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LIST OF ACTIVE OPINION

Series : Eye In The Sky [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Filming so commentaries only.

Topic : Surprisingly "wow!" beautiful pictures of celebrities Where : Here
Status : Sporadically updated, only when actually "wow!".

Topic : All things Barcelona FC aka I am a Cule (to be)!
Where : Here
Status : Somewhat active.

Series : Line Walker [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Active.

Series : All That Is Bitter Is Sweet [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Continuation from episode 12 onwards. Episodic thoughts stopped at episode 11.


Series : Young Sherlock [China]
Where : Here
Status : Active


LIST OF ACTIVE EPISODIC THOUGHTS

None at this moment



[O] EYE IN THE SKY / 天眼 [2014] [TVB][2015]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click Read More link. All images and most info are taken from Ruco Chan FC, his Weibo and various sources. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. And this is my very first series where I will be posting and commenting from the very very beginning. Let's see how it goes!

NOTE
All pictures are thumbnails. Please click on chosen picture and the original size picture will pop up and you can scroll and see all pictures in this post this way.


CHINESE TITLE
Currently is 天眼 which in English is Eye In The Sky, hence the title except this is temporary title, no official English title yet

NO. OF EPISODES
TBA

SYNOPSIS
TBA

RELEASED IN
TBA

CAST-CHARACTERS
Kevin Cheng
Ruco Chan
Tavia Yeung
Tony Hung
Samantha Ko
Lin Xia Wei (Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

More to be added/announced

COMPLETE CAST LIST

Kevin Cheng, Ruco Chan, Tavia Yeung, Tony Hung, Lau Kong, Lin Xia Wei, Jade Leung, Samantha Ko, Vivien Yeo, Susan Tse, Law Lok Lam, Wai Ka Hung, Becky Lee, Cheung Wing Hong, David Lo, Angelina Lo, Tyson Chak, Celine Ma, Fanny Ip, Gogo Cheung, Janice Shum, Moses Cheng, Kelvin Chan, Barry Cox, Calvin Chan, Hero Yuen, Judy Tsang, Ip Ting Chi, Matthew Chu, Terrence Huang, Alex Lam, Tony Yee, and Mikako Leung.

FOR MORE INFO
Jaynestars for all English news related to this series

PRE SALE PRESENTATION CLIP
Dated 30.11.2013
Looks like Ruse Of Engagement, except cooler. You can see 2 main casts are retained except Ruco has to share leading duties with Kevin and this is Kevin's comeback series to TVB after a short hiatus.


04.03.2015
EPISODE : 1-3
I watched all 3 episodes at one go. Why Ruco didn't appear in episode 1 is obvious. Question is how come it is so? Ahhh plot thickens. I am just disappointed Tavia's role is as boringly expected. Oh how I wish she was as she was in the sales presentation. But she is funny and effective in this role.

I must say this; Kevin impresses. I like his serious deadpan look. But it is Ruco that makes me go oooohs and ahhhs. Physically he is slimmer than in Outbound Love where he was arguably the biggest there but in here he looks physically fit. His first scene was mesmerising because he had the right moves, the right clothes and right hair. In fact I love his off duty looks as well which was how he used to dress until he became obsessed with the current wannabe hip hop look and sometimes the Amish look. I want him back in tight jeans, great sneakers, tight shirt and open button checkered shirt, please!!! He looks simply sensational. Acting wise, what more can I say? His character Nik is intriguing. I think he plays off well with Kevin who by the way had a hot make out scene with Tavia.

And why is Jonathan Cheung now forever stuck with the Fan surname? Like he copyrighted it.

I have no complaints about the story or the acting even if I am confused why some unnecessary characters are there to dilute the plot (Tony Hung, etc). But man.... Ruco looks and is hot. Sizzling hot. So handsome.

But hey, other than eyecandy (where for obvious reasons the 2 men are far more beautiful than the girls in this series and also much much sexier), the story's good and the acting's good.

You know what, I think I will post one hot Ruco picture for every entry in this post from now on! I am just happy Ruco is back to clingy pants. As for Kevin, admittedly he is much too slim and face a bit frozen but he is still a good looking man and the character of super serious super detective is really right up his alley. What I don't get is why set this at some high end service apartment, wouldn't it be better at some major huge commercial building to justify the number of security guards and some sticky security situation? It just feels too much like Hotelier.

