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A Great Way to Care II

If looking at this as a standalone series–like I was advised, this was decent by itself. It could be considered a cop drama also. However, on the sequel front, it failed miserably on several levels. I’ll do a breakdown (like I usually do) to clarify a bit more.

First off, cast:

  • Alex Fong as Dr. Ko Lap Yan. I felt he was robbed. YES, he was just walking around randomly (like some people had said) at times and not even doing anything important. As the main lead, I swear he should’ve been given more stuffs to do than random walking. Even if I just said above that I will address it as a ‘standalone’ first, it still feel off that the main lead was standing around doing senseless stuffs more than being involved in the big picture. Despite all that, I felt Alex’s acting was still solid when he appeared, not slacking off even if he was ‘robbed’,  unlike some people who would only do the best when they’re given more meaty roles.
  • Ram Tseung as Dr. Lien Chi Sum. Once again, Dr. Lien carried the comedian role like the previous one. He was still the compassionate doctor who cared for his patients and keeping to the morals. However, I felt it was unnecessary to include a possible “extramarital affair” into his story. Perhaps, they were trying to put in the whole possible test with how he was away from his wife, etc. But still unnecessary. He should be involved with the cases and giving professional advices like Dr. Ko and not waste time with other matters.
  • Tavia Yeung as Yan. What to say about her? At first it didn’t click for me. Later on, her character grew on me. Yet it wasn’t enough for me to like her completely. AND I’m not sore about what happened in the past year or so (in case anyone was thinking it). But I felt like something was missing. It wasn’t the fact that she became the villain later either. It was more like maybe she–along with some others–were given unnecessary side stories as well. But I think she got luckier than the other characters since after all, it did tie in with her character in general about discovering her true background.
  • Ben Wong as Chung Kwok Ban. A more developed character here. Yet I felt something was missing. Like how he was so fierce and/or ruthless in the other one yet so dashingly handsome. This on, it seemed to show that he had gone soft. Though he was still stern with some of them when they were making fun of him and that one ‘girl’ who claimed to be his ‘girlfriend’, something was still missing. Then there was the image for him. I’m not saying he should stay the same as a character after all these years. Yet I felt if they were consistent with making Alex and Ram looked almost like the first part, at least pay attention to Ben’s image.
  • Yoyo Mung as Louise/ Kiu. Okay, I agree with some people she was robbed. It wasn’t that Yoyo’s acting was lacking but she was given such a random role. And I don’t care if she didn’t hog the screen all the time. I just cared if she contributed to the plot with its relevancy in regards to the theme. Yet like after Law Lok Lam’s case, her character seemed to go downhill in the development area. I loved how she interacted with the others but like the others, I felt there were just too many random scenes versus focusing on the main cases.
  • Edwin Siu as Jackson. I don’t know what to say about his character at first. Yet I got used to his character later. Sure, he was quite a smart-aleck and drove others in insane at times. The other times, he showed bravery and wasn’t willing to compromise a doctor’s integrity for money or pressure of losing work. At other times, I guess he was witty enough. Edwin had managed to make it work somehow–even if he was like others who were given more random moments than important cases related duties.
  • Aimee Chan as Jade Lai. Not sure what to say about her. Not that I would pick on her like others. It was cool to see her as a psychologist who had studied abroad with so much intelligence in her. But I felt it was hard to believe at times when she was giving Dr. Lien advices regarding him and his assistant. I got it that she could know and understand the signs, but I felt it was strange with her being the one pointing it out to him. So they did work at the same place so it was hard to not notice but I felt like it just didn’t fit. Just me though.
  • Christine Kuo as Scarlett. I was surprised to like her character in here and didn’t find her acting as annoying as some other ones. Or maybe it was the role and she wasn’t giving me the feeling she was “trying” to be cute. She showed a brave side of herself when she united with the others to fight against Henry later on. Quite noble and admirable in that sense.
  • Eric Li as Pauli. I always liked him. Glad he was rising again with some sort of important role or once in awhile not seeing him as a villain. He, like the others on the medical side, got robbed regarding their participation in the cases, but he didn’t lack charm during other side scenes.
  • Oscar Leung as Edgar Wong. It was really funny for me to see him in here as a doctor because of how vividly I remember him as a psycho in the first part. Yet I guess he did his part in here and managed to convince.
  • Power Chan as Sunny. Totally delivered but after that one case with him helping a certain patient and stepping forward to “take the fall” and more, his role got reduced like the others, unless it was some random scenes.
  • Cheung Kwok Keung as Henry Law. Again, appearing as the “despicable” doctor who had somehow convinced Dr. Ko to join the team. Yet later on he found out how Dr. Ko was protecting other doctors and wasn’t going to bend to his “rules”, he tried to kick Dr. Ko out by framing Dr. Ko for malpractice. Indeed, he met with his deserved fate. Somehow, his role also got reduced somewhat and made way for other randomness as well. I got it that he was already causing troubles in the first one and needed to be one of the ‘bad’ ones to wrap this part up but I felt it was loose in a sense.
  • Jimmy Au as Lao Gui (老鬼). I was surprised to find him in here. Was he in the other one? I don’t even remember anymore. But it was interesting how he was under Chung Sir’s commands. He later was given a major role when Chung Sir was in the coma. It was actually cool seeing him wearing the suit and all. I swear they’d given him a better image for the “boss” type than Ben in here. What in the world? Consistency people.
  • Amy Fan as Dr. Ko’s high school sweetheart. OMG, I found it was the funniest scenes were when she appeared. Sure, it was a tad nerve-wrecking for Louise that one time when she appeared and had tried to latch onto Dr. Ko. But it was so funny how one of the doctors pretended to be Dr. Ko (after all these years) and she saw right through it. I think I only managed to laugh out loud the hardest during that scene when she pushed that other doctor aside to reach Dr. Ko. (Then it was even more hilarious when Jackson was stopping Louise from preventing the other doctor to go ‘pretend to be Dr. Ko’ because he said maybe it would work, considering how Dr. Ko might look like that in several more decades. SAD for the other doctor but still funny.)

