iHero: More Season 2 Promos

Yes, like the title said they’re doing more promotions for the drama.

This time, Dou Hua Mei is present as well.

Some people were complaining about how there was a lack of Xiao Xin and Jing Ling’s individual pictures, which I agreed. Not to mention how the focus of the main leads seemed to be on Jason, Janel, and Kurt only. It was indeed strange yet I still hope they continue to include the rest of the main cast as well and shift the cases from time to time like Season 1 or it would turn into a disaster with too much focus on this or that character and pushing out others just to create a hype. I liked Season 1 because there was a balance between cases and personal time so I hope they continue on that path. I also liked that no one upstaged anyone in the drama as an overall. They all had their parts and created a humorous and witty atmosphere throughout.

*All images were from iHero’s Facebook Page and some of the cast.

iHero: Season 2 Officially Filming

Yes! Finally some concrete news about this. They officially started filming at long last! I wouldn’t blame them since it’s hard to get everyone back together with how their schedules are. Just that I’m anxious to see them back in action. (Go here and here for news clips.)

Anyway, season 2 is called Righteous War (正義之戰). They’re planning on 45 episodes, but we’ll have to see.

Oh look! Xiao Xin is back! I’m glad she’s not gone for good because I really liked her in the previous season. Everyone added some vibrant energy to the whole drama so can’t imagine the drama without any of them.

And don’t worry! Jing Ling will also be back for the second season. It was just that Dou Hua Mei couldn’t make it to the camera opening ceremony. Janel had clarified that detail in the comments of her post since someone had asked about Jing Ling.

*All images were from iHero’s Facebook Page and some of the cast.

Year 2015 in Recap


Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015:

365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took the challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressive than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.


Times Updated on People on the Poll:

284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Tseng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

Books Reviews:

Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations:

I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like a major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates:

130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuff. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

What’s So Good About iHero?

Yes, this is a defense post. Don’t pay attention to the ratings. It just doesn’t do the drama justice. Whatever the reasons, considering how most people prefer soaps–or because of the time aired, those factors do not define the drama. Hey, they’re popular enough to have a sequel. Well, any drama could try to come up with a reason for the sequel. But this one is one of those well deserved. They actually circulated quite a number for their fanbase. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my list (in no particular order):

Not overly flooded with romances. Well, aside from the constant banter between Lei Gong and Yang Qian and the crush Xiao Xin had on Yang Qian, it wasn’t overly in your face type of thing. Unlike other cop/crime dramas that just wanted to put everything in and must match everyone up, especially the main leads so perfectly (rolling eyes here). Tou Mu also had his sweetheart (who died tragically), but again, it wasn’t like overwhelming with focusing on romances all the time. And how could anyone forget Xiao Gao’s cute relationship with the hacker?

Case by case. Hey, what I loved about it was managing to pull one episode per case, except for the last case but that was understandable. It seemed simple, but it was like how the U.S. version of CSI that I had watched (unless there were big cases that needed more time). Also, similar to some Japanese crime shows I’ve seen. They didn’t need 5 episodes or more to get the point across. Sometimes cases in real life aren’t that complicated so these reflect that. Some cases were more intriguing than others.

They didn’t dwell on personal matters. Yes, I know we all love seeing our favorite characters having more time. But I think they managed to do it just right. We, the viewers, learn stuff about the characters–whether small details or more complicated ones, but it wasn’t in our faces all the time, distracting us from the cases. I know people have lives and it’s more real that way in a sense (if you want to argue for those dramas kept dragging on and on about personal stuff), but I rather they focused on the case for the majority of the time. So this show had done that just fine. We know Xiao Gao owns a cat, Lei Gong loves plants, Jing Ling has a little brother, Professor Yang and his daughter aren’t that uptight like most drama would portray of strained relationships with family members and how other dramas like to drag out, and other cute quirks other characters have through their interactions during the cases. But for the most part, it wasn’t dragged out. We just know.

The cast chosen. I think this is most important, even if I didn’t put it first. But like I said before, it wasn’t about the ordering, but more like my brain buzzing too much so had to tackle one at a time. Some people might not agree with cast selection, but I felt the team was perfect. I will admit that I came in wanting to watch Dou Hua Mei for the most part. Not sure how the others would fit into the roles yet I didn’t have problems with the main cast. So I dived in. I ended up loving the team for their randomness and how each character had their own story and quirks–without making it too much. They also had great chemistry with one another. Their togetherness made the team even more convincing. Although they do get into disagreements, they learned something else about one another and learned to move on.

They didn’t glamorize everything. Yeah, I know with HD age and all and how other dramas, they always splashed around the royal feeling OR trying to lure us in with it. Well, it made sense because of the theme. But nowadays, some stations just aren’t thinking and just want to pretty up everything, making it unrealistic. Aside from the hi-tech that might or might not reflect real-life stuff with police resources (which I do understand why they needed to upgrade everything to make it more interesting), the majority didn’t try to just splash the fanciness around.

*All images were captured by DTLCT.

iHero: Season 2 Coming Up


This good news has been out for like a week or more already. I’m not too sure. But as soon as I read about it, I was so happy! I know I’ve been a slowpoke in catching up with the last few episodes so the episode summaries had to suffer. But I really love this show. Just enough touches of personal stuff but not too much while they focused mostly on the cases. So I love it.

Not sure if there will be cast change or not. But I don’t think they would proceed if they can’t get everyone together. Or at least get the majority together. Schedules might be hard to clear since some of them might be packed with other stuff already but I sure hope they could make it work. We all know too well what happens when the cast gets changed for such shows, even if it’s crime show and all, but still.

*All images were from iHero’s Facebook Page

iHero: Episode 13

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

This episode continued with Wei Zhe visiting Lin Sir. He just found out about Lin Sir’s arrest. Lin Sir didn’t want to tell him because it wasn’t anything worth mentioning. Wei Zhe said that he had sought out a lawyer for Lin Sir yet the lawyer said the chance wasn’t high with all the evidence piling up. Lin Sir believed in his team, knowing they wouldn’t let him down.

Meanwhile, Lei Gong was seeking out Wu De. Wu De didn’t believe that Lin Sir did it. He said that Lin Sir was a very righteous person, hating the criminals and all, but he wouldn’t abuse his position to do otherwise. He repeated Lin Sir’s phrase previously about not using other means to justify one’s own actions.

What was disturbing about the whole conversation between Lin Sir and Wei Zhe was Wei Zhe’s attitude. Lin Sir was saying how it didn’t matter if anyone else believed him, but it was important that Wei Zhe believed his innocence. Yet Wei Zhe said that with Lin Sir’s constant vouch of innocence, it wasn’t helping matters. (What?) Lin Sir somewhat struggled, saying that he didn’t. Wei Zhe interrupted him and said that he had signed the papers, so he should know. (He meant the papers with the fake witnesses of ten years ago.)

Lei Gong soon asked about Pan Fang Qi. Wu De said that Pan Fang Qi was just someone who’d gotten into the wrong type of mess. He wasn’t that bad. Wu De disclosed that it was Pan Fang Qi who caused Lin Sir’s leg to become disabled. Because of that, he really regretted it. Over the years, he had helped Lin Sir with the leg by trying to do those therapy sessions.

Back to the conversation between Lin Sir and Wei Zhe. Wei Zhe wanted him to plead guilty. He said if Lin Sir didn’t plead guilty at this point, his sentences would be even more severe later on. Lin Sir was surprised. He asked if Wei Zhe really wanted him to plead guilty. Wei Zhe said yes. He wanted to object yet Wei Zhe said that it was for the best.

Talking to Wu De definitely helped. Because he advised Lei Gong to merge all the three cases together, not looking at it separately like how it was before. Then whatever it was in those cases, it could cause more new evidence to come to light.

Going to the two other crime scenes led them to more good news. At least they were able to rule out suicide. They did tests of shots at various angles and how the victim would fall. Professor Yang even pointed out the most obvious sign of it not being suicide. It was how the victim had fallen and how the gun was placed in the hand, etc.

Later, Lei Gong sought out Yang Qian to apologize. Well, he didn’t exactly apologize but had used a crafty way to try and reconcile with her. He admitted that he previously just focused on the evidence yet didn’t look at other factors, such as that of someone’s personalities and/or traits. She made fun of him before letting him off. Since he explained that Wu De had given him a lead.