Anyway, Ruco picture of the day!


Sorry if this has so little plot in my writing. I am back to being Ruco-fied. Let me calm down a bit and I will talk about the plot at some point. What we do know is Ruco was Kevin, he did something to save someone, changed his looks and back to HK and up to no good. He is of course the long lost twin brother Kevin isn't aware he has. Tavia met serious Kevin but interacted with Ruco (looking like Kevin) and had a one night stand in one of the creepiest scene. Why creepiest? They were making out when she said she felt like someone's watching them and there was a huge portrait of her father in the small room and earlier we are shown her father sits behind the portrait to see the proceedings in the room through the small hole in the portrait. Of course he wasn't there then but what if? Ruco (as Kevin) said to her whoever's watching can watch and learn and she laughed and they continued kissing and I was thinking what if her dad is behind the portrait and he is looking at his daughter having sex with a stranger guy.

So creepy.



[O] Raising The Bar / 四個女仔三個BAR [TVB][2015]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click the Read More button. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. When this is done, I will move this to Reviews Database.





Title Deciphered
Chinese title is literally 4 girls and 3 Bar. Which basically means 4 girls, 3 of whom are barristers, I think

No. of Episodes
25

Released in
2015

Cast-Character
Ben Wong (黃智賢) as Marcus Fan Chi-ngai (范智毅)
Louis Cheung (張繼聰) as Quinton Chow Chi-pok (周梓博)
Ram Chiang (蔣志光) as Woody Lam Sam-muk (林森木)
Grace Chan (陳凱琳) as Giselle Tong Ching-chi (唐靖姿)
Elaine Yiu (姚子羚) as Vivian Cheung Wai-wan (張慧芸)
Jeannie Chan (陳瀅) as Brittany Fok Chi-ying (霍紫凝)
Stephanie Ho (何雁詩) as Chris Yiu Chui-fa (姚翠花)
Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) as Ashley Cheng Cheuk-tung (鄭妁彤)
Timothy Cheng (鄭子誠) as Duncan Yam Suen-yip (任雋燁)
Elena Kong (江美儀) as Judge Lui (呂官)
Moon Lau (劉佩玥) as Holly Tsang Ho-yan (曾可欣)
King Lam (林景程) as Chai On-kui (齊安居)
Sunny Dai (戴耀明) as Kuk Tat-kan (谷達勤)
Andy Siu (邵卓堯) as Paul
Matthew Ho (何廣沛) as Max Kwong
Sam Tsang (曾航生) as Chu Yiu-lik (朱耀力)
Hugo Wong (黃子恆) as Chui Yin-chit (崔賢哲)
Alex Tsui (徐家傑) as Fok Koon-tung (霍貫東)
Li Shing-cheong (李成昌) as Chan Keung (陳強)
Mimi Chu (朱咪咪) as Ng Suk-fan (吳淑芬)
Chun Wong (秦煌) as Chow Chung-cheung (周忠祥)
Hinson Chou (周子揚) as Jaydon Ngai Chung-hang 危仲衡
MoMo Wu (吳沚默) as Lee Dan (李丹)
Ali Lee (李佳芯) as Ching (清)
Skye Chan (陳倩揚) as Fong Tin-na 方天娜
Stefan Wong (黃長興) as Kelvin
Gary Chan (陳嘉輝) as Judge Ho (何官)
Wendy Hon (韓毓霞) as Judge Wong (王官)
Joseph Yeung (楊瑞麟) as Judge Chan (陳官)
Eddie Li (李岡龍) as Judge Lai (賴官)
Dolby Kwan (關浩揚) as Roy
Mary Hon (韓馬利) as Holly's mother (曾可欣之媽)
Steve Lee (李家鼎) as Holly's father (曾可欣之爸)
Helen Ng (吳香倫) as Lam Mui (林梅)
Johnson Law (羅莽) as Sit Kim (薛劍)
Judy Tsang (曾敏) as Yeung Lau (楊柳)
Snow Suen (孫慧雪) as KiKi (淇淇)
Suet Nei (雪妮)
Jacquelin Chong (莊思敏) as Lawyer Yiu (姚律師)