Pairings:

  • Alex and Yoyo. I was so happy that they were together since I enjoyed their pairing a lot in other ones. However, I’m the odd one out when it comes to wanting a large role for Yoyo or not. Because speaking on my point of view as an immature writer, the main guy doesn’t always end up with some major character in my stories, so I was fine with that arrangement. Even if Yoyo’s character wasn’t like having some ‘breakthrough’ role, I accepted the flow of the story for her and how it eventually came to develop the relationship with Dr. Ko. The foundation was laid out from the start. It wasn’t like it was random. They work together after all. And it would be too repetitive if Dr. Ko once again end up with a cop. NOT impossible that he would marry a cop again, but it seemed repetitive for this type of story. The only thing felt kind of beat to death and pathetic was how she chased him down (along with some others) to get him (and them) to donate “sperms” for her. NOT that I’m not open-minded enough to accept the scientific breakthrough. But I felt the way the script-writers made her approach them was really insulting and reduced her IQ to about 10. Aside from that, the ending scene was really cute with them bickering by the seaside. Then how he was saying how if she would say it’s her kid when the kid was in good, tip top “smelling good” condition versus how it’s his kid when the baby needed a change of diapers (i.e. being all “smelly”).
  • Ben and Tavia. Um…I felt their characters had chemistry through their interactions. It was so cute how he was the shy one and seemed to be so reserved, etc. She was the one doing all the teasing at the beginning. Then later they dated and he was really protective of her, etc. Yet as actor and actress, I felt Ben and Tavia didn’t exude enough chemistry for me to get overly obsessed with them. (I like some of her other parings better.) And perhaps it was the ‘lapse’ in his image for this one that had made him less compatible with Tavia–like I mentioned earlier. I actually felt it was touching how he was willing to “bend” some corners or try to talk her out of it, trying to help her when he finally realized she was “the killer”. Yet too bad things couldn’t be better for him. Sure, he got out of the coma (which was a miracle), but it wouldn’t be good after knowing what had happened to her.
  • Edwin and Aimee. Was this a compensation for Forensic Heroes III? I was glad that their characters were somewhat different. Yet I didn’t like the whole idea with her being the “third party” at one point. Sure, she didn’t know and later even teamed up with Scarlett to “pay back” but it felt strange. I was indeed touched with how he didn’t mind that she had surgery in the past and was able to overcome not looking at her appearance. But maybe it was because I wanted more focus on the “cases” that I feel their relationship was also a random side thing to fill up the gaps of the episodes.
  • Edwin and Christine. One-sided feeling at first. Later, it was sweet to me. It was such a shame they didn’t work. I was surprised she got over him so fast. Yet it wasn’t too weird since there were times in between. Just too bad.
  • Power and Christine. That was seriously random. I guess that was why the other guys couldn’t guess either. But was this an attempt to create a new odd pairing? Just wondering, lol. So did they get back together in the end or no? I wouldn’t mind.

As a sequel, how was it? Like I said before, it’s a sad story. After Law Lok Lam’s case, it went downhill from there on the medical side. Dr. Ko still got recruited from time to time, like some of the other medical staff to give advice for a case or two. But that was it. It seemed like the rest of the time, they were just fighting randomly at the office or doing whatever. Like I said before, I like it that the randomness continued into this series like it had showed in the past when they were off-work. Yet this one just continued on and on with their randomness throughout the working day, making their characters more like a joke than serious about their work. Sure, they were entitled to make a stab of a joke or two at times to lighten up and not get affected by the cases itself AND it would be easier to help patients if they’re calmed, but the random talk overlapped the actual analyzing of different mental problems or other issues patients might be going through. AND I had a feeling this was more like Forensic Heroes IV than A Great Way to Care II. Mostly it was because they focused on the cops and forensic teams working together more than the cop and medical sides like in the first part. I was fine with them needing the forensic team at times, especially with processing the scenes. But the focus here was supposed to be psychological cases.

Replacement counterparts. This is mostly my guess because I swear it seemed that way at times.