Lei Gong went to visit Lin Sir. His first question was asking if Lin Sir really didn’t have anything to do with the three cases. Lin Sir told him that the evidence was right in front of him, so why was he still asking. Lin Sir also told him to do whatever it was he had to do. Lei Gong then asked about the three guys and about Ah Fu’s death years ago. Lin Sir remembered what really happened. Then he told Lei Gong the truth, stating that if it wasn’t for him and the gang leader fighting and struggling with the gun, it wouldn’t hit Ah Fu. He also mentioned that because Wu De wanted to keep him out of it, he had used the situation to steer it away from Lin Sir. Lei Gong then asked about Wei Zhe. Lin Sir wasn’t as calm anymore. He said that Wei Zhe was on the side of the victim and that Lei Gong shouldn’t aim at Wei Zhe, etc. Lei Gong said that it didn’t matter what he thought, he couldn’t just let go of a lead.

Back to the lab to check on the files. Professor Yang was asking if Lei Gong believed if it was Lin Sir who did it. Lei Gong said they hadn’t exhausted all the evidence yet so he couldn’t come to a conclusion. Yet Professor Yang knew Lei Gong couldn’t believe it, so he said he didn’t believe it himself. He mentioned about how Lin Sir had sought him out days before since Lin Sir’s leg was hurting again. Yet Professor Yang had said that he’d been looking at the dead for too long that he wasn’t too sure, advising Lin Sir to go to the hospital and have it checked out instead. Lei Gong asked more about the leg’s injury, etc. He wondered if anyone could fake the way Lin Sir walked, etc. Professor Yang said that it could be faked, but the pressure won’t be the same. That was when Lei Gong searched through the files for the prints again. That was when he laughed and even hugged Professor Yang, thanking him. Professor Yang was also happy, saying that he hadn’t hugged someone for a long time now, lol.

That good news had gotten the team together and working hard again. Well, they always were. But now that they had a new path to look toward, they were more determined to double-check their work. When they gathered to update, everyone was much more playful. Yes, they were too nervous and too worried that they hadn’t thought of that before. If it wasn’t for Professor Yang’s words, Lei Gong wouldn’t have thought of checking the pressure. They had to go to the crime scene and check the prints one more time. It didn’t matter if that person had used the same type of shoes as Lin Sir to leave a mark. If the pressure didn’t match, it wasn’t him.

Lei Gong, Yang Qian, and Wu De went to visit Lin Sir. Wu De was so happy that the team was finally able to prove Lin Sir’s innocence. Yet Lin Sir wasn’t the least bit happy. He told the others not to say it out since Wu De didn’t get it. Yang Qian finally blurted the other person’s height and weight out, not caring if everyone had listened in. Wu De blurted out Wei Zhe’s name, saying how it was too outrageous. He just couldn’t believe that kid did that to Lin Sir after all Lin Sir did for him. Yet Lin Sir said it wasn’t Wei Zhe and ended up admitted his guilt. The others told him not to mess around.

Back at the lab, Lei Gong and Yang Qian had to deliver the sad news. Since Lin Sir admitted it and they couldn’t really prove that it was Wei Zhe, they were back to point zero. The least, they could prove it wasn’t Lin Sir yet couldn’t really prove that it was Wei Zhe. Wei Zhe had access to all of Lin Sir’s places. But because Lin Sir admitted it, they couldn’t rule against him, not really. Angel said that they couldn’t just let the killer get away with it. After a while of thinking, Lei Gong seemed to have a plan. It was seen that Wu De was tagging Wei Zhe and taking snapshots of him. Not sure if the others had recruited Wu De or because Wu De was determined to help Lin Sir that he scouted on his own. His patience paid off since he spotted Wei Zhe heading somewhere and burning all the evidence. He was able to jump out and extinguish the fire. Well, not sure how much help those would be, but better than nothing. So he went straight to the team’s lab with the evidence that he managed to retrieve.

After Lei Gong managed to verify some details of Ah Fu’s death ten years ago, they went and visited Lin Sir again, telling him what really happened. Ah Fu’s death didn’t have anything to do with Lin Sir–whether accidental or on purpose. So the team continued on with testing out the rest of the evidence that Wu De managed to retrieve earlier.

The others informed Lin Sir’s wife of what was going on. However, they didn’t realize that Wei Zhe was already at her house and was pointing a gun at her. She told him that everything was a misunderstanding. Yet he didn’t care for it. He then told her how he had planned everything and how he had carried it out. Wei Zhe blamed Lin Sir for causing his father’s death because he pointed out that if it wasn’t for Lin Sir who convinced his father to go undercover, his father wouldn’t die.

So Wei Zhe forced Lin Sir’s wife to take him to the team’s building. That was also the tie-in with what happened at the beginning of the first episode.

Wei Zhe was the shooter who caused madness in the lab. Yet luckily Yang Qian arrived on the scene and shot him in the knee thus causing him to fall over, saving the day for everyone. Yet Wei Zhe had gone insane, not believing anyone when Lin Sir and Lei Gong told him what really happened with his father’s death being an accident. He said they all lied years ago so he didn’t have any reason to believe them now. Yang Qian yelled at him for blaming their team since they weren’t even there anyway. That was when he finally shut up yet he was going hysterical. Lin Sir tried to kneel down and comfort him yet he shrugged Lin Sir off.

Lin Sir was sitting at that one spot. Then his wife came. She told him she just went to visit Wei Zhe and that he gave her something to give to Lin Sir. It was the keepsake Wei Zhe’s wife left behind for him. His wife said it was enough already. He was already imprisoning himself these past ten years. It was time to let go. He said that because he wasn’t brave enough to step forward and tell the truth thus causing the tragedies of the present. He said if he were to do the right thing ten years ago, then it wouldn’t turn out that way, causing so many problems. His wife told him to let the past be the past, and she thought that Ah Fu would’ve wanted it that way. She got up and told him to accompany her to go see Ah Fu. He got up yet didn’t continue. He said that he knew he didn’t have any ground to ask for her forgiveness. She interrupted him and told him to go. Her smile said it all. He was already forgiven.

Back at the lab, the others were off work. Or something like that. Because all Tou Mu managed to rant on about was how hungry he was. They were saying how it was Xiao Xiang paying. Xiao Xiang then turned around, trying to argue with them. He kept having to pay, lol. Lei Gong and Yang Qian were stuck behind–with Yang Qian hobbling around in crutches. Lei Gong was telling them to slow down, lol. Yang Qian told them to go easy on the injured, lol. Too late, they were left behind. The others told them to wait for the next one.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

iHero: Episode 12

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

This episode answered the cliff hanger in the previous episode. Lin Sir was seen searching for something around his desk when he saw the news about Wang Ying Kun (王英坤). They did a little backtrack of storytelling to fill in some details. The first time was at an overpass seven days ago at 1:35 a.m. Gunshots were heard, a body was found. Then three days ago at 11:17 p.m., another gunshot and another dead body at what looked like a park or possibly some kind of stadium. According to the news, it might be gang-related. Then six hours earlier at 2:29 a.m., someone was walking along a deserted road. The road soon turned into a regular street area, that person had tried to sneak up on some guy–who was seen puking outside a structure. This guy seemed to put up a stronger fight but the result was the same.

As usual, the team arrived at the scene with the majority of them processing it while Yang Qian and Xiao Xiang asked around for details or possible additional witnesses. It was disclosed by one of the witnesses that that person in black (seen walking around suspiciously before the gunshot was heard) had to use a cane as his aid. When Yang Qian and Xiao Xiang went to the area to check it out, Xiao Xiang got scolded since he was walking too carelessly so Yang Qian had to remind him about possible footprints. He understood and soon discovered a water bottle lying nearby. They, of course, had to call Lei Gong and the others over to process it. They had also found some smudges, not too sure if footprints or other types of marks.

The victim was confirmed to be Pan Fang Qi (潘方崎). He served five years in prison previously. Lei Gong reported to Lin Sir that they were investigating in the direction of revenge. Lin Sir praised him before telling Lei Gong to update him if there were any progress. So Lei Gong went back to work as Lin Sir was talking on the phone to someone. What caught Lei Gong’s interest was when Lin Sir mentioned Pan Fang Qi to the other party, saying he already knew what happened to Pan Fang Qi. After saying that they would talk more when they meet up, he hung up and left. Lei Gong was still staring at him, pondering what that was all about.

