In short: QIHM, Master of Play, and IDID (big maybe)
I'm tasting out my occasional TVB 'treat', it's always with reservation when I watch/love a TVB drama nowadays, my ears r tired and cranky to horrendous background music and TVB NEVER CHANGE!!! They r still using those tuneless monstrosity fr their War of Beauty days…arghhhh and I can't bring my heart to mute coz this is the rare case I can aurally follow a drama…while I play around the webby or D3.
Master of Play <心戰> is fr producer Chik, ie dependable, sharp and satirical, jabbing at local current affairs, and always controversial prompting the ahjummas to bomb the censorship bureau helpline of their complaints. I can always find things hooking me, ie 2 eps in, WOWWWWOWSAAAA! Really it's an overload of talking points.
Voodoo/ drinking elixir fr the devil's fountain, even with the grey hair, he looks like the guys around me 10 yrs older, not 65 and could be my dad.
1. Adam Cheng. Urban legend is he has stock market voodoo, proven by his drama's track record of snapping the bull market to bear by his every premiere, even reruns. And he's the lead, nowadays babies listen to Mozart in utero, I eavesdropped Blood and Sword in my mom's womb while she fangirld him to the max. He's playing a respected stage thespian…side job as Mentalist. Often Adam will dial in a perf, esp in PoSs, butwith a decent script, he's bringing back his A game . I'm lenient with my TVBs, sigh a BIG relief when I don't have to tolerate amateurs, and here we have a drama full of veterans. He's also sharing quite a lot of scenes with Danny Lau Dan (ie Hawick's Dad who can really act). <33333 My ahjusshi crushing knows no bounds.
Erm, no that's not her hand Maggie is crying over, per se.
2. Maggie Shiu, Moses Chan and Kenny Wong. The actorly muscles of the TVB machine, triumvirate of most Chik's drama. There's no real Guy1 in this drama, but a hot tango btn Adam and Moses. Moses' Chiang is of the darkest convoluted TVB leads ever, fr wiki he's a magician by day, and ? at nite, has dissociative identity disorder, ie multiple personalities. Kenny runs a bar called Jekyll, inhabited by characters 'respresenting' different shades of Moses' personalities: Evil, Lust, Wrath, Pride, Conscience, 2 eps in there's BLOOD on our lead's hands! Maggie has blood…letting fr her hand…but also said hand is no longer belonging to her right off the bat. Kenny hasn't made his appearance yet, but rest assured he'll be one of the titular supporting role crucial to plot as expected of him. One of the first scenes of drama is a crazy guy who's cut off a hand perusing Dexter and Sinister at the hospital bed of victim. With all the body eating 'zombie apocalyse' horror of late, it's not for the faint of heart. Chik is apparently paying homage to Crime and Punishment. To me, there's a vibe of a HK hybrid of Ressurrection+Mawang. I ❤ Maggie, so I'm jumping in joy she still is offered a leading role against Moses, who's younger than her, when she has to relegate to mumsy roles, or worst yet playing silly old hags in a YuZheng.
3. One of the most shipped RL star couple in HK, gaining blessings fr all the moms, is Moses and Aimee. I've yet to know of an ahjumma not raving Moses as the second coming of Christ on that little island+peninsula. They r too saccharine for my taste, but no one can hate them. Aimee is improving with every minute of screentime under her belt. It's extra cheeky to have them playing siblings here, and both characters winking very telling OMG!faces of Darkness in closeups under their character's sweet, gentile, caring facade. DundunDUN! There's also the surprisingly matchy chemistry of Adam and Rebecca, ie our 80s wuxia heroes Chen Jialuo + Ren YingYing r getting together! They r exes, split after their 4 yo daughter was kidnapped and vanished 25 years ago, laying the seed of all the ominous future events. She's his agent, he's bff with her hubby, they probably still have an ongoing affair, they may also have a lovechild/bastard… or two.
I know I'll have to bear with a fair share of nonsense, but sieving through it all there's always food for thought in Chik's work, that's why it's a must-watch for me, esp when the other dramalands is not offering much terribly interesting addictions.
I'm still loving QIHM, I've chosen to forget much of 11/12 and 13/14 won my heart back. I'm quite sure I won't get to my lost sense of rabidness during 7-10, a slew of whimsical, fantastic awesomeness in quality of writing, acting, emotions, and everything it inflicted on me. BUT I do love 13 and 14 a great great deal, back is the moments of little tender stirring of my heartstrings, back is the old yangban BD when he's using his head 24/7 rather than let the jitters and lust take over. YIN is GLORIOUS, she's unbelievably good, improving ep to ep even when the writing was on vacay at times. Even DongMin is back to adorably annoying. JHW though has lost his chance to a place in my heart, I felt he is so weak in many emotionally charged scenes and in transition when he's not asked to express a specific, primary emotion. The nuanced he conveyed earlier on was aided by a lot of great scripting and marvelous partners to bounce against, now in this latest stretch, the writing is not as tight, though still good, and he has to deliver more layers…and sadly he's not competent enough. End14 has me cringing, he's like a maple tree in sap-ping mode, not even his YUM bode in tight fitting white shirt and perfect slacks can distract me enough fr feeling lacking, wandering off at the 'whatifs' of a should be climatic OTP gagaing scene.
Even though I still love the OTP, and do ship them out of my insane love of HJ, YW is absolutely holding my heart captive in 13, 14. The strokes writer-sshi used on her are so tender and breathtakingly beautiful you feel as YW, you weep as YW every dainty step she asserted in her falling in the unrequited love of BD. I've never seen a girl2 portrayed with such a dedication and developed with such a dignified humanity. You understand every emotion she's going through, every one of her action, you'll do the same in her shoes, even if it's out of more embarrassingly part of our psyche. SHE EVEN HAS HER OWN PERFECT GAYAGEUM THEME!!!!! that absolutely slayyyyyyssss me. And 14 is forever owning my heart for those lovely emoting loyal horses alone.
Of the newest, much talked about kdramas, I've only tried out IDID, I liked the first ep a lot it reminds me of a clunkier, much less funny MNIKSS and WUF, I <333333 SunA's character for once!!!! inasmuch I went and dl and watch 2 right away….too bad 2 is boring and predictable as nth glitters, not even the SHOES! No hate though, so maybe it'll get better, I will check out 3 if I feel like it next wk. BUT I can't help but picture PIE/CJM in Lee Jang Woo's shoes. LJW is serviceable and charming on his own, but PIExSunA is off the charts! (in my head). I need a CUTE romance fr PIE before he's too serious (and old) to play the male ingenue/dongseng to romp in the older sassy noona's bed. ChulSoo-ya~!!!! Noonas need you!!!!
I watched 10 min of AGD, puked twice as long in my head, it was trite and pretentious and unfunny and insulting to my sensibilities, but I know all of that, I hate writer Kim, so I was just being torturous to myself, that can't be a healthy relationship in making. Dr.Jin, 5 min. SSH's horrible to the ridiculously inhumanly possible degree x1000, teamed with his awareness to the point of gloating in his preening is sooooo turning me off big time that he's honestly FUG and the most unattractive breathing thing alive to me atvm. I'd rather have my eyeballs eaten by zombies (can so happen) than watching another second of that/him. I have no interest in Gak/JooWon, so I'll be sweet for a change and let the fandom enjoys its/his awesome far away from me pouring vitriol over the parade.