  • Tavia Yeung and Yoyo Mung for Kate Tsui. If I put in ‘Tavia for Kate’, I don’t think fans would let me off that well, especially after all that madness from the anniversary stuffs and the awards last year. AND because I heard both Tavia and Yoyo were female leads for this part so it was safe to put them in together. The script-writers tried to make both Tavia and Yoyo different from Kate’s character so that was the good part. But it lacked some essence with Yoyo’s character, like I said before. I would at least expect her to be more involved with the cases like how I said numerous times already.
  • Edwin Siu for Raymond Wong. I felt Edwin fended fine alongside Alex and Ram. Because it wouldn’t be the same if it was all another ‘copy character’ with someone like Raymond’s Chun. They made Edwin tenfold more ‘smart-aleck’ in his ways. And how Edwin’s character was a doctor and not a nurse made it different as well.
  • Aimee Chan for Vivien Yeo. The reason why I put the two in comparison was because of who they were paired up with later on. I still like Vivien’s Ka Bik more. Perhaps it was because of Ka Bik’s irresistibly cute and bubbly nature. Again, not picking on Aimee (unlike some people who hadn’t let that ‘dead horse’ rest in peace yet), but it was more like a comparison of characters.
  • Edwin Siu, Eric Li, Oscar Leung, and Christine Kuo for Ruco Chan, Ellesmere Choi, Timmy Hung, and Yoyo Chen. It felt that way to me with the setup of them gathering at times to discuss cases. Though the group of 3 from the first part were still interns and were preparing for their tests. I would’ve added Power Chan to the new team but he was sort of by himself more than gathering with the others at times so I left him alone for now. As for this case, I felt the guys fend better than Christine at first. Yet some foundation was put in for her later so it wasn’t too bad.
  • Power Chan for Ellesmere Choi. It seemed like both suffered through nervousness and/or confidence problems hence not passing a certain exam yet.
  • Oceane Zhu for Iris Wong. I just remember recently. Their characters and personalities were different, just that they were both nurses so I thought I place them against each other. I felt Iris’ character Daisy was really funny, even if she seemed flirty at times. She brought in a sense of charm to her role. Though I do like Oceane as an actress (considering the new group), but I didn’t really feel it was as funny or likeable as Daisy. (And I so didn’t see it that Oceane’s character was a spy for Henry later. SAD…)

The Missing Members:

  • Kate Tsui as Mandy/Monkey. Honestly, that was lame. Even some characters who got killed off in the past got more screen time than that. I don’t expect it to go on for episodes and waste even more time on personal matters, but at least have her appear in the first episode? And I remember reading about how someone had said that, “Kate was the heart of A Great Way to Care” and for once, I couldn’t agree more. It’s not about comparing or wanting to pick on new members. The new additions could be there to add in variety to the cast. Yet I felt it was soooo wrong to not wait for Kate. She and Alex have created this special chemistry that felt just right for the series itself, either it was personal or working together. To think that Kate was so excited for the sequel.
  • Raymond Wong and Vivien Yeo. Was mentioned but that was it. I felt robbed because I just watched The Days of Days awhile back and they were in there, but taking on some senseless comedic roles. And back to this one, I felt it was just too frustrating to not include them for more cute scenes between the two in here. After all, their relationship was already established so the story could move onto their married life; and it could always be written as they move business back OR have some expansion of the business hence it would make sense for them to be back in town.
  • Astrid Chan. OMG, I enjoyed her pairing with Ram and how their team of husband and wife cracked me up so much in the first part. It doesn’t have to focus on them all the time in here, since the other one was like that too, but it showed consistency. However, I didn’t feel as robbed with her story of going overseas to accompany her son while he was studying abroad. At least she wasn’t killed off.
  • Elliot Yue. Really? The main lead’s father wasn’t around. No one’s going to believe that one. Okay, it’s not unreasonable that he’s not around and about all the time. BUT he wasn’t just Dr. Ko’s father’s BUT also Chung Sir’s godfather. So it was hard to imagine Chung Sir didn’t visit him or vice versa. Dr. Ko did receive a call from him later on questioning about the future “daughter-in-law” but that wasn’t enough.
  • Ruco, Ellesmere, Timmy, and Yoyo Chen. For once, I didn’t have any complaints. First, I was disappointed, but then reality kicked in for me and I realized that it was unrealistic that the interns were still around. Sure, they could still work there, but it would make sense they would want to venture out there to get more experiences. And sometimes their specialized areas are different and they would want to find the hospital or facility that is suitable for their practices.
  • Iris Wong as Daisy. It would make sense IF she was still there. But perhaps it was because how she had ended up with Brian (Ellesmere) already so she would follow him to a new place.

Cases? Not as complex as the first part, because the first part was more deeply rooted to psychological stuffs and complex diagnosis. Even if it wasn’t as complicated at times, but still stick to the medical related issues.

So when Ben Wong said that this part was better than the first installment, he meant it was better for him because it was more focused on him and the police side more than the doctor and/or medical team side. If it was a spin-off, then I don’t think some of us would make such a big deal out of it. But it wasn’t so that meant it veered way off course from the previous one.