Angel found some leads regarding the shoe prints left near the crime scene. Next, Tou Mu demonstrated how one would walk according to the prints left behind. Yang Qian blurted out that that person was having trouble moving around. Tou Mu confirmed. Tou Mu bragged about how his grandpa showed him ways to tell between different types of mountain pigs–female or male–or other traits by looking at footprints. Angel followed up by saying that it would be the same with the shoe prints. They would be able to know the height, body weight, and other details by analyzing the prints.

Meanwhile, Lin Sir was seen heading to his car. Once inside, he reminisced back to years ago. They were in some arena trying to catch someone. It was a good chance, according to one of the guys. Apparently, they had one of the undercover cops in there so Lin Sir didn’t want to take the risk yet whoever it was that decided to call him at that time (and he didn’t turn his phone to vibrate) had caused his life. That was also when Lin Sir’s leg was injured hence the need to use a cane to get around since then. After the flashback, Lin Sir was seen meeting with an old friend, Wu De (吳德), at the seaside. It was one of the guys from the mission of years ago. They discussed the three deaths. Lin Sir said he initially thought it was some usual conflicts among some groups yet it seemed like it wasn’t so simple. Not long after, Lin Sir excused himself because it was Ah Fu (阿福)’s death anniversary day. (Ah Fu was the undercover cop who died ten years ago.) Lin Sir also said that he was meeting up with Wei Zhe (偉哲), Ah Fu’s son. He felt responsible for Ah Fu’s death and wanted to be there for Wei Zhe. Wu De said that the person who shot Ah Fu wasn’t Lin Sir, so he didn’t need to feel responsible.

While the others continued to investigate the three deaths, which two were initially declared as suicide, Lin Sir was seen meeting up with Wei Zhe. They talked about how it had been ten years already. It was also revealed that Wei Zhe’s mother had passed away three years ago. Wei Zhe soon asked Lin Sir if all those people who had caused his father’s death got their deserved sentences. Lin Sir remembered back to the scenes where Wu De tried to falsify witness testimony against the killer. Yet he didn’t say anything in that nature to Wei Zhe, but he reassured Wei Zhe that all parties had gotten what they deserved. The flashback continued with Lin Sir arguing with Wu De. Lin Sir had asked Wu De if they were behaving in that way, they were no different than the criminals. Wu De said it wasn’t as simple as black and white in this world or the world wouldn’t need cops like them. He reasoned that they were the ones dealing with the gray areas. He even asked if Lin Sir was new. He told Lin Sir to follow his commands, and if Lin Sir didn’t want to think for himself, he should think for his wife and kid.

While Professor Yang was briefing them, Tou Mu was taking snapshots. When Professor Yang mentioned a certain part, Tou Mu jumped in and said to Lei Gong, “I told you so.” That, of course, earned an evil eye from Lei Gong. Yet Tou Mu said, “The M.E. said it.” Professor Yang was staring back and forth between them. Lei Gong tried to get past that and continue with his conjectures yet Tou Mu kept jumping with his ‘yes.’ Professor Yang after the many ‘yes’ had also turned to look at Tou Mu. It got even more interesting when Lei Gong tried to trap him. He wasn’t paying attention, lol. So funny how Tou Mu was hiding behind Professor Yang with the answers, lol. Lei Gong kept giving him evil eyes, but he was still able to smile. Of course, considering how he felt he had the upper hand at this point. Tou Mu finally got the message and told them both that he was going to go help Xiao Gao. After he left, Professor Yang shook his head before proceeding.

Lei Gong met Lin Sir later at the parking garage to give him some files on the latest developments. They were actually only working on the case regarding Pan Fang Qi since the other two cases weren’t within their jurisdiction. Yet Lin Sir was asking about it, which was puzzling to Lei Gong, considering how he heard some bits of the conversation earlier. What was careless on their part was how Lin Sir just tossed the files Lei Gong gave him into the driver’s side when Wei Zhe was right there. What was more, Lin Sir wanted to talk to Lei Gong about the cases so they walked away from the car a bit, so that left time for Wei Zhe to explore–if he wanted to. Anyway, after the discussions, Lin Sir once again told Lei Gong to update him if there were any news and Lei Gong had said ‘of course.’ Yet whether Wei Zhe had used the opportunity to his advantage or not, he was asking Lin Sir about the case and what he overheard. Lin Sir didn’t disclose much, except confirming about Pan Fang Qi.

At the lab, Tou Mu was showing Lei Gong the 3-D reconstruction of what happened. According to all marks found at the scene, the reconstruction matched with what Professor Yang said regarding how the attacker and the victim knew each other. Lei Gong then asked Tou Mu to look into the other two cases, the suicide deaths. Tou Mu wondered why since it wasn’t in their jurisdiction anyway. Tou Mu asked if it was related to Pan Fang Qi.

That night, Lin Sir had another meeting with his wife. She still persisted with the divorce. She once again repeated that it was better they let go faster. The constant tugging wasn’t benefiting anyone. She said that if he didn’t have her and Liang Liang, he still have Wei Zhe and his mother. Lin Sir jumped in to ask her how many times must he explain it to her. She said no matter how many times, she couldn’t accept it. She also confessed that at times she thought Wei Zhe was his kid. Lin Sir asked her if she knew what she was talking about (i.e. the seriousness of the accusation). She didn’t like it that he was taking care of other people’s families and not his own. (Seriously? Yeah, it wasn’t his responsibility like how he shouldn’t feel guilty about Ah Fu’s death since it wasn’t under his control–like Wu De said. But I initially thought his wife didn’t know so it would be fine if she misunderstood. But this? Sure, it made sense she wanted the love and attention and focus on her family. But if she said stuff like that, then they seriously don’t understand or know each other at all. Yes, I agree with her, better to part ways, since he deserved better than all these accusations.)

After a night of searching, both Yang Qian and Lei Gong found what they needed to unlock the mystery of Lin Sir’s suspicious behaviors of recent. Both wanted to tell the other person what they discovered yet didn’t know how to start. Lei Gong went ahead anyway after much hesitation. (Yes, it was hard, considering how they really respected Lin Sir.) They both shared information about how all the three dead men used to be involved in this one case of ten years ago. Lin Sir’s name came up in the files. He was the one who signed off for the confessions of the three witnesses regarding to Ah Fu’s killers. (It was fake witnesses since Wu De had pulled some strings to force them into becoming witnesses and saying how their best option at that point was that hence the three men’s confession.)

So Lei Gong (acting on another superior’s orders) ended up having a talk with Lin Sir. Lei Gong didn’t want to act on it, because it could all be a misunderstanding, but he was given a 24-hour deadline. He had to approach things carefully now. He began by saying that the reports of Li Yun Tian (李雲天), Wang Ying Kun, and Pan Fang Qi were out. He said that there was a suspect. He hesitated a while before blurting out that the suspect’s right foot had been disabled from an old injury. Lin Sir knew they were suspecting him, so he said it out anyway. He said he was also an officer so he would’ve come to that conclusion too. He then asked Lei Gong if the superiors were putting pressure on him (Lei Gong) to do the deed. Lei Gong didn’t say anything, but Lin Sir told Lei Gong to do his job. He said he didn’t have anything to hide. So Lei Gong took Lin Sir’s cup and the bottle to extract DNA for comparison.

The others were all in the hallway, waiting for the result. When Lei Gong came out, they still didn’t say anything. When he settled down next to Yang Qian on the steps, Yang Qian got up and went to stand by Jing Ling. Lei Gong, seeing that he wasn’t winning any sort of popularity contest among them, got up and left. Yet Jing Ling stopped him. She wanted to ask if he really retrieved Lin Sir’s DNA to check it against the suspect’s. Soon, Tou Mu was riled up as well. Yet when he asked Xiao Gao to back him up, Xiao Gao said that he had thought of it being Lin Sir (of course basing it on the evidence they had so far). Tou Mu and Jing Ling scolded Xiao Gao for suspecting one of their own. Tou Mu was on a roll, he told Lei Gong to collect all of their DNAs too and go run it, considering how they must all be suspects too. Lei Gong still didn’t speak up to justify his actions. Because the DNA had matched. Even if he didn’t want to believe it.

