder. I only read part of the spoiler, not all. So yeah, didn’t have all the info. Still. Scary indeed. Well, at least, he got help at the end, right? No one had to die. It wasn’t dramatic like those longer dramas. So, he had a chance to recover. He released all the animals in the cages and other confinements? LOL! That was hilarious and also a sign for Summer to let go and find her own happiness, lol. Corny, but someone had to do it to drive forward the ending. Those two were moving so slowly.
  • Amy Ng (吳幸美) as Da Jie (Da姐). A host.
  • Koo Ming Wah (古明華) as Chow Gung (周恭). A chef. A special guest on the reality show Summer was on. He was a pervert. It was obvious. But still a hilarious appearance with his criticism on their choices of sweet soups.
  • Albert Law (羅浩楷) as So Man Dong (蘇文東). A geomancer. A special guest on the reality show Summer was on. Kind of a fun way to distract the audience with his take.
  • The overall story? It wasn’t that bad like I thought. I think it was because of the chemistry Ron and Kate shared that made me forgive all the flaws that the story had. I just wanted them together–like I said in the couple discussion above. Also, because the paparazzi wasn’t the main focus like how it was hogging almost all parts of the story like the first one so I was less annoyed with the story. I was able to step into both of their worlds previously and enjoy their story more. I will admit around episode 3 of their story it got a tad annoying with side dramas and stupid plot lines. But other than that, I thought it was better than what I expected–after the disappointment from the first story. It wasn’t completely satisfying, but Ron and Kate’s chemistry made everything worked out and was more convincing in that sense.
  • What was Joe’s trick this time? He had Ming’s friend misplace CK’s painting of Summer on purpose, so CK missed his flight hence reuniting with Summer. (I knew it! I meant I guessed Joe had done something along the line to delay the flight or at least forced CK to miss it somehow, so CK and Summer could reunite. I suspected it as soon as CK said he couldn’t believe someone lost their belongings.) It was actually Ming’s girlfriend who helped. Joe couldn’t believe Ming had a girlfriend but he, himself, who had done a lot of good deeds for others didn’t. LOL! They disclosed how Joe was still after Toni but wasn’t successful and Ming told him to give it up. Joe was determined on his goals, lol. It was hinting at his story coming up with how he glanced down at his phone and we saw his picture with Toni once again like how the last story’s ended with having a scene after the credits to show what Joe and his assistant did each time.

Autumn: Love Withered (愛情枯萎)

My second favorite season because of the breezy feeling and colorful leaves. How did the story fend for this one?

Seriously, people? I wanted to resist all comments until the ending because of how I jumped to conclusions regarding some things the last few times and had to rethink my decisions whether to delete or not. But this time, they targeted Virgo like that. I didn’t like that Kim had stolen the blind guy’s spot on the bus like that. Now it was disclosed she was a Virgo? What were they hinting at? It wasn’t like horoscope was anything other than fun to look at. But Virgo usually gets the most misunderstood because they were different from those other outgoing signs. Not saying that there are no assholes having Virgo signs, but usually, when there was attitude involved, people blamed Virgo and other stars just got off so easily with other excuses so yeah, I had to get that out.