I’m not saying that it was terrible since I said it was decent as a standalone series. Just that when compared, it failed to deliver according to its main theme. Watch it as a standalone series then it would be more enjoyable.

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Miss Hong Kong 1999

So, what about 1999? Cool opening. This year, the girls got to sing more than the previous years. (Again, probably cutting back on inviting the famous guests. Possibly a way to recruit new singers.) Still, in a way, it helped to see that they were so united in various parts.
New way to start the show. Letting them walk around and grade their different features and/or body parts.
Finalists for the nice/beautiful legs: #5, #7, #17, #15; Winner: #15
Beautiful Skin: #4, The Most Fit: #14
Finally questioning part…*sigh*I must admit that though they were not as pretty as expected, but they were more intelligent and/or more fluent than last year’s. They seemed to understand and interact better. At least for most of them, comparing to last year. #9 was really good! Man, she guessed right! Sonija’s answer! Funny yet her explanation made sense. I don’t even know why Myolie even got in! She couldn’t get past Eric or Chin Ka Lok in the first round. (Okay, so she got the fitness prize, but so what?)
The next part was testing how well the contestants handled rumors. Interesting since it would bring forth how well mannered they are. Not to mention to see how they would react. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it was a chance to wear their evening gowns. Kind of nice.)
Finally something to see. Or at least in the entertainment department. They have to go find 4 key elements to help save the earth, lol. The first one is the key of intelligence. Daniel Chan led the first group. The second one is the stone of true love and the group was led by Edmond Leung. The third group was led by Eason Chan and they had to find the (?) of leisure. (Sorry, too fast, wasn’t really paying attention) The fourth guy was Ronald Cheng and they had to find the sword of bravery.
Miss Photogenic? LOL! Funny how the hosts were explaining how it works, lol. Louis kept calling Sonija his fiancee, lol. So cute!
Interesting way to know the result. Probably another way to livening up things.
Anyway, the opening of the second part, more of the contestants singing the songs themselves instead of having some famous guest do it. Natalis joined the other hosts. Again, always good to see Eric and Natalis together as a team. (They’re more on par with each other than the others. Not that the others aren’t good but Eric and Natalis are on the same level, so their jokes toward each other aren’t as awkward though the others tried.) What they lack in popular singers and/or popular music, they made up for the different performances of the variety of musicals. Interesting to see and learn more regarding the cultural aspects. (Clever move by TVB. I know it’s a TVB move to cut back on inviting famous singers BUT I actually like the idea of presenting different parts of cultures into this one.) Michael Tse came into the scene around the time they were doing some stunts, LOL! He participated in some fight scenes. (But of course there was also some dancing as well.) Different stunts were done and the tricks were quite entertaining. (Probably a lot of hard-work. Man, quite nerve-wrecking during some scenes, especially the one they were carrying the kid and raising him to the second level while doing jump ropes.)
Fun questioning part since if the contestant was wrong, she would be lowered one step. #2 only got one right? LOL! #4 has none right? Honestly? OKAY… #5 got 4 right out of 5. Wow! Still hope. #9 got 4 right out of 5. Hmmm… #11 got 4 out of 5 as well. Sonjia? 3 out of 5. Not bad. Myolie? 4 out of 5? Really? OKAY… #17 got 3 out of 5. #18 got 2 right. #19 got only 1 right. It was getting funnier. #20 got 3 right.
More questions but this time they are asking contestants to vote for one another. #11 is seriously stuck up. #2 was clever, LOL! Who was fake or who was playing on words? LOL! Some of them are actually very funny.
They actually do more questions this year – or so it seems. It gives them more chances to prove themselves – or make a fool of themselves. YET it puzzles me even more and more why Myolie even got in. She wasn’t as impressive as the rest of them. Sure, some of them were not that great. But it wasn’t like she surpassed the others. #20 was really funny with her answer regarding who she wanted to get rid of. (#12 so they wouldn’t have to compete, LOL.) At last she wasn’t fake about it.
After announcing to us that #4 won the Miss Healthy prize (?), they were back with showing us how the contestants were choosing their own outfits, etc.
Okay, bikinis. Recycled ones. Well, ’cause they were trying to reminisce past Miss Hong Kongs so they were doing the theme of letting the contestants wear past ones. PHEW! Darn! Sonija almost took a fall. Lucky she was strong or managed to regain herself in time. Another contestant almost fall too. I swear there was something with the steps.
Sonija got the Miss Congeniality? Lucky she got it. (For some reason, I remember it was Myolie. Lucky I remember wrong.)
Okay, last skit before they moved on to top 5. Aaron Kwok and Kelly Chen. Of course can’t forget William So and Michael Tse either. (I forgot Cecilia Cheung was in the story too.)
Singing the top 5? LOL! Well, sort of since they were trying to see who was in or out. Trying to crank the hype up again. Eric doesn’t want to be host anymore ’cause his niece didn’t make it? LOL! Seriously, some of the other ones got better answers than Myolie. Oh well, the damage is already done.
Best smile? WHAT?! Alan Tam picked Myolie? Seriously? Marsha’s smile is the best among all since she really lightens up the whole atmosphere with her smile. Sally got better taste! LOL! AND Mr. Kwok was really cool. #4 and #12 definitely won in that area.
Regardless of all my criticism, I actually like the idea of having them sing the song ‘Peng You’. Kind of touching. (Even if it was leaning on the side of fakeness, lol. Sorry, had to squeeze that in.) The flashbacks were kind of heart-warming.Though I was wondering if they were scoring points with Alan Tam, LOL! At least I think someone got through already.
Before they announced the results, Sonija snatched another prize. (YAY! Well, let me just say that anyone snatching a prize is better than Myolie.) OF course Myolie got third place while Marsha Yuan got 2nd (PHEW). Let’s just be glad Myolie didn’t get the prize. BUT if I had to pick, I rather let #7 be third and it would be perfect. At least for that year.