Synopsis
From Wikipedia

A group of barristers and trainee lawyers vow to pursue justice and ideals, but the process is fraught with difficulties. Regarded as the "Condor Heroes" of the legal world, barristers Marcus Fan (Ben Wong) and his wife Vivian Cheung (Elaine Yiu) have taught many students. Among them, Giselle Tong (Grace Chan), Brittany Fok (Jeannie Chan) and Quinton Chow (Louis Cheung) are Marco's favourites. Giselle's classmate, Holly Tsang (Moon Lau), is a trainee solicitor at Vivian's law firm, while Chris Yiu (Stephanie) Ho trains under barrister Duncan Yam (Timothy Cheng). Brittany's elder half-sister, Ashley Cheng (Natalie Tong), has an affair with the married Duncan and later switches over to work for Marcus. With each of them using their own methods, how do these rookies become qualified legal practitioners, in a journey that is full of struggle, doubt and tough choices about their future? Theory turns into practice as they handle tricky cases and experience success and failures, while also dealing with love, family and friendship problems every day. Their biggest test arrives when legal standards 

03.04.2015
Until Episode 25 (Last Episode)

A happy ending. Am writing a review. Will post later.



[O] CCTV's CNY Special 2015 : What was that?!

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I watch CCTV's CNY special every year, that 4 hour plus program of dance-sketch-song routine and by its own incredibly high standards as compared with others, CCTV CNY special still rocks but comparing to itself I am left wondering what the heck I just watched. The format has changed; way too many songs segment, lesser dance/variety segment and sketches remain the same. And every time there is a variety segment, it would seem the aim is to test how many people they can fit into the small stage, albeit smaller than previous years and apparently someone missed the memo about colour clashing. You see, costume is white, graphic backdrop which is beautiful is unfortunately also white. Black costume? Black backdrop. Gold? Sea of yellow costumes. And you're like hunting for the people on the stage because the backdrop masked the costumes which is a pity because this year the costumes are simply stunning and a bit modernised whilst sticking to traditional values. Variety segment sometimes showcases amazing unknown (to us) talent but this year, the ethnic groups are lumped into a short segment and so you see very little of any use. Those amazing mask changing technique? Over in seconds. There must be some significance to the  beautiful lady (or could be man) in opera do doing some steps on the wooden chair and whilst I am enticed what he/she would do next, it was over. Sexy belly dancers? Seconds and she is done. There you have singers singing but they're holographics or whatever you call them. If this year's team is the future or the technology it is simply boring to adopt that approach. I kept waiting to see a sheep, goat dance routine like that amazing chicken dance from young child to elderly woman a few years' back, simply jaw droppingly amazing but this year, the only goat is a computer graphic which isn't even cute. Even the hosts seemed tired and unenthusiastic. One good point is less military presence but you feel if this is some change of format, they're not doing it right. The worst had to be the backdrop graphics drowning the performers on stage. And in the end you have confettis, but all graphic and I was like can't they afford some realm confetti?

You know what would be great for next year?

Follow the theme. If goat, show goat routine. Ditch the backdrop thing and go for props. Back to basics. And bring  back the variety show and invite significant important singers if from overseas. Andy Lau is ok but even he looked he was eager to leave, and he confessed as much. Karen Mok? And is that G.E.M? I don't know who but too many singing too little homage to the real performers.

I consider this the worst CCTV CNY show in recent memory. Tired, restless, difficult to see.

You know something is wrong when they invite I suppose 2 actors-action stars to perform as main stars in a group effort about kung fu.Relevance and modernising a show isn't about becoming the rest  but to continually challenge themselves for some unique, something why people faithfully switch on the TV every year to watch.

That is not this year.

So hoping next year new ideas, new year, new routine.

But one did up themselves. Those 2 or 3 performers where the woman do handstand or something on top of a guy. Got to see it to  believe it.

[Greetings] Happy CNY 2015

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May this year truly be G.O.A.T* for everyone!! Peace and prosperity! Good health and safety! Fortune and luck! Most of all, love and be loved. A little appreciation for everyone.

*Greatest Of All Time

[O] Sound Of The Desert / Da Mo Yao / 大漠謠 [2014][China]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click the Read More button. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. When this is done, I will move this to Reviews Database.


Based on
A book of the same Chinese title by Tong Hua who gave you Bu Bu Jing Xin

Original English title
Ballad Of The Desert

Language
Mandarin, dubbed with English subtitles

Cast-Character
The original names were mostly changed because China prohibits portrayal of real life historical characters in fictionalised settings. My opinion will be based on the original names.