So Yang Qian had to do her job with interrogating the suspect. Unlike past cases, Yang Qian apologized to him before they began. She asked for his understanding. He said he knew. She started by asking questions about Pan Fang Qi. He stated that he knew him because he was part of the gang that he investigated ten years ago. While Yang Qian was questioning him, Tou Mu and Angel went to his place to check it out. Lin Sir admitted that he stayed in contact with Pan Fang Qi, but he had explained that he didn’t have any reason to kill Pan Fang Qi. He said among the three, Pan Fang Qi truly wanted to repent his past wrongs. Yang Qian said it was strange all three died within the past ten days like that. Not to mention they were all his past witnesses. Lin Sir said he was also pondering about that. Then back at Lin Sir’s apartment, Tou Mu found a gun stuffed in one of the furniture. So when Lin Sir told Yang Qian in the interrogation room that he didn’t have any other pieces of evidence to prove his innocence yet he had to emphasize with her that he really didn’t kill anyone, it really reeked of irony. (Someone really have it good for him.)

When Jing Ling asked Lei Gong if he really thought Lin Sir did it, Lei Gong said that they haven’t found any other stronger evidence to pinpoint exactly so they couldn’t come to conclusions as of now. (Well, someone provided them with a really good piece of evidence to persuade them already.) Jing Ling then told Lei Gong they must believe in Lin Sir’s innocence. However, she stated that there was an inconsistency with his words earlier. It was the part where the witnesses were mentioned. (Yes, he was guilty of hiding the fact that Wu De was falsifying witnesses. It didn’t matter that the dude they pointed fingers at really killed Ah Fu, it was more like the other three dudes didn’t see it with their own eyes. Especially during all those chaotic moments.) Jing Ling said that his expression became different, totally not how he would react during usual times–like he was really hiding something. Then Tou Mu and Xiao Xiang were waiting for the results of the bullet comparisons and all. When Tou Mu said that they were done for, Xiao Xiang thought the sample wasn’t admissible. Yet it was far from that, the bullets matched. When Yang Qian asked Angel to give her one bit of good news (among all of the other news they’d received so far after tests were being done around the center), Angel told her she couldn’t. Because the shoe prints they found at the scene matched with Lin Sir’s shoes. (One more down.) Angel had one more bad news to deliver. The black jacket the suspect wore that night was found in Lin Sir’s office. (Wouldn’t they think it’s too much of a coincidence with them finding every needed item lying around? Of course, I got it that they all couldn’t believe it. But if he really did it, wouldn’t he be more careful? Like with his experience and intelligence, he could carry it off without leaving all these incriminating evidence behind. Unless he’s suicidal.) When Yang Qian said that there were many people wearing that same type of black jacket too, Angel said the difference was fire powders were found on the jacket. That was when Yang Qian felt defeated. This time, they were beaten by too much evidence. When Yang Qian was taking it out on nearby objects, Angel blurted out that she was just following the evidence and she redid the tests several times already, and that she was telling truth according to what she’d found out, she couldn’t just say whatever Yang Qian wanted to hear. Yang Qian yelled right back, saying that she didn’t want Angel to do anything against her duty. (She was just frustrated. Well, they both were and were just taking it out on each other.)  When she finally calmed down, Yang Qian apologized to Angel, saying she didn’t mean to pick on Angel. She patted Angel’s shoulder before leaving.

Meeting time. Lei Gong asked Angel first what she’d found out through her tests. She couldn’t say anything so Yang Qian did, stating she’ll help Angel say it out. Then it was Tou Mu’s turn. Lei Gong had to ask Yang Qian about her thoughts on it. She used her police officer conjectures to state that it might be because Lin Sir couldn’t accept the other three witnesses getting off because they’d become witnesses so he ended up taking justices into his hands–outside of the system’s boundaries. Yang Qian then asked if Lei Gong was satisfied. Tou Mu couldn’t stand it anymore, he blurted out that it wasn’t like the Lin Sir they knew at all. Lei Gong finally stopped him, asking Tou Mu how much he knew of Lin Sir outside of work. That was when Angel lost it, saying that Lei Gong could never completely believe anyone. Lei Gong returned her comment by saying how he was just analyzing the situation accordingly, not attacking anyone in particular. He continued by asking others if they think that Lin Sir didn’t have any other thoughts of them and repeated his question that he asked Tou Mu earlier, which was if they all think they really understand Lin Sir well. That was when Yang Qian rushed off. Lei Gong yelled after her, asking where she was going. She said she was going to talk to Lin Sir. Upon hearing that, Lei Gong rushed after her.

When they were in the room, Yang Qian blurted out all the evidence that they’d found so far. She told him to tell the truth or they couldn’t help him anymore. He stated that he didn’t know how all of that evidence got there. Yet he finally said that they could go ahead and do what they needed to do. Yang Qian apologized to him again before officially arresting him. Yet his wife jumped in and stopped her. She said that he couldn’t possibly be responsible and that he was a police officer enforcing justices, not breaking the laws. Lin Sir stopped her then, telling her that the others had tried their best already. He said it was most important she’d believed him. Before accepting his arrest, Lin Sir said that he believed the others could investigate the matter thoroughly.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

iHero: Episode 11

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

A very disturbing scene with the culprit (face not shown, obviously) holding a saw and screams were heard. It turned out that the victim was some guy’s mother. Her hand was chopped off and sent to her son, Zhao Shan Hong (趙善宏). That was when the team was called in. Yang Qian asked the usual questions: if the mother had any enemies or had been in disagreements with anyone. The son answered no. Yang Qian told him to remember carefully and not hide stuff since the ‘golden time frame’ would pass away soon. He finally showed them the text message demanding ransom.

They awakened Professor Yang in the middle of the night just to test a finger so he made them help him, lol. They had to determine which type of blade was used to saw off the finger. It was confirmed that the person was still alive when the finger was severed, so they still have some time. But they must work faster because it was a hostage situation. It wasn’t until the result was out with the person being right-handed and possibly a doctor that the victim’s son finally told them of a possible suspect. He disclosed that they were being pestered and threatened by that person.

When the doctor was confronted, he was hostile. He told them if they wanted to arrest him, they must have a warrant. Yang Qian was taken aback by his attitude. Yet she soon recovered and told him they weren’t there to arrest him. His hostility didn’t cease. He asked right back–attitude intact–why they were there. He wanted to leave after some more attitude, but Yang Qian asked him whether he knew about Xiao You Lan (蕭佑蘭)’s disappearance. He turned back and gave them more attitude (nothing new), saying that of course, he didn’t know and that he didn’t want to know. He emphasized that he didn’t care whether she lived or died. Yang Qian tried to taunt him, saying that it seemed like they had quite a past. He turned around again, saying that if they were conned out of their ‘lifetime achievement’, they would be pissed off too. He outright said that it was the other family that had stolen his ideas, so he had every right to be pissed off.

Just when Yang Qian was over at Lei Gong’s place to give him some files, Professor Yang was looking for Lei Gong so Yang Qian had to hide. So, what was so urgent that Professor Yang had to seek Lei Gong out at his place? Yang Qian forgot her cell phone at home so Professor Yang wanted Lei Gong to give it to her. He saw from her phone log that the last person she called was Lei Gong so he had to follow the lead and came searching, lol. Lei Gong said he didn’t know where Yang Qian was (righttttt…). Professor Yang’s sharp eyes saw the extra cup on the table so he asked if Lei Gong had a guest over. Lei Gong answered yes but the other person just left. Professor Yang said that he was leaving as well yet he ended up walking toward the living room, lol. By now, Yang Qian was lying on the sofa yet had covered her head. Lei Gong had to make up an excuse, saying that the person was drunk so he let that person stay for now. OMG, Yang Qian couldn’t fake it anymore, she got up from her place and called out, “Dad”, which shocked Lei Gong. No, wait, so the others didn’t know? (I thought that was why Lei Gong didn’t dare to approach Yang Qian or start a relationship with her, i.e. he was fearing Professor Yang’s wrath.) Yet it was funny how Professor Yang wasn’t upset or anything when they tried to explain. He just let them be and said he was leaving, etc. LOL!

Meanwhile, Jing Ling was inquiring the victim’s son again. He was definitely hiding something. When confronted, he once again pointed the finger at the doctor. Then another piece of crucial information unraveled as Jing Ling used the guy’s nervousness to extract more information.