  • Nancy Wu as Ho Chau Sang (何秋生) / Kim. A hairstylist. Because of the initial scene with her stealing the blind guy’s spot on the bus, it made me bias against her. However, Kim seemed to be the type that was straightforward and harsh with her words at times yet had a heart made of tofu. That was why she was easily persuaded and taken advantage of by others. She was seriously unlucky though, choosing the wrong person and then having to endure their unreasonableness. I liked her straightforward attitude. It was better than all those flaky caring words from a certain someone who didn’t mean it at all. What was wrong with that? Even if she was straightforward with her words, she wasn’t wrong about that. At least, she kept the basics of social structures in order to get along with others, especially obvious with her job and her professionalism. At home and out of the workplace, she deserved to be herself. At least she didn’t violate basic social etiquette. Unlike some people who acted like they owned the world and demanded she caved or they would slap her with every single label to make her feel that she was wrong. I was surprised when she sought out a private eye to help her with her suspicion, because it wasn’t the PIs would hand out discounts, lol. However, what Joe said in the restaurant was true. She was the type that wanted to know the truth regardless, so it made sense for her to choose the straightforward approach. Nancy’s acting was very good. No doubt about that. It wasn’t anything new that she couldn’t handle. She carried her character throughout. Her emotions showed throughout regardless of the things she went through at each stage of the story–whether it was the reality or the alternate version. She was also very natural in the role, with no awkwardness whatsoever.
  • Vincent Wong as Fung Sau Man (馮修文) / Simon. A lawyer. He was likable for the most part in the first version of the main story and then alternate timeline. I didn’t want to comment much on him, considering how I realized the story was going to return to its original course anyway.
  • Nancy and Vincent. They did have chemistry during the initial scenes before their lives turned out different. Then the alternate timeline showed their chemistry even more. Although she was the worst in that timeline, their scenes together were convincing enough.
  • Oscar Leung as Fong Ka Wai (方家偉) / Ray. A hairstylist. I felt bad for him initially that he was stuck between his mother and his wife and had to deal with his unreliable younger brother. But I felt he was really unreasonable later on. Sure, he had every right to be upset and worried when his mother had landed in the hospital and had to do therapy, etc. But I felt he was the stubborn, uncompromising one, NOT Kim. Kim had a soft heart and was easily moved when she realized what she’d done. She went and tried to redeem herself, unlike him who acted high and mighty and wanted to be right. He was projecting. All the things that he accused Kim of, he was it. The fact that he couldn’t see what his own mother was able to see of Kim made it even more frustrating as well. Once again, he can be mad and upset and reacted however he wanted because of that accident. But to continue with that pettiness once the other person realized it was best to compromise and try harder? That was just plain ridiculous. And these comments were made before it was revealed that he was actually cheating. No wonder he didn’t accept it that she was finally compromising. The initial parts were misunderstandings, but it didn’t help that it had turned to real and had exposed to us how he had reacted anyway. The only time that he was good was during the alternate timeline where he was Kim’s friend because he and May were married. I complained up and down about his character at various points, but I will say that Oscar never failed where acting was involved. He was really convincing throughout. I was also surprised TVB made him the star of the story and not Vincent–although Vincent did have his rising moments, the way the ending went, it was obvious Oscar was the star of the story alongside Nancy.
  • Nancy and Oscar. Interesting pairing. Have they ever paired up like this before or was it just collaboration for this one? Anyway, regarding their characters and the plot, I initially understood too well they didn’t match because of their different frame of mind. He was indeed kind and caring toward his family. I was actually annoyed at first with her for being too vain with wanting some of those fancy stuff. However, I was later upset with his lack of backbone toward his family. Yeah, I got it, it was his family after all, but if he didn’t value what she said, it was indeed infuriating and unfair for her. His lying to her about the younger brother unable to keep the mother there was ridiculous too and an insult to her. What in the world was he thinking? Yes, trying to keep peace within the household as much as he could. But using those tactics only worked temporarily. It would backfire. Also, using her words against her? Wow! And yes, I was right about the lying being senseless and unnecessary. Kim found out that her mother-in-law wasn’t afraid of dogs. Far from it, she even had four dogs at one time. (That was the excuse he used as the reason why his mother couldn’t move in with his brother aka his brother had a dog and his mom was scared of dogs.) So, yeah, not going to go well. Yup, she even had proof by borrowing the neighbor’s dog for her mother-in-law to play with. So, that was already subtle. Obviously, this wasn’t about the dog. He broke her trust in him by lying like that. He should have told her the truth. Even if she would still be upset by the current situation they were in but at least, that was the truth. He totally missed the point. He brought all the past up and it still didn’t matter. Yes, like I said before, I didn’t like her vain outlook on stuff at times, but that was who she was. He knew. He agreed to save money with her and they both went through some cuts on spending to save money. But the point was they both understood the situation and agreed on it, making the decision together. This time, it was about him lying to her and robbing her of the chance of making a decision. That was what he didn’t get. The ongoing situation with his mother and how they kept getting into arguments, I swear he had no right to criticize her. He wasn’t there and didn’t understand the context of the conversation. He always took his mother’s side anyway. So she was wrong regardless of what she said or did. It was stupid and frustrating to no end. Her omission of not knowing about why his mother was so careless when crossing the streets hence getting hit? (Or almost got hit.) I didn’t care one way or another at that point. She was equally scared of what might happen. But her initial words were correct. I didn’t care for the other family anymore. It wasn’t me being biased and sided with Kim, but he wouldn’t stand up to his family regardless. He didn’t discuss with her regarding the other thing. Now he wanted to share information? Asshole. Also, he sure took after his mother all right. Expired meat is a health issue, last time I checked. Sure, arguing over it wouldn’t help BUT not getting rid of it? You want to poison the whole family? Her sense of privacy was wrong? Seriously, what do these people operate on? How about we go through everything of his and his mother? Would they make a fuss about it then? Anything they said was right and anything Kim said was wrong? I know the meat or other matter wasn’t the issue, it was their lack of communication and their uncompromising ways. But seriously, it was ridiculous that the truth didn’t matter anymore and you have to cave in just because. So they rather be poisoned? That was the point? Die by food poisoning? That was how it was going to be? Oh, so when all failed, jump back in to blame her inattentiveness? He previously said just ignore what his mother did and just be on her way and everything would be over in half a year. Yet now he wanted to tell her to be more attentive to his mother and pay attention to her? (It was the part where he said his mother was taking meds and if she was blind to not see those medications.) You can’t move the goalposts on people just because you wanted to win an argument. Or like if it didn’t fit your principles at that moment. It was ridiculous. He still dared act all pitiful after that incident with accidentally cutting into a customer’s ear? Really? YES, I’m all out mad and all the way on her team now, so I don’t care anymore if everyone on his side dies. YES, that extreme. But it was ridiculous with them moving the goalposts all the time to suit their purpose. (And I was right as his brother passed his own duty off to Kim AND probably will somehow play the victim later too.) She was already willing to cave and compromise and tried her best to win her mother-in-law’s trust YET he still acted like she was the problem? Really? Yeah, they weren’t the best of friends previously, so he had the right to be worried. But seriously, why was it all right that his mother got to be the blunt one yet when she said true, honest words, she was the monster? It was ridiculous. Once again, using that word, but I don’t know what other word to use without cursing him to the next century. Even if he was right that they couldn’t keep holding themselves back and trying to please one another only because his world contained more people than just her, but he seriously only cared about himself. Even if using her attitude as an example, he made himself out to be the victim more than her. In fact, he made it like he was the only victim or something. I didn’t think she shouldn’t force herself to change for his sake either and was just putting a bandage on the situation, but he must be blind to not see how much effort she put in to take care of his mother and much more. Oh, of course, he wasn’t there but seriously, he always focused on the wrong thing and always managed to make her the monster just because. During the do-over of the main story, they seemed happier but didn’t last long either. This time, it was because of how fame got away from him and he got cocky. I was surprised they did the longer way around and somehow made her forgive him and they started over. It was like he could do no wrong regardless. Like if he messed up, as long as he proved himself, he was good and got the good ending. But she messed up? She had to jump through ten hoops yet was still in the wrong. I was surprised and in some ways found the ending different instead of letting her ending up with Vincent’s character instead. But it was like making me really unease with how they were all right with his lying, cheating ass as long as he repented later. But the various timelines that were played out before? She had to cave and do so much yet wasn’t to anyone’s satisfaction either.
  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安). He finally appeared in the second episode of the story at the restaurant where Kim went to. He was there for their appointment actually. Funny. Joe posing as blind person to follow Ray was another level of cleverness. He cracked me up so much. It was something I needed after all that frustration and intensity. Imagine if someone caught a blind guy trying to snap some pictures, lol. He was sure fast though, managing to grab his camera to take pictures as he was pretending to be blind and trying to navigate with his cane. Of course, he was a pro after all, so it shouldn’t be too surprising. But that was slick. He appeared in the alternate timeline because Simon made an appointment with him and wanted him to investigate Kim. Well, they knew one another personally as well, but the main reason for Simon to see him was to investigate Kim.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. He was so cute and funny, explaining their private detective agency’s policies and how they had a 98% satisfaction rate. When asked about the 2% by Kim, he responded by saying it was because those people were the unreasonable kind, lol.
  • Joe and Ming trying to get the pictures. Seriously, how hard was it? They thought they had it in the bag already but it was just too hard each time. The angle wasn’t right or someone was wearing a mask. But they finally got it when the Taxi driver said that the other two hadn’t paid the whole fee yet. (Some bills were missing.)
  • Kenneth and Nancy. Anyone wanted them together as well? Yes, I found it really funny that I’m silently shipping people who had nothing to do with one another than the ones involved in the story.
  • JJ Jia as Luk Si Mei (陸思美) / May. A hairstylist. She didn’t wait long to move in on him. They totally deserved one another but seriously? She sure knew when to pick the exact time to jump in. Well, the initial part was a misunderstanding and how she only wanted to help him–or so it seemed. Yet later parts? She totally had a plan to jump in. What was with getting him drunk and then trying to offer herself up? Not to mention how she kept playing the gentle and pitiful person to gain points with him even more after the misunderstanding. In the do-over segment of the story, she was seen as already married and have one kid. It turned out that she was married to Ray but the kid wasn’t his as she later confessed to him. Either timeline, she sucked. Even if she didn’t mean to BUT she concealed the secret from Ray, which caused the situation to turn from bad to worse. It turned out fine for her because she technically didn’t cheat on Ray, just that she wasn’t sure because of the timeline and only knew about it after the kid was born. Since Ray didn’t mind about that, that wasn’t a problem anymore. Her luck ran out once again when they had the do-over for the main story. She was fated to be the third party or something.
  • Susan Tse as Chiu Suk Hing (趙淑卿). Used to be a celebrity, now a calligraphy expert. Simon’s mother. She did have an air about her and how proud she was of her work. But for once, I did not blame her for some of her actions in here. She had some strict disciplines hence higher expectations. Even if I mentioned below how inconsistent the writers made Kim’s character out to be in the alternate timeline, I felt I needed to rate her based on that. Yes, working with what I have. I was surprised she even accepted the medicine Kim offer after what happened. Her reputation got tarnished after that calligraphy mishaps after all. She was already lenient with willing to accept it. Then how fast she was to accept the apology from Kim. Sure, it seemed like some time had passed, but I wouldn’t blame her if she was upset for a longer period of time. She almost died after all. What was even more, she wanted to leave the new house that was mentioned on the phone to her son and Kim. (Kim overheard the conversation but totally misunderstood and thought it was about Simon, but Amy was with her other son. She wasn’t talking about Simon.) How could she still be so calm after realizing her son was in an accident? I meant she worried and upset, but it was a surprise she didn’t kick Kim out. NOT that I wanted any more dramas, but I was surprised she had so much patience. And I spoke too soon because she finally showed traces of being upset by shoving Kim aside when Amy escorted Simon home. It was her right to be upset after all. Not to mention what she revealed afterward with how her son couldn’t have kids like he wanted anymore, just because of a senseless misunderstanding.
  • Helen Ma as So Siu Mui (蘇笑妹). Ray’s mother. How could someone be so oblivious as not to understand the basic courtesy expressed in public? Seriously. It was ridiculous. I didn’t care if she had an attitude or if she was bringing her son some of their traditional food, that was their history and culture and all. But what I did mind was what I already said with basic courtesy toward others. I thought she would at least make an effort to be nice and polite to others out in public. But no, she disregarded all public neutral rules and expected others to cave into her. It was ridiculous. I thought the older generation usually liked to keep face. Or was that just wanting respect for herself and just not others? Really? Not only that but her basic disregard for hygiene and others’ personal space was ridiculous as well. Helen’s acting was convincing, no doubt about that. It brought out the absolute worst about the character. Yet I wished there was a redeeming quality about the character itself. It was ridiculous–as I seemed to be using a lot for this review as an overall. What else? When all failed (like logic wasn’t on her side), she resorted to playing a victim in front of her son. It was ridiculous (yes, that word again) that she shifted the blame toward Kim just because Kim was right about her senseless buying habits and wasteful use of storage spaces. When she accused Kim of being spoiled because Kim tossed out all expired items, it was indeed a new level of assholery. Really? Kim warned her previously not to buy too much or they wouldn’t be able to use it in time. That was a reasonable suggestion. Now? It expired like Kim said YET Kim was the asshole for having to toss it out or they would end up with food poisoning? Yet she turned around and accused Kim? What she said regarding basic genuine and how she couldn’t live in comfort with her old habits was ridiculous too. What was that? Why didn’t she just go live with her precious youngest son then if he was so caring? Also, regarding not being able to put too much oil into food? It is a health issue and with her age, she shouldn’t put too much oil into her own food either. It would increase other health issues in the future. Yet somehow Kim was the monster for trying not to kill her? WOW! I already know she had major boundary issues yet she dared to go into their room and searched through it? (Yeah, it was the comment about the hairdryer.) Somehow, she managed to turn around the play victim once again yet accused Kim of playing the victim. Classic gaslighting. AND yet somehow, she managed to use the “old people” card to get away from everything again. So, the part where she finally gave Kim a chance to start over with her, I felt Helen’s acting was really good. Like I said before, I never doubted her acting. But that was a real turnaround. I welcomed it. At that point, Helen was able to exude and act with her eyes and her limited smile (as her character was still recovering) that showed us she was genuine about Kim’s offer of making peace and meeting halfway. I guess, she was finally able to see the good side of Kim and how patient Kim was, and Kim’s actions and what she was willing to do were more important than those harsh words previously. Her way of caring was different, the straightforward approach–rather than the overly sweet words yet didn’t carry any actions. I appreciated that she finally acknowledged and made peace with Kim when she attempted to talk that one time when Kim visited and cut her hair for her. In the do-over of the main story, she and Kim got along better because both were willing to compromise. So, there was less tension.
  • Sammi Cheung (張秀文) as Wong Lei Yan(黃莉欣) / Charlie. Simon’s wife, later divorced. She had a happy ending with Simon in the main story. When it was the do-over for the main timeline, it was believed that she cheated on him and he divorced her after that.
  • Kayi Cheung (張嘉兒) as Dan Ngai Mei (單艾美) / Amy. An ophthalmologist.
  • Hero Yuen (阮政峰) as Fong Ka Yip (方家業). Ray’s younger brother. Coward and selfish in every way. Sure, I got why he didn’t want to be stuck with their mother either. But seriously? Making all those lame excuses to guilt-trip Ray into taking their mom in? I wasn’t on Ray’s side for lying, but seriously. It was ridiculous that he shrugged it off and acted all pitiful toward Ray when approached. The other two already have their problems, he didn’t create that. If it wasn’t his mother’s situation, it would be something else. But it showed their character when he dodged from the situation and let others take care of it for him. The hospital scene was a new level of assholery coming from him too. Seriously? Where the hell was he all this time? Now he dared to show up and question the other two about the situation? He only acted like he cared, but his actions had shown otherwise. I hated him more and more as the story progressed. It was like ridiculous. He kept passing off his duties to others YET somehow got away with it just because he was family.
  • The theme. I was surprised that some characters got together so fast and then the timeline shifted forward. But I was actually a little glad it was different from the last two stories. However, it brought back the theme of an inevitable one and the most annoying. It was about in-laws and how everyone who wanted to get married had to deal with it. The most annoying one that couldn’t be bypass regardless of who. Well, unless the in-laws were already dead, then you’re clear and could face other issues instead. Yeah, I said it, but sadly it’s true. Unless you hit the jackpot with the perfect in-laws, somehow down the road, they would always be a problem. Or unless like I just said, already dead so can’t judge you and force you to change just because. It doesn’t matter it’s from the guy’s side or the girl’s side. And they totally wanted to do a fusion with marriage problems in this one or something. Because they also brought in infidelity as part of the reason that might not work out for couples, etc. AND they tossed in the formula with Kim being pregnant as part of the bonus too. Just to mess with Kim and the rest of the audience even more.
  • The shift of the story aka alternate storyline. What? Okay, good one. They totally got me. I was wondering how things would turn out that Kim would end up with Simon, but they did the alternate approach? What? It was indeed different and intriguing. Thank you for changing it up a bit with the pattern. Even if I knew that it wouldn’t turn out well either way, because of the season’s theme. Sad though. (I made these comments above before seeing how the change in the story would be but wanted it to be different. Too bad, I was right.) But regardless, I think the lesson of the story wasn’t about having a do-over. It was knowing how to deal with the situation and its outcome. Regardless of whether Kim got the ideal husband or not, she still had to deal with her problems like clashing with her mother-in-law or not knowing how to compromise regarding matters. Even if she tried to compromise and do her best with what she got, the outcome was the same. She can’t expect a do-over each time. But I found it ridiculous (yes, that word again) that Kim couldn’t fend for herself completely in that high-class society place. Because when she was in the regular timeline, she seriously had a taste. Even if her taste were expensive and all, but she loved steak and even wanted to travel all over Europe. So, that was already there before the midpoint with the change about how she ended up marrying Simon instead of Ray. So, how could she change so much that she ended up being so oblivious to expensive items and not being attentive to more valuable items? I would understand she found calligraphy boring and hard to do, but other things? It was outrageous to present such a scene and say that she would run into problems anyway. I would understand clashing with the mother-in-law regarding calligraphy or some other high expectations. But about the change in food and taste with other items? Seriously? If they were trying to make a point with no do-over, at least make it fit her current personality. Why would she do those stuff that was out of her original personality? That incident with the ketchup onto the drawing? I knew it would happen before it did. Because that was how they created even more dramas and cause trouble for Kim. Yet, it was ridiculous and once again didn’t make sense. It went back to what I said bout her not liking those types of food. She ate healthier items than that. It was based on how she had a sensitive stomach and didn’t like eating oily stuff. So, why create that scenario? Not to mention how it created the scenario with her being careless with the medicines on purpose to make a point. I couldn’t accept that. In the main timeline, she was just straightforward but right about the things she was stubborn about. How could they create this timeline and make her out to be completely ignorant to make a point? It was once again ridiculous. It didn’t match up with her personality in the main timeline.
  • What was the lesson of the story aside from don’t expect a do-over? Don’t be too honest. People rather be lied to. Kim was honest about that lady’s hair during the calligraphy show YET she had upset the other party. Should she have been that blunt? NOPE, she totally read the room wrong. However, was that her fault completely to be an honest person and try to help? NOPE. People just loved being lied to. That was why it was senseless to attend such a show. The high-class society was always about fake people and their show-off attitudes. The moving of the goalposts by the writer also astonished me. What was their point? No do-over or was it because of Kim’s uncompromising way? If it was her uncompromising way, then why would they think it was all right to make her the bad person during the alternate version with her so careless and reckless that caused her mother-in-law’s safety? But they were all right with wanting her to compromise when it was the real-time version with her not wanting her mother-in-law to be poisoned by expired food? Pick one, please. It was ridiculous with what the story was driving at. If they were so adamant to make Kim wrong, stick with one theme. She can’t be wrong because she didn’t want to poison someone (main timeline) or had poisoned someone by accident (alternate timeline). Both can’t be true.
  • The similarities and differences of both timelines. The majority of the template was there with how marriage was good at first but they had run into trouble because of some issues with the mother-in-law. Then came the possible infidelity and also finding out Kim was pregnant. However, the main timeline had Kim straightforward yet the alternate timeline made her beyond oblivious to things on purpose to make a point. It was later revealed that she wasn’t really pregnant in the alternate timeline. Because her name and another patient were similar hence the mistake. Yet what was even more tragic? Before she could go switch the results out, it was discovered by Simon. The right way was to sort it all out, but was the alternate Kim that brave to do it? She wanted to say it out yet was stopped. Yet if she really wanted to say it, it wouldn’t be hard, right? Considering her nature in that alternate timeline, right? AND how in the world did Kim not learn her lesson? What in the world? The writers were totally messing with us. Because how could Kim be so oblivious to the situation and still brag to her friends and hang out? What was the point of this dragged-out alternate timeline? Except to somehow keep piling on that Kim was wrong? It was ridiculous.
  • What was one of the overlooked tragedies of it all? You might not be worth anything to your mother-in-law if you don’t become an incubator and pop out ten million babies. Think I’m exaggerating? That friend of Kim wasn’t wrong when she said her mother-in-law changed her tune after she had some kids. It was always that. I’m not against babies in general. Just hate the concept of forcing others to have babies. Or like you’re not worth anything if you can’t pop out tons of babies. It’s a very toxic mentality. People should only have babies because they want them, NOT because of some other reasons.
  • The lesson that was said by her mom during the end of the fourth episode of the story. Her attitude because of the criticism? Granted, she was a little kid after all. Yes, it was right for the mother to tell her to dial it back and set a good example for her since little. But must she grovel to everyone in life and let herself to taken advantage of to be a good person? Goody-two shoes were the most unrealistic of this world. They seriously wanted her to be a pushover?
  • The second do-over of the main story. What? Completely confused. Thought it would return her timeline to the original time when she was at her worse and go from there. But I guess whatever worked. One of the changes that I liked was her not cutting the old man off and even offered to take him there. That was after she learned the odd couple who she kept bumping into had a completely different story behind them. I guessed the final take from these stories was that her bias had prevented her from learning the true version behind some of the reasons why her mother-in-law did some of the things she did. Also, some of the reasons behind some other people’s lives as well. YUP, it was more and more obvious that the writers wanted Kim to be a pushover to be worthy of a protagonist according to them or something. Because Kim had already compromised and was more attentive to others around her. Yet what was that price? It was still the same with everything else. Her husband was meant to cheat–whether she overreacted or not. Yet the solution to the cheating was that she hadn’t done enough? Simon wanted to respect her choice, whichever she chose, and helped her. However, his advice to her? Yeah, encouraging her confidence and helping her building herself up was fine. But it made me want to kick the scriptwriters in the teeth even more.
  • The overall story? The concept was creative enough in some ways. But I hated that it forced Kim to change so much just to be likable. It acted like men could do no wrong and she was the problem with not changing her attitude time after time again. There was either too much attitude or she was just too gentle or whatever. Or like she had to learn to know every single thing. Like learning to be perfect in others’ eyes. All those senseless etiquettes and useless techniques that only high-class society cared about. It seemed to be always her fault whatever she did. She always had to change and no one else had to change. What message were they trying to send? Don’t change yourself? Well, except for when you need to change for the world? Sure, changing her perspective helped her see some of the other people’s perspectives even more. But the key parts of the timeline didn’t change. It was poor execution regardless of timeline. Like I said before, I wanted to kick the scriptwriters in the teeth. Watching this story was the most exhausting comparing to the past two. And the fact that I didn’t like the first one said a lot. The actors in here did a splendid job. The story was just all over the place because it moved the goalpost too many times.
  • The ending? It was very unexpected. I would have thought she ended up with Simon. Yet she accepted Ray again after the do-over? Well, it seemed like he learned his lesson and became more attentive to things around him. However, I felt that it seemed he could do no wrong. That excuse with what Simon said about men cheating because they liked new things was just another excuse. Also, women cheating was unexcusable because of how Simon choose to divorce his wife. Yeah, people are probably saying that I missed the point, but it seemed like the writers moved the goalpost too much that I no longer understand the purpose of this story.