Safe Guards

That was a very great and satisfying ending. There were so many conflicts and hardships during the last few episodes but glad they found a clever way to resolve it instead of making it rushed like previous series. Really loved Ram Tseung in here as Ching Mun. He was so clever and carefree. Too bad his wife died but NOT for nothing. He managed to try harder and made others proud. His dedications toward the business was greater also. Plus they finally get their reward by getting the contract signed.
Really like Steven and Wayne in here as Tzi and Joong. Like I said in the previous reviews, really like Wayne’s acting and he’s a great team with Steven throughout–no wonder they’re singed up for 2 more collaboration after this series. It was a great decision.
Steven & Elaine – I don’t know why people are against it so much. They compliment each other so well with him being the strong/ ruthless and fearless leader with a sense of righteousness while she is the kind and understanding wife. Yes, she might appear to be such a weakling and seems useless for the series, but she does know a lot of things since she used to worked with her father before. She has the experience. Plus, I think this is a guy series so her character as Fung shouldn’t and wasn’t supposed to overshadow Steven, Wayne, or Ram’s characters. Plus considering during those ancient times (that was a LONG time ago), women aren’t supposed to participate in stuffs as much, especially business matter so it’s only correct that she shouldn’t be the strong type who stands around and talks away 24/7. So in conclusion, really like this pairing (of course it doesn’t top Steven & Bernice) but still a good pairing–even IF Steven has to pull most of the weight of the acting but it’s all right. He’s capable. Elaine wasn’t terrible but she needs more work in playing a calm character. I think she improved A LOT during The Gentle Crackdown II ’cause I thought she played out the kind and nice weakling better. (And she was a cute couple with Johnson Lee in there as well.)
Lai Lok Yi – I swear I don’t know why he’s in here. It’s like give or take. But maybe ’cause his character, Yee, caused Steven’s character, Tzi, to realize the importance of expanding their business to the seas instead of land like they’ve been doing. For the first time I can only say average from him–maybe ’cause he appeared too late in the series and didn’t get to contribute as much.
I must say that was a shocker when they revealed Ching Pung’s real identity. It was really hard to believe yet so convincing at the same time. ‘Cause it doesn’t justify for anything that their grandpa should believe in such omens as bad luck all these years. And even their father believed it, Ching Tong’s kind to his brothers, and would have gave Ching Pung great responsibility. The ending point explains a lot. It serves Ching Pung right for being so greedy. I think that it was such a grateful thing that the grandpa did to still raise and gave Ching Pung such a position (aka giving him access to the assets/ money) all these years. If a man found out he had been tricked, he would have kicked the kid out already but he didn’t. He still continues to raise Ching Pung and only made the “unlucky” thing as an excuse to cover up so Ching Pung could get a share of the family fortune in the future. Ching Pung himself was the one responsible for his downfall since he drove everyone to the wall, causing the mother to take such actions.
Ben Wong as the villain in here was interesting since he takes quite the big role. (Haven’t seen him in such big roles recently even if it’s as a villain.) Interesting portrayal and he was great portraying the calm and supportive brother at the beginning and later breaking away because he couldn’t take the failure. Hau takes the turn for the worse and thus leading him to cause more damage and to his downfall in the end. I like it that his ending wasn’t too lame, considering he learned to repent after he known of his son’s existence and began to see how good Tzi treated his son in the end. The scene was just right before his death also, not too dramatic or subtle.
Love Law Lok Lam’s last scene–although brief appearance,  but it is the most important part of the whole series, causing a turn back and a HUGE surprise for everyone. The role he played is of importance since he’s the only one to prove the credibility of the evidences gathered.
Considering how many years have passed with each of the events and conflicts going on, it makes everything more believable since TVB just jumbles conflicts in stories within months. The series overall was really good for recent ancient series. Although it wasn’t best but because of its flaws, it shines out in the sense of realism.
Posted (on Xanga): November 23, 2008
Re-posted: Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Welcome to the House

This the first sitcom of TVB that I managed to finish and I must admit that it was one interesting journey. It took me several months, of course, because I had to spread them out.
Like(s):