Hu Ge as Mo Xun (Meng Ximo)
Cecilia Liu as Xin Yue (Jin Yu)
Eddie Peng as Wei Wu Ji
Han Dong as Li Ji
Fala Chen as Qin Xiang
Kristal Tin as Hong Gu
Qin Hao as Wu Wei Li
Shi Xiaoqun as Princess Pingyang
Maggie Cheung Ho-yee as Wei Zifu
Lu Liang as Emperor Wu of Han
Wu Zhuohan as Wei Qing
Zhang Xiang as Li Yannian
Qin Yong as Lu Guangli
Wu Ying as Wei Shao'er
Liu Shuailiang as Wei Kang
Xu Sa as Fang Ru
Luo Mi as Xin Yan

Synopsis
The Series
The book

09.02.2015
Until Episode 17 and some of 18

I don't know. On the one hand I cheered when Qubing (should I start using Wuji??) basically wrapped up a naked Xiao Yue and carried her away, on the other hand I wonder, do women really like these sort of boyfriends who are so controlling? I mean Qubing is controlling in his own way and for an independent woman like Xiao Yue, it doesn't make sense that she enjoys that sort of control. Like 50 Shades Of Gray. On paper, oh women love to be whipped by handsome young billionaire. But in real life? No way!

I don't know.

But I cheer for Qubing. And I like how Qubing just told Jiu Yeh straight in the face, "You have missed the boat" which is so true. Poor Jiu Yeh, frantically looking for Xiao Yue who is having this flirtatious thingy going on with Qubing. And I do mean very flirtatious like bathing time lar, sleeping holding hands lar, he on top of her lar, if this was a Hindi movie, they would be running around the mountains rolling on top of one another and smiling as they sing some catchy tune.

I actually expected Xiao Yue to stand up naked from the bathtub when Qubing challenged her. Pity. So she is NOT that progressive. Would have love to see his shocked expression at her daring because I expect her to be that daring.

Oh, some war scenes, Xiao Yue refuses to let go of her 2 pigeons and a young man dies because of that, or so she thinks. Don't blame the pigeons man!! The young man had no chance anyway. When you go into war for revenge, you basically have the word "DEAD MEAT" on your forehead. I expected him to die anyway. So I suppose Xiao Yue will roast the pigeons now? So bye bye Jiu Yeh, I don't love you anymore?

Oh oh I forgot! Qubing did something sly. I mean he did a lot of sly stuff with Xiao Yue but this one, he knew Jiu Yeh was looking for Xiao Yue but never told her. However why should he worry? Xiao Yue already dreamed about him dying when she was told the one she loved the most will die and it was Qubing, not Jiu Yeh. I thought that scene from earlier episode was such a sellout. I know I know deep down inside of her passionate heart she already has the hots for Qubing the sexy beast (he did take off his shirt for a bathing scene when realism demands that he takes off his pants as well!!!! At least a blurred butt shot?), so that scene shows that but to show it at that point was such a slap to Jiu Yeh. Come on she has plenty of time to feel sexually attracted to Qubing so why do it so early? Why not let her pure love remain at that point?

So you may wonder, for a usually boring dead looking Cecilia Liu, how she fared against the flirty Eddie Peng? Well, a lot of flirtation and she seems more receptive but overall, not enough. She is just an upgraded version of Ruoxi and Eddie is just a more released version of 4th prince. A better actress would have just oh ... make it all so sexy.

So far, except for Cecilia Liu who doesn't deserve to be a lead in this series or any series whatsoever, all are ok. Hu Ge has his own beauty but I still feel he is a complete miscast. Still annoyed with his wimpy Jiu Yeh. But Eddie Peng is a revelation. He is scary, sexy, controlling and yet giving as Wuji aka Qubing. How can any woman not want him? Do you feel like ripping Jiu Yeh's clothes? Even if he is played by Wallace Huo? Nope. I feel like standing far apart, observing, admiring, like a beautiful museum piece of such value. With Qubing, that feeling is a direct opposite; still good but you know, more animalistic.

I have said and shall maintain the book as in this series, this is China's 50 Shades Of Grey minus the whipping but you got some bondage in here. 


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