Winter: Frozen Love (冰封的愛)

3rd favorite season. How was the story?

Um, a dream repeating for over 100 times?

  • Kenneth Ma as Joe Chu Cho An (朱祖安) aka On Gor (安哥). Finally, it was his story. How was he when he was the main guy of the story? He was so cute, lol. Such a nerd but so cute. He lived up to his character throughout and I enjoyed his story immensely and Kenneth’s acting to bring out his character’s struggles and his many emotions at each state.
  • Myolie Wu as Yiu Dong Nei (姚冬妮) / Toni. History and Culture Guide. I initially liked her. Until she ruined by forcing him to accept his father just because the guy was his father. I actually said, “How’s it working out with your father lately, huh?” during the scene where she said Joe could choose whatever he wanted as long as he didn’t regret it. Yeah, she and her father weren’t on speaking terms yet expected others to do the same? So yeah, I didn’t like her hypocritical reasoning either. Once again, the plot probably failed her because dramas often forced characters to forgive someone because of blood relations. BUT they should have known better than plugging that in for her when she was facing similar issues with trust and all. And I seriously did not mean the part where she helped him solve the puzzle of his mom’s story, but the part before that when he was painting and was still in denial of the truth. Some things might not appear the way it was presented as we learned through their investigations. However, I felt it was a bit over to see how she was criticizing him when she couldn’t get over her own obstacles with her father. I applauded her for breaking from her father’s hold on her but just didn’t like it that she was forcing Joe to accept just because of blood relations–as stated before. So was I laughing my eyes out when he did the same to her? Yes, I was. Because if you didn’t like people meddling into your business, you shouldn’t do it to them.
  • Kenneth and Myolie. Refreshing in a way. However, I thought that the other cases beforehand ruined it for me since the buildup was so mysterious and all yet it turned out so and so.
  • Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) as Ming. Joe’s assistant. Again, adorable. So dorky but adorable with trying to stall for Joe. Then his obvious concern for Joe when Joe was missing.
  • Bowie Wu (胡楓) as Yiu Xue Yan (姚學仁). Toni’s father. I knew he was a better liar than his wife. His lies and excuses were really pathetic too. Finally disclosing stuff because she already remembered and found out the truth? That wasn’t revealing the truth. That was just latching onto the moment and trying to gain sympathy. I didn’t care for his reasons. He was a hypocrite through and through. I didn’t care for his pitiful acts later on, even if he claimed he didn’t want his daughter to worry for him, etc. thus forgiving him based on that. If it were reversed with how she’d done wrong against him, people wouldn’t judge lightly. Yet because he got the golden ticket of being a parent, he was automatically forgiven. So yeah, I didn’t care for it.
  • Chun Wong (秦煌) as Chu Ka Shing (朱家成). Joe’s father. I felt so bad for him, lol. He kept getting pestered to remember something that happened in 1997. It was driving him insane. He did get some good food and fun memories along the way, but seriously. So his story turned out much more than just a character to help Toni at times with her missing past, etc. His acting was really convincing as always.
    • Anthony Ho (何遠東) as Young Chu Ka Shing.
  • Pauline Chow (周寶霖) as Chow Siu Wai (周小蔚). Toni’s cousin. I don’t know what to say. But I found her really annoying in here. Her rants at times just made me feel icky. And her desperate attempts to get with Joe. It was ridiculous and unrelatable. Even if we found out later that Joe wasn’t really allergic to eggs but it was a psychological issue, she totally risked his health and well-being so she could kiss him? How pathetic and toxic was that? I didn’t find it a laughing matter at all. So I was just glad that she didn’t appear much more than intended in the story.
  • Cecilia Fong (方伊琪) as Yu Pui Lai (余培麗). Toni’s mother.
  • Quinn Ho (何君誠) as Kong Hou Lam (江浩林). Toni’s ex-boyfriend.
    • Brian Chu (朱敏瀚) as Young Kong Hou Lam.
  • The ending? It was cute with the two meaning to give one another a camera or film roll for their goodbye gifts during their parting scene, but they missed one another. I guessed it was better than expected but I thought the middle parts killed it for me, so I was still taking points for the overall story.