  • Raymond Cho and Johnson Lee as Ah Dee and Ah Mieh. I really like watching them together as friends. They’re a really odd duo since one is super loud and mean at times versues the other being the nice and quiet guy. However, really enjoy their scenes– together or separate. I finally get to see Ray shine in here and how he just manages to be a smart aleck about everything. Although Ah Dee is really loud and keeps taking advantage of Ah Mieh but he really appreciates Ah Mieh’s friendship. Their friendship is fun to watch throughout. I actually wanted to watch this for them and they didn’t disappoint with their performance. Great team.
  • Raymond Cho and Shermon Tang as siblings. It’s really funny to watch them at times, always bickering and stealing food from each other. But we could see that they really care about each other, especially all the times that he buys food for her and all the times she tries to help him.
  • Raymond Cho and Sharon Chan as Ah Dee and Ah Fah. They’re so funny and cute together. All their stories crack me up to no ends. (What’s funnier is when they’re using Ah Mieh as the shield so they could secretly date without others suspecting them. Poor Ah Mieh.) I’m glad that Ah Dee finally learns to take care of others and somehow forgets about the brand stuffs at the end (since he was too occupied). It’s nice to see how they got back together at the end. Really nice in general to see Ah Dee cooking for everyone at the end.
  • Kingdom Yuen as Ko Lai. It’s funny how she became one of my favorite characters later on. Her obsession with keeping everything clean is funny in a way. Maybe because she’s so hard working that I don’t mind seeing a different character. Although she does get random like the rest but did not lose her touch. The story to introduce her character was a bit too funny with the whole misunderstanding and the eerie atmosphere.
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh as Lo Hung Lei. This is my first time watching him and I find him really funny in here. I think he’s one of those rare actors/actresses who could exaggerate without going overboard. (After all, this is a comedy, right?) Still a lot of funny scenes with him, especially after Hung Lei and Ko Lai became best friends.
  • Ram Tseung as So Gun. I really dislike him at first since he’s so full of tricks and it’s not even funny either. However, I like him more later when I understand how he could be lonely all these times and just want to find some friends. It was a bit surprising that he ended up with Chu Lei Nga (Joyce Koi) but still funny to see it turning out that way. No complaints about his acting, of course.
  • Johnson Lee and Nancy Wu as Ah Mieh and Sugar. I really like them in here but it was a bit disappointed to not know if they ended up later or not. But I guess probably did. (Wishful thinking.)
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh & Johnson Lee as a duo. It’s really funny how everyone in the family thought that they would be taken advantage of when they joined this club. It ended up that they drove everyone there crazy so they were black-listed.
  • Shermon Tang and Chris Lai as Ma Duk On and Ko Yau Ching. I didn’t expect him to come back since everyone keeps appearing and disappearing randomly after their story ended. But glad he came back since they do make a cute pairing.
  • Iris Wong as Chu Chi Ding. I think I’m the only crazy one to like her but I do see it her way later on. She seems mean but it’s because she’s independent and only relies on herself. It’s so funny that she switches target later because of what the fortune-teller told her. It would’ve been funny if she was with Ah Mieh at the end though–I wouldn’t mind later on since she’s actually seem mean on the outside but at least she’s better than that fake author.

Dislike(s):

  • Assumptions. I guess it’s trying to make fun of some people, but it gets super annoying that no one ever shut up and give others a chance to explain but just assume away and jumps in all the time, causing even more misunderstandings. I could remember all the times that everyone didn’t even let Ah Mieh talk but it is until the end that they find out for themselves.
  • Christina Ng as Cheung Yu Moon. It’s not as noticeable at first but later she tries too hard to steal the limelight that it gets super annoying. She’s not made out for comedy. Even if she’s being cast in an older role in here but that doesn’t help either. It’s just too disturbing to watch her being a ‘know-it-all’. I do not even get that she does not know to do the most basic things, like changing the bed sheets. (I know they were trying to portray that she was just really scared of her husband’s situation but using that as an example is being exaggerated. Come on now! How old is she? Even if she doesn’t do it, wouldn’t she know just by watching? All of us have that instinct. Unbelievable.)
  • Annie Chung as Ko Wai Ting. Her character is too ironic since she’s so rude to her uncles and aunts but she acts all virtuous and sympathetic toward grandpa, which doesn’t make sense at all. The script trying too hard to make her sound filial but it’s full of holes. I won’t say anything about her acting since this is the first time watching her, but her character is what irks me sometimes.

Anyway, this is a sitcom after all so it’s about willing to waste time and watch it or not. I mean if you want to relax a bit from stress to laugh about all the randomness, it would be good for taking stress off. But if you want to watch something more meaningful, shouldn’t dive in.
Posted (on Xanga): August 12, 2009
Re-posted: Monday, March 29th, 2010

A Great Way to Care

If you ignore the corny English title, this is actually very good. The  funniest thing is if you watch this and The Threshold of a Persona at the same time, you will realize the majority of the supporting cast is the same. It might cause confusion also but it’s still interesting to see how each portray their roles for both series.
Anyway, first off, what was TVB thinking in warehousing this series? I understand that they aired The Threshold of a Persona because of Roger’s popularity. But warehousing this one is a big mistake. (Or perhaps it’s the reason that I mentioned above about the similarity with the supporting cast.) This is quite fast pace and interesting because of different psychological issues addressed throughout this series. It’s surprisingly good because of all the cases involved and it is not draggy since it managed to stay on topic for the majority of the time. There are side stories and romances too but it does not dwell long. It lets the cases integrate with their daily life problems too so it’s just right.
The Like(s):

