The Drive of Life: Ron’s appearance

Lame attempt to crank my amount of posts up but it was not the only reason why I even go through the effort of letting it have its own post. The main reason why I even started The Drive of Life was because of Ron. Yes, go ahead and gasp because I was never a fan of Ron, to begin with. But I ended up somehow liking him better after watching The Brink of Law so I decided to give some of his other series a try. Since I like some other cast too, I thought I give this one a try. Big mistake after diving into it since it became excruciatingly painful to watch with so many lame dramatic moments coming into play. However, I decided to watch on and off once a while to get through this one.

I remember asking someone regarding Ron’s appearance and got the answer of ‘Episode 20’ BUT no when it hit 20 and everything just became more frustrating than ever. So I put it aside until recently. It actually paid off this time around since Ron actually appeared about 15 minutes into episode 23. YES, for a major character, it took him forever to appear. But I guess it had to be that way OR we would not get anything new. His appearance at least had us going for a while with a new character being introduced and developed.

I already knew (through some spoilers) that Ron paired up with Toby in here. Not really my favorite pairing or seemed like so but I thought that with Toby’s character in here thus far (not too overboard with stuff OR that loud), I was willing to accept.

Anyway, Ron’s appearance gave some sort of intrigue feeling to it. Though I know it was an attempt to create hype around his character, but at least it was different from others in here so I decided to be patient and see what else would happen. But I found it a tad funny that Man Shek (Michael Miu) was making a comment about how the rumors kept spreading so that was how Ron’s character became the legendary racer. (I had a laugh at that for once.)

Ron actually did not appear like officially until the scene were Man Shek took Ching Ling out for a midnight snack at this one street stall. It was really funny that some of the guys at their table were going on and on yet they did not know that the supposedly ‘legendary racer’ was right in front of them all that time. (Claiming that the ‘legendary racer’ was a woman WAS WAY funny. Especially how after that, Ron appeared and sat down at the table. It was like his cue or something.) After one of the guys was done with telling the story and trying to prove that the ‘legendary racer’ was a woman, his friend jumped in and contradicted him right away. And honestly, they should’ve seen it coming! LOL! Those two were actually trying to play the ‘dine and dash’ game yet Man Shek and Ching Ling fell for that one. Too bad they did not realize that the ‘legendary racer’ was sitting alongside them the whole time and even had to endure the accusation.

That was WAY too cliche since it was soon revealed Gai Keung (Ron) actually lived around town but was less seen until that point, considering how Ngai Ling Tai (Benz Hui) was seen visiting his friend and talking. Of course, the link was easy to guess.

Despite some lame, cliche setup thus far, I think I somehow prefer this direction aka watching Ron’s character unfold more than the other major characters. Since I felt a tad disappointed as I said in previous posts because of how they ruined several characters already. Knock on wood for Ron’s sake.

The Drive of Life: Blaming Siu Fan

Yes, another rant before I forget about it altogether. I found it funny that the scriptwriters love blaming ‘loud women’ and thinking that they can get away with it, wanting to make us pity the ‘soft/gentle’ ones.

First off, I admit that Wong Siu Fan (portrayed by Sheren Tang) was NOT the most well-mannered or admirable in here BUT pushing the blame 100% to her side was beyond outrageous. It was probably a bad idea and she probably acted against her better judgment (since her judgment had been heavily clouded by her anger) to have taken revenge on her husband, Wah Man Shek (Michael Miu), by going with another man. Because in doing that, she lost her daughter, Ching Ling (Toby Leung). But it was sad and stupid at the same time that the others took Man Shek’s side after what happened. It was like since he was part of the Wah family so he was given a chance to explain and forgiven away after he proved that he was going to change for the better. I DO NOT blame Ching Ling as much in this case since she was still young AND did not understand the complexity of her messed-up family. (AND how she was not around much during these past years. Also, how her father was such a smooth-talking guy and always cared for her, buying her ice cream, etc. He sure scored a lot of points in that area.)

Because Siu Fan DID NOT know how to act or behave in a way that others approve, she was given the cold shoulders. I admit she was such a spoiled brat and was hateful at times with keep pointing fingers at others, especially the first part of the story. YET when she was abandoned AND was not given a chance, I sympathized with her more and more as the story progressed. She did a lot of unforgivable things too but like anyone else was better in here to judge her.

I found it touching that she was willing to go to any end to help her daughter with the reporting job. It was like she, herself, had grown up after what had happened. Though she still hated and wanted to seek revenge against Man Hang, she seemed to have matured in that she had cared for her daughter more and wanted to do what was best for her daughter. Though she tried to seek even more sympathy from Ching Ling by faking headache, etc but I actually don’t blame her since she only wanted Ching Ling to care for her more. It was even more touching that she finally admitted to her scheme. It was only because she was scared that they would never meet again–IF it would be her turn to die.