Overall feelings? I initially wanted to put winter as the favorite story because of Kenneth’s character and the mystery involved with him helping Toni finding out the past. However, it spun into some outrageous story all over again with forgiving people because of blood relations so that took all the points away from it for me. After I tossed their story out, it was a struggle between summer and autumn. I chose summer to be my favorite story in the end because, despite its many annoyance with some characters, I liked both of Ron and Kate’s characters and their journey throughout. I could almost forgive CK for his insecurity and wanting to sell Summer off to the highest bidder just because he didn’t think he could measure up to Summer. It was his blind spot after all. Autumn? The story was intriguing with the “what-if” storylines and alternate endings, but it was very emotionally exhausting that I had to take an extended break before finishing out the series overall. So yeah, it went down a notch. I never had to make a decision to like spring’s story from the start because I couldn’t get over Season’s spoiled nature regardless of how annoying his agent was. And the story was so boring at times that it was forgettable by the time summer’s story rolled around. So yeah. That was the verdict for me. I think you could watch it by the story that you preferred with the cast and still not miss anything. Considering how only Kenneth’s character and his sidekick were seen throughout the other stories before his story became the main focus. So yeah.

Line Walker: The Prelude

This, obviously, was a prequel to the previous installment, Line Walker. How was it? Mixed feelings actually because it was hard to get used to the additional cast somewhat. It was also because of some tangent plots that got me annoyed, which I will explain later. Other than that, it was decent, I guess.

Main Cast:

  • Michael Miu as Cheuk Hoi (卓凱). Continuing to show solid acting from the first season, he allowed us to travel into his past along with the other characters. We got to see how his past journey had shaped him to become so cautious and so protective of his undercover agents as he did in the present time. He showed great restraint in some situations versus others. Did he lose his patience? Yes, he did. Did he feel lost at times? Yes, that had happened. Yet thanks to some of his fellow colleagues and good friends, he managed to get past that and continue on with his mission. He also made mistakes, which led to a rift in relationships and trust issues–as it did with Tin Tong’s situation. However, he proceeded to try and fix it and proved himself again. Because he was able to relate to their own struggles as undercover agents.
  • Jessica Hsuan as Sze Ka Lei (施嘉莉) / Scarlett. I felt Jessica should have received better challenges in her old days with TVB than just portraying her typical characters. This was one of her more memorable performances. I watched the majority of Jessica’s series already but had given up over the past few years. I think the last time I was impressed with her was in Gun Metal Grey because she was so lively and natural without looking like she was uncomfortable–although some people disliked her in there. It was different. The talk she had with Cheuk Sir in episode 14 was important because it defined her character and humanized her more. Although some of the past scenes already highlighted her capabilities, those were professionally and related to the crime operating business. The part where she told Cheuk Sir about her past assignment showed a small window into her past, and what her journey was like before arriving at the current point. She already showed us the wise and level-headed side of her. Not to mention her well-planned schemes. We finally got to see her vulnerable side and learned more about her background. I liked her throughout because of her struggles at times and her determination–regardless of which side she was on. I thought she–out of all the characters–had the right to doubt the authorities in general and on such a grand scale. It was like many of the undercover agents who had doubted their superiors and the purpose of the whole operation, even harming those who tried to protect them. On the grand scale, they hurt more people because of their greed, but sometimes, there was always a question, just like how it was addressed in season 1 with some of the characters who had gotten too attached with some of the gang members. However, I found it disturbing to the max that she chose to return to Victor’s side near the end. Of course, they didn’t succeed with their schemes. Yet I was still disturbed. Because she turned into a typical character who would follow some guy who would do anything for her. Didn’t she see how scary he was? Sure, he did everything for her, but did she forget that he manipulated her to stay by his side? Like she was there with the chip planted in her and she wasn’t sure if she was going to survive. He let her live in that fear. Not to mention the downside of how if she were to oppose, she would face a consequence worse than death. So, yes, I was really disappointed in that change. It downplayed her character in the final moment that the show was going down. I didn’t expect her to end up with Cheur Sir since that was impossible and unrealistic. But I expected her ending was how she rode off into the horizon and gotten away with everything. In fact, it should end up with how she was finally able to be free of everything and headed toward her final destination to find peace at last. Cheuk Sir was willing to turn a blind eye to that part because he sympathized with her past. So, making her return to Victor’s side sort of set her character up for destruction. I understand that it was probably her blind spot, but it didn’t make sense or it just seemed like a typical way to wrap up the plot. What would have been an even more awesome move though? She could have returned in the third season to aid Cheuk Sir with some side mission or as a contact or an anonymous tip. She didn’t have to be a key character to hog the scene like some people, but that could have been an interesting turn.
  • Moses Chan as Ngai Tak Shun (魏德信) / Victor. Someone give him a comb, please. Mean, but seriously, I was getting annoyed by it. It wasn’t like it was messy but the style made it look that way. I think I wasn’t impressed with this role as I was supposed to be. The most impressive part or the one that I got the chills for was actually the part where he passive-aggressively tried to dethrone his father with that speech shortly before announcing his father’s retirement. It was really chilling. Even more chilling than when he took down the others. The legit fear his father had for him said it all too. The whole scene was memorable in that it let us know how creepy he was. Aside from that, he wasn’t the least bit impressive to me. So what if he was ruthless and acted like he owned Hong Kong? Chum Foon Hei was even scarier because he was good at playing long games. Look who turned up on top, right? Moses miscalculated IF he had ever thought of stealing the show by being in this installment. I don’t want to blame him because everyone has bills to pay and TVB’s decisions are always tricky. So I don’t know all those inside plans OR whatever. But he couldn’t really shine for me in here. It was interesting to see another character, but he wasn’t what made this series for me. 
  • Benz Hui as Chum Foon Hei (潭關喜). It was already revealed in the movie (which didn’t have much to do with the first season and wasn’t really worth it if you didn’t watch) that he was an undercover agent already. However, this one extended to his back story even more and how he ended up going rogue. I mean, can you even blame him? It was like survival of the fittest out there. His cowardly handler didn’t make it easier for him. Although the guy did redeem himself and aided his escape, the damage was already done. Not to mention he wanted to survive under Victor’s empire, he had to go to the extreme. His revenge schemes were hurting lots of others as well. However, I didn’t really blame him for what happened. Sure, he manipulated people and got what he wanted. It wasn’t news. Yet between him and Ngai, I was rooting for him all the way. It was obvious who won because this was a prequel and we already knew he even survived with the other one, so why not, right?
  • Pakho Chau as Lok Siu Fung (樂少鋒). I liked him from the start yet felt a bit shame that he was from the supposed “bad” side. But soon learned he was an undercover cop, so I was reassured. I liked the development for him with being around the gang and Pak-key for so long that he developed an attachment to them. However, the grand twist of his true identity made everything even more intriguing. Like it stopped becoming a typical formula of the show with how they were either undercover or cop turned bad. YET this one sort of pushed us into thinking other possibilities again. I suspected that the timeline didn’t fit and thought the scriptwriters made a mistake when it was described that he somewhat grew up in the gang and had followed Pak-key a long time already. However, it was explained later that his brother was the actual undercover agent. That made more sense. What made his character for me was his complex relationship with various characters in here–whether it was romance, friendships, or some sense of loyalty toward. He vowed to avenge his brother and Pak-key’s deaths. He was able to carry out both in some ways. Even if he’d gone to the max with his method but it was in some sense understandable. At first, he was also hostile toward Chum Foon Hei but later also became loyal to him–or somewhat developed a bond with him. It was really unimaginable after how he saw Chum fled and saved his own skin after Pak-key’d gone down. But over time, they reached an understanding with many complex actors coming into play. Not to mention the similarities between their characters. I think Chum mentioned it at one point as well–with them being undercover agents and then becoming rogue. However, the twist was Lok wasn’t an undercover agent at all. He was just posing as one and also wanted to avenge his brother’s death. They also managed to cheat death, so yeah.
  • Priscilla Wong as Cheng Shuk Mui (鄭淑梅). I initially didn’t like her because I thought she was so awkward around Michael’s character, thinking she was uncomfortable with interacting with him. As the series progressed and I understood her character more, I felt it wasn’t like that. I was glad I stuck around. Her suggestion with creating their own codes to Lok Siu Fong was really smart because she said even Scarlett knew their CIB codes. Not telling Cheuk Sir was a good idea too. She had alternative motives, but in a way, it did help in the future. Perhaps, it was like what Cheuk Sir said, the reason Lai Sir picked her was because of her innocent nature and her vulnerability. Her genuine nature had made her an asset to them, making it easier for her to gain trust from people. Not to mention her determination to continue on and beat all odds, not giving up when she ran into an obstacle, like how Cheuk Sir had pushed her limits at the beginning with those training sessions and small tasks.
  • Benjamin Yuen as Tsui Tin Tong (徐天堂). I liked him at first because I felt his character was intriguing. Then I felt he was a typical villain character. Like the cunning type YET he sort of grew on me and I tried to get past that since it was hard to hate him with all the comedic scenes that he had. Then the truth came out with him being another undercover agent and it made sense with how he tried so hard to act like some money-grubbing asshole throughout just to gain trust. Although his comedic acts were fun to watch, I thought his best scenes were with Lok and not Ah Mui. Because it showed his constant struggle of keeping a level head and also to focus on his goals. Despite knowing his actions weren’t going to be rewarded or anything. His friendship with Lok and the struggle with helping Lok or not made it even sadder. Because it was another decision that they had to face. He had his struggles with trusting others and somehow learned to do so with Lai Sir again. Yet was disappointed when confronted by Cheuk Sir and Ah Mui. After proving themselves to be the real deal, he learned to trust them once again.

Supporting Cast:

  • Vincent Lam as Chai Fing (猜 Fing). How could I have forgotten to talk about him in the first installment? He was a very interesting character from the start. I was glad to learn more about him in his installment and how he followed Chum Foon Hei since then. We all knew how he died tragically fighting off those rivals and allowing for the others to run in the first season so he won’t return in the third season–unless he had a twin, lol. His loyalty to Chum was shown throughout and he proved it time after time. No wonder Chum trusted him so much after all these years.
  • Nathan Ngai as Ben Sir (朱志彬). I initially really liked him. Maybe it was because of my biases toward him being Cheuk Sir’s apprentice. His intelligence and his righteousness was his shining point. However, those were also what fused his ambition and ego. Sure, having ambition wasn’t something to be ashamed of. Yet his perfectionism and his ego got in the way, which finally led to his downfall. It seemed like he couldn’t be manipulated to cave. However, the other gang proved their capabilities by being able to twist things and find people’s weaknesses to get their way. I felt disappointed in Ben though, because of how he wasn’t able to let go. He was one of those supposed heroes who was only good for being a shell because he liked to look good on paper but failed the test when it actually mattered. Good acting from Nathan though. Especially, during the scene where he came back and had the memorial ceremony for Cherry. YES, I thought the actor brought out his emotions well, however, I couldn’t sympathize with the character at all. He chose.
  • Louisa Mak as Yeung Wing (楊詠) / Cherry. She was actually my favorite character in here in regard to the female population. Yes, I hate to compare, but she was the favorite one among the female characters, so it was really tragic and sad to see her death. She seriously was very likable from the start. It was to the point that I feared she might be another agent from the other side. It was a surprise reveal that she was also one of Lai Sir’s undercover agents. She was very smart and cautious. Too bad she trusted the wrong person, which led to her inevitable demise.