  • Alex Fong as Dr. Ko Lap Yan. I was actually doubtful about watching this since I’m not much of an Alex fan or think much about his acting. However, I really admit he does have it to pull through, making us love him at times as the brilliant doctor but hates him sometimes for using sharp words. Dr. Ko is actually very kind and really cares for his patients. But he’s harsh toward his interns because he wants them to succeed and be good at what they do. (If he’s not harsh and they rely on him too much or would not work hard enough, what would happen when they become real doctors and get careless, which could result in the worst?)
  • Ram Tseung as Dr. Lien Chi Sum. Having like Ram for his performances in several series, I really like the role given to him in here. He is such a funny character yet there is this apparent morality within him that one must respect. He seems to be really laid-back and could almost be dubbed as being lazy but his sense of sincerity and care given to his patients are really admirable. He takes his job seriously with proper responsbilities of each patient. Although he has his moments of immaturity but it is only within friends and off-work that shows another side of his character. And although he seems weak or easily persuaded with his behaviors, but he is very firm on his belief and would not use any other means to gain status over other colleagues. It seems like he does not really care for what is being done at home either or seems careless but he really does care and support his wife in time of need, not taking one side or another. The conversations they have various times show that he does support her and not just ignore it or dismiss it altogether. He does treat it in seriousness, considering all angles, not like other husbands who only take one side or the other. He tries hard to sort everything out and making it work for his family accordingly.
  • Raymond Wong as Lee Ying Chun. I’m not really a fan of Raymond Wong–mostly because of how he portrays his characters in other series. He is not the worst but I just don’t like his style. However, I must admit I really like his character and portrayal in here. I like the character of Chun because he’s very caring toward patients and would not mind the nature of his job but really love it for what it is. It does not matter that others might misunderstand or look down on him, but he feels happy that he could help others. It is also very nice to see the balance in his character that he would not get stepped on easily. I like the part where he found out his girlfriend cheated on him and insulted him of his weakness. At first, he was all quiet and I was getting disapointed that he might be all talks and would weakened by all the words. But then it showed that he was only thinking and he actually took the action to severe the ties right away, i.e. destroying all the furnitures in the room. (It sounds violent but shows that he could stand up for himself, not being someone’s doormat.) I must give TVB credit for giving him the right image in here. It’s like he doesn’t seem to shine much, just the typical nice guy character but there’s this sense of mystery within him, making him more complex.
  • Vivien Yeo as Suen Ka Bik. For the first time, I feel that Vivien isn’t robbed of a role. It’s about time too. Her character as Ka Bik is really strange at first if you do not understand her. But we, as the audience,’ are lead in to her story and what actually happened that led to her self-destructive mode and depression. Although her character is an obessed person, but I really like it that it acknowledge and associates it with her internal and external conflicts, tying in with the main theme. Vivien’s really cute in here (when she actually appears as her thin self again). Not that she wasn’t cute at the beginning but it was hard to tell through the prop. Her character is really bubbly and childish in a way but it’s really funny and surprisingly cute how innocent she is.
  • Ben Wong as Chung Kwok Ban. I know he seems really, really mean at the beginning but I start to like his character in the later episodes. In a way, he just feels that newbies usually have this great enthusiasm but no talents so he worries for Mandy’s safety if she were to jump in and do it without thinking of the consequences (which was true that almost cost her life several times). However, he is still capable of seeing through that she does have what it takes to be a cop. He also is not an unreasonable person who doesn’t have a brain but only wants to be bossy about everything. He actually could think up of different solutions and connect the dots pretty well. He cares for others but just doesn’t know how to express it properly. Since I’m watching like this and Threshold and at the same time, I must say that I’m impressed with Ben’s portrayal for both roles. It contains humor and kindness for the other one versus the whole intense character in here with a mixed of brilliant elements. (Must give TVB credit also for giving the right image for both characters, seeing him as a simple cop in the other one yet in this one, it gives more confidence with the suit, plus the hairdo. He looks really handsome in here–if I have to admit it, lol.) Anyway, another interesting character and I think Ben has gone a long way since his very first series that made me cringed when I was watching it and never finished. Although it takes awhile to actually be impressed with his performances but I think he does work really hard and knows his weaknesses or takes it into note to improve and get to this point.
  • The friendship between Ko Lap Yan (Alex Fong), Lien Chi Sum (Ram Tseung), and  Lee Ying Chun (Raymond Wong). Although the other two are doctors and Ying Chun is a nurse, but the three men got along really good, sharing jokes and seeking advice from each other when in need. The fact that Ying Chun lives with Dr. Ko is funnier. They get into these weird fights about who should have the power to speak or decide at times but it shows how close they are to not be afraid to speak up about matters. Although they talk nonsense the majority of the time and only are serious some of the time but it does show the bond of their friendship and the ability to make one another forget their stress for the time being.
  • The relationship between Dr. Ko (Alex Fong), Dr. Leung (Chung King Fai), and Mandy (Kate Tsui). I think it’s a bit funny how Dr. Leung knows them both–because one is his student and the other is his god-daughter, but they do not know it–at first.
  • The interns. I especially like the relationship between the interns and the doctors in here, except for some doctor who’s taking advantage of the situation–that is. I also like how Nelson (Timmy Hung), Leo (Chan Chin Pang), and Brian (Ellesmere Choi) get along and discuss cases together, sharing experiences. I do not like Martha (Yoyo Chen) as much although I understand where  she’s coming from. There are side stories with them too and the randomness between the interns and it gets funny at times but not too much as into the whole ‘corny’ zone. Their interactions show some bonding among the interns with how they’re all going through it together. Of course there are conflicts at times but it does not lose its elements with making it too dramatic either.
  • The guests stars. The guest stars in each case makes it interesting and you get to see how each actor/ actress would portray their role in here as well as their characters contributing to the overall story.
  • The ensemble. Yes, I got tired of listing every single character or actor/ actress so just put in this one since I really like it that they’re not making someone shine on purpose. But everyone is in it together to make everything work out well. You could feel the realness of it, just normal people trying to work and get on with their daily life. (There’s the whole deal with the excitement of the cases but it’s there for the purpose of the series’ theme.) I didn’t have the feeling of anyone hogging the camera on purpose, except for one person, which I will discuss in the next section. Other than that, this group works really well together. (Kudos to the production team for making everything possible.)
  • Not too cheesy. I like it that there are actually some acknowledgement that it should not be too gift-wrapped. Yes, there are closure and some kind of ending for everyone but they did not put in pairings for every single character. Like how we were misled into believing that Ko Sau Yee (Elliot Yue) would end up with his old fiancee or at least have a great friendship throughout the story with her giving up gambling and all. However, things happen and what she passed onto her son caught up with her. It goes into the whole thing with wanting something to happen versus its actual outcome. There’s also the part where Ko Sau Yee lost one leg due to the accident (that was not so accidental) and the internal conflicts afterward. Everything’s not perfect but it worked out as long as they learned to accept and look on the bright side.

