Thoughts on Tavia (Yiu Kam-ling 姚金鈴)
In episode 21 of [Beyond the Realm of Conscience], Tavia really has become someone else. I can’t say I remember much of how Tavia was before she became the concubine. Every word spoken sounds fake, always trying to present a gentle, kind side of her to impress Moses/Mary. We know this isn’t the real Tavia, but it makes sense she needs to change her mannerism to reflect her status. Appearance aside, what really seems to have changed is her conscience. I’m not sure she even realises that she has changed. The more she gains, the more she desires. No longer is being the concubine good enough for her, she has to be the Queen. She doesn’t want to share, she wants everything to herself. Moses’s heart as a whole. But is she being realistic? Her baby’s death has had an overwhelming impact on her, fueling hatred and vengeance. But is the reason good enough? Why won’t she take it as an accident, instead of putting the blame on others? The fact Tavia is prepared and willing to take the lives of those around her, brings up the question- Is there any good left inside her? Well, we’ll have to watch on to find out! XD
Now let’s get started on this episode!
As planned, Tavia successfully prevents Selena from getting the chance to speak to Moses. She waits by the Turtle’s grave from morning to night but Moses is no where to be seen. She can only hope her father and Kwok Lun can make it back in time.
Tavia who is sadly missing her unborn, lights a candle and sets it free on a lily pad. She promises her unborn she will bring him justice and deviously jumps into the water pretending to commit suicide. This of course elevates Moses’s concern for her who promises to stay by her side. He assures her that Yi Kei will be gone tomorrow, which should hopefully ease some pain.
Tavia cries to Moses about the loss of their baby
Ok, this may sound a bit indifferent; but does anyone else think perhaps Tavia is exaggerating the whole situation? She cries so much because her baby is gone, tells Moses she can’t live anymore but- she barely even got used to the fact she was pregnant before she lost it. It would have been more convincing if the baby lasted longer and it showed Tavia preparing clothes for him, a bedroom..etc. It would have made it much more sad to lose him; since a bond, a connection was established. Since Tavia found out she was pregnant, did she ever, even once- genuinely speak to her unborn in a loving, motherly way? No. This only makes her dream big about being the Queen and amused that she’s pissing off Selena. I don’t know..the baby just died too soon for me to feel a great deal of sympathy. Does anyone else feel the same?
The next morning, Yi Kei’s death approaches and neither Kwok Lun nor Kwok Keung return. Selena desperately tries to see Moses, but is dismissed. While Moses is in bed with Tavia, Selena is outside crying and pleading for mercy. She begs on her knees and thumps her head onto the ground continuously. Aww.. a really sad and pitiful moment for Selena 🙁 The guard tells Selena she really should go see her mother instead, as she will be leaving any minute now…
Selena desperately tries to save her mother
Yi Kei’s death scene was traumatizing and frightening; complimented with Selena desperately rushing to see her for the last time was very emotional. In the end, Yi Kei was strangled to death and Selena was too late.
If you didn’t feel for Selena or Yi Kei before this point, it’s most likely you would after seeing this. Yi Kei was bitchy, but didn’t deserve this…especially when she was wrongly accused! I actually thought Yi Kei died too soon- she could have been an amazing villain, but like Tracy, the character didn’t develop further. In fact, was she ever really a villain? Selena and Yi Kei’s acting of this scene was very convincing 🙂 Great job on their part!
After such a horrible scene with Yi Kei’s death, it was a nice change seeing some dose of “goodness”. Charmaine goes to console Selena, showing her much needed sympathy. Selena is very grateful for Charmaine’s sincerity and reveals she plans to secretly prepare an ‘offering’ for her mother, as it’s the last filial thing she can do. Although forbidden, Charmaine agrees to accompany her.
Meanwhile, Moses feels sympathy towards Selena for losing her mother, and this alone pisses off Tavia! She thinks Selena is grasping this opportunity to get Moses’s attention, pretending to be upset. Oh come on… her mother has just been executed! Is it really hard to believe she is genuinely upset? Selena would most definitely be having a hard time. Tavia has no heart. She believes Yi Kei’s death isn’t enough to make Selena suffer and continues to seek ways to torture her. She finds out Selena secretly set up offerings for her mother, but understands directly reporting this to Mary wouldn’t do her any harm. Mary has a big heart and if Selena did it out of filial reasons, she will just forgive her. She wickedly twists the truth by throwing (paper) money into the pond, making Selena appear highly disrespectful and ridiculous for causing such a big scene (and making a statement).
Tavia sets up Selena but Charmaine is suspicious
Little did she know…when Selena did set up offerings, she didn’t use any paper money. Because it was all done discreetly, she was only able to obtain what she can in the palace, and the stock of paper money ran out. Obviously upon hearing the news, Charmaine realises this isn’t possible. She was there with Selena and knew Tavia was the one behind it. This was quite predictable and I think we all saw it coming. (Right?)
Tavia pretends to be oblivious to the whole situation, but soon loses her composure as Charmaine is standing on Selena’s side. Charmaine reveals she was with Selena at the time, and paper money has only been restocked days after the incident. She did some investigation and found out only Yoyo came in touch with the paper money since. As she attacks Tavia for doing such heartless things, Tavia glances at Yoyo who immediately takes all the blame on herself. Yoyo claims she acted on her own because she felt bad for Tavia. But..why is she getting back at Selena for something Yi Kei did? Tavia bursts and says she doesn’t believe Selena was not involved with the voodoo cursing. She puts on a whole act to gain sympathy from Charmaine, emphasizing how hurt she is after her baby’s death. I thought this was how she felt, but because she had Yoyo lie to cover up her own evil deeds makes her plea lack sincerity. Charmaine is very disappointed, but doesn’t have the heart to dob in Tavia. She leaves without saying anything, and Tavia is seen with a slight smile on her face.
Charmaine confronts Tavia
No..Tavia does not regret what she has done, not one bit.
What do you think of Episode 21? Do you think Tavia is at the point of no return? Were things a bit too obvious and predictable in this episode? What about Yi Kei’s death- did you want her to die? Drop a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts too!
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