They finally have a dead body. But it wasn’t the lady being kidnapped. It was the doctor. He was arguing with a mystery person and got taken care of. Tou Mu discovered something while the others were processing the scene. It was a suicide note the killer left to throw them off. The pills used were rare and inaccessible on the market. It had to come from elsewhere (i.e. suspicious means). Yang Qian pointed out that the victim was a doctor so he could acquire it in any way. Lei Gong agreed but listed other reasons. He also stated that if the victim were to drink wine, it would accelerate the effects of the medications. When Yang Qian asked if there was a way to determine how much he drank, Tou Mu said that there was no wine around. Lei Gong was still searching so Tou Mu got offended and said that his nose was really good so if there was any type of wine around, he could detect it. Yang Qian was staring at him so he said if they wanted to search, it was fine with him. Yet he pointed out that it was strange how someone was planning to die yet managed to get rid of the wine container before returning to the scene to die. (LOL! Good point!)

It was confirmed that it wasn’t suicide. Someone had forced fed the doctor the medications. Professor Yang actually knew this guy. He said they used to be classmates. It was just that the other guy had forgotten the real reason why they’d become doctors. He noted that money seriously could kill people.

When Yang Qian went back to check on Zhao Shan Hong, she saw him drinking. She asked him if he knew the seriousness of the circumstance and why he was drinking. He said because he knew so he needed it. She suspected he had something to do with it hence worrying. He was offended, saying if he needed money, he could just get it. He was only upset that she used all her money on her ‘young boyfriends.’ Yang Qian told him the doctor was dead. He seemed surprised but not for long, stating that he knew something would happen. Yang Qian asked him what he meant. He had sought out and talked to the doctor’s disciple, Lv Pin Sheng (呂品生). The discussion was about medications. Zhao Shan Hong was afraid that it would harm others, and even if his mom loved money, she wouldn’t harm others. Lv Pin Sheng said Zhao Shan Hong didn’t need to worry since there wouldn’t be a problem. Zhao Shan Hong also added that his mother didn’t know of the whole situation, but only suspected the doctor was pulling some tricks.

The chase was on. Yang Qian was the one chasing Lv Pin Sheng down while Xiao Gao and Angel were in the lab giving her directions. They had managed to track Lv Pin Sheng via GPS. (Interesting that Angel was calling Yang Qian “Xiao Qian” since only her father called her by that nickname.) Lin Sir was back in the scene earlier, telling them that Xiao Xiang had managed to locate Lv Pin Sheng hence the chase now. When they arrived at the scene, Xiao Xiang was knocked out by Lv Pin Sheng yet Yang Qian managed to take him down. The team soon entered and checked out the place. They were able to find Xiao You Lan. She was still alive. It was time to process the scene and collect all evidence so Lv Pin Sheng couldn’t say anything else. Of course, Lv Pin Sheng was so slick, trying to keep it cool and dodging at every turn. Yet he finally reacted when it was obvious they had all the evidence they needed. It turned out that Lv Pin Sheng was pissed off with how Xiao You Lan was using all their money (not hers) to play around. So he snapped and planned the kidnapping. He executed it so easily because she trusted him. The doctor also had a part in it, but it was mostly because he was pissed off too and wanted his money back. Lv Pin Sheng said that the doctor knew too much. The doctor wanted out so he was going to tell everything, he just had to go. Before Xiao Xiang led Lv Pin Sheng away, he told Yang Qian to help him apologize to the doctor’s family.

Professor Yang was singing. Cute! Lei Gong finally managed to find the old disc of that one classic song by that famous singer. Professor Yang, of course, knew something was up. When he asked if Lei Gong wanted to ask him for a favor or something, Lei Gong said he was just trying to make up for that one awkward meeting at his house the last time. It was the one Professor Yang walked in on Lei Gong and Yang Qian. Professor Yang said it was all right since he understood young people and all. Yet Lei Gong was still trying to explain. It was too hard, lol. Yet he tried to get past that, saying he wanted to apologize when he mentioned ‘the scent’ incident. His wording was wrong hence causing even more trouble.

Meanwhile, Lin Sir was seen elsewhere talking to his friend and the friend’s wife. After some jokes, she left so Lin Sir finally had a chance to ask about something. It was a favor he asked previously. The friend shook his head, indicating still no leads.

Lin Sir and his wife had an argument. He was explaining to her the reason why he went to a bar was because it was some work-related stuff. He said before she married him, she knew about his job. She pointed out that he didn’t need to go to some bar to solve cases in the past. She added that she didn’t know since when he couldn’t live without bars. She then told him to sign the divorce papers. She said the sooner he signed, the faster it would release (free) the both of them. After some brief pause, he told his wife to give Liang Liang (their kid) the cake and tell Liang Liang that he hadn’t forgotten his promise. She seemed touched by his gesture. Yet soon returned and scolded him, even tossing the cake in his face. Because she’d found the receipt and realized that he’d relied on the girls at the bar to help him buy the cake. He tried to call her back and explain but it was no use.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

iHero: Episode 10

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

This case started out with a man sitting in front of his computer waiting for someone. It seemed like he was chatting or waiting for one or something. Then he received a phone call and went insane. He ended up stabbing himself.

The landlady made the call to the team so that was how they were notified of the incident. From what was discovered and their deductions, it was obvious it was suicide. However, the strangest thing was learning that the landlady wasn’t the first to discover the body. She received a call from a girl, telling her what happened so she had called the police afterward. Through the victim’s cell phone callbacks log, that girl might be Lin Yi Ting (林依婷). Tou Mu had checked the cell phone without Yang Qian realizing it so she took a closer look at the text messages when Tou Mu walked over to her. What got to her was how Lei Gong had asked Angel to monitor the cell phone for future messages or the like. Why the strong reaction? Through a quick flashback of voices, it was known that Yang Qian was the one Lei Gong told to do the checking of such things in the past. So of course, Yang Qian was reluctant to give up the phone. What they didn’t notice the whole time was how the camera attached to the computer had been watching their every move.

Good news! Jing Ling is back! She walked into the area to ask why they weren’t eating since it was lunchtime already. Xiao Gao said that he was in the middle of something so he needed to complete the task first before he could eat. Jing Ling said it wasn’t going anywhere so he didn’t have to plunge into work like that. Xiao Gao persisted with his task but pointed out that the person behind him was probably starving to death already. Jing Ling turned to see a very anxious Xiao Xiang sitting nearby. He indeed looked pitiful. After all, Yang Qian had been taking her frustration out on him recently. But did he have a death wish? He was eyeing Jing Ling’s apple so desperately that it was hard not to see. She finally took pity on him and tossed him a red apple to hold him over for the time being as he waited. The poor dude wolfed down the apple like it was beef steak or something. Jing Ling, amused, asked him how long he hadn’t eaten. He said it was because he didn’t have any money. He was so asking for it. It wasn’t easy eating Jing Ling’s apple. (Like the old saying goes: “There are no free meals in life.”) Jing Ling pursued with her interrogation, asking him how outrageous his spending was hence no money, and even pondered if he had a girlfriend. It was the same question Yang Qian asked him earlier when he was acting suspicious, talking on the phone. He denied, saying how he lost all his money. Xiao Gao jumped in then, saying that it was possibly because his computer had a virus. While Xiao Gao was reassuring Xiao Xiang by promising to help him check out his computer later, Jing Ling teased Xiao Xiang about visiting ‘suspicious’ websites hence encountering the virus. (LOL!)

While that was going on, Professor Yang was briefing Yang Qian and Lei Gong about the autopsy. He was talking about the situation with the suicide and all. He said it wasn’t just some impulse action, but the seed had been planted for a long period of time. Whatever it was, they weren’t sure of the victim’s suicide. Yet Professor Yang pointed out that it was important that communications were clear toward one another. He sort of got into the territory with Lei Gong and Yang Qian so they were staring awkwardly all around.

Back to Jing Ling, Xiao Gao, and Xiao Xiang at the computer stations. Xiao Gao was finally finished with retrieving the data from the computer and other stuff. As he was briefing them though, he found out something else that was so strange he had to stop and figure it out. Of course, both Jing Ling and Xiao Xiang didn’t know what he was talking about.