Others:

  • Eddie Cheung as Lai Sir (黎瑞權). I was surprised to see him in here. However, I enjoyed his brief appearance. He delivered flawlessly and I got a little teary-eyed when he died. I swear, I knew it was coming. It was basically a copycat version of how Hong Sir died in the first season but because of his performance, I got sucked in. I know these events were years before, but since this was written after, I couldn’t help but think they just somehow changed some details and location and that was it. Regardless, we still got to see a very wise Lai Sir at times before he exited the show.
  • Jimmy Au as Hong To Hang (康道行). I was soooo sad to see him killed off so shortly in the first one, but that was part of the setup for the whole chase in the first season. So, of course, I was glad that he was in the prequel, trying to see him in action versus having characters talk about him at various points like in the other one. It wasn’t exaggerating to say that it was one of his better roles and worth mentioning roles of recent years as well. He appeared sometimes in here but wasn’t the main focus because of the way the story was crafted, which made sense. We could see the bond between him and Cheuk Sir as they met up at times to talk and gave one another advice. It was revealed that he was gathering up the team for their next assignment at the end of the series, which unleashed the chain of the events of the happenings in season 1. He wanted to consult Cheuk Sir about the members that he picked. However, Cheuk Sir didn’t look. He wanted to go out first. That topic was obviously delayed once again and obviously never addressed until Cheuk Sir finally had to seek out the actual team members as seen in season 1. Couldn’t blame Cheuk Sir too much–after all the stuff that went on during this installment. Cheuk Sir needed a break and some fun, and he also trusted Hong Sir to choose his own team members, so it was never talked about again.
  • Kenny Wong as Pak-key (鄭弼奇). For the first time ever, I actually liked his character and performance. I meant he’d been shoved into our faces for so long with various projects and the same cast that I got tired of watching him and eventually wanted to avoid everything he was in. I was actually kind of unsure about this one too, wondering if he was going to hog the camera thus ending up minimizing other characters. However, this character was really intriguing and a mix of depth within the character itself. It was like it wasn’t supposed to copy any past characters on purpose. His performance was actually quite more genuine than some past ones. I think TVB shoving him in series after series might have overworked him thus not solid performance at times. Yet I was actually sad when he wasn’t around anymore in this one. Strange, lol.
  • Alice Chan as Yao San San (姚姍姍). Chum Foon Hei’s wife. In the movie, she was portrayed by someone else and also was killed by someone else. However, once again, ignore the movie if you watched it. Because the movie followed its own timeline somewhat and made a big mess of the overall plot. So, for once, I forgive TVB for being inconsistent in that area. Anyway, she sure was an interesting character and fought bravely till the end. It was too bad her husband couldn’t tell her that he was actually a cop all along. Her death also fused his anger even more and caused him to go rogue with his revenge schemes. However little she appeared though, she had a great impact on the overall storyline, especially that of how Chum came to switching sides and eventually was just looking out for number one.
  • Tony Hung as Wong Wing Cheong (王永翔). An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. He was very charming and likable. It was too bad that he didn’t get to stick around for the later scenes. It made sense with the plot and how Cheuk Sir was even more cautious of his decisions and actions later on, but that didn’t make it any less frustrating.
  • Stephanie Ho as Sparrows (雀雀). An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. She was another interesting character that I would have loved to learn more about if the plot had allowed for that.
  • Koo Ming Wah as Tomato (蕃茄). An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. It has been a while since I’ve seen him portraying somewhere near an interesting character. To bad.
  • Shiga Lin as Cheung Yuk Luen (張玉瑄) / Birdy. An undercover agent and one of the team members who died after the mission in Thailand. Yet another interesting character that could have been developed into much more. Once again, too bad.
  • Yeung Chiu Hoi as Tam Siu Lung (譚兆龍)/ Raptor. Assumed to be dead along with the rest of the undercover agents in Thailand. It was later revealed that he was the mole. He arranged the explosion and escaped. After he returned, he was chased down many times. Then he went and worked for Victor. Too bad he assumed that he would be spared by double-crossing Victor.
  • Karen Lee as Leung Si Man (梁斯敏). She was another undercover agent under Lai Sir before he passed away. She was so deep undercover that she gained trust from several parties within the triads/organizations. Also, she had terminal liver cancer. Um, recurring theme? The other one, Kobe died too. Tenfold more dramatic and tragic. But seriously? What gameplay were they doing? Seriously, she was a mixture of Kobe and Bao Seed because Bao Seed got so frustrated near the end that he didn’t care what extreme he went through to seek justice. He was frustrated that innocent people were dying and bad dudes kept living in such luxuries and getting away scot-free. So, yes, in a way, we could understand Si Man’s approach–even if we didn’t agree–because we were able to connect them to Bao Seed’s actions previously. Good performance from her though, because I’ve seen her in really sweet roles before and believed she couldn’t harm anyone, lol. This one, she exuded the creepy and mysterious aura quite well. It wasn’t until she finally revealed her identity to Cheuk Sir and explained the situation that we saw her vulnerability.
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh as Yu Lok Sing (佘樂成). He was hilarious. He had some talents with the other two but were oddities among the cops hence being tossed out. He became a valuable connection while Cheuk Sir needed backup.
  • Kandy Wong as Law Siu Sze (羅小絲). She was equally hilarious as the other two recruits. She sure had some wit. It was funny to see her tossing it right back to the other two when they tried to pick on her height.
  • Penny Chan as Lee Man Hung (李文雄). The third of the recruits and was as valuable to Cheuk Sir when needed.
  • Kenneth Ma as Ngai Tak Lai (魏德禮) / Klein. I was rolling my eyes when he appeared. I meant I was sick and tired of the Ngai empire and their neverending dramas. Yet I changed my mind later when he appeared in the present time. So, I will stop here for now and save it for that review.

Relationships/ Friendships/ Romances, etc

  • Michael and Jessica. Like I said in the other review, I actually quite liked them in Gun Metal Grey yet just didn’t like the dragged-out story. So I was quite intrigued to watch how their story went in here. Obviously, we knew from the first season as a guide, they wouldn’t work out regardless and they weren’t the endgame. However, it was still one of the storylines I was looking forward to seeing their scenes more than some others in here. They were always friends more than anything else. As much as Cheuk Sir was able to share without compromising his identity and his fellow undercover agents, he gave her a lot of helpful advice yet didn’t force her to choose. His character seemed consistent for the most part with how he came to be in the other installment. I found it troubling at times that he wasn’t so to the book when dealing with her at various points and knew that it was his personal biases that had affected his decision as well. However, I treated it as that he sympathized with her and really wanted to give her a chance to run if she pulled out of the whole operation in time. However, she returned and deterred his goal in arresting Ngai, so she gave him no choice.
  • Moses and Jessica. I’m not even sure if they’d ever paired up before since I didn’t watch all of TVB’s recent series. However, I didn’t feel their chemistry like with their other pairings. Despite all the set up of touching moments for them during various scenes. I also tried to push aside their characters as being villains or in-between characters throughout but didn’t feel so strongly for them either. That was seriously bad, lol. Because their story worked out well for one another. They had the same mentality and seemed to operate on the same wavelength. They both had the intelligence and wit alongside one another. However, Moses and Jessica didn’t give me the couple vibe that I waited so long–even till the end of the series. Also, Jessica’s character was tenfold more interesting than Moses’s because she had many layers. Moses’ character had the same vibe throughout aka kill regardless of consequences and only the result mattered. It was homicidal and maniacal. Nothing special. Yes, that seemed harsh, but seriously, he was a disappointing villain because he fitted into a typical villain mold like some of the past dramas or stories had gone with when approaching the formula of how to present their villain to us. That was why I said in the section above that Moses wasn’t going to steal the show anytime soon. The spot still belonged to Benz’s Chum Foon Hei through and through. Like I said before, Chum was playing the long game. Ngai just wanted to defeat his opponents quickly and easily and through the cruelest methods. He wasn’t going to last if the story had stretched out even more. His underestimating of his enemies was also his downfall. So, aside from comparing Moses and Jessica’s characters and lack of chemistry, lol, I didn’t have much else to go on with them.
  • Michael and Benz. I actually wanted to put this in the other review but I decided to save it for this review instead. There were several overlaps here and there so yeah. I noticed their interactions and constant face-offs reminded me of their last memorable collaboration in The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung 1984. In fact, each time they appeared together, everyone was seeing the actual scene playing out, but I was seeing another image alongside the actual scene during their Chor Lau Heung confrontations all over again, lol. Their interactions once again made it one of the highlights of the show as far as the Line Walker installments went. It was the side talks that made me felt somewhat amused. The best scenes in the series were actually their confrontation scenes and the chess games they played with one another. They both made very good points during their various face-offs throughout. I have to agree with Chum Foon Hei when he said prison can’t stop someone like Ngai Tak Shun. But Cheuk Sir wasn’t wrong either when he said so many innocent lives have been lost because of the war between both sides, and because Chum wanted his revenge.
  • Michael and Eddie. I don’t remember anymore when was their last collaboration in the old days. However, I really enjoyed their interactions in here immensely and felt that their talks at the beginning were probably one of the hallmarks of the show. Lai Sir was indeed very wise and had a strong impact on Cheuk Sir’s perspectives and principles also.
  • Michael and Jimmy. Also, one of the best interactions in here. Like said before, their scenes were a little more developed. We got to see their friendships and how genuine it was, just like how Cheuk Sir and Lai Sir were. Two completely different types of friendships but in some ways, they influenced one another from time to time.
  • Pakho and Priscilla. They were all right, I guess. I didn’t feel as strongly for them as some couples out there. But considering how they were in such a complicated situation, it was hard to put that aside. Their only date was possibly the time before he said goodbye. It was indeed a relationship meant to fail.
  • Benjamin and Priscilla. It was obvious that Tin Tong liked Ah Mui, but they were friends for the most part. There were many funny scenes between them at first. I actually enjoyed them since they were somewhat comedic within all the hectic stories developing at the same time. However, it was ruined by her mother’s storyline. The confrontation between them after Lok’s death reminded me of how Bao Seed and Ding Jie argued in the other one, asking why he wasn’t there to save the day. However, I didn’t feel as strongly about it versus the scene where Tin Tong and Cheuk Sir were on the roof talking about Lok’s death. It was very touching and expressed all their emotions well.
  • Pakho and Benjamin. I mentioned above how I felt stronger with their bond than them with Ah Mui and my opinion remained unchanged until the rest of the story unfolded. They didn’t have many things in common at first and even had quite a strong misunderstanding regarding Pak-key’s death. What they were able to bond over was their common mentality with being undercover agents. Even if Lok wasn’t really an undercover agent but he’d been in the gang for so long that he understood too well of its operations and the harsh reality of it all. That was also why the two came to make the pact.
  • Nathan and Louisa. Every series has a model couple. I think Cherry and Ben were it for this one. However, they were ruined because of what happened in the story. I was screaming mad when I realized he was turning bad. Yet it was turning into a whole new level of tragedy. Yeah, it fitted in with showing us how one caved to temptation or when faced with obstacles, how they would react. However, it still sucked. I thought they might be untouchable. But looking back at how the scriptwriters completely killed Kobe in the other one and let Yan suffered during the last few episodes, it was on par with it. This one wasn’t less frustrating, but it was actually making more sense because they were all trying to complete their missions? Kobe? How random was that? Killing him off with a disease so unrelated to the case as an overall? Sure, people die from diseases all the time. But it seemed off course and way off base for going that way while the series was reaching its peak in the other one. Anyway, back to this one. I think we were all heartbroken along with Cherry. I mean, it was frustrating and beyond cruel of that scumbag’s actions. (Yes, that’s what I’m calling him now.) However, I think she didn’t see it coming either. I think there was a teeny-tiny part of me that wanted him to reconsider or have some kind of wake-up moment where he realized he had to turn back for her sake. YET he chose himself. He chose self-preservation in the end. It was expected. But weren’t we like a little bit hopeful it was otherwise? At least we liked to lie to ourselves, thinking that love might save him? Well, it was love, but his love for himself over anything. But I think I could say I completely disagree that the scumbag was still a good cop. He totally looked out for his own ass. How could anyone say that? Unless you would have to say all cops are equally the same as in they always look out for their own ass, then yes, he was good at that.
  • Cheuk Sir’s Thailand undercover agents vs Lai Sir’s undercover agents. Once again, I apologize for pitting them against one another. However, I felt more intrigued with the Thailand team more. They gave us some hints here and there and had them introduced. We were already invested in their characters and wanted to know more. Yet bam! They were gone. Well, boom, actually. But still. The least interesting person had to survive. Sure, that was the point of the plot and it was revealed he was the traitor. But still. I liked the characters who became the main focus of the rest of the plot as well or came to like them. However, I felt less intrigued because of their similarities to the characters in season 1.