The Dislike(s):

  • Suet Nei as Ram’s mother. Seriously, I’m getting sick of seeing her in series. Can’t they find someone else? I mean I’m all right if she’s around sometimes but like most of the time? I guess I do not watch the right series to avoid her but her pattern is quite repetitive. Although she tries to shine through her portrayal but it gets super fake and annoying more than attract the appropriate attention. Lucky she’s only around for a while or if it focuses on her too much, I would’ve gone mad.

Favorite Couples:

  • Raymond Wong and Vivien Yeo as Lee Ying Chun and Suen Ka Bik. They have a really cute story together and I really like the development of it. It’s kind of different from other dramas that it actually shows that he doesn’t care for appearances and learn to love the real her, not just with words but his actual actions. It shows that because they made it that Ka Bik is really fat at the beginning and he’s still willing to help her overcome the worst and gain confidence again. (Other series, it’s all about talks about not minding but we never get to see the test. It sounds too much like nonsense sweet words used to reassure one party or the other. But this one just goes right into addressing it about minding it or not.)
  • Alex Fong and Kate Tsui as Dr. Ko and Mandy. Their relationship is interesting in a sense because I would’ve never liked it when I first heard of the collaboration–considering TVB’s recent casting with older men with younger women, but I must give them credit for making it work this time around. Actually setting his age at the about right level make it more realistic since making him portray a younger character than his actual age would be too fake. They even addressed and stressed the age difference throughout the series so it’s not too fake or seemed like they’re trying to hide something. It could’ve been worse if they put in some corny lines like, “Age doesn’t matter as long as there are feelings.” I like it there’s the talk between Dr. Ko and Mandy about all the possible issues although he has feelings for her, which she takes it as a joke that he’s such a worry-wart at first but actually reassures him with the seriousness of the situation and how she understands, etc.
  • Ram Tseung and Astrid Chan as Dr. Lien and Sau Wai. I like how their team of husband and wife work together. It’s funny how it seems that he’s really scared of her and would leave everything up to her. But they really support each other when trouble comes along. He has his silly moments and she would complement it with her reasoning. It’s just too funny with their interactions at times. She seems to be the naggy-slash-controlling wife but that’s just the harsh words she used sometimes to keep him in line about his craziness, like trying to buy a car just to show off to one of the rival doctors.
  • Ellesmere Choi and Iris Wong as Brian and Daisy. They’re just too funny at times. They work in the same clinic yet there are only constant interaction related to their work. However, they get to know each other better through a religious group. It’s just funny to see how he sort of turned her down and she was sort of embarrassed but managed to dive out of it safely. I was a bit disappointed that nothing more happened but was happy to see that they ended up together after all. Perhaps he lacks confidence and doesn’t feel it’s the right time? Or he doesn’t know and he’s too busy in trying to pass the exams that he couldn’t focus on relationships? Still a cute couple.

Posted (on Xanga): August 7, 2009
Re-posted: Saturday, March 27th, 2010

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