And oh yeah, just as I was trying to let Man Shek off temporarily, I wanted to beat him up again at the hospital scene at the end of episode 23 since he made it like Siu Fan was in the wrong. Like he didn’t marry her for her wealth YET he made it like she followed Ngai Tin Hang because of his wealth. He was the one who cheated and broke her trust in him and just turned around accusing her of being unfaithful? Lame…

The Drive of Life: 1/4 Mark

Yes, I made it through this mark and I think I should discuss a certain matter before I blow up with people’s stupidity OR the messed up way everything seemed to be in here. I was expecting much more, considering how the cast seemed strong. However, it just got worse and worse because they wanted to sacrifice everything for dramatic purposes that it was beyond pathetic. I’ll save the rest for later but I would like to discuss the whole idea of blaming Gigi Wong’s character, Hui Zhan Yan, for the death of Maggie Chan’s character, Wai Cheung Ping. Honestly? That was a low tactic. Though I admit that by telling Cheung Ping what actually happened that it drove her to commit suicide, but seriously, Cheung Ping did commit the crime, NOT like Zhan Yan influenced her to do it OR had anything to do with it in the first place. What the world was that? Making Zhan Yan a scapegoat for all the men’s terrible choices and/or decisions in here? Or like making Cheung Ping such a pitiful character to seek brownie points?

Okay, so Cheung Ping was dumped by Wah Man Hang so she was devastated and went and married some guy. But she started over (or supposedly later) and loved that guy for real YET he found out the reason behind her marrying him and went ballistic, taking it to the worse (aka abusing her). I think any man would be upset IF he found out that reason. (Some man eventually got over it but others don’t–and that was the case in here.) I DO NOT, let me repeat that, I DO NOT approve of the abusing going on. Just because he was hurt DID NOT mean he could inflict pain on her. I also understand why she was driven to insanity and eventually killed him. YET I found it messed up that the others were blaming Zhan Yan when she was trying to tell the truth of what actually happened. Cheung Ping–whether OR not she intended to start her life over–made a decision, SO she was responsible for her actions too. The consequences she had to face was brutal for her, BUT she still made those choices. AND then she just had to go kill herself since she was such a coward AND did not want to face the consequences of imprisonment (or worse). Therefore, Zhan Yan got hated on–at least only from Man Hang at this point (since the others did not know yet). (And yes, I do know that Cheung Ping did not blame anyone and felt really guilty for her crime SO she could not live with herself, considering how she killed the father of her child. BUT I still hated that it eventually became the reason for others to blame Zhan Yan.)

What was Zhan Yan supposed to do? Perhaps she should not have told it in that way OR perhaps try to find some other ways like saying that Cheung Ping had killed in self-defense AND she would’ve gotten off (not really but might take on a lighter sentence than that). But I do not know of Canadian laws well so I cannot say for sure on this one. YET I have to defend Zhan Yan because she was so shocked that her husband wanted to break the laws in order to get Cheung Ping out of trouble. What IF he got caught? Was the other guy reliable? Zhan Yan DID NOT have time to think long. It seemed to portray that she was not as intelligent as various characters in here SO she did the only thing she thought reasonable AND that she knew of to protect her husband and her family. How was she supposed to know the outcome was like that? Again, just because a certain someone DID NOT have the bravery to face the consequences of his/her past and/or actions, it DID NOT mean that it was right for others to point a finger at someone else.

I find it even more beyond madness to even cast doubts and/or some guilt toward Zhan Yan just because she was married to Man Hang. He was the one who was responsible for causing grief toward different parties, NOT her. She never knew of Cheung Ping’s existence until recently. (OR so we were told so far since I’m only on episode 22 and I wouldn’t know if TVB would throw some twist in there BUT I doubt Zhan Yan knew Cheung Ping beforehand.) Why did they (the scriptwriters) make it like Zhan Yan was at fault for marrying Man Hang (aka being the third party)? (She was BUT she DID NOT know SO it wasn’t like she used dirty tricks to get to him AND wronged Cheung Ping.)

Now that I’m on Man Hang’s case, I just remember something else even dumber. The misunderstandings and/or rift between Mang Hang and Man Hung. It was pathetic that Man Hung was always so defensive and was pissed off at Man Hang and blaming Man Hang for everything. I agree that Man Hang had been responsible for breaking Cheung Ping’s heart AND how he went and decided stuff for them at times, BUT it was none of Man Hung’s business regarding Man Hang and Cheung Ping. I think the ultimate reason why there was a rift between their relationship in the first place was because of Man Hung’s unwilling to let go of the past AND it was more about the love and jealousy against Man Hang because of Cheung Ping than just the whole rant about “Man Hang deciding stuff for people.” Man Hung was still sore that Cheung Ping picked Man Hang over him. (I would NOT blame Cheung Ping in this case since she had the right to choose who she wanted to be with.)

What made it even more pathetic was Man Hang never making up his mind about what he wanted either. Yes, he was experiencing some past memories, etc. YET it was pathetic that he should blame his wife for making the move (or being unreasonable at times–which she was a bit overboard BUT I can’t blame her fully). He felt guilty for not being able to help Cheung Ping, but what was that? He made it like he would help anyone else IF it was the same situation BUT it seemed to imply otherwise. It was pathetic to doubt him since he really cared for the current family, BUT I find it pathetic that he shoved part of the fault to his wife too. IF he loved Cheung Ping soooo much, why did he sacrifice her back then AND now want to make up for it? IF he already made his decision, then MOVE ON. Or perhaps he was using his anger to mask for his own guilt. Whatever.

I’ll save the obstacles of the younger generation for some other time. Since I think it’s enough rants for this time.