Dislikes:

  • Quotes. Were they necessary? It reminded me of When Heaven Burns so much and later of Master of Play. Having Moses in all three didn’t help the situation, lol. I learned some new and deep quotes through them. But I sometimes questioned it. Because it sort of veered off course from Season 1. I usually like deep stuff and discussions made but felt this one sort of didn’t fit in that aspect. Sure, they still talked about some of the themes addressed in the quotes in the previous season and this season as well. But I felt it was sort of off.
  • Forgiving family because they’re family aka blood-relations. Enough with the BS about forgiving your mother because she’s your mother. In fact, enough with the BS about just because they’re family, you can’t cut them off. I know Tin Tong meant well when he tried to cheer Ah Mui up at the karaoke place. YET I’m sick and tired of the message about family and forced getting along OR brushing everything under the rug in the name of family. Just because those people give life to you that you have to take all the crap? If you looked at it, Ah Mui didn’t have a choice to be born either, SO why brought upon her all those miseries? Pathetic to think everyone could get away with it in the name of family. Although it gave Ah Mui some background story, I’m sick and tired of family dramas regarding gambling and all. I know it happened and is still going on in society in general. But this is a cop drama and finding the mole, etc. Just focus on that. They have other series where they could focus on those. And saying that having parents is better than none doesn’t justify their actions. NO one asked for their tragedies in life. BUT you can’t push your views on others just because you wanted parents OR whatever.  And unconditional love works both ways too if anyone wants to advocate for it. Because Ah Mui was ONLY useful to her mom because she worked at a financial company. But she was dead weight when she wasn’t making any money. OR at least wasn’t well off. It’s beyond pathetic to play the pitiful card throughout and guilt trip others into thinking that as long as they’re fragile and weak, etc at that age because they’re NO longer able to being abusive that you’re supposed to cave in. How come parents never have to be responsible for their actions? Or like face consequences for their actions? Just because they play the parent card? The amount of money Ah Mui gave her was already enough for expenses YET she still dared to gamble? Greed knows no bounds. Even if they want to play the angle she had addiction issues, at least make it that she gets help OR whatever. Stop trying to make it into major guilt trips just because she’s playing the parent card. It’s frustrating to no end to drag out that plotline. So what it was because her husband died AND she was wallowing in gambling to forget? It’s a pathetic excuse. I have enough and mean MORE THAN enough of the endless excuses that abusive parents get away with. It’s pathetic to make Ah Mui the one feeling guilty. So she didn’t stay in contact. But what was one supposed to do when one felt so unloved and unwanted? To keep staying in an abusive relationship? Or keep in touch just because? Always the wrong message regardless of time or situation. The pathetic act isn’t convincing anyone except for those sooooo deep in the Stockholm syndrome that they couldn’t pull out. What was supposed to be paved as a touching scene or whatever was intended to be that was really pathetic and beyond outrage that I just want to forward it so I could watch more relevant details to the plot. Again, Tin Tong meant well because his mother passed away when he was young. However, it wasn’t his call to say whatever or tried to pull them together. Again, the scriptwriters forced it that way. But it was seriously pathetic and infuriating.

Discussions:

  • The gray areas of life. The struggles between carrying out your duty as a cop and betraying someone who had your back actually was addressed more strongly in this one. The struggle continued with wondering if what you were doing was right. In the first season, other themes were also addressed, but the majority of them agreed that the bad person must be brought in. In this one, the gray areas just seeped all over, not knowing what to do when you were too close to everything. Like how Scarlett had said about busting the druglord in Thailand. He told her to run because she was innocent, despite knowing the rest would be killed, etc. Or how Lok was so loyal to Pak-key. Technically, Lok wasn’t the undercover cop sent in, but he still witnessed those within the gang looking out for him, especially Pak-key. The gray areas brought forth, becoming a mess even if they knew what their duties were supposed to be. Chum Foon Hei was also a gray character because there were many reasons he was driven to the end. His handler was an asshole, except near the end of his life when he finally covered for Chum to run to his wife. So many things to consider.

Recommended? I thought this installment was all right. If comparing with the first season, I felt the first season was much, much stronger in the sense of characters, plots, and acting. However, it was inevitable with the precedent being set already. As a standalone series, I would say it’s worth it. Some of the new characters and stories weren’t that bad.

Between Love & Desire

Let’s say that this series was decent. Considering how I haven’t been back to watch TVB series for a while. I wanted to dive in because of the three main cast. There were mixed feelings since the beginning, especially how they decided to craft a certain character.

Main Cast:

  • Moses Chan as Hugo. This role was somewhere in the middle and I’m talking about the level of intensity comparing to his past roles. Yet I felt Moses did well. He didn’t disappoint. He was stubborn at the beginning and somewhat arrogant (because of his reputation in the field). I half-expected him to be the villain and Ben would be the actual hero. However, it flipped around and proved that things weren’t what it appeared. The background story helped his character heaps and made sense as to why he had become that way. Yet he had gone too far. In a way, he was still the same guy inside, but he was just using the professional front as an excuse for some of the sticky cases he was involved in. He managed to find a balance at the end, which wasn’t unbelievable.
  • Maggie Siu as Rebecca. I read some comments about how some people felt like Maggie’s character was too boring or had no entertainment value. I will say, yes, if you were looking for an overly dramatic performance or plot. To me, it was just right. Sure, there was intensity after her mother died and how she had to continue on, but the majority of her thoughts afterward were going back to stability or not that “exciting” like some people would put. However, I think it was suitable for her character, because she wasn’t a young girl anymore, unlike Roxanne’s character–who was still full of energy and innocence. Not to compare both women but I felt it was necessary in this case–since they were indeed at different points of their lives. Rebecca’s personality and reactions to matters (even if she was upset) were different from how Haley would react and let’s face it, it fitted with their age (and maturity level), depending on their life experiences thus far. I was glad the writer(s) and director(s) didn’t let Maggie go all jumpy like some young girl, because that would be too much. (I must say I wasn’t too thrilled with some of Maggie’s past trying to be cheerful ones like in When Heaven Burns at one point.) Flashbacks didn’t count in here since I know TVB was seriously cheap, trying to not cast an additional actress for a younger Rebecca (or even a younger version of Hugo).
  • Ben Wong as Patrick. Whose bright idea was it to make Patrick so hateful for the majority of the series and then turned it into a goofy character? I don’t know. It was hard not to hate him because of how he tagged Rebecca throughout and tried to jump in when she was the most vulnerable. (It was like perfect timing for him or something, but I was so glad Rebecca never caved in, regardless of how it turned out with her and Hugo.) I would prefer that the writers focused on developing his character along with Haley’s storyline more than just trying to pave him as a possible third-party and then switched gear during the second half of the series, making him into a comedic character. It was indeed different that his and Haley’s link was explained later (aside from being his assistant) but it didn’t help for his cause to make him out to be the bad guy (in someone’s marriage) and then tried to flip it around later. Luckily, Ben’s acting was so charming and great that I forgave him after the comedic scenes rolled around.
  • Roxanne Tong as Haley. Patrick’s assistant and sister-in-law. She wasn’t on the poster but I felt she deserved the main cast spot as much as the other three. Anyway, this was my third time watching Roxanne and I felt she have great potential. I first watched her in Come Home Love, then still waiting to see her character development in Come Home Love: Dinner At 8, and now this one. Her character this time was vibrant and really stood out. She was cute and cunning in her own way. Although I felt that it was an exaggeration with the way she ate at times with how she dragged out the “ummm, good” parts in the middle of tasting the foods that arrived. But that was just me. Overall though, she was quite charming with her comedic acts, which is rare nowadays since people tend to exaggerate too much and cause it to have the opposite effect.