While the other two were waiting for Xiao Gao to figure it out, Lei Gong and Yang Qian were walking and talking about the information Yang Qian was holding, mostly regarding the victim and the link he had with Lin Yi Ting before his death. As they were in the middle of the discussion, Angel walked up to them and handed Lei Gong a folder. She had already finished her task with retrieving the phone records, etc. As she was briefing Lei Gong, Yang Qian leaned in closer to Lei Gong to read the file. Though it made sense she was as curious regarding the newly found information, but it was too obvious that she had a point to prove (and that she was secretly jealous of Lei Gong and Angel’s past link). Of course, Lei Gong noticed the lack of distance between the two of them so he sort of leaned back before sending her a nervous smile, which she returned his smile with a natural one (or at least she tried to make it as normal as possible–like she wasn’t up to anything). When Angel handed Lei Gong another folder, Yang Qian grabbed it this time, not allowing Lei Gong to touch it, but she did mutter a ‘thank you’ and sent Angel a sweet smile. Angel had noticed the weird gestures yet didn’t know what to make of it hence she chose to focus on delivering facts to them both. Seeing the number of gambling debts the victim incurred, Yang Qian commented that it was obvious why he had to kill himself (i.e. the pressure was too much). Yet Lei Gong said that could be a coincidence and the real reason might not be that simple. Yang Qian laughed and made a quip, wanting to head off to investigate, but Xiao Xiang rushed toward them at that time, stopping Yang Qian from proceeding any further. He told them that Xiao Gao had discovered something so they all rushed off to the computer area, leaving Angel behind to fend for herself. She soon followed them though so it wasn’t like they had abandoned her completely.

This was the clip Xiao Gao managed to retrieve from the cell phone. It had been deleted, of course. It was Liao Wen Ding (廖文鼎), the victim, and Lin Yi Ting. After they watched the clip, Lei Gong said that ‘love’ wouldn’t be that high on the list for Liao Wen Ding’s suicide. Regardless of the reason, Yang Qian said it probably had to do with Lin Yi Ting. Lei Gong disagreed since he pointed out it could be due to money. Then he smiled and asked Yang Qian to investigate further. That was when Yang Qian smiled, feeling like her spot had been restored. So she returned the favor that Angel had upstaged her earlier by demanding the files in Angel’s hand. She had no choice but to hand it over, so of course, Yang Qian was unusually happy. She even ended up skipping around and telling Xiao Xiang to go. Xiao Xiang, of course, knew better than to ask of her sudden change in moods, followed her–skipping along as well.

Yang Qian finally located Lin Yi Ting so she could come in and see for herself. Lin Yi Ting confirmed that the victim was indeed Liao Wen Ding and that something finally happened to him. When Yang Qian asked, she whipped out her cell phone and showed Yang Qian the same clip that Xiao Gao had retrieved from Liao Wen Ding’s cell phone previously. She said that she initially thought that Liao Wen Ding was paranoid when he told her that it seemed like he was always being watched. They still had no idea that they were still being watched and monitored by an unknown person behind the screen.

Xiao Gao managed to retrieve another deleted message and showed it to them. It had some bank records. Xiao Gao had to explain to Yang Qian about IP Addresses and how if it was some pro, he or she would know how to direct overseas hence making it harder to trace that person’s location. Angel understood the concept of IP Address and how the internet worked though, so that meant Yang Qian just lost some points? (Or was Yang Qian the only one keeping track? LOL!) While they were discussing it outside of the lab area, Xiao Xiang was eating in front of Liao Wen Ding’s laptop so he was being monitored again. The screen soon went mad and was in the process of destroying data–or something. When would he discover that something was wrong? Well, he didn’t discover anything, but it was Yang Qian who had stumbled upon the answer without knowing. She had blurted out how no wonder Liao Wen Ding wasn’t able to do anything with his webcam and all. That was when Xiao Gao chided himself for missing that important bit. Soon, both Xiao Gao and Angel were running like crazy back into the lab. Yang Qian, of course, didn’t get it.

Xiao Gao had to push Xiao Xiang out and tried to stop the sequence. Yup, there was no time to talk. He had to act fast. Jing Ling had rushed over to check out the rupture. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, she told Xiao Xiang not to disturb Xiao Gao. Yet it was indeed too late. Xiao Gao stopped what he was doing and settled into a chair Xiao Xiang pulled up for him. He tried to stay calm, but it was indeed infuriating, knowing that he missed what was right in front of him. Now it was too late.

It was no use crying over spilled milk. They had to work with what they had left. So Lei Gong and Yang Qian went back to the crime scene and tried to pinpoint where the spy cam was.

Back in the lab, although Xiao Gao still looked devastated, he revealed that he would be able to save the situation. He said that he just needed some extra time for that. So when they were in the meeting area, the others were discussing what they found at Liao Wen Ding’s house. Tou Mu had to explain to Yang Qian how IP Forwarding worked and the whole nine yard with monitoring via remote access too. Xiao Gao said he also had something similar setup, but to monitor his cat. Yang Qian was accusing Xiao Gao and lumping him in with the rest of the cyber-criminals, lol. He explained that not all hackers online were like that, lol. Now he was getting timid, because of how fierce Yang Qian was. Well, he sort of asked for it when he said it wasn’t against the law with spying and all. Then she jumped in with asking him about how it was with monitoring them and stealing others’ money, etc.

While they were debating about that matter, Xiao Xiang suddenly showed up, so the heat was now on him. Tou Mu was wondering why he was sneaking around and if he was trying to steal something. Yang Qian yelled for him to come in and asked what he wanted. He hesitated before saying that the message that Liao Wen Ding received about some sin, he also received it. The others were, of course, surprised. So they gathered around Xiao Xiang’s laptop to see for themselves. After reading the message (only the first line), Yang Qian then gave Xiao Xiang a fierce look, asking what sin had he committed. Xiao Gao even got on his case, saying that Yang Qian was asking him (Xiao Xiang), lol. Since they were all waiting for the response and wasn’t go to leave him alone, he finally confessed that he sometimes downloaded movies to watch. (Yup, illegal downloads.) Yang Qian chided him for being a pervert while he rushed to explain it was just normal movies. It wasn’t until Xiao Gao took a closer look at Xiao Xiang’s laptop that he realized his mistake, mumbling how he deserved to die (aka it was so easy so how could he not figured it out before). He rushed off with the laptop to try something else. Xiao Xiang had no choice but to let it be, considering how no one was on his side on this one. It was much more important to crack this case and stop that other person, whoever he or she was.

While they were waiting, Yang Qian noticed how fierce Xiao Gao was getting by the second. She commented that he had gone insane. Lei Gong explained that that was how Xiao Gao was in the past. He used to be a hacker and had caused trouble for a lot of companies. Lei Gong went on further explaining more about Trojan horses and other techniques hackers used to get into someone else’s computer.

So Xiao Gao was in a trance, which was irreversible until he figured things out and defeated the other hacker. It got Yang Qian quite worried but Lei Gong said there was nothing they could do at this point except to leave him alone. They had a little scare when Xiao Gao won’t wake up as Jing Ling and Xiao Xiang were entering his work area to check in on him. Yes, Xiao Gao slept in the lab too often. Yet it was convenient for him to just jump to action when needed as he got up–or thought of something. And he finally was able to track down that mysterious hacker. He confronted the hacker and tried to extract the name of her boss. She, of course, worked for someone else. Xiao Gao wasn’t unsuccessful in getting a name out of Phoenix (the hacker), but after he told her that Liao Wen Ding had already committed suicide, she pulled out her cable and covered her webcam to hide from him. Xiao Gao was disappointed that the showdown between them ended just like that. Jing Ling was puzzled by one of Xiao Gao’s questions to the hacker, which was the one asking about the boss. Xiao Gao explained that he found out some stuff that got him to suspect that Phoenix wasn’t the mastermind of the schemes.

I lost count which round this was. But this was another chance for Yang Qian to prove herself. Like she needed to do that, but the jealous, insecure side of her was acting on her behalf–as of recent. Anyway, what Yang Qian just found out was how a sumptuous amount was donated to a certain charity organization. Angel jumped in to say that she noticed a package from the organization when she processed Liao Wen Ding’s possessions. She didn’t think much of it at that time, except maybe he had a good heart. Yet it seemed like that was relevant to the case as of now.

While Lei Gong, Yang Qian, and Angel were busy chasing the new leads, Jing Ling and Xiao Gao were seem in disagreement. Jing Ling disagreed with Xiao Gao’s method of hunting down the hacker and drawing out the boss. Yet Xiao Gao reasoned that he was just trying to help them catch the culprits. Jing Ling wasn’t convinced. She said he wasn’t focusing on the case, but he was playing. Xiao Gao stepped away from her, raising his voice and denied that he was playing around. She continued by saying that even before the case, he often hacked into other people’s computers to get information–despite the fact that he was working as a law enforcement officer. That was when he rushed to stop her from saying anything further, trying to tell her to lower her voice. He said there were things he wasn’t sure about hence showing her stuff. He also said that he didn’t want to act and possibly harming a good person (i.e. with how Jing Ling was saying how he was hiding the hacker from others). That got Jing Ling riled up, saying that he was just obsessed with her (the hacker). He said it had to do with the ‘X’ identity. She shushed him up and said she promised to keep the secret for him, but aside from that, she couldn’t guarantee. He called her back and did the ‘begging’ gesture before leaving.

