In episode 18 of [Beyond the Realm of Conscience] some more exciting bits happen! Moses continues dealing with Kwok Lun and has found someone who could prove very useful to him.. can you guess who? 🙂 Meanwhile, Moses’s feelings for Charmaine has reached a point where he cannot hide it anymore and tells Kevin! What will happen? Will Moses, an emperor, be willing to give up his only true love? Read on to find out!
However, be warned that this post consists quite a bit of rant and criticism for certain character developments. I am enjoying this series so far, but there are certain parts which are starting to annoy me. I will also go over the exact reasons why I feel the way I do, so hopefully you can see where I’m coming from 🙂
As I refer to the characters by the name of the actors, I just wanted to make it clear I’m ranting about the character and not the actor themselves.
Just as Kwok Lun was gripping tightly onto Kevin’s wound, his father suddenly bursts and reveals his bandages! Kwok Lun aggressively rips off the bandage and a very deep wound is revealed! Convinced that it was him indeed, Kwok Lun insists he is put to his death. Kevin and his father beg for mercy but it wasn’t until Kwok Keung who interfered did Kwok Lun let it rest. Kwok Keung was touched by how dignified Kevin was and showed the pair sympathy. Yay, Kwok Keung is such a righteous man 🙂 I’ve been keeping a close eye on him since he first appeared, and have noticed he generally seems like a good guy. This episode confirms it, as time and again he actually ruins Kwok Lun’s evil plans! Of course, he is unaware of the evil-doings of Kwok Lun, but speaks up to help the innocent. They have been on good terms because he is married to his cousin (Yi Kei). When Kwok Lun’s guard asks him why he keeps Kwok Keung by his side, he explains he has quite a powerful army and may still be useful to him. He is very aware of Kwok Keung’s righteous nature, which I thought was pretty funny! XD Moses and Kevin also notice this, and uses him to keep Kwok Lun on this toes!
Since the slapping incident between Selena and Tavia, Moses has not visited Selena for over a month, which leaves her feeling lonely and empty. As she takes a walk outside, she sees Charmaine holding onto an injured rabbit. Another rabbit is seen trapped under a stone monument. According to Selena, the pair of rabbits must be lovers, and seeing as one is trapped underneath, the other one is refusing to leave, despite its injuries. She orders for the monument to be destroyed at once but Charmaine warns her against this as this stone is very important. Selena insists rabbits are more significant and does so anyway. What the….heck?? I think this is extremely unrealistic. Selena’s way of thinking is very childish, insisting something so daring for something so small O_o I find this out of character! Even the kind-hearted Charmaine knows the importance of this stone, and wouldn’t do something so offensive. Yet Selena, who isn’t even half as “good” as Charmaine insists so for the sake of rabbit “lovers”. WHHHATTT? I don’t see her being so generous to Tavia- a HUMAN- so how can she truly feel sympathy for rabbits? TVB suddenly tries to convince us she’s not as bad as she appears. However, if she really cared so much for rabbits, which she considers valuable life form- how can she treat Tavia like dirt because she used to be a servant? What a hypocrite. From the beginning, Selena kept picking on her like a selfish little princess, before she even got to know her character! I find this transition awkward and consequently I still can’t feel for Selena. :/ What do you guys think of this? I know TVB wants us to like her, but I can’t! I’m unconvinced! Unlike Tavia, Selena doesn’t scheme as much but I don’t believe she’s pure and innocent. Guess I’ll have to watch more to see if my theory is correct. I don’t think Selena is a “evil” person, but it doesn’t make her exactly likable at this stage either.
When Moses finds out what Selena has done, he becomes outrageous and he scolds at her endlessly about her foolishness. And…what do you know? The al-mighty-wonderful-goddess-like Charmaine comes in and suddenly everything turns happy sunshine (please, note the sarcasm!). Charmaine explains Selena did it out of her kind-soul to save the poor rabbits. OMG. Seriously how pathetic does this sound? Is this really a justifiable reason for doing that? People in those days hunted rabbit like food O__o If Moses wasn’t the Emperor, they’d be both dead by now. Because of Charmaine, Moses instantly changes his temper, listens to her and totally forgives Selena. In fact, he starts liking her. How biased is this? Talk about favoritism.. ! My rant doesn’t end here. What follows just drove me off the edge..
In a later scene, Moses RANDOMLY spots Charmaine laying against a tree in pain. OH COME ON! Charmaine is yet again helplessly in trouble? She’s portrayed as such a damsel in distress! I think TVB is seriously over doing it- last time her leg was trapped when she RANDOMLY decided to go save rabbits, and now she RANDOMLY gets bitten by a snake.. PLEASE. STOP! Spare us from this cringe worthy scenario! I’m getting really annoyed now..How many other characters have been bitten by a snake and randomly stumbled upon by the Emperor…? Yes, it makes a good romantic scene and some may call this fate; but hasn’t it been done last time? Need we see this again on round 2? I also don’t understand why TVB keeps making Moses and Charmaine run into each other by fate, yet forcefully insists she’s in love with Kevin. A bit forced, don’t you think? Charmaine is definitely a Mary Sue! I’m getting frustrated by how unrealistic her character is, and how everyone just blindly loves her to death.
Moses sucks the poison out and holds onto Charmaine to keep her warm
It’s a shame TVB used the same formula again, otherwise I probably would have taken it okay (may have even enjoyed it).. This continuous oh-so-helpless Charmaine portrayal is like having TVB rubbing it in my face.. >.> Please tone this down! Having said that, I did enjoy watching Mose’s reaction towards Charmaine, and also Kevin realising Mose’s true feelings. Charmaine aside, it was a good watch!
In the end, a very worried Kevin confronts Moses, confessing to him his desire to leave with Charmaine after Moses establishes as the ruler. Just as he feared, Moses replies he hopes Charmaine will never leave the Palace. He asks what man in the world will not love Charmaine? (lol, even Moses thinks Charmaine is Mary-Sue) As the Emperor, surely he has the most ‘right’ to her? This leaves Kevin feeling devastated and defeated. *gasp* Will Moses take Charmaine away from him…? However, Moses adds he knows Charmaine loves Kevin and he saw Kevin as his best friend- he would never want to tear them apart. Although he knows he has the power to make Charmaine his, he doesn’t selflessly and gives the two his blessings. He promises once he is stablised, he will allow the two to leave and return to his home town. awww…Moses is the best!!
I’ve always found Moses and Charmaine’s relationship much more intriguing and cute compared to Kevin. Yet I find myself annoyed watching Charmaine now. Does anyone else feel the same?
What are your thoughts on Episode 18? How do you feel about how Charmaine is portrayed? What about Selena? Do you think she did the right thing? Was it convincing? Post a comment and let us know!
(Please refrain from posting any spoilers about the story and characters beyond episode 18. Thank you)