Others:

  • Joseph Yeung as Martin. Another boss role for him. Although he seemed to be busy embroiling in the whole office battle from the start, but when he finally left, we realized he wasn’t just holding on to Hugo for the sake of the money. It was his words to Hugo that we realized he did recognize Hugo’s talent and would love to hire Hugo again one day when he made his comeback.
  • Rachel Kan as Rowena. Hugo’s arch-enemy. There were quite a few comments that I had read stating that Rowena should have gotten more screen time to enhance her witty side and to intensify her battle with Hugo, but I felt it was enough. Just because she wasn’t in the limelight for the majority of the show didn’t mean that she wasn’t smart or cunning. She was plenty of that. I think people need to be able to detect all the cues without it being outright dramatic all the time like some other catfight dramas or power-driven series. Although the plot had directed the attention away from Rowena and the law firm half of the time, but that didn’t mean Rowena wasn’t fighting, wasn’t scheming, wasn’t trying her best to climb to the top. We got to see her intimidating side when she was face-to-face with Hugo yet we got to see her harsh yet effective stances explained when she was talking to her assistant, Cindy.
  • Patrick Dunn as Scott. I honestly think he was the wisest in here. Although Hugo was known as the best but Hugo was still busy feeling the high of his fame to realize the situation around him. Rowena, on the other hand, was also quite confident and bordering on the arrogant side to see clearly at times although I do admit she did know how to play her games. Scott was the wisest because although he seemed to be MIA from the main battlefield, but he often saw more than he cared to say at times. He was able to analyze the situation and even advised Hugo at times when Hugo was stuck–or when Damon was running around trying to fend for himself while his bosses were fighting.
  • Mandy Lam as Carmen. One of the lawyers at Martin’s law firm. She jumped into Hugo’s car at one time, asking for their help in looking for her daughter. However when Hugo needed the backup at the law firm, she was indifferent. I totally understand why with the office politics and all yet I felt it was sooooo cold.
  • Joey Law as Damon. Hugo’s disciple. Loyal to Hugo yet quite raw in office politics hence kept getting the push around by others. I think Joey would go far. He sure got the looks and need more experiences to hone his skills.
  • Candy Chang as Cindy. Rowena’s disciple. I didn’t like her at first, mostly because of my bias, thinking she was in cahoot with Rowena, trying to mess with Damon for information. Hey, it was possible with the rivalry between the other two. Yet later when she told Damon of her past and how she wanted to work hard to get back on her feet, I dialed back with my bias. Not to mention she proved to be really strong and righteous in her own way when she attempted to “show” Damon of the proof Hugo needed to get off the assault charge.
  • William Chu as Justin. Cindy’s ex-husband. It was a bit of a shocker that he and Cindy were exes. But Cindy’s explanation made sense with how they wanted to keep it under-wrap as much as possible, not wanting to affect their careers. He didn’t appear much but seemed to get along well with others and even fended better than Damon. Once again, it made sense because he and Cindy wanted to work hard and start over with their careers, making up for lost time.
  • Lily Li as Rebecca’s mother. I had a little bit of a flashback since they’d been master and disciple in a past series. In fact, it was my first series of Maggie so that left an impression. Anyway, although she appeared just a little and then eventually only in flashbacks, but she really left an impression in here, especially how it paved for the way how Hugo and Rebecca’s relationship crumbled–considering how it was a major trauma in Rebecca’s life.
  • Brian Chu as Fred. Hugo’s brother. I thought that his acting wasn’t as terrible as some people paved it out to be. At least not to me. I could totally feel it after Rebecca’s mother died and he grieved her in his own way–with how he kept his promise to get a new phone for her. Then when he was struggling to deal with his own weaknesses and how he got stage fright and ran away. He was somewhat spoiled because of how protective his brother was of him and wanted what was best for him, aside from pushing him a tad too hard with the whole becoming a lawyer thing. Yet he was indeed quite filial to Rebecca’s mother–like said before, considering how she practically raised him. He also respected Rebecca and others around him. It was just that he was lost in life, not sure of what his aspirations were or what road he wanted to head for.
  • Momo Wu as Edith. Fred’s friend and crush. I wasn’t sure to like or not to like her at first. NOT because of her appearance but I was somewhat turned off with how she stole her master’s shop name to go in to business. Yet when her story unfolded more and how she was a very strong character–despite going through so much hardship, she gained my respect. She snapped right back at Hugo when they first met but proved to be consistent with her character when she insisted on paying Fred back, not wanting Hugo to misunderstand her for clinging onto Fred for his money. I ended up enjoying their banter from time to time whenever their lives were crossed, mostly because they had to look after Fred–with their own method.
  • Eileen Yeow as Ah Fong. Rebecca’s best friend. I really liked her for her spunky personality and her humorous reactions to matters. However, she lost points for me when she tried to push Rebecca toward Patrick at one point. Luckily, she didn’t keep to it until the end.
  • Ricky Wong Chun Tong as Cheng Wu aka Uncle Wu. A friend of the family to Hugo and Rebecca. I initially thought he was related to them somehow yet later realized it wasn’t so. Yet it proved that he was more reliable and supportive of them when they were enduring such hardships, unlike the so-called “family” they supposedly had after their father tragically died.

Relationships:

I initially didn’t want to do this section like I typically would because I felt it was unnecessary since I’ve been piling up on the “Discussions” section, but after debating with myself a bit, I thought I might as well put it in. Or more like move the topics to this one.

  • Moses/Hugo and Maggie/Rebecca. Like many TVB pairings, their collaboration seemed over-killed by now. Yet for me, I think this one was sort of long overdue. Or possibly I haven’t caught all the ones they were in together or paired up. But I felt this one topped it all, even if their other characters were more complicated. I just felt that they deserved a happy ending after When Heaven Burns and Master of Play.
  • Ben/Patrick and Roxanne/Haley. It was in a way “icky” for me, considering how he married her sister previously. Yet for Ben and Roxanne as a pairing, I felt it wasn’t too bad–despite their age gap. For some weird reason, I felt he suited with her more than some of his past co-stars, even if they were closer in age to him. I enjoyed their comedic moments. One of my favorite parts (and possibly for Hugo and Rebecca too) was the part where both men thought both women might have died from the gas inhalation so Patrick totally unleashed on Haley about how worried he was and how rash it was for her to do such thing without waiting for them, etc. It was hilarious how Haley laughed (which was typical her) but it was hilarious with both men saying almost, exact same thing. (I wonder how long they had to rehearse that together, lol.)
  • Joey/Damon and Candy/Cindy. It was sort of open ending, which was all right with me, but I felt they would eventually end up together.
  • Brian/Fred and Momo/Edith. Was I the only one not sore that they didn’t end up together? Not because of her somewhat shady past (according to some people) or his immature nature throughout. But it was more like it would be too gift-wrapped. I think that they were both still young and like Edith said, they still have a lot to work for with their life goals and/or dreams to strive for. Perhaps, one day when they meet up again, they might see a possibility to take their relationship to another level. But right at that point, I felt it was enough with their special friendship.

Discussions:

  • Was the ending rushed or not? Usually, I will argue that TVB endings are rushed, but in this case, I felt it was laid out fine. I didn’t want to be spoiled but my mom made me nervous so I had to go check on some reviews to get the idea if we should proceed after several episodes or not. Some mentioned how it was rushed or how certain characters changed overnight more or less. However, I think it wasn’t rushed for the majority of the characters. Hugo and Rebecca didn’t change overnight regarding how they decided to return to each other’s side. They had always had feelings for one another but they were both too stubborn in their beliefs that they didn’t want to cave in. Although Rebecca had said at one point or another that she didn’t know if it was love that she still stuck by his side after so many years or it was just gratitude for what he’d done for her, but I felt that she still cared for him. It was just that so many years of waiting had worn her down and not to mention her mother passed away so recent. Her world was falling apart and she didn’t know where to start with continuing on with her life. It wasn’t just about Hugo’s lack of attention either. Then there was Hugo, we learned from the flashbacks that he was quite kindhearted, hardworking, and considerate. It wasn’t like some viewers had said that he changed for the better overnight. It wasn’t so. He had lost his way along the way while trying to become rich and successful. He often struggled with his feelings and what he thought was more realistic throughout–even after the separation from Rebecca. He needed a push from Uncle Wu and then later from Scott’s kid to realize what his path should be or to make up his mind at long last. So when he was willing to let go of the competition and the battles within the law firm, he and Rebecca just fell back into being a team once again. Because even Rebecca realized at the end that she didn’t have to wait for him all the time, she could just step forward and walk along his side, facing difficulties together. What I felt was rush–YES, I will admit–was Patrick’s change of heart. But possibly it made sense. I meant Patrick was really disappointed and probably upset that Rebecca was willing to believe Hugo one more time after the incident where she was assaulted. Yet I think what convinced Patrick to let go somewhat was learning how much Hugo loved Rebecca, i.e. the part where Hugo lost his head and was willing to risk getting caught when he beat the uncle-in-law up for assaulting Rebecca previously. He wasn’t letting go completely but he realized Hugo wasn’t a monster like he paved Hugo out to be from the start, seeing how much Hugo hurt Rebecca–mostly from his point of view. He was able to see a different side of Hugo, even if violence wasn’t the best approach, but like Patrick himself said that it proved how much someone meant to you if you had lost your head over a situation. So later when he saw them (Hugo and Rebecca) at the hospital together and how they’d gotten along again, he was more convinced that they were going to get back together eventually. He looked hopeless, like his chance was totally slipping, no doubt about it. So it wasn’t like it was overnight. Perhaps, it was also because he didn’t realize he had somehow liked Haley hence the over-protectiveness, not just because he had promised her sister to take good care of her. It was somewhat a plot mess with that one, but it wasn’t too unconvincing. Moving on to Rowena, did she just plain win the office battle overnight? No, I think I answered this somewhat in the Character section, but to tie it in, Rowena was proven both intelligent and brutal. The time it took for her to take over completely wasn’t unreasonable, she had plans and schemes going on. Sure, it seemed she won because Hugo got distracted with his family issues or when Hugo let go, but it didn’t mean he totally gave it to her. She was fully capable of her own tricks. Again, like how she told Cindy at various points with her tactics, it wasn’t too unconvincing that she won in the end. Besides, you don’t win a battle by kicking and screaming for blood. Patience is the key because you need to be able to stay calm and wait for the right opportunity to strike. Sure, Rowena miscalculated several times and took several steps back, but she didn’t give up so easily. Her determination pulled her through at the end.
  • Should the series had focused more on the law side (aka cases over romances)? Although the background surrounding several major characters were at law firms and had to do with the law industry in general, however, the title still indicated that it wasn’t exactly about the law, but about several characters so I didn’t feel like it needed to focus on the law too much. I swear TVB had already done quite a few series regarding the law so I didn’t think it was lacking in that matter. They didn’t promise in the title so I wasn’t sore. This was about the conflict between Moses and Maggie’s characters more than a law focused drama.