Which led to this scene. Yes, Lei Gong had called Xiao Gao in for a chat. He wanted Xiao Gao to sit down yet Xiao Gao said it was all right that he stood. Lei Gong was asking about his progress. He said he was making some progress but still working on it. He said the other person used such advanced techniques so it would take a while. He rattled off a random list before Lei Gong stopped him and told him that he had one chance to explain. Xiao Gao was still dodging, listing his method in tracing the hacker. Lei Gong told him to tell the truth, but Xiao Gao said he wasn’t lying. Jing Ling had it, so she jumped in with saying how Xiao Gao should tell them and if there was anything they could do to help, they would. Xiao Gao confronted Jing Ling about her betrayal before turning to Lei Gong, asking if he also didn’t believe him. Lei Gong only said that it was important that in the process of investigation, there wasn’t any other factor that would influence their judgment thus affecting the case. Lei Gong went on and on with the lectures, reminding Xiao Gao how important it was that they kept their biases out of the case, etc. Jing Ling jumped in again, telling Lei Gong not to be like that. Yet the damage was already done. Xiao Gao was already offended. Way past that even. He said if Lei Gong wanted to fire him, that was fine. He took off his badge, slamming it on the desk before leaving. Lei Gong yelled after Xiao Gao, asking him about his attitude. Jing Ling was still silent, pondering about matters.

Xiao Gao finally met up with Phoenix. Phoenix was saying how she hated law enforcement since they only knew how to protect people with money, not caring about others. Xiao Gao was trying to convince her of how it wasn’t the same with everyone. She soon realized he was a cop. She said she hated liars and of course, hated him for conning her into the meeting. He said he was worried for her and wanted her help in solving the case. She turned him down. Before leaving, she ‘gave’ him eight words. He blurted out that he had quit (his job) because of her. She stopped and it seemed as if she was reconsidering, but she left anyway.

As Xiao Gao was packing up, Jing Ling went to see him. He said that she had lied to him. He said that she promised not to tell yet she went and told on him anyway. She said she was discussing with Lei Gong about him and their concern was him, not the case. She didn’t care about the culprits, but about what he was going through. She chided him for not knowing the difference. He sighed and finally calmed down. He sat his box down and asked Jing Ling if he was too rash in his decision. She pulled a chair up before answering him, saying how it was unavoidable that they encountered cases where it would impair their judgment. They seemed to have reached an understanding since they were able to talk calmly again, discussing the case for what it was. Xiao Gao finally was able to think clearly, providing the proper reasoning for his disbelief about Phoenix’s involvement in the schemes. Jing Ling told him that they were a team so regardless of what happened, they would always be there for one another. She was saying how he should believe in them too, but he just figured out something so he rushed off before she could finish, lol.

Xiao Gao had another meeting with Phoenix. She said her life was in danger so she needed protection. He was still struggling to decipher her words when she pulled out a USB stick and gave it to him, saying it was evidence that she had gathered. Also, she had packed already so he probably can’t turn her down now. She explained to him how she had thought it through after their last meeting and had gone back to her boss’ place to retrieve all the evidence. Xiao Gao, alarmed, asked if she got discovered already. She said not yet, but it would soon come so they should go. She reminded him that he was already out of a job. He stopped her, saying he wanted to go home. She didn’t care. She said it was probably for the best, stating that the safest place was probably the most dangerous place. So yes, she followed him. Nice?

After some initial excitement with her greeting everyone and them staring awkwardly, Phoenix managed to explain for Xiao Gao. Then she told Lei Gong how she had managed to retrieve the evidence, stating that there were about fifty people involved in the schemes. With all the computer speaks, Yang Qian was getting confused. Angel jumped in to explain about Trojan horses yet Phoenix said it wasn’t that simple. She covered all the details of the schemes. Liao Wen Ding was also involved yet he ended up developing some sort of conscience hence getting offed by the boss. The charity organization was a hoax, obviously. When Yang Qian asked if Phoenix was able to track down the boss, Phoenix and Xiao Gao exchanged a knowing look. Before long, they were settling down at the computers to begin their battle of the web. Xiao Gao and Phoenix successfully sabotaged the guy and Yang Qian was just in time to capture him at a cybercafe. The good news was Phoenix didn’t have to go to prison–courtesy of Lei Gong. Considering how she didn’t understand the seriousness of it all, just acting out on her righteousness–and she had helped them with tracking down the boss. Cute ending.

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iHero: Episode 9

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

A supposedly happy gathering for the countdown of New Years led to an a tragic incident.

Lin Sir, Lei Gong, Tou Mu, and Xiao Gao were already at the scene when Yang Qian and Xiao Xin stormed past the yellow tapes. Well, it was more like Xiao Xin was storming in while Yang Qian tried to stop her. Apparently, the victim was Xiao Xin’s friend, Ah Xi (阿喜). Yang Qian and Xiao Xin were actually waiting for her at the New Years’ party. It seemed like she was late. Yet it turned out that she had jumped off the building–or so Lin Sir suspected, because of how she was suffering from a disease (and no longer wanted to endure any more pain). Xiao Xin’s outburst was because of how she didn’t believe it with Lin Sir’s guess because she claimed Ah Xi wasn’t the suicidal type–regardless of the circumstances. Lin Sir called her out on it. They ended in a heated debate–with him criticizing her for using her gut feeling instead of following the evidence like a typical agent and she retorted with saying he was just making conjectures and had no proof either.

The result? Xiao Xiang had to question both Yang Qian and Xiao Xin. It was clarified through Xiao Xiang’s response that Jing Ling had gone overseas so she wasn’t around to monitor them while the questioning was taking place. However, Xiao Xiang was obviously pushing Yang Qian’s limits by asking the same question over and over. Xiao Xin was also attacking him when he was trying to go through some procedural questions. Luckily, he made it through and was finally questioning someone who possibly had more helpful information. It was Li Min (立民), Ah Xi’s boyfriend.

While Yang Qian and Xiao Xiang went to the hospital to inquire and have a look around at Ah Xi’s room, Lei Gong and Tou Mu went back to the crime scene’s rooftop to collect additional evidence. It was known that aside from Li Min, the other frequent visitor Ah Xi had was her mother. The autopsy showed that the majority of the wounds were from the fall. However, there was a scratch or mark on her leg that was caused before the jump. Then Lei Gong ended up complaining about Yang Qian nagging him and how she was too rash at times, etc. (Really? Talking about his daughter in front of him?) Professor Yang then told Lei Gong to go talk to her, lol. Then Lin Sir came so Professor Yang gave him the files–to which Lei Gong protested as to why Professor Yang didn’t say anything earlier. Professor Yang reminded Lei Gong that Lei Gong was too busy talking about Yang Qian to ask him about it, lol. Back to the case, Lin Sir was watching the clip from the CCTV in the building with Xiao Gao. He noticed that the victim was ‘high’ while she was on her way to the rooftop that night.

Lin Sir took the initiative to talk to Xiao Xin. He told her that there were two types of chemicals found in Ah Xi’s body. One was caused by the treatment she was receiving. The other, Lei Gong was still looking into it. Xiao Xin was still reacting quite fiercely, saying that she didn’t believe Ah Xi had committed suicide. Lin Sir told her not to say ‘impossible’ since anything was possible, telling her a story relating to Coca-Cola. Yet she was still in a bad mood, slamming her hand on the table and declaring that she believed Ah Xi. She hadn’t gone far before Lin Sir called her back, telling her to do her own tests. She opted for an ‘okay’, not so fierce anymore, but that didn’t mean she was giving in either.

The break came when Tou Mu showed Lei Gong the prints he found at the scene. Lei Gong wanted to know what was so strange about it. Tou Mu told Lei Gong to try it out himself. Tou Mu wasn’t going to reveal the answer so Lei Gong had no choice but to take the first step. It didn’t seem weird laid out like that, but when he finally tested it out, he indeed found the strange bit. What was it? It didn’t make sense that she stepped all over the place like that, especially some of the steps that made Lei Gong’s legs twisted and he almost fell over.

