I just finished watching Blood of Good and Evil–finally. It was a good series overall. However, I felt the wrap-up was a mess. There were many twists and turns along the way. But what about the ending? I felt like we, the audience, were put through so much in regard to the story of Jia Hao (portrayed by Lam Lei/ Lin Li Yang) so there should be a better answer than just casting his character aside at the end like that. Yes, many struggles were seen and the arguments circulating surrounding his death. But it was cast aside again near the end, causing a sense of injustice from all of it. He was a good cop. He worked hard and never harmed anyone. He only wanted a normal life. He was willing to sacrifice his job and/or even possible future for love yet he was misunderstood even until the end. What made it even worse was that Fan Ling (portrayed by Yvonne Lam) never knew that he died and that he never tricked her at all. Only his mother and the others thought that it was because of Fan Ling that he died since they thought he was on the way to the airport to meet her hence meeting his fate.
I hated that his family made a big fuss over his older brother’s death and was willing to forgive the guy. The most ironic thing was that his brother, Jia Rong, was the one who killed him. Also, another reason why I lost interest in the Shi family near the end. They have become too unreasonable. Wei Ming (portrayed by Maggie Siu) was an exception though I was quite mad at her for surrendering the disc to Hao Nan (portrayed by Deric Wan) too easily. She was a strong character and quite intelligent too. Why did she take that gamble? Why did she disregard Jia Hao’s effort like that? I felt that it was actually deserved that she was blind in the end. She had eyes but did not use it properly hence losing it. I knew the reason why and should not blame her for being imperfect, but Jia Hao’s death was too frustrating and tragic already.
Jia Hao did have an honorable funeral and was recognized as a good cop. But was that enough? He deserved more than that. His death needed to be revealed as stated before. He did not die because of just an accident. He died because his cold-blooded brother made it happen. I wanted to see how the Shi family would react upon learning that fact. What would the parents think of their precious older son then? They knew he was a murderer yet they still tolerated it. (It was unavoidable since he was their son after all yet that was not a good excuse to let him continue on the path of such if he did not meet with his fate.) They just had to blame everything that happened to others. I wanted to see how they would receive the news. It would be too cruel but those people in a way deserved it since they did not seem to treasure Jia Hao enough. Yes, the father probably favored Jia Hao more but it seemed it was never enough.
Anyway, I think that Lam Lei is one of those notable actors and a decent singer (with the few songs that I actually hunted down to listen to after learning he was once in a band and then later took off a solo career). If anyone doesn’t know him but thinks he looks familiar from the caps, it’s because he has been seen in quite a few Taiwanese dramas–both ancient and moderns before. Need an even clearer image? Sum Gor from the once-popular drama The Magicians of Love.
I did not know that was him either since I watched The Magicians of Love first and just recently got the DVD of Blood of Good and Evil. But I knew he looked so familiar when I was watching the first few episodes of BOGAE. I kept saying that he looked familiar and was not sure where but settled on probably old TVB dramas that I must have missed when he was not portraying a bigger role. However, when I was just viewing some MVs that I made, I suddenly saw Sum Gor and I was like: “That’s Jia Hao!” No wonder I knew that if the guy looked older, I would know him and I was right. I began searching around for more information to verify it and I was right. He returned to Hong Kong last year to attend in TVB’s popular series E.U. Also, he managed to reunite with his band, HK’s version of The Little Tigers to perform some of their songs, which also included the once-popular TV series theme song of Police Cadet. That was also why he was not seen in various Taiwanese dramas anymore.
*All images were captured by DTLCT