Hi everyone! My name is Chibi and this is my first episode guest entry here at K-TVB.net. While KTVB will be bringing to you everything [Born Rich] between studying, I’ll be covering [Beyond the Realm of Conscience]. So, let’s get started 🙂
The show starts off revealing snippets of what’s to come; with both Charmaine (劉三好 Lau Sam-ho) and Tavia (Yiu Kam-ling 姚金鈴) having high status in the Palace. It is revealed they are both pregnant to the Emperor. Both Charmaine and Tavia, who were once “sisters” (extremely close friends), now no longer have that relationship. Tavia is bitter, hateful and full of vengeance. She’s had enough pain and suffering inflicted upon her. Charmaine is petrified by Tavia’s change of heart, is regretful and in utter disbelief.
The appearance says it all…Tavia is looking pretty scary with all that make-up and hair-do. More make-up = More evil? O_o
This dramatic confrontation probably appears near the end of the series. We all know Tavia changes her heart from “good” to “evil”. But how? Why? What series of events occur which could break this strong bond between them? I’ll admit now I’m personally a bit biased, and hope I won’t “hate” Tavia too much. I think there’s always a good reason why someone can turn bad. I hope TVB can give her a smooth and believable transition 🙂
Charmaine is the exact contrast, giving off an angelic, very righteous kind-hearted vibe. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. She seems to be a bit extreme in terms of “goodness”. It’s too early to judge whether we’ll enjoy watching her, or if we’ll start pulling our hair out from her very existence. We don’t like Mary Sue characters very much ^^; I believe any realistic character could easily fit in areas of grey. It makes a character more rounded and interesting anyway. That being said, I hope Tavia won’t turn so evil that we’d want to strangle her without sympathy XD.
20 years ago..
We’re now looking back in time when both Charmaine and Tavia were little children.
Left to right: Young Tavia, Charmaine and Krystal ( Charmaine’s Mother )
Charmaine is Krystal’s biological daughter, whereas Tavia seems to be their servant. She refers to Charmaine as “Sill Jie” and Krystal as “Fu Yun”. However, she is treated quite well and are more like family. The three of them have a loving relationship and are currently on the hideout. Unfortunately, they are soon discovered and forcefully taken into the Palace’s Four Proceedings Council (尚宮局).
Imperial Household Bureau is responsible for managing all household services to the Emperor and the Imperial family in Tang Dynasty.
It is composed of four departments; Jewels, Attire, Food and Furnishings. This is where both Michelle (Chung Suet-ha 鍾雪霞) and Susanna’s (Yuen Chiu-wan 阮翠雲) roles’ are introduced along with the other Heads.
The Head of Palace Proceedings gathers the departments together to discuss arrangements for Grand Empress Dowager (郭皇太后).
At this point, Susanna is not the Head of Jewellery, making her lower in status compared to Michelle. However, she is not afraid to voice her opinion and often expresses her ideas, much to the annoyance of Michelle. The two are constantly at each others throats, wanting nothing but the demise of the other. Very typical of these ladies it seems… The Head of Palace Proceedings mention that she has brought Krystal into the Palace, who is a fine and skilled craftsmen. Both Michelle and Susanna want her in their own respective departments.
A very nervous and afraid Krystal walks in, demonstrating her knowledge of craftsmanship. She was put in charge of creating a hair piece for the Grand Empress.
Susanna tries to befriend Krystal but Michelle soon enters, indiscreetly suggesting Susanna’s untrustworthiness.
“You’re so desperate to find a good helper, aren’t you worried she will overtake your position?”
Susanna glares back at Michelle, but doesn’t say a word.
“You don’t know how to talk back, or you’re too afraid? Oh yes, lower status is lower status, you’re not allowed to speak to your senior like that”
Judging from face value, Michelle seems to be the more evil, but it’s hard to tell who really is the one scheming at this point. What happens next really raises some suspicion!
The night before Grand Empress arrives, young Charmaine and Tavia decide to visit their mother, who was busy working on the hair piece. They notice a suspicious silhouette of a lady looking at the hair pin and walking out of their mother’s room! Who is this lady, and why was she there?
Eventually the day arrives, and Grand Empress is presented with the hair piece Krystal created. She sits down to have a chat with The Head of the Army. All seems to be going well, until she started feeling a bit chilly from the weather. A few servants surround her holding some lanterns to keep her warm. Unfortunately out of the blue, what looks to be like blood starts leaking from the hair piece! The Grand Empress, who is obviously very superstitious in the old days, saw it as a very bad omen. She furiously tosses it to be the ground.
Krystal, who was responsible for the accessory gets beaten up into a severe condition, and gets tossed onto the ground. The Head of Jewellery was also disposed of as a result.
aww.. a very sad moment.
Meanwhile, Michelle and the other Imperial Household Bureau beg the head to seek the Grand Empress’s forgiveness of The Head of Jewellery. However, she explains there’s nothing she can do, since it is a very severe offense. After some investigation, Michelle finds out that someone added wax to the hair piece, which explains why it started melting, when surrounded by the lanterns. She immediately suspects Susanna behind the scheme, as it seems she’s the only one who could benefit from The Head of Jewellery’s misfortune. As Michelle takes a stroll in the garden, she overhears young Tavia and Charmaine talking about the suspicious lady they saw; walking out of the room that night.
The next day, Susanna was being promoted to the position of the Head of Jewellery. However, Michelle steps in and accuses her for being the real culprit. She backs up her statement by bringing in both young Tavia and Charmaine as witnesses. The girls explain it was Susanna they saw walking out of their mother’s room. Susanna admits she did enter Krystal’s room, but it was only to give her some mid-night snacks, and they even chatted for a little while. Afterward she went to take a look at the hair piece before she left. Michelle argues she could make up anything now that Krystal is in a unconscious state. Suddenly, young Charmaine speaks up and admits they never saw her putting wax on the pin. With that, the Head believes Michelle doesn’t have sufficient evidence , so the ceremony resumed. Susanna successfully becomes the Head of Jewellery.
Krystal’s wounds did not heal and her death was drawing near. She mentions that her husband promised he’ll come back for them, and return to their home town. She wishes she could see her home town’s native flowers. In tears, young Charmaine rushes out in the palace garden where there’s those flowers growing on a tree. She picks up some flowers that have dropped to the ground. However, she is accused by one of the Palace ladies for picking them from the tree. She slaps young Charmaine when she says she didn’t. Luckily, a young boy (Young Moses?) walks in and disapproves of the ladie’s action. He scolds at her and she takes off. Fresh flowers drop from the tree, and he catches it and gives it to her. Very cute!
Young Charmaine rushes back to her mother’s side, sings her a song and she passes away. Her ashes, like all other palace servants who die, are to be dropped into a well. Even with death, they cannot escape the palace. Young Charmaine and Tavia cry by the well, as Susanna is secretly watching from afar. What does this mean? Is Susanna really the one behind it?