It was time they visited Xiao Gao again. They needed to check the CCTV footage one more time. Xiao Gao noted that even though they didn’t see anyone with Ah Xi yet it seemed like she wasn’t alone. In addition, if she had jumped, the landing direction didn’t match up to the projection. Xiao Xiang had to jump in to say maybe it was because of the wind that caused her body to change direction yet he was shushed. There was no wind, he was plain guessing.

After they were back from questioning Ah Xi’s mother, Yang Qian was saying how protective a mother was toward her child. Considering how Ah Xi’s mother did not like Li Min at all. Then Lei Gong walked by and handed them a folder. Lei Gong was saying if it was Li Min who had something to do with Ah Xi’s death, then it did not make sense since Li Min cared so much for Ah Xi. Yang Qian was saying how it wasn’t always linked to hate, but maybe it was because he couldn’t bear to see Ah Xi suffer anymore hence helping her. What got Lei Gong riled up was how Yang Qian agreed with such a method and if she were that sick, she wouldn’t want to burden anyone with taking care of her. Lei Gong said that way of thinking was selfish. Xiao Xin had to separate them before a fight break out. In the elevator, Lei Gong and Xiao Xin had a talk. Lei Gong denied liking Yang Qian. Xiao Xin voiced her opinion on how she didn’t think Yang Qian and Lei Gong were a good match. She soon disclosed that she was a better match. It was then that Lei Gong reminisced back to the other day when he and Tou Mu were talking while processing the scene. He suspected that Xiao Xin liked him. Tou Mu’s reaction? It was strong. He said it was impossible. He stopped himself when he was about to reveal one of the biggest secrets ever, saying that Xiao Xin wasn’t ready for love yet, etc. Then he walked away. The flashback ended and Lei Gong thanked Xiao Xin, but turned her down, stating that they weren’t a suitable match for one another so it was better that they remained coworkers, lol. Xiao Xin looked confused, but she let him finished whatever he was saying. Then she said that she meant Yang Qian, not him. Now it was his turn to be confused. Yes, what Tou Mu was trying to tell Lei Gong the other day yet didn’t say it out was that Xiao Xin was a lesbian, so of course, she wouldn’t be interested in Lei Gong. Tou Mu was probably keeping it a secret for Xiao Xin, so he had to change his answer midway.

Anyway, the result was out. They were able to narrow down the other substance found in Ah Xi’s body. It wasn’t just some typical drug that caused hallucination, but a special type.

Xiao Xin had another outburst. She didn’t want Lin Sir to keep mentioning about ‘suicide.’ This time, she was backing her view on deduction skills based upon some of the facts about Ah Xi. So after she stormed out, the others were only able to stare after her. And then they pointed their fingers at Lin Sir, lol.

Later, while Xiao Gao was searching for more information via the system, Tou Mu went to Lei Gong’s office to chat. He was saying how Xiao Xin was too into the case, even dared to argue with Lin Sir like that. Lei Gong told Tou Mu not to blame Xiao Xin since it was too personal to her hence the reaction. It was then that Xiao Gao interrupted them, saying that it wasn’t so. Xiao Gao entered and said that he thought it was because Xiao Xin was just reluctant to leave them. When Tou Mu asked, Lei Gong said that Xiao Xin wanted to go to New Haven, CT (US) to do some advanced studying. Tou Mu was shocked, asking how come he didn’t know. Lei Gong said it was recent. Tou Mu recovered after that, telling the others not to be upset with Xiao Xin, considering how studying was a good thing. Tou Mu wanted to throw a party for Xiao Xin. Yet Lei Gong said he already asked and she turned him down. Then Xiao Gao asked Lei Gong to come and look at Li Min’s phone records so they were on their way, leaving Tou Mu behind. He rushed after them, wanting to negotiate about the go away gathering, lol.

As Yang Qian and Lei Gong scorched the streets to find the source of the mysterious drug found on Ah Xi, they weren’t having much luck. However, Xiao Xiang soon appeared and told them to leave it up to him. It was a long wait yet they finally got a lead. They sent Xiao Xiang to the meeting place, which was a public restroom, to extract the mystery seller. Yang Qian reacted quite strongly when she discovered that the seller was just a kid. The person responded with a typical “don’t know” when Yang Qian asked about Li Min being one of the buyers. It wasn’t until Yang Qian told Xiao Xiang to lead the other person away that she finally cooperated. She admitted that Li Min did buy from her.

Meanwhile, Xiao Xin was in the hospital gathering up the remaining of Ah Xi’s belongings so she could drop it off at Ah Xi’s mother’s place later. She had a breakdown, which was understandable. Then Li Min entered, saying that he could do it. She didn’t object to him helping but she continued with folding up other items. While that was going on, he told her about a certain ‘candy’ that Ah Xi liked and had claimed that it helped with the pain. Afterward, he even took out some from the tubes and offered ’em to Xiao Xin. Xiao Xin hesitated before taking it anyway. So when Lei Gong and Yang Qian rushed in a while later, they found Li Min on the bed, laughing like a maniac. Xiao Xin was nowhere to be found. Lei Gong ended up yelling out Xiao Xin’s name and running around searching for her while Yang Qian tended to Li Min. She soon got impatient and handcuffed him to the bed before rushing to find Xiao Xin as well. Xiao Xin was actually on her way to the rooftop since the pill had already taken effect and she was developing hallucinations–just like what happened to Ah Xi previously. Just as Xiao Xin was about to jump off, Lei Gong appeared in time and pulled her back. When Yang Qian arrived, she scolded Xiao Xin for being an idiot. Yet Lei Gong stopped the banter and told Yang Qian to look after Xiao Xin while he searched for a remedy to undo the drug. After much effort, Xiao Xin threw up most of the drugs. Because of the remaining effects, Xiao Xin ended up confessing to Yang Qian but had accidentally kissed Lei Gong since her vision was still blurred.

So after they sorted everything out, Li Min was brought in for an interrogation. He told Yang Qian how much of what he witnessed with seeing Ah Xi’s suffering. It was too much. He only wanted to see her happy. Before long, Lei Gong couldn’t take it anymore so he stormed in to yell at Li Min. Luckily, Xiao Xiang had rushed in after him and tried to pull him out. So Lei Gong didn’t hit Li Min but managed to blurt out his frustration about Li Min robbing Ah Xi’s chance of survival by not allowing her to continue with her treatment. Yang Qian soon took over and kicked both guys out before anything else occurred.

Xiao Xin finally woke up after the previous fiasco with brushing death. Lei Gong and Yang Qian were there when she awakened. Yet Xiao Xiang soon jumped in to stir up the atmosphere, wanting to give her a go-away package. Xiao Xin didn’t mind, accepting his package and card. Lei Gong and Yang Qian asked if Xiao Xin remembered what had happened. She was really clueless, wondering what was up. Yang Qian said that Xiao Xin was high so it took a lot of effort to get things under control, wanting to extract a meal out of Xiao Xin, lol. Xiao Xin apologized and then distributed the mini bags inside the package to the other two. Yang Qian complained that it wasn’t enough with the bags of snacks, lol. After some awkward silence, Xiao Xiang spoke up to ask what Xiao Xin had said during that time, which got Yang Qian riled up, chasing him out. She bid her goodbye to Xiao Xin before leaving. Lei Gong then gave her an encouraging pat and told her to rest before leaving as well. It was after the door was closed that Xiao Xin reached for a slip of paper in her pocket. It was the same piece of paper that she wanted to give to Yang Qian that one time in the park yet didn’t get the chance to. After much consideration, she laughed and then tossed the paper into the trash bin. Perhaps she already thought it through?

Later, Xiao Xin packed up and was ready to leave. Xiao Gao, who was sleeping in the lab, turned around to face the door and muttered his goodbye to Xiao Xin. She turned to leave but ended up bumping into Yang Qian. They hugged and Xiao Xin cried a bit. She soon recovered, saying her words of gratitude toward Yang Qian yet said that they weren’t from the same world. Xiao Xin said that she hoped she would mature after returning.

Days later, they managed to find a replacement for Xiao Xin. Well, it was more like the new girl, Angel, wasn’t supposed to report to the lab until the following month. However, she came to visit them and familiarize herself with the place. Not to mention, she was Lei Gong’s ex-girlfriend so they had a lot to talk about. That had upset Yang Qian, but she wasn’t able to shut Tou Mu up for his continuous commentary with Xiao Gao.

*All images were captured by DTLCT