Recommended? Up to you. I’m on my own wavelength like always. I felt it was a midway lighthearted series for me because Maggie didn’t die in here–since she usually died (or would encounter some major tragedy).

Ruse of Engagement

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I must say that this was one of the most anticipated dramas for me since it was delayed for a while. I can’t wait to see a collaboration between Ruco and Ron. However, it was a disappointment, to say the least. Sure, it started out nicely and built the suspense bit by bit. But it began to crumble just as fast as it gained my confidence that the series would do well. Mostly because of certain characters. It picked up in the suspense department later on but fell short of being an epic drama because of how much frustration was going on throughout the series. Sure, frustration was one of the key elements contributing to the suspense but they didn’t have to depend on it to drag out the episodes. Why did they drag us through all that to end with such a tragic ending? Not like I couldn’t accept that since it was all possible with how things turned out. Yet some things didn’t make sense. Where to start?

Main Cast:

  • Ruco Chan as Carson Chong Yau Ching. Very arrogant and hot-headed at first. However, he wasn’t all bad. He was mischievous and not as obedient as some people. But he was indeed quite smart and resourceful. He was also capable of enduring all types of pain to take the most dangerous missions. I felt this role was quite good for Ruco. Yet the side things made it kind of frustrating, mostly in the romance area. But his acting was awesome in here, compensating for past senseless roles that he had to endure to finally take lead roles.
  • Yoyo Mung as Yip Ting. One of my favorite Yoyo roles up to date. In many ways, she was unpredictable so I felt hope for the series. Yes, she was a reporter but she wasn’t too annoying. There were many layers to her character and not so one-dimensional like other reporters in the past. She was stubborn but was also quite intelligent. There were times she needed rescuing but there were other times that she was able to fend for herself. She wouldn’t go down without a fight.
  • Ron Ng as Alfred Chong Yau Kit. Disappointed. I was looking forward to this role of Ron and didn’t care to read spoilers. Yet I felt they (the scriptwriters) didn’t need to throw Ron under the bus for this. Sure, I got that not everyone could be a hero and they were trying to make it different for this one. But I think there were too many plots with brothers competing (both for capabilities and girls) so for once I wish they would lay off this. Also, NOT cool that he was moving in on Jessica briefly after his brother’s death AND the most despicable of all was using his brother’s tactics to win over Jessica. Things didn’t turn out as he wished later but Carson sure was right in accusing him of wanting to get rid of Carson because of Jessica. (Although that was all misunderstandings, I felt since Alfred idolized his brother, the least he could do was believe his brother AND to remember what happened the last time and consider it was all undercover or some other reason.)
  • Aimee Chan as Jessica Chung Yat Ka. At first, I thought her character was cool. But she lost ground for me when Carson supposedly died. She was at a vulnerable moment of her life, but I felt it was just too easy to move on with Alfred shortly after Carson’s death. So when she was jealous of Carson and Yip Ting when Carson was just helping Yip Ting that one time and taking care of Yip Ting, I didn’t care. Jealousy didn’t have to make sense, BUT I felt like hey, who was she to act like such? Then I think that some things didn’t make sense in the end. I felt that it was too fast trying to make Jessica crazy and trying to end it on a tragic note since she suddenly wanted to do the same as her father with selling the stuff to foreign countries or other shady parties? Um, yeah, I got it that through various points, it seemed that Jessica was really fake. But we, the audience, only got it as we see, they (the scriptwriters) need to work on the plot better to let them (the characters) see that she was the cunning type, not suddenly going crazy and taking the easy way out after declaring that Carson had betrayed her. Well, he did BUT it was like everything was rushed and all jumbled in the last episode. OR something. Other than that, I felt that Aimee did a very good job for the role.

Supporting:

  • Eddie Kwan as Steven Shum Chi Ngo. Their boss but was suspected throughout as the bad guy.
  • Lai Lok Yi as Fu Wang-leung. He was said to be the mole later on YET was only used to further others’ agenda.
  • Dickson Lee as Paul Sir. One of the bosses. Tough.
  • Kenny Wong as Ko Wai. One of the bosses. I’m so sick and tired of seeing him everywhere and playing important roles. That was it.
  • Louise Lee as Tong Shuk Fun. Carson and Alfred’s mother.
  • Law Lok Lam as Kiu Kim Hang. Yip Ting’s adopted father.
  • Lee Kwok Lun as Chung Lai Him. Jessica’s father.
  • Vivien Yeo as Yeung Lok Man. Seduced and used Kiu Kim Hang at one point to further her agenda. Although Vivien’s acting was fantastic I felt it was a waste of time for her. It was just another bad girl role. So at least it wasn’t senseless, but still not worth mentioning since they (TVB) kept sinking her.
  • Leanne Li as Betty / Beauty Yeung Yan Mei. One of the AFT members.
  • Fred Cheng as Eric Lee Kam. Another waste of time. I don’t know. He was just there.

The ending? Seriously? Okay, I didn’t have a hard time believing that Carson truly loved Jessica. I just have a hard time believing that Carson was that irresponsible to leave his mother behind for Alfred to take care of. He had always been very filial to his mother–regardless of situations. So why did he do it? Well, he was devastated after how things turned out and how Jessica had accused him of betraying their love. Human behaviors are indeed unpredictable, but seriously? I got why Carson didn’t accept Yip Ting and actually felt it fitted his stubborn nature and how loyal he was to Jessica despite Jessica’s accusations. Yes, he did betray her trust by using her to extract some information yet he was trying to patch things up and somehow let her off easily. She was the one who went right to his brother after his supposed death the first time around, hello, in case anyone wanted to point fingers. I also felt the ending tried too much to make the whole Carson and Jessica thing worked that they had unknowingly throw Yip Ting under the bus. I didn’t think it was in Yip Ting’s nature to force Carson to accept her that fast right after Jessica’s death. So her offer proved that Carson wasn’t easily wavered, showing how loyal he was to Jessica. However, it didn’t fit with Yip Ting’s personality. Sure, she was upset when it seemed like he was sacrificing her for whatever was going on previously. But she wasn’t the type to just jump right in like that after all the chaos.

So recommended? Unless you want to choke to death with the ending, don’t. If you want to watch Ruco and Aimee as a pairing, I heard Outbound Love (單戀雙城) is a much better choice. (I haven’t watched it yet but will leave up it to the fans for that one.) On the other hand, I felt robbed because I actually quite liked the collaboration between Ruco and Ron, however, it was ruined when they decided to let the brothers fight over the same girl. Then there was the thing with crafting Yip Ting’s character so nicely to be tossed aside totally in the end. I understood why some of the stuff happened and Carson was too in love with Jessica to care about the other girl, but I felt it was such a shame that there was nothing going on between them except for the conspiracy they were in at one point. I totally would watch if one day Ruco and Yoyo collaborate again. Perhaps a better script, not just compensation for it like some other past pairings (and failed). Maybe it was better not to try too hard to make the main leads end up together or something. Yet I felt the whole throwing Yip Ting under the bus was already a stretch. Because I quite liked it that Yip Ting continued to strive forward at the end on her own. Just that the last bit to wrap up in favor of Carson and Jessica’s story made it kind of low.

Just Love II

This was surprisingly better than the first part–in my opinion. It was possibly because how the father-in-law was no longer around. Of course, Mr. 13 was not any better with his sabotage schemes and rude behaviors but it was better for them because they could choose not to care about him. And maybe because Johnson was more tolerable than the father-in-law’s character that made me like this part more. They kept most of the characters’ personalities intact for the most part. My only complaint was Mr. 13 since I barely remembered him being more likable. Or it could be because they needed someone to play the ruthless part after the father-in-law was out so they had to sacrifice Johnson. However, he turned out all right in the end, which was convincing enough since there were enough events leading up to that point. Although there were still traces of his smart-mouth running, that was him, he could not change that or it would not be him at all.

Like Factors:

  • Sunny Chan and Jessica Hsuan as a couple. I really liked their collaboration in the past part and could see the chemistry but was turned off at how the story was paved out because of their unreasonable behaviors at various points in the previous part. It carried over for this part also but I like how their relationship was developed into something deeper than just the usual one-night stand and trying to make it work afterward for the sake of the baby.
  • Johnson Lee and Joyce Tang as a couple. It was strange at first although I could see it happening because of their characters and background. However, I was glad it worked out in the end since he curved his attitude a bit. Besides, he really cared for her so it made sense that he was capable of taking care of her and giving her the proper attention, making sure she won’t suffer in the future.
  • How the Ko family and the Ho family still treated Hei Man and Sau Sau as their daughters. It was a mistake from the hospital and it was irreversible but it was great to see how both families still accept and care for both as their own daughters despite what happened.
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh as Ap Ba Deen. Although he only appeared in bits and pieces here and there, I really enjoyed his character and performance in here. Very funny. One of the funniest scenes must be him diving into the pool to save Ho Si Fu (Hui Siu Hung) because he was instructed by Hoi Tung (Mandy Wong) to do so.
  • Mandy Wong as Ng Hoi Tung. I really like her although this was the first time watching her. Although she was a bit too materialistic at times with handbags and all, she really cared for her godfather. She was also very funny in her performance at various times. I hated those tricks with the whole one-night stand and then the whole dramas afterward but I really liked this one since Mr. 13 deserved some of it too since he was always so foul-mouthed toward others. (Of course, nothing happened but he took her words for it and was so burned out by her demands later.)

Dislike Factors:

  • The ongoing thing with CK (Ken Wong) and Bowie (Natalie Tong). I don’t know. Although I was all right with their characters, the pairing seemed odd to me. Were they continuing the idea with how Bowie was into older men? But glad she matured over time and how he learned to stay away from the sticky situations.
  • The fact that everyone was DNA testing happy. Yes, it was the proof in uncovering some of the most unbelievable mistakes made by the hospital ages ago. But it was like everyone and anyone could do it. It made me feel like they abused it too much and wondered if that was how it worked over there.

Posted (on Xanga): September 3, 2009

